Halpin, Williams flying under the radar after Pro Day

Offensive linemen Darrell Williams Jr., and Max Haplin complete a combine drill during pro day at L.T. Smith Stadium.

John Reecer

The main attraction at WKU Football’s Pro Day on Monday was without question the tandem of former senior offensive lineman Forrest Lamp and former senior wide receiver Taywan Taylor.

However, a pair of seasoned offensive linemen were also able to attract some attention even if it wasn’t on the same level as Lamp or Taylor.

Former seniors Max Halpin and Darrell Williams were both able to have positive pro days as multiple scouts were interested in both of these prospects.

Halpin said he was able to receive some positive feedback from scouts after he recorded 35 reps on the bench press which would’ve been the highest in all of the NFL combine had he attended the event.

“To me, that’s the best center in the nation,” Williams said of Halpin. “He is smart, and he knows the offense like the back of his hand. He is a good teammate, and he can get everyone motivated.”

During his time at WKU, Halpin was named to the Preseason Rimington Award Watch List in 2015 and 2016. The award is given to the best center in all of college football.

“Max is probably one of the best leaders on our team, and the smartest center I have played with,” Lamp said. “The calls he makes, and the way he learns the offense, it can teach the younger guys. It’s just ridiculous.”

Halpin is currently ranked as the 15th best center in the draft by NFLdraftscout.com, but the Fort Mitchell native remains positive about the draft, and how he can help an NFL team.

“I think I can help just by pushing the guys,” Halpin said. “I came here as a walk on. The first thing I did was that I pushed my teammates around, and I pushed the o-line around. They really didn’t like that too much, but I just grinded every day, and I made my teammates better. That’s how I can impact a team.”

Williams on the other hand also met with multiple teams during the event on Monday. According to a report from Tony Pauline of draftanalyst.com, Williams met with the Indianapolis Colts, the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

Different from the nerves he usually feels on game day, Williams felt a lot of pressure when he woke up on Monday morning.

“I woke up just shaking [Monday]. I was so nervous,” Williams said. “I feel like I did pretty well. I feel like I ran pretty good. My main focus was to get through everything healthy today…”

Williams is ranked as the 52nd tackle prospect in the draft by cbssports.com. The website also projects him as an undrafted prospect.

“He’s a great guy and one of my great friends,” Halpin said of Williams. “He is a spectacular dude, and I think he would make a great impact on an NFL team.”

The NFL Draft will take place on April 27 through April 29 in Philadelphia as both Williams and Halpin will wait patiently to see if their names will be called toward the end of event. Until then, every goal met from here on will be a memory for both players.

“When I first came here as a walk-on my primary goal was to play,” Halpin said. “As the years went on, and I started so many games I thought I loved the game, and I would give it a shot at the next level. I’m happy I’m out here for pro day. It’s a goal of mine that I’ve achieved. It’s so special.”

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