STORRS, CT -- New England was just one of 29 NFL teams accounted for at the University of Connecticut's pro day. Representatives from Washington, Minnesota, and Dallas were those not spotted.
The Patriots flashed brass.
Bill Belichick, clad in a Trinity lacrosse sweatshirt, rolled into the training complex with his son Steven not long after workouts started. Director of player personnel Nick Caserio, special teams coach Scott O'Brien, coaching assistant Chris Simms, and director of college scouting Jon Robinson were present at the start.
UConn's top prospects are cornerbacks Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz, and linebackers Sio Moore and Trevardo Williams. The quartet was invited to both the Senior Bowl and the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis.
After player heights, weights, and wingspans were measured, the entire group moved into the weight room for the 225-pound bench press. The Huskies who performed at the combine abstained, choosing to stick with the numbers recorded in Indianapolis. Moore made his presence felt, however, cheering his teammates at every rep.
The next task was measuring vertical leap, which was run by Simms.
Enter Nick Williams. If the 5-foot-9 kick returner and receiver was overlooked during the weigh-in, he raised eyebrows by jumping 37 inches. Though Williams' 4.5-second 40-yard dash time is relatively slow, his speed in the shuttle run and three-cone drill -- the way he changed direction so fluidly -- turned some heads; scouts and coaches 'oohed' and 'ahed' at their stopwatches after each exercise.
Belichick was also watching.
He looked on while talking with current UConn, former Dolphins coach Paul Pasqualoni for a significant stretch.
For Wreh-Wilson, it wasn't a bad thing Belichick showed up later than most.
"They said that he was going to be here and when I saw him, it was after I ran my 40, so I didn't have to worry about the nerves or anything like that. And by the time I did my position drills I didn't really spot him out, but he probably watched from somewhere.
"I saw him and Coach Pasqualoni talking for a little bit, so I'm like, OK, well, my head coach -- my old head coach -- is talking to Bill Belichick, so … just make sure you're on your stuff."
Moore said several pro staffers sought him out to say hello and that he performed well, but the linebacker mentioned only one person by name.
"Coach Belichick said he was happy to see me work, he liked the way I work."
The interaction was meaningful, if not flustering.
"I tried to stay calm," Moore laughed. "It's just a testimony. When you get something like that you don't get satisfied, you want to go out and do more."
Players and teams have just shy of one month to finish workouts and evaluations; the 2013 NFL draft kicks off April 25.