Although the most recent NFL season simply got here to an finish in February, preparations for the upcoming season have already begun with the 2023 NFL Mix. Held yearly at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., this yr’s working got here to a detailed on Monday after per week of occasions spanning from Feb. 28 to March 6. The aim of the NFL Mix is to showcase a wide range of “medical, psychological and bodily standards.” This enables potential draft picks the chance to display their strengths and expertise to NFL scouts, coaches and normal managers forward of April’s Draft. Eligible athletes might attend by invitation solely.
This yr, 4 Cardinal gamers secured Mix invitations: senior extensive receiver Elijah Higgins, senior cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly, junior quarterback Tanner McKee and fifth-year extensive receiver Michael Wilson. Let’s check out how they carried out.
Higgins, who led Stanford receivers this previous season with 59 receptions for 704 yards and two touchdowns, made an important impression because of his 40-yard-dash efficiency. In reality, Higgins even began trending on social media, with customers taking discover of his measurement and pace. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound extensive receiver ran a powerful unofficial time of 4.54 within the 40-yard sprint. Hypothesis surrounds Higgins as he may doubtlessly swap to tight finish within the close to future because of his noteworthy skillset. “I’ve been watching Evan Engram [of the Jacksonville Jaguars] lots,” he stated to reporters on the Mix. “I’m making ready for that tight finish function.”
Kyu Blu Kelly
Kelly had a powerful general efficiency on the NFL Mix. Standing at 6-foot-1, the cornerback initially from Las Vegas, Nev. turned in a 4.52 40-yard sprint time. This consequence set him aside from the remainder, as he ended up being one of many quickest cornerbacks out of all of the Pac-12 prospects.
McKee enters the NFL Mix having thrown for two,947 yards, 13 touchdowns, eight picks and a 62% completion fee in the course of the 2022 season. He led a Cardinal offense which struggled to supply outcomes all season, and the 6-foot-6, 230-pound quarterback in the end determined to not return to the Farm for an additional yr. He’ll as a substitute enter the 2023 NFL Draft. McKee has a powerful arm which is commonly thought-about his top-selling level. He confirmed his talent with a 45-yard move in the course of the throwing portion of the Mix. Throughout the occasion’s interview session, McKee instructed the press that his work ethic is what units him aside: “My competitiveness separates me from the opposite QBs within the draft. I’ll outwork anyone.”
Wilson managed 23 repetitions in the course of the bench press portion, which was the best among the many receivers. Basically, gamers must elevate 225 kilos till failure. Along with his stand-out efficiency on the bench press, Wilson has had a powerful exhibiting lately, recording 4 catches for 76 yards on the Senior Bowl on Feb. 4, 2023. Regardless of happening with a season-ending harm within the fall, the extensive receiver is now again in motion and confirmed off his skills on the NFL Mix.
Be careful for the 2023 NFL Draft going down on Apr. 27-29 to see if these 4 Cardinal will commerce of their purple and white jerseys for some new colours.