INDIANAPOLIS – Former University of Wyoming defensive end Carl Granderson had a successful Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine, although legal issues that could have made him ineligible to compete here remain unresolved.
Granderson, the former high school wide receiver who was measured at 6-foot-5, 254 pounds, displayed his athleticism with an official 40-yard dash time of 4.79 seconds. The time was 11th-best among edge rushers, a position group noted for its speed at this combine. Granderson’s broad jump of 119 inches was sixth-best in the group.
Granderson, a first team All-MW selection as a junior and a second team pick as a senior, prides himself in his athleticism and feels that is what he can bring to an NFL team as a pass rusher.
“I’m also an outside linebacker, that’s what I played in high school,” Granderson said. “I can drop, rush out of a two-point stance, whatever they need me to do.”
Last month, Granderson was charged with third-degree sexual assault and sexual battery in Albany County Circuit Court in Laramie. According to the affidavit, Granderson made unwanted sexual contact with two women while they slept at an off-campus apartment in November.
The alleged incident occurred after UW’s season ended.
Granderson hasn’t entered a plea and did not address the incident when asked by reporters at the combine.
“As of right now it’s still an on-going investigation, I’m not allowed to talk about it,” Granderson said.
In 2016 the NFL issued a policy change that would bar any prospect with convictions for sexual assault to attend the combine. Since the alleged charges against Granderson were filed after his invitation, he was allowed to attend and participate in all activities.
Former UW safety Andrew Wingard, the Mountain West’s all-time leader in solo tackles, had his on-field testing Monday. Some of his results were:
-- 40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds
-- Vertical jump: 36.5 inches
-- Broad jump: 121 inches
-- 60-yard shuttle: 11.69 seconds
-- 20-yard shuttle: 4.20 seconds
-- 3-cone drill: 7.08 seconds
Wingard, a Colorado native who has been considered one of the best small-school prospects in this year’s draft class, feels he has proven his worth on film.
“Running a really fast time or doing good in the drills may elevate you a little bit, but it’s not going to change much,” Wingard said.
As prospects from outside the Power 5 conferences, Granderson and Wingard entered the combine with a chip on their shoulders.
“People are going to say we didn’t play the level of competition, we didn’t see the same speed, but for me and Carl I know we can go out there and prove a lot of people that we belong,” Wingard said.
In the past 10 years, seven players from UW have been drafted by NFL teams. In last year’s draft, quarterback Josh Allen was selected seventh overall by the Buffalo Bills.