There’s a pretty good chance that you didn’t knew who Wes Saxton was last season.
And then the NFL Combine happened.
The South Alabama tight end ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash at his position with a 4.65. Even more impressive? He’s 6-3, 250 pounds.
Needless to say, Saxton will be one of the top tight ends selected in this year’s draft.
“Life is great,” Saxton said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I’m just enjoying the process. Ready to see what it’ll be like in a couple more days.”
Saxton has been fielding calls from his agent, as well as NFL teams that have expressed interest in the Sun Belt standout.
“I think I’m very underrated because of the school I went to,” Saxton said. “But I think I proved them wrong once I got to the combine. I think I impressed a lot of scouts and coaches there with my performance. So I was pretty pleased with what I did.”
Saxton is big, strong and fast. He also played wide receiver in high school, so he knows how to get off the line, create separation and get open.
“It helped me a lot,” Paxton said. “(My high school) coach always had me at receiver. Going into college, I started off as receiver but they eventually turned me into a tight end. So playing (wide receiver) definitely helped me a lot to get open as far as playing tight end.”
Saxton had 50 catches for 635 yards for South Alabama in 2013 before the offense underwent a bit of an overhaul in 2014. He had just 20 catches for 155 yards last year, but you cannot take those numbers at face value.
“I think I adjusted (to the new offense) pretty well,” Paxton said. “I faced a pretty big (ankle) injury, so that played a part of my stats dropping. But I think we did good. We went to our first bowl game this year, so it was pretty big for the school.”
South Alabama lost to Bowling Green, 33-28, to finish the season 6-7.
Looking ahead, Saxton could be a matchup nightmare at the next level.
“I got coaches at the NFL level telling me I can play any position – with my hand down, backfield, being wideout and also being in the slot,” Saxton said. “I feel I can be used pretty much a lot when it comes to playing in the NFL. I can create mismatches from any standpoint. I’m definitely looking forward to the opportunity. I think once guys get more time to watch my film and look at the numbers I put up at the combine and my pro day, they’ll be pretty pleased.”
Speaking of the combine, Saxton, like many prospects, got a handful of odd questions.
“Oh they’re pretty crazy,” he said. “The weirdest question I got was are you a cat or are you a dog? I said dog. They said, ‘Well, a cat can finesse more, so why wouldn’t you want to be a cat?’ I was pretty lost. That was the weirdest question I got.”