NFL Scouting Combine: Friday’s talking points
Tentative Combine workout schedule:
» GROUP 1: Friday, Mar 1: PK, ST, OL, RB
» GROUP 2: Saturday, Mar 2: QB, WO, TE
» GROUP 3: Sunday, Mar 3: DL, LB
» GROUP 4: Monday, Mar 4: DB
Friday’s NFL Scouting Combine saw the OL, RB, and ST groups workout.
The running backs that captured attention included Justice Hill, Miles Sanders, Travis Homer, and Alex Barnes.
Justice Hill, by far, had the most rewarding day. The junior from Oklahoma State recorded the fastest 40-time, at 4.40. Among his group, he also had the best vertical jump, and tied with two others for the best broad jump. Leading up the combine, I thought Hill looked explosive on tape. Hill will move up draft boards because of his performance this week.
Miami’s Travis Homer is another running back that helped himself with a good outing. He ran a 4.48 with a 39.5 vertical and 130 broad jump.
Penn State Miles Sanders had a good day, as did Michigan’s Karan Hidgon and Notre Dame’s Dexter Jackson.
K-State’s Alex Barnes had the best day for backs weighing in at over 220 lbs. He had 34 reps on the bench press, best by far for his position. He showed plenty of explosiveness to go with that power. His stock should improve as well.
Friday was also the day when QB’s talked with the media. Perhaps, the most interesting press conference belonged to the 5-10 Kyler Murray.
The OL also worked out on Friday. The most impressive day was had by Andre Dillard of Washington State. At 306 pounds, Dillard ran an impressive 4.92 in the 40-yard dash. He also posted the top 20-yard shuttle for his group, coming in at 4.4.
There was a lot of buzz around NC State’s Garrett Bradbury. He ran the fastest off all the OL, coming in at 4.92 in the forty. He also came in with the second shortest wingspan of his group, measuring only 31 3/4 inches.
Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom followed up a strong Senior Bowl with a good showing, he should continue to rise up draft boards.
There was a some talk about Alabama’s Jonah Williams maybe being asked to move inside to guard at the next level. Williams didn’t do anything to hurt himself, but he didn’t stand out either. So, we shouldn’t be surprised if we his stock slipping a little bit between now and the draft.
Again, some of the most important skills tests include:
- 40-yard dash
- Bench press (225 lb repetitions)
- Vertical jump
- Broad jump
- 20-yard shuttle
- 3 cone drill
To view the full list of prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, click here.
The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis will begin on Feb. 26; the franchise-tag deadline is on March 5; free agency starts on March 13; and then the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, will run from April 25-27.