PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Guard Desmond Wynn could not have picked a better time to finally get healthy.
Going through the most extensive and stressful job interview of his life, the former Rutgers offensive lineman is fully healed from multiple shoulder injuries and impressing scouts across the country with his range of motion.
“Being healthy definitely played a factor,” Wynn said. “I know there are some guys out there that had been banged up during the season and there were drills that they didn't do because they couldn't just because their bodies couldn't allow it. They couldn't train for [the NFL Combine].”
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, who used to be Wynn’s position coach, compared the big man to other Rutgers players in the NFL. In Wynn, Flood sees a lot of what Jeremy Zuttah and Howard Barbieri bring to the table professionally.
“He had a great combine which didn't surprise me,” Flood said. “Desmond is a guy that was a converted offensive lineman and I really believe his best football is ahead of him. You just started to see this year as a senior the type of dominant football player Desmond Wynn is and I think that will continue as he goes forward into the NFL.”
Wynn came to Rutgers as a defensive lineman out of Wilmington, Del., but never found playing time until he moved to the offensive line.
As a fifth-year senior, he was arguably the team’s most consistent offensive lineman and performed well in his only start at left tackle, a victory over Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
“I haven't been playing [offensive line] that long,” Wynn said. “There were teams that asked me when I got moved and I told them and they were shocked that I got moved and I'm playing this well. You guys may say I'm playing well but actually me, I know I have a long way to go. There are a lot of things that I can do better, and I know that me being hurt was a setback to a lot of that, but now I'm healthy, so I'm just going out there and getting better and better every day.”
Moving from defensive line, Wynn said he learned all of his offensive line skills from Flood, who now is the head coach of the program.
“Flood has been saying for years that he wants to be a head coach,” Wynn said. “He’s waiting for that chance to come. When I heard that [Greg] Schiano was leaving, I knew Coach Flood was going to be the guy. I know for a fact. I’m not doubting it at all. I was tweeting about it. ‘Flood’s going to be the head coach. Just watch.’ Sure enough, he got it. I’m very happy for him. I know he definitely has everything it takes to be a head coach. He’s going to lead the guys and win the Big East Championship this year.”