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Garett Bolles, Marcus Williams join Utah's seniors at Pro Day

SALT LAKE CITY — Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were on hand for Utah’s annual Pro Day. They were in town to get a closer look at projected high draft picks like offensive tackle Garett Bolles and safety Marcus Williams, as well as a senior class headed by defensive end Hunter Dimick.

“I think it went well. I think our guys are very well prepared and they performed,” said Utah director of player personnel Pablo Cano, who oversaw the event. “They looked really good, very impressive.”

After posting impressive performances at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Bolles and Williams opted for limited participation in Thursday’s gathering.

Bolles, who has been projected to go as high as the first round in next month’s NFL draft, explained that he really just wanted to continue to grind with his brothers one last time as a Ute.

“I just want to show coaches that I can play football,” Bolles said.

The 6-foot-5, 297-pound left tackle added his belief that nobody has as much upside as he does in this year’s draft.

“I’m very happy with my combine numbers and everything I did,” he said. “I thought I did very well and separated myself from everyone else.”

In preparation for his impending professional career, Bolles has been working with former NFL star Jackie Slater and current San Francisco 49ers tackle Joe Staley.

Bolles is determined to continue moving forward as the draft approaches. He listed athletic ability, speed, the strength in his legs and power as his top qualities.

“It’s a blessing,” Bolles said. “The good Lord upstairs has taken very good care of me and blessed me with a very physical body and a very healthy body also.”

Even so, Bolles isn’t taking anything for granted.

“A lot of teams like me, but at the end of the day, anything can happen. I can move up, I can drop, or you never know,” he said. “So I’ve just got to trust in what I believe in, talk to my agent and just continue to get better every single day."

Utah offensive line coach Jim Harding noted that the NFL will be getting a guy that is extremely competitive and wants to be one of the best.

“He’s going to work hard, really interested in technique and things like that — understands that he has a lot to learn but is willing to work for it,” Harding said. “So I think there’s a good opportunity for him at the next level and obviously he’s got to go in and work hard, just do the same things that he’s done here to be able to play so early.”

The Snow College transfer stepped in and earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in his one and only season at Utah.

Williams, meanwhile, is also projected to be drafted in the first couple of rounds. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound safety also gave up his final season of collegiate eligibility for an opportunity to play in the NFL.

“Where I land is wherever I land,” he said while speaking with reporters at Utah’s indoor facility.

Like Bolles, Williams also had a strong showing at the combine.

“Coming here, I just wanted to make sure I could do my position drills over again and just make sure I was still fluent,” he said.

Defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley, who is also Utah’s safeties coach, considers Williams to be one-of-a-kind.

“Those are the types of players that make good coaches,” Scalley said. “Everything about him — the way he attacks stretch, warmups, school work — everything about him is competitive and that’s why teams love him besides his athleticism.

“What makes him a complete prospect is what he does off the field,” Scalley continued. “So teams are really intrigued with him. His range, his ball skills. He did well for himself today in those drills.”

The star of the day, though, may have been Dimick. The Pac-12 leader in sacks and tackles for loss, who was not invited to the combine, had an impressive Pro Day.

“Hunter is a boss and he’s going to get an opportunity and I hope everyone in the nation understands that,“ Bolles said. “He was the best defensive end in the country in my opinion.”


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