Jan 1, 2021 update: Congrats to Wilcox on his promotion to the Bengals active roster!
UPDATE, Friday 5: p.m.: Wilcox suffered a popped blood vessel in his left eye when he took the ball to the face. He’ll re-do his physical drills at a pro day on March 30th.
USF TE Mitch Wilcox popped a blood vessel in his left eye when he took a ball to the face in the gauntlet drill Thursday at the combine, source said. Amazingly, Wilcox finished the workout, but clearly wasn’t himself. He’ll be ready to redo everything at pro day March 30.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 28, 2020
UPDATE, 6:59 p.m.: Wilcox seems to be taking it in stride:
Rough day at the office for sure. Couldn’t see well out of my left eye and was disoriented after that ball.. I’ll bounce back— ™MITCH WILCOX™ (@wilcox_mitchell) February 27, 2020
Mitchell Wilcox is having a rough day at the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.86 40, the second-slowest time amongst Gauntlet Drill at the NFL Combine today could have gone slightly better. His measurables came out fine: Height 6-3 4/8. Weight: 247. Hand: 9 1/8, so bigger than Joe Burrow.
But yeah he had a tough time during the Gauntlet Drill, including taking a football to the face.
He actually made the next catch after taking the pigskin to the dome, but it looks like it started to affect him a bit more as he got towards the other sideline.
We’re glad he’s ok, and he’s got plenty of game film to show he can play NFL Football as a four-year starter at South Florida. He had 100 catches and 1326 yards in his career with the Bulls.
But unfortunately, this is a video that might not be forgotten until he makes his next key play in the NFL.