Former Western Kentucky University tight end Tyler Higbee said he would spend the last weekend of April - NFL Draft weekend - with his family and a few friends "laying low" waiting to see when his name is called.
But from the sound of the buzz, Higbee won't have to be waiting too long.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Higbee had surgery on his knee on Dec. 11 and didn't participate in any drills at the NFL Combine. On Tuesday, Higbee didn't run a 40-yard dash but did catch passes during WKU's Pro Day. Higbee said he's "75-80 percent" healed and he looked solid in front of scouts from 30 of 32 NFL teams during the pro day.
"It felt good," Higbee said. "I think it's a concern for everybody, if they're coming off an injury. They just want to see them, so I tried to get out there and tried to run around, show them where I'm at right now, show them that I have taken strides forward and haven't had any setbacks or anything."
Higbee created some buzz with not only his pass catching but his he also did some bag work.
Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead was in attendance along with several tight end coaches, including from the CIncinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans organization.
"It feels good," Higbee said. "A little sore. But it was good."
NFL.com listed Higbee as the No. 1 ranked "draft steal" and called him an "ascending prospect," while one NFL scout in attendance on Tuesday told WKU Insider that it would be a "surprise if he's there to start the fourth round."
Another Scout called him a "very intriguing" prospect and said he could be the second tight end off the board.
"He's the best tight end in the country," former WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty said.
As a senior, Higbee caught 48 passes for 563 yards and eight touchdowns. He was first injured on Oct. 15 with a sprained knee and missed five games in all during the season because of knee issues.