Lamar Jackson Louisville
- No quarterback is as nearly talented as Jackson in this class. Not only does he have amazing athleticism, but his arm launches rockets on every throw. I do realize his size and style of play could scare teams away making them see a lot of Robert Griffin in his game. However, if you watch the tape he is a more conscious pocket passer and runner in the open field than RG3 ever was. He has actually gotten better from the pocket this past season as people were more enamored with Baker Mayfield. I would argue though that Jackson deserved the Heisman again this year after posting better numbers than his Heisman winning year the season prior. If he displays his good arm and speed I can see smart teams late in the first round coveting him.
Josh Allen Wyoming
- I am not really into Josh Allen to be honest. His accuracy, happy feet, and inability to elevate Wyoming like other quarterbacks who have come out of smaller schools. However, I think at the Combine where he can impress with his arm strength, size, and mobility he could end up being the first quarterback taken. Any team would love to have him and could talk themselves into fixing his accuracy woes. The Combine does weird things to teams and gives them amnesia when they watch game tape, which is more important than Combine numbers. Allen could be the guy that has people drooling at the Combine and talk themselves into taking him earlier than he should go. Much like Blake Bortles and others throughout the ages.
Saquon Barkley Penn St
- I am stunned by the level of stupidity that some people actually believe Barkley belongs in the mid teens rather than the top five. In what world is he suddenly not that good. Any tape you watch of him he basically carried Penn St to many of their wins until opposing teams began really keying in on him. At the Combine he should demonstrate his great all around talent as a fast, strong, elusive, and soft handed running back who can do it all. I know he will be faster than Fournette and have naturally better hands right away. I also know he is a more reliable player on and off the field than Ezekiel Elliott who has a ton of baggage that will probably follow him throughout his career. Barkley to me is one of the safest prospects in the draft next to Quenton Nelson.
Nick Chubb Georgia, Royce Freeman Oregon, Derrius Guice LSU & Bo Scarborough Alabama
- All of these backs I am putting under one blanket since they all have the same bugaboo that can have them fall. None of them were ever really relied upon to pass block or catch passes out of the back field. All have great talent as a straight up runner in and outside the tackles. However, in today's NFL you need to catch passes consistently to be considered a first round prospect. If any of them stands out more than the others during the workouts they should be able to distance themselves from this crowded running back class.
Simmie Cobbs Jr Indiana
- Cobbs reminds me a lot of Alshon Jeffrey with his ability to use his size and big hands on the outside to dominate his defender. He should also be a very reliable red zone threat towering over defenders. The big issue is his speed and as a bigger receiver you either have the speed to be Jeffrey or you turn into LaQuon Treadwell who cannot create any separation. If he runs a good 40 time he can really help his stock and stand out in this lackluster receiver class.
Christian Kirk Texas A&M
- One year ago people were salivating for when Kirk could declare for the draft between his explosive speed and ability to turn any pass into a touchdown. Many even compared him to the second coming of OBJ. Then comes a lackluster year with up and down quarterback play now he is on the verge of falling out of the second round. I say that is ridiculous since a receiver depends so much on a good quarterback and it was not his fault that his numbers were down. At the Combine he should flash his speed, and great hands much like OBJ did coming out of LSU. I would not be shocked if he ends up being one of the first receivers taken when it's all said and done.
Dante Pettis Washington
- Another player with a lot of speed who can stand out is Pettis. Especially, if you want to upgrade your return game. It was not the 40 time record holder John Ross manning those duties at Washington, it was Pettis during their time together and he was excellent at it. The issue with Pettis is his unreliable hands and his shaky routes. If he displays good hands and better routes at the Combine I could see him being a nice sleeper pick to rise in the second round.
Auden Tate Florida St, Equanimeous St.Brown Notre Dame, Marcel Ateman Oklahoma St, & Jaleel Scott New Mexico St
- One thing that always catches teams eyes when they scout receivers is size. All four of these receivers display just that and could be a tantalizing prospect to dominate on the outside and red zone. However, speed will be a big barometer on depending one where these guys will be taken or if they will even have success at the next level. If any or all four display good 40 times to go along with good all around talent they could be nice risers. Even possibly sneaking into the first round in regard to Tate and St.Brown with so many teams seeking better receivers.
Dallas Goedert South Dakota St
- This class of tight ends is a little underwhelming, but like receivers they are often over drafted with teams trying to build more dynamic offenses. Every year there are small school tight ends that rise displaying rare athleticism and untapped potential that teams want to dig into looking for the next big thing. Goedert could be that guy with his 6'5" frame and soft hands at all levels of the field. He checks all the boxes and if he stands out at the Combine I would not be shocked if he is the first tight end off the board.
Hayden Hurst South Carolina
- Hurst can be the latest two sport athlete to shine at tight end. Just this time he is not a basketball player, but a former minor league baseball player who could not make the majors. He is going to be older as a rookie at 24 and shine as a grown man compared to the younger players at the Combine. The issue there he is maxed out talent wise already with some upside, but his hands, athleticism, and early maturity should make him a favorite among talent evaluators. Sneaking into the first round would not be shocking for him with a team like the Jags, Steelers, and Patriots who could all use new talent there.
Will Hernandez OG UTEP
- Hernandez does not display the prototypical size and athleticism you look for in a guard. However, he is a nasty blocker with good technique and solid base to hold up against faster or bigger tackles on the inside. He could also stand out in the interview process with coaches falling in love with his grinder attitude. In this relatively weak draft I can see him sneaking higher up into the first round as a relatively safe pick in my opinion.
Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
- He will probably be the first tackle taken off the boards and would be the first blocker if not for his teammate Quenton Nelson being the second coming of Larry Allen at guard. In any case, McGlinchey could really help his stock if he displays good athletic ability to slide out and flash good footwork. Many people are concerned in that factor and project him to actually move back to right tackle in the pros where his strength could be a better fit. However, that would cause him to fall some. If he does show good athletic talent he could help himself going as high as the top 10 in a league desperate for better left tackle play.
Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma & Kolton Miller OT UCLA
- Both Brown and Miller are in the same boat in my opinion. Both could be the best blockers at tackle in the draft. However, one position where height can be a detriment is at tackle where you can fall susceptible to smaller defenders dipping under your reach to the quarterback. Miller and Brown both stand at 6'8" and need to put together showings at the Combine with their ability to display good leverage. If either of them display an inability to do so they will most likely drop to the second round as right tackles. However, even there now a days being tall can be an issue. If they were coming to the NFL five years ago they would be perfect, but today they are kind of talents without a position. If they display good footwork and leverage then the opposite could happen and they could sneak into the first round. So a good Combine for both is needed in a big way.
Connor Williams OT Texas
- Williams is a talent I am not in love with after how bad he was this past season prior to his knee injury and then when he returned he was not much better. People tell me though that he is the most athletically gifted blocker and with that could blossom at the Combine without pads. However, I will hand out some buyer beware here. He lacks the strength to hold up in the run game and against bull rushers. To me he is more of a project than a sure fire starter like people say. However, with a good Combine he could cause people to forget about his issues and take him hoping he could be a lock down left tackle like his talent says he could be.
|Austin Vershel||Great insight. My comment about Jackson - Its highly unlikely he runs faster than Andrew Luck or Cam Newton, 2 prospects who are bigger than Lamar, and that alone sets him up for failure regardless of what his time is. The throwing drills will obviously be the most important.|
|Kyle Kunert||Nooooooooooooooo way is he going to be slower than Luck and maybe around the same range as Luck. Some are saying a switch to receiver is a real possibility with his athleticism. If he chooses to go that route of course. Side Note: Alex Smith is faster than all those guys straight line speed. I would think Jackson is faster than him and probably RG3 for that matter.|