Connor Wujciak trying to prove he deserves a shot in the NFL

Mike Petraglia
March 17, 2016 - 9:22 am

[caption id="attachment_107150" align="alignright" width="375"] Connor Wujciak chases Syracuse Orange quarterback Zack Mahoney (16) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Carrier Dome last November. (Mark Konezny/USA Today Sports)[/caption] CHESTNUT HILL -- Connor Wujciak is trying to prove to NFL scouts and football executives that his high, intense motor will translate to the next level. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive lineman from Boston College is trying to show that his relatively smallish frame is NFL-ready. He was one of 11 former BC players to take part in the school's NFL Pro Day before scouts from 16 different teams on Wednesday. "I didn't do too much here, just had position drills," Wujciak said. "It went well, for sure. I think everybody did a good job out here that I've seen." Wujciak is part of a family with an impressive college football background. His brother, Alex, was a three-time All-ACC linebacker at Maryland and his father, Alan, played on the offensive line on Notre Dame's 1973 national championship squad. As for the here and now, Wujiack had his best year as an Eagle in 2015, earning first-team All-ACC honors with 12 stops behind the line, including 4.5 sacks. Wujciak has already prepped himself by talking to the likes of former teammates Kasim Edebali (DE, Saints) and Kevin Pierre-Louis (OLB, Seahawks). "I'm enjoying it," Wujciak said of the process. "From guys I've talked to in the league, guys that have played here, Kasim, KPL and all those guys, they say just enjoy the experience because you only do it once. You only get to do this whole thing once. Pro Day, Combine, the whole draft process. I get one shot at the whole thing so I'm just doing my best and enjoying the ride. "Either way, you've got to show up and perform so I feel like I kind of approached it the same way for both things." While the team had a dismal 3-9 overall mark and lost all eight ACC games, Wujciak was the anchor of a Boston College unit that finished No. 1 in the nation this past season in overall defense, allowing just 254.3 yards per game. "I will always hold a special place for this last season in my heart for having the No. 1 defense in the country," Wujciak said. "Obviously disappointed at our record on the season but it's pretty cool to look at the overall defense stats and we're at the top in most categories. "I think not just the defense but the character of the whole team. I don't think there's any game anyone can say Boston College just sat down and took the loss. We were fighting every game, offense and defense, both sides. I think that's something we're proud of."