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USF tight end Mitch Wilcox suffers ‘rough day at the office’ at NFL combine

The Tarpon Springs alumnus takes a hard spiral to the face during a receiving drill
USF tight end Mitch Wilcox took a hard spiral to the face during the "gauntlet drill" at the NFL scouting combine Thursday in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) [CHARLIE NEIBERGALL | AP]

You know your NFL scouting combine workout has been historically spectacular, or slapstick, when TMZ documents it.

And so it was with former USF tight end Mitch Wilcox, whose underwhelming performance Thursday in Indianapolis was lowlighted when he took a hard spiral to the left eye.

The incident occurred during the combine’s “gauntlet drill,” when receiver and tight end prospects run vertically while passes are intermittently flung to them from both directions.

“Rough day at the office for sure,” Wilcox tweeted Thursday evening. “Couldn’t see well out of my left eye and was disoriented after that ball. I’ll bounce back.”

The owner of essentially every major USF receiving record for a tight end, Wilcox (6-foot-3, 247 pounds) recorded a 4.88-second time in the 40-yard dash, which ranked 15th among the 17 tight ends who ran, according to the NFL.com results tracker.

Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam (6-5, 258) had the fastest time (4.49).

Elsewhere, Wilcox’s 31-inch vertical leap ranked 14th among 15 tight ends measured as of early Thursday evening. He fared slightly better in the 20-yard shuttle (4.43 seconds), ranking ninth out of 13 tight ends.

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