NFL Scouting Combine: Saturday’s talking points

Tentative Combine workout schedule:
» GROUP 1: Friday, Mar 1: PK, ST, OL, RB 
» GROUP 2: Saturday, Mar 2: QB, WR, TE 
» GROUP 3: Sunday, Mar 3: DL, LB 
» GROUP 4: Monday, Mar 4: DB 

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Friday’s NFL Scouting Combine saw the OL, RB, and ST groups workout. On Saturday, the QB, WR, and TE groups took the field.

There were a handful of wide receivers that ran under 4.4. The wide receivers that captured the audience’s attention included D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, Andy Isabella, Mecole Hardman, Terry McLaurin, and Darius Slayton.

D.K. Metcalf is a complete and total freak. He measured in a 6-3, 228. Has a 34 7/8″ wingspan (compare to center Garrett Bradbury who is also 6-3, but only has a 31 3/4 wingspan). His mits measured 9 7/8. But there’s more, beyond the measurables.

Not only did Metcalf run a 4.33. He bench pressed 27 reps at 225. He out-lifted 26 of the offensive linemen and tied two others.

His vertical was 40.5 and his broad jump was 134. The man is a beast. After this performance, I would expect Metcalf to move into the top 15.

A trio of Ohio State guys lit it up. Johnny Dixon ran a 4.41. Terry McLaurin ran a 4.35, after impressing scouts at the Senior Bowl – his stock will rise. And Parris Campbell ran a blistering 4.31.

Let’s quickly compare Campbell to another Ohio State guy, Curtis Samuel (now with Carolina). Both ran a 4.31 forty. Samuel had 18 reps on the bench to Campbell’s 10. However, Campbell easily beat Samuel’s vertical, broad jump and 20-yard shuttle. Samuel went in round two, pick forty. Campbell should go in about that same area.

Andy Isabella is being touted as the next great slot receiver, but he just blew a 4.31 (matching Campbell). With that kind of speed, teams will envision him as more than just a slot receiver.

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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.

RELATED: Ohio State Defensive Lineman Nick Bosa Interview

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The TE’s also worked out on Saturday. Noah Fant may have re-established himself as the top TE in this class. Fant ran a group best 4.5 forty, while posting very good numbers in the vertical, broad jump, the three cone drill and in both shuttle drills.

Irv Smith, Jr., measured a smaller than anticipated. He came in at 6-2, and his wingspan only measured 31 1/2. So, will most likely fall behind both Iowa Hawkeyes on draft day.

Hockenson, the other Hawkeye, came in at prototypical size (6-5/251). His numbers were near the top of the pack all the way across the board.

Zach Gentry, from Michigan, disappointed with only 12 reps at 225. Two California tight ends helped themselves this weekend. Josh Oliver of St. Jose State and Kahale Warring of San Diego State both turned in workouts that will move them up draft boards.

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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.

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KEY DATES

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.

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