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NFL Scouting Combine: Monday’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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We’ve all know, for quite some time now, that the DL was the strength of the draft. And after watching, Quinnen Williams, Nick Bosa, Montez Sweat, Rashan Gary and Dexter Lawrence … the DB’s looked less than impressive.

Greedy Williams ran a 4.37, but then looked less than stellar in the workouts. He stumbled in the backpedal, and had to restart several times. Eventually, he was sidelined due to cramping. I would think he’d want to do it again at Pro Day.

Not all was lost on Monday though. Several guys upped their stock. Jamel Dean ran a blistering 4.30. Originally signed at Ohio State, but knee issues led him to being declared medically disqualified by the Buckeyes. He had another knee injury in 2016 while at Auburn. However, in 2017, Dean emerged as a quality cover corner having eight pbu’s to go with 43 tackles. In 2018, Dean finished with 30 total tackles and nine pbu’s. The NFL Scouting Combine will determine exactly where Dean will go in the draft. With so many picks, the Broncos could easily gamble on a risk-reward prospect like Dean.

For Dean’s Combine footage, click here.

Michigan’s David Long looked good throughout the day. While Central Michigan’s Sean Bunting looked smooth running a 4.42, with a 41.5 vertical and 126 broad jump.

Washington’s Taylor Rapp solidified himself as a top safety prospect. Rapp’s teammate, Byron Murphy solidified himself as one of the top corners in this draft.

Until Greedy Williams can redeem himself, DeAndre Baker will now compete with Bryon Murphy for the top cornerback to be drafted. Rock Ya-Sin looked solid as well, keeping his place in the top tier.

There’s a couple of players that will be moving up draft boards: one is Maryland’s Darnell Savage, another is Boston College’s Will Harris. Houston’s Isaiah Johnson tested well, and looked good in the drills. And Virginia’s Juan Thornhill put up some eye popping numbers.

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The Dallas Cowboys have the 58th overall pick. Jerry Jones meets with local reporters at the NFL Combine and tells-all on Witten’s return, Dak, D-Law, and Garrett’s contracts, his desire to win now and more.

RELATED: Jerry Jones’ Full Uncut Interview @ 2019 Combine

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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.

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.

NFL Scouting Combine: Kyler Murray and Joe Hamilton a generation apart.

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 

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The biggest news, so far, is Kyler Murray’s height. If you haven’t, yet, heard, he measured 5-10 1/8 — less than an inch shorter than Russell Wilson.

Kyler Murray standing tall between Dwayne Haskins (l) and Tua Tagovailoa (r).
Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

His hands measured 9 1/2 – again, bigger than anticipated.

Times have changed and everyone seems convinced that Murray will be a first round pick and a star in the making.

I remember when Joe Hamilton was coming out of Georgia Tech. As a senior in 1999, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, won the Davey O’Brien Award, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing as the runner-up in the Heisman voting behind Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne.

Hamilton could throw it 50 yards and run like grease lightning. He was an exciting player to watch, not just for fans of the Ramblin’ Wreck, but for any college football fan. Much like Murray in 2018-2019.

Due to Hamilton’s lack of prototypical height for an NFL quarterback (standing just 5’10″/1.78 m), he fell to the 7th round of the 2000 NFL Draft before being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In three years with the Buccaneers he only played four downs in a single regular-season game.

It’s interesting to look back at how much the game has changed in only one generation. Today, Murray will get an opportunity that, unfortunately, wasn’t available to Joe Hamilton a short 20 years ago.

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Another Combine interview worth checking out: Steve Keim, GM of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals own the first overall pick. They have one pick in each of the first four rounds, plus four compensatory picks.

RELATED: Listen in to GM Steve Keim address various topics on Wednesday from the NFL Scouting Combine.

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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.

Who will shine? Quarterbacks at the Combine

Who was invited and who will have to wait until Pro Day?

An Easton Stick cut-up vs rival So. Dakota State.
Video Credit: Caddy to the Lama

17 Invited:

  • Jake Browning, Washington
  • Ryan Finley, NC State
  • Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
  • Will Grier, West Virginia
  • Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
  • Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
  • Daniel Jones, Duke
  • Drew Lock, Missouri
  • Trace McSorley, Penn State
  • Gardner Minshew II, Washington State
  • Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  • Brett Rypien, Boise State
  • Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt
  • Easton Stick, No. Dakota State
  • Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
  • Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi
  • Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

Questions to be answered?

Browning threw 43 touchdowns in 2016, but only 35 over the next two seasons.
Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer

Did Jake Browning peak his sophomore year? And does he still have what it takes to move up to the next level?

How much does Ryan Finely weigh? Is he big enough to take repeated shots and hold up?

Does the athletic Nick Fitzgerald have enough accuracy to transition to the pro game?

Scouts keep looking at Trace McSorley, there are questions about his height and accuracy, but he’s scrappy. Will he interview well enough to convince a team he’s got what it takes?

How tall is Kyler Murray? How much does he weigh? And does he really have 4.3 speed?

Can Kyle Shurmer perform well enough in the position drills to move up the draft boards?

Is Easton Stick a novelty or the next generation of quarterback?

Does Jarrett Stidham have enough arm strength?

Has Jordan Ta’amu been mistakenly ignored?

Can the workman-like Clayton Thorson wow scouts?

Pro Day watch list:

Cornelius and Blough both displayed good arm-strength and poor decision-making (aka: turning the ball over) at the East-West Shrine Game. Can they convince teams they can overcome adversity?

McMaryion also played at the East-West Shrine Game. He met with the LA Rams and NO Saints. Coming in somewhere around 6-1, 196, he has a small frame which could be a concern at the next level.

Same could be said of Amir Hall, an outstanding DII player from Bowie State. He’s listed at 6-4, 195, and also looks thin-framed.

Justice Hansen has a quick release, but has played in an spread offense that throws a lot of screens and bubble routes. He wasn’t invited to participate any post-season games, so his Pro Day will be big.

It’s been said a number of times, that while No. Dakota State’s Easton Stick has had more team success, So. Dakota State’s Taryn Christion has certainly put up better individual stats. A good Pro Day for Christion and he could find himself getting drafted.

Devlin Hodges broke Steve “Air” McNair’s all-time passing record; he beat out Easton Stick to win the Walter Payton Award and was named the FCS Player of the Year Award; and still, he wasn’t invited to the Combine?

Check out Devlin Hodge’s interview with Emory Hunt:

Devlin Hodges talks with Emory Hunt at the 2018 Tropical Bowl.
Video Credit: footballgameplan.com

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Who will be at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine?

Earlier this week, the NFL released the full list of the 338 participants invited to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, which takes place at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis from February 26 to March 4.

Ohio State’s Denzel Ward ran in the 4.32’s last year and was drafted fourth overall.
Photo: Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

The Scouting Combine is the place where dreams can come true. Run a great 40 and you make yourself a lot of money. Every year, talent evaluators – GM’s, coaches, and scouts – line the field with stopwatches and clipboards in hand hoping to find the next star player.

The Combine invitees will go run through a whole battery of tests and evaluations. They have their physical measurements taken; an injury evaluation; drug screening; the then the Cybex and Wonderlic tests.

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

Each position group run through drills specific their position. For example, we won’t see any offensive linemen catching passes; however, we will see receivers, tight ends, running back, defensive backs and linebackers all participating in receiving drills.

Each team is also allowed to interview up to 60 players. Interviews are limited to 15-minutes each. Teams are hoping to get a feel for the player and to see if he would be a good fit for the organization.

Players not at the Combine, typically, attend a Pro Day somewhere. Pro Days are held on campuses across the country and dates are released as the events are scheduled. They usually start around mid-March.

Between now and the draft, Nat L. Faybian’s NFL Mock Draft will be taking a closer look at the combine, combine results, position groups, and Pro Days.

To view the full list of prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, click here.

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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