INDIANAPOLIS — The most-heralded prospects typically are posted at one of three podiums in the NFL Scouting Combine’s media center at Lucas Oil Stadium, but the lesser-known guys are placed at one of eight tables that pepper the middle of the room.
If it wasn’t for a sign saying, “Interview table only — Do not eat or drink at table,” it would seem like another area for reporters to gather, type and throw down chow.
Every so often, however, a less famous, but still interesting, prospect is shipped to a table and attracts a media throng. It’s quite a sight — a prospect sitting in a cheap blue metal chair, holding court as reporters hover all around him, leaning over each other in a desperate attempt to hear what he says.
That precise scenario unfolded for former Syracuse WR Mike Williams on Friday.
Williams became the man of the minute because of his bizarre decision to drop out of school with four games left in his senior season. Everybody wanted to know, why leave when you’re having a sensational year and flying up draft boards?
Well, Williams’ answer was pretty simple.
“School was just my problem. … School’s been my problem,” said Williams, who later pointed out that he has never excelled in academics but is fired up to exclusively focus on football and show scouts what he can do on the field.
— Jason Feller