Marist's Mike Rios on 'fast' track to NFL?
Marist wide receiver Mike Rios may or may not get selected in this week’s NFL Draft, but there are 4.38 reasons to believe he’ll be on some team’s roster when training camps open.
Rios, the Red Foxes’ record-setting deep threat, worked out for pro scouts last month at Florida International University’s Pro Day in his hometown of Miami, running the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.38 seconds. That time was faster than the times recorded by all but three wide receivers invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Rios shattered single-game, single-season and career receiving records at Marist. Last year, he caught 50 passes for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging a whopping 23.5 yards per catch.
Yet Rios is only the 99th-best wide receiver prospect in the draft, according to NFLDraftScout.com, meaning he might have to settle for signing as an undrafted free agent. He participated in private workouts for the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears and also has reportedly drawn interest from the Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers.
Aside from his playmaking ability, Rios is a special-teams ace who blocked seven kicks in his Marist career and worked as a “gunner” on punt coverage. Those skills are crucial for any young player trying to crack an NFL team’s regular-season roster.