Kenny Willekes Pitches NFL Teams on Athleticism in Twitter Video Ahead of Draft

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2020

Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes plays against Michigan in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Michigan State defensive lineman Kenny Willekes provided an answer for those who doubt his athleticism going into the 2020 NFL draft.

Willekes tweeted a video of himself completing a number of impressive athletic feats, including propelling himself up a wall into a backflip and walking on his hands:

ESPN's Adam Schefter noted "Without Pro Days, this is one way that draft prospects now try to impress NFL teams" with many of the league's offseason activities postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Production wasn't much of an issue for the Michigan State product during his collegiate career.

He tallied double-digit tackles for loss in each of his final three seasons for the Spartans, including 20.5 in 2018. He finished the 2019 campaign with 78 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

Willekes ran a 4.87-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and Lance Zierlein of NFL.com pointed to his effort over his athleticism when providing a breakdown.

"He's a high effort worker-bee with a relentless nose for the football. His refusal to give in until the whistle is more responsible for his success than his size or athletic traits. He's neither quick nor explosive, but he's very instinctive and has an above-average understanding of blocking scheme and play development. He's become a very impactful college player against all odds, but lacks the athletic profile to stick around long-term as a pro."

That is exactly the type of scouting report Willekes is addressing with this video. 

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected Willekes as the 16th-best edge-rusher in this draft and predicted he would go in the fourth round in a post-Super Bowl mock draft.

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