BIRMINGHAM, AL -- Eleven NFL representatives were at Samford's Pro Day to watch four players, six were scheduled to attend. One of those players who worked out, defensive lineman Nick Williams.
Williams's the lone bulldog to have gotten an invite to the NFL combine.
"The combine is a big stress test," Williams said. "They stress you out and see how you perform. But, I think I did well today."
It was a pen and clipboard kind of day. The 309-pound Williams gave the scouts plenty to take note about. He ran an impressive 4.86 40-yard dash time, an improvement on his time of 3.94 at the combine.
The former Minor High School standout is hoping to become the second bulldog in as many years to be drafted.
"Just raw talent, [the scouts] think I can add more knowledge of the game," Williams said. "That's something you can work on in the classroom. I've been hearing good things from all 32 teams."
Samford's Alvin Hines and Riley Hawkins worked out, along with Jordan Lewis of Miles College. Hawkins said that the one thing you can't coach is what he brings to the table.
"My speed, speed kills," Hawkins said. "I'm dangerous in the kick return game and as a wide receiver. Whatever I can do to help team win."
Looking towards next season, the Samford Bulldogs open spring practice Wednesday at Seibert Stadium.
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