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NFL Scouting Combine: Players on the Rise

by admin on Sunday, March 6th, 2016

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Upon completion of the tests on and off the field, these players are showing their value after the Scouting Combine. This list does not include those who, even before this event, we knew that would be selected in the first round, so despite having had very good performances, names like Jalen Ramsey, Laquon Treadwell, Vernon Hargreaves, etc. will not be on this list.

CB Eli Apple, Ohio St.: This player did everything necessary in the Scouting Combine. With 4.40 seconds in the 40 yards and solid drills where he showed a fluid footwork and very good hands, it is very likely that teams see it as an excellent option at the end of the first round. He also gave us a couple of highlights of the event with two spectacular one handed catches.

DE Jonathan Bullard, Florida: For a 285 pound man, to have a time of 1.66 seconds in the first 10 yards rushing means he is explosive, if we add that figure to 7.31 seconds in the three cone drill, we have a player who draws attention as an interesting prospect that at best could sneak at the end of the first round.

OT Jack Conklin, Michigan St.: Depending on whom you ask, this man was the third or fourth best in his position now after a very good performance at the Scouting Combine, his stock should be on the rise, he even could have become the second best, which males him a first-rounder or early in the second day of the draft. During the event he showed excellent balance, explosiveness, agility and footwork, which will make the teams make a double take.

WR Josh Doctson, TCU: In the Scouting Combine showed great control of his body and excellent hands, but most spectacular was his explosiveness, recording a vertical jump of 41 inches and 131 inches long jump, first and second among his position, respectively. In addition, his 4.5-second 40-yard dash placed him as a very solid choice for the second day of the Draft, even someone could risk taking him at the end of the first round.

RB Kenyan Drake, Alabama: During the season he lived in the shadow of the Heisman winner, Derrick Henry, however, the combine was the perfect place to showcase that he is capable. Not only did he clocked  4.4 in the 40-yard dash, but in the position drills showed very good control of his body, light feet and excellent hands, which make it an ideal to become a third-down RB option that complements offensive backfield in search.

WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame: It was clear that this man was a sprinter and checked out by recording a 4.32 in the 40-yard dash, but what made him a more solid prospect was that he demonstrated some good hands in position drills, an aspect that many had criticized.

A receiver whose ability to stretch the field is your best attribute had a Scouting Combine that puts him squarely in the conversation of the second category of recipients of this class, probably leading it, and even revives the probability of being taken in the first round.

LB Darron Lee, Ohio St.: With what he demonstrated in Indianapolis, this man established himself as a great option for a team looking for a hybrid between a linebacker and a safety.

Let’s start with his good time of 4.47 in the 40 and continue mentioning that in the position drills that required him to move in place, he simply looked spectacular. A great combination of strength and speed that makes him an interesting prospect to leave early on the second day of the draft.

RB Keith Marshall. Georgia: The fastest man in this class. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds and now his name is mentioned by many who before this were not on the radar. In addition to his obvious speed, he had a fairly strong performance in the position drills, so he sent some scouts into revisiting his video.

DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma St.: Among the pass rushers, Ogbah may have been the very best player, almost in all tests he performed very well. He recorded a time of 4.63 in the 40 yards, while both height jump and distance jump was the best among his position.

The only point that was not quite right was on agility in short spaces, but his athletic ability is good some material to work on improving it. With this performance he is consolidated as a top 30 talent.

QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi St.: It seems that it is still that time when there is no consensus on the order of talent of the QBs and meanwhile, this player was interesting enough to be in the conversation, at least in second category. During the drills he proved to have excellent marksmanship, very good timing and touch on his passes; also showed very good footwork in the drop backs, especially if we consider that in college he always operated from the shotgun formation.

This action combined with what we already knew it, puts him in a very good option to be chosen early in the second day of the draft.

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