Sept. 8, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Marquess Wilson (86) walks off the field at the end of a football game against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Martin Stadium. Washington State won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Combine 2013: Marquess Wilson Just Shows Up

4.51 40 yard dash, 7 reps on the bench, 34.5 inch vertical jump, 122 inch broad jump, 6.65 3 cone drill, and a 4.33 20 yard shuttle.

These were Marquess Wilson’s official results at the combine today. He showed up. His 40 time, vertical, bench press, and 20 yard shuttle all placed him out of the top 15 wide receivers. His only standout performance was in the 3 cone drill where his time of 6.65 was good enough for second. His broad jump was good enough for 14th. He showed up, this is the best thing you can say about Wilson’s performance today.

Early on, it looked like he may exceed expectations when he posted an unofficial 4.41 40 time. But, as is standard with the 40 yard dash at the combine, times generally go up when the official times are posted. Tavon Austin for example, ran an unofficial 4.25 but finished with an official 4.34. In his case, the difference is irrelevant, his speed is unquestioned.

For Marquess, the difference between a 4.41 and a 4.51 could be the difference between a harder look by a team or an after thought on draft day. His below average performance in all but one event earned him a 4th to 7th round draft grade from NFL.com.

Depending on his team interviews and his upcoming pro day on March 6th, Marquess Wilson should be a 3rd day selection in April. Taking into account his on field performance in college, the team that takes a chance on Wilson may get a draft day steal. The alternative, as we saw today, a player who just shows up.

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