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With the new hit film "Draft Day" opening in theatres this weekend, excitement around the NFL Draft is starting to pick up. For the lone Wildcat that attended the scouting combine, interest from teams are also starting to rise. Kentucky's former inside linebacker, Avery Williamson, impressed a lot of people following his time in Indy a few weeks ago.
Many originally questioned his speed and quickness, but he quickly put those concerns to rest. Posting a (4.66 sec.) 40 yard dash
& a 3rd best (4.07 sec.) 20 yard shuttle time
, Williamson proved he was better than a late round draft pick. His production on the field was already there, having back-to-back 100+ tackle seasons at UK.
Williamson has already planned to meet with the Tennessee Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the New England Patriots.
Other teams have also shown interest in him, which include Oakland, Indy, St. Louis, San Fran., and the New York Jets. As always, when people find out that the Patriots have a strong interest for a player in the later rounds, they get a little upset. Does New England think they would be getting a steal if they selected Williamson? It's possible. Just ask Denver when they selected their new defensive captain, Danny Trevethan. I guess Avery Williamson isn't a secret amongst NFL scouts anymore.
"All those teams said they were impressed with me at the combine, and my agent told me it's a good sign that some teams -- the Titans, Patriots and Jaguars -- are already setting up meetings with me," Williamson said.
Best of luck to Avery as we near "draft day".