Logan Wilson adapting to ‘weird’ draft experience
LARAMIE -- It was a whirlwind 72 hours for Logan Wilson.
After competing at Wyoming's NFL Pro Day in front of 23 pro scouts March 10 in Laramie, Wilson boarded a plane and headed to Philadelphia for what was supposed to be the first of a handful of official visits.
He got a tour of the Eagles' NovaCare Complex. He saw the locker room, met administration and looked at some film. Then, he was told the day was being cut short.
COVID-19, or coronavirus, was forcing the team to shut down the building.
"A team official said, 'everyone is going home today,'" Wilson said Tuesday afternoon over the phone from his home in Casper. "It's definitely weird. It's out of our control so we are working with what we've got."
Wyoming's four-year starting linebacker and three-time team captain, was supposed to fly into Chicago the following day. Instead, he hopped on a direct flight to Denver.
His NFL tour was over -- abruptly.
Wilson is putting his phone to good use these days.
He has used Face Time and Zoom to speak with a number of teams, including Josh Allen's Buffalo Bills. He has spoken over the phone with Broncos' linebacker coach, Reggie Herring.
He had four official meetings at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He had four more at the Senior Bowl in Alabama.
In all, Wilson has spoken to at least 17 NFL teams. Even scouts from other squads are checking in to make sure they have the correct phone number.
Does Wilson have a desired destination?
"It's easy for me to say because I grew up a Broncos' fan," he said. "To end up in Denver ... Actually, I'll be thankful to whatever team decides to draft me."
Whoever takes a chance on the former Natrona County Mustang will be getting a player who racked up 409 tackles in Laramie. Wilson also picked off 10 passes and tallied seven sacks.
Wilson was an All-American as a senior. He was also named first-team All-Mountain West Conference.
His numbers at the combine went like this: 4.63 (40-yard dash), 21 (bench reps of 225 pounds), 32 inches (vertical jump), 121 inches (broad jump), 7.07 (3-cone drill), 4.27 (20-yard shuffle). He weighed in at 241 pounds. He is all of 6 feet, 2 inches tall.
All that was left was the working out, keeping in shape and honing his craft. That took place in northern California before the combine, now, it's in his dad's basement.
"He lives right next to Kelly Walsh High School, so I go over to the field to do speed work," Wilson said. "My girlfriend is working out with me, too. Obviously, she isn't doing same thing as me, but it's cool to not be alone. My dad will do some 100-yard runs with me, too."
Wilson claims the nerves haven't set in yet. He's expecting those to kick in when the NFL Draft begins April 23. Wilson and his family will gather at a local hotel with family and friends. He has no idea when his name will be called or where he is heading, but he is looking forward to this process nearing its end.
"It's all in God's hands," he said. "I've done what I'm supposed to do in these steps leading up to draft, so, we will see where I end up. I'm relying in the fact that God will put me where I'm meant to be."
Q&A WITH LOGAN
Logan Wilson will join 7220sports.com for a live Q&A session April 22 at 2 p.m. Mountain Time. He will take questions and give away some of his own personal gear to a few lucky fans. All you have to do is follow/ like the 7220sports.com Facebook page to be notified of when we go live.
7220sports.com will be joining the Wilson family on draft weekend in Casper. We are excited to capture the excitement, nerves and emotions of the moment with one of the best players in Wyoming football history. We will have photos, video and stories from our day with Wilson. Stay tuned for that.