NFL Scouting Combine: Sunday’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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It’s no surprise that Sunday proved to be the most action packed day of the combine. This draft is deep with defensive line talent, and that talent was on display for all to see.

It’s difficult to know where to begin, because so many memorable moments took place. Let’s start with DT Quinnen Williams of Alabama. Williams measured in at 6-3, 303. He turned in one of the fastest 40 times by a 300+ defensive lineman ever (4.83), with NFL Research reporting it ranked fifth all time. His performance was another push to be the first player taken overall in this year’s draft.

Nick Bosa was on hand, after a long time rehabbing his Core muscle injury. Bosa look relaxed and ran 4.84, beating his bother’s 4.86 combine run. One couldn’t help but notice, Bosa’s thighs were absolutely huge, like tree trunks. He kept himself in the running for the top overall pick.

Montez Sweat was the talk of the Senior Bowl, and now he’s creating a buzz at the combine by running a 4.42 with a 1.58 split. Sweat put up 21 reps in the bench press and had a 36 vertical and 125 broad jump. He keeps moving up the draft broads.

Last week, I had questions about FSU’s Brian Burns’ size. Officially, he measured in at 6-5, 249. That’s DE size. He ran a 4.53 and that’s linebacker speed. He showed plenty of explosiveness in the vertical and broad jump. He’ll move up draft boards based on his size/speed combination.

Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence weighed in a 342. Like the second coming of Vince Wilfork. In 2004, Wilfork weighed in a 340, ran a 5.08 and benched 36 reps. Lawrence ran a 5.05 and also had 36 reps on the bench. Wilfolk was drafted 31st overall by the New England Patriots. I think Lawrence could be drafted somewhere in the 20’s range.

The two Devin’s. LSU’s Devin White ran a 4.42 and still looks like he’ll be the first pure linebacker off the board. While, Michigan’s Devin Bush ran a 4.4. Both looked smooth and fluid in their runs.

Speaking of Michigan. Rashan Gary is keeping himself in the top 5 talk. He ran a 4.58, the fastest time for all players listed as interior defensive linemen. Gary weighed 277 lbs.

Ben Banogu set a defensive linemen’s record with a 11′ 2″ broad jump. He made the jump at 250 lbs.

Houston’s Ed Oliver weighed-in at 287 (heavier than anticipated) and had 32 reps on the bench. It will be interesting to see where he will land and how he will be used at the next level. Dwight Freeney was only 6-1 and 266. Could Oliver, at 6-2, end up on the edge, playing closer to 260?

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The New York Giants have the sixth pick overall, and many expect them to select a QB with that pick. Here’s Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman’s Combine Presser.

RELATED: Dave Gettleman’s Full Combine Press Conference 2019

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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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