Monday, February 27, 2012

Agent: Witt is "ecstatic" with showing at NFL combine

I spoke to Mark Magazu, the agent representing former Yale quarterback Patrick Witt, who said he believes that Witt's performance at the NFL combine in Indianapolis was impressive enough to make him one of the top 10 quarterbacks in April's draft.

Witt interviewed with 21 NFL teams and Magazu said his performance throwing the ball left hitting feeling "ecstatic."

"He could look to his left, look to his right and realize that he belonged them, Magazu said.

Magazu said Witt was especially effective on the deep throws. Performing in a group with Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Wisconsin's Russell Wilson, Boise State's Kellen Moore, Ryan Lindley of San Diego State and Derron Thomas of Oregon, Magazu said that Weeden and Witt threw the ball the best. Of course it should be noted that Magazu is Witt's agent and it is his job to portray his client in the best possible light and he was not allowed inside during the throwing competition. Still, the fact is that Witt came out of this weekend feeling he is in better position than he was coming in.

Witt did not run the 40 or do the bench press. Magazu said that Witt will run the 40 at his pro day which will be held at Yale next month. The exact date is still to be determined. Mar. 22 was the initial day being looked at but they want to pick a day when other high profile quarterbacks won't be holding their pro days so that as many scouts as possible can see him work out.

As for the agility drills, Witt was eighth among 13 quarterbacks in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.37, he was ninth among 15 QBs with a vertical leap of 31.5 inches. His time of 7.34 seconds in the 3-cone drill placed him 11th among the 13 quarterbacks and his broad jump of 101 inches was 15th among 16 quarterbacks.

Magazu said he placed Witt on a strict nutrional diet but as soon as his work was done at the combine they headed over to the Steak&Shake and ordered a shake.

Witt is headed home to Georgia but is planning to return to New Haven to turn in his final essay, the last requirement before he graduates, and then will have his pro day at Yale. Last time I checked in at Yale there was the possibility of a pro day and the hope was to have it either the day before or after UConn's pro day. Well, UConn's event is scheduled for March so it would make sense to have it either on the 27th or 29th if Yale's other prospects want to perform for the pro scouts.

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