Andrew Wingard said ahead of the NFL scouting combine he was confident he’d perform well and “turn a lot of heads” with the numbers he’d put up at the league’s premier pre-draft testing event.
On Monday, Wyoming’s former safety finally got his shot to back it up.
Looking to prove he’s more than just a sure tackler after finishing his career with the Cowboys tied atop the Mountain West’s all-time tackles list, Wingard posted solid numbers inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on the fourth and final day of on-field workouts, which included safeties and cornerbacks. Wingard, who measured in at 6-foot and 209 pounds, finished among the top 10 performers at his position in the vertical jump, the 60-yard shuttle and the three-cone drill.
Wingard finished the 20-yard shuttle in 4.2 seconds while clocking times of 7.08 in the three-cone drill and 11.69 in the 60-yard shuttle — fifth-fastest among the safeties in attendance. All three drills measure lateral quickness and agility.
Wingard’s vertical of 36.5 inches tied him with Boston College’s Will Harris for sixth-best among safeties. He posted a distance of 10 feet, 1 inch in the broad jump and knocked out just nine reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Perhaps the most important event for Wingard considering NFL teams’ concerns about his speed and agility was the 40-yard dash. He said he’d been routinely clocked in the range of 4.5 seconds during his training with hopes of running faster at the combine, but Wingard stayed in his usual range with an unofficial time of 4.56. Former Ole Miss safety Zedrick Woods blazed the fastest time of anyone at this year’s combine with a 4.29.
The numbers, particularly in the speed and agility departments, could slightly help Wingard’s draft stock, but he will get a chance to improve on them at Wyoming’s pro day Thursday. That’s when NFL personnel will convene inside the Cowboys’ indoor practice facility in Laramie to evaluate many of Wyoming’s draft-eligible prospects.
Wingard, who also played in the East-West Shrine Game in January, is widely projected to be a late-round pick when the NFL Draft starts April 25 in Nashville, Tennessee. The seven-round draft will run through April 27.
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