NFL Draft 2017: Chiefs, Raiders interview Wisconsin WR Rob Wheelwright
By Matt Conner
The Chiefs, Raiders and Packers are three teams zeroing in on Wisconsin wide receiver Rob Wheelright.
The Kansas City Chiefs were represented at the University of Wisconsin’s Pro Day this week, taking a closer look at NFL prospects like pass rusher T.J. Watt, offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk and running back Corey Clement. One player who also earned some time with the Chiefs was wide receiver Robert Wheelwright, who failed to earn an invitation to the NFL Combine held in Indianapolis earlier this month.
Wheelwright had 38 catches for 448 yards and a single touchdown last year, hardly the sort of eye-popping stats that would make fans excited or even draw much attention. However, any wideout for Wisconsin will be looking at smaller numbers in such a run-focused offense. He was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which gave him a chance to shine away from the Wisconsin offensive scheme, but he was mostly hidden there as well, catching a scant 3 passes for 27 yards.
Still that hasn’t stopped NFL teams from checking him out, especially as a potentially strong performer on special teams as a player with hands who has also proven so adept at blocking.
Wheelwright recorded the best long jump on the day, and had a nice vertical jump as well.
After his Pro Day performance, Wheelwright commented that he did what he’d hoped to do.
"“I felt like I did a great job there and showcased my talent, especially for being at Wisconsin and not really being a deep-ball threat,” said Wheelwright. “I really showed I am versatile and can go deep when I was at that bowl, so I’ve received good feedback from that.”"
Wheelwright, a 6-3, 203 lb. senior, has 69 catches for 890 yards and 6 touchdowns in his Wisconsin career.