Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/24

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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/24

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Derrick Henry said he will not run at the Combine.
4.6+......Alabama track where they run is known for being fast.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/24

Post by 34yearsnow » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:56 pm

In early January, sources with the Titans have told me that they would like to trade down, but Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil is their Plan B at the No. 1-overall pick. Tunsil looked the part of a franchise left tackle at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds with 34.25-inch arms. All of those numbers are right in line with being a left tackle in the NFL. Thus, Tunsil's combine is off to a good start by hitting all the numbers he needed to.

Similarly, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley showed the size to be a starting left tackle. At 6-foot-6, 312 pounds with 35.63-inch arms, Stanley is slightly bigger than Tunsil. Some coaches don't want their left tackle above 6-foot-5, but plenty of others aren't opposed to it. Some teams believe there are really only two sure-fire left tackles in this draft with Tunsil and Stanley. Stanley's weigh-in didn't set off any alarms.

Some teams feel that Michigan State left tackle Jack Conklin would be better off at right tackle or guard in the NFL. Conklin checked in at 6-foot-5, 308 pounds with 35-inch arms. That is versatile size that could allow Conklin to fit at either tackle or guard position.

Like Conklin, some teams believe that Ohio State left tackle Taylor Decker would be better off at right tackle. Decker (6-7, 310) gave some credence to that belief at the weigh-in. He is tall for a left tackle and had shorter arms (33.75) than teams like to see on their left tackle. Decker is a bit of anomaly for an offensive tackle with tall height and short arms.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/24

Post by 34yearsnow » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:58 pm

LSU guard/tackle Vadal Alexander continues to trim weight off his frame. At the Senior Bowl, Alexander weighed in at 336 pounds. Sources said that Alexander had clearly dropped pounds from when they scouted him on campus during the fall. Alexander (6-5) has continued his weight-loss program, dropping 10 pounds in the month since Senior Bowl and weighing 326 pounds in Indianapolis. The lesser weight should help Alexander in the field drills and also helps to address the weight concerns that sources told me about in the fall.

Arkansas guard/tackle Denver Kirkland (6-4, 335) was the heaviest offensive lineman at the combine. He has quality length in his arms (34.63), but at his weight, Kirkland looks like a better fit to move inside to guard for the NFL.

There are some pundits who believe that Alabama center Ryan Kelly is the best center in the 2016 NFL Draft. His weigh-in was solid, but off compared to his listed numbers. Kelly (6-4, 311) was an inch shorter and almost 15 pounds heavier than where the Crimson Tide had him. Kelly's arm length of 33.63 inches isn't a problem for an interior blocker. It was good seeing Kelly over 300 pounds while being an inch shorter isn't significant.

Michigan State center Jack Allen (6-1, 294) lost three pounds since the Senior Bowl, and that made him the lightest offensive lineman at the Combine. Allen had an underwhelming week in Mobile and needs a strong day in the field work in Indianapolis, especially after checking in undersized.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/24

Post by 34yearsnow » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:59 pm

One offensive lineman who helped himself at the weigh-in was USC center Max Tuerk. The Trojans standout was listed at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, and that is very light for a NFL blocker. At the combine, Tuerk's weight was better than expected with measurements of 6-foot-5, 298 pounds. On the negative side, Tuerk has short arms (32.5). He played some tackle at USC, but with arms that short, he will have to stay on the inside as a professional.

Texas A&M right tackle Germain Ifedi was another player who stood out positively at the weigh-in. Ifedi was 6-foot-6, 324 pounds with 36-inch arms. He has a good skill set and could be a star of the field work at the combine. If that happens, there could be more suggestions and projections of Ifedi moving to left tackle in the NFL.

The longest arms of any of the offensive tackles came from Texas Tech's Le'Raven Clark at 36.25. Clark (6-5, 316) was one of the stars of the Senior Bowl weigh-in as well. In Mobile, Clark had an up-and-down week. Sources say they love the athletic potential that Clark has but he needs a lot of work on his technique. Clark has the athleticism to be a combine star in the field work.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/24

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I have always viewed La'Raven as a Guard in the NFL. He has the ability to pull and trap, get to the second level.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/24

Post by RAIDERRED » Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:52 pm

The 49ers have the No. 7 pick in the draft but appear committed to bringing back Colin Kaepernick for at least another year and seeing if Chip Kelly can resurrect the QB's career. Interestingly, Baalke was a graduate assistant and defensive line coach at NDSU in 1989. If Wentz were to somehow fall to the 49ers, it would be an interesting call for Baalke, whose team has needs everywhere.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/24

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Arkansas RB Alex Collins on Jerry Jones talking to team before Texas A&M game: "He's very intense especially when its about the Razorbacks."
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Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise had informal meeting w/ Cowboys, plans to have formal, too. Played with Zack Martin. Very aware of Cowboys O-line
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/24

Post by 34yearsnow » Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:34 pm

For a point of reference here are some of the numbers from the 2015 class of running backs:

Melvin Gordon: 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, 9.75-inch hands
Todd Gurley: 6-foot-1, 221 pounds, 10-inch hands
T.Y. Yeldon: 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, 9-inch hands

Last year, the smallest hands of the running backs came from the Redskins' Matt Jones, the Falcons' Tevin Coleman, and the Lions' Ameer Abdullah with 8.63 inches.

The consensus top running back in the 2016 NFL Draft is Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, and his weigh-in was impressive. At 6-foot, 225 pounds, Elliott has a thick frame with the size to be a workhorse back. He also tied for the largest hands of any running back with 10.25 inches. NFL evaluators like large hands on their backs as it helps to avoid fumbles. If Elliott runs well in the 40-yard dash and performs well in the field work, that should cement his status as a top-25 pick.

Alabama running back Derrick Henry was almost spot on with his listed numbers of 6-foot-3, 241 pounds. At the Combine, Henry's height was accurate and he was six pounds heavier. Teams generally don't like running backs that tall as it leads to them having an upright running style and taking bigger hits, but Henry's measured-out height was nothing new to scouts. Henry's hand size of 8.75 was smaller than one would expect for a big back. He had some of the smallest hands among all of the running backs.

Arkansas' Alex Collins is a running back who has drawn positive reports from some teams. Collins (5-10, 217) is a thickly built power back who also had a quality hand size (9.25). If Collins can run well in the 40-yard dash, his draft stock could really rise.

Florida running back Kelvin Taylor (5-10, 207) had decent numbers from a height and weight standpoint, but he had the smallest hands of any running back at the Combine. At 8.25, Taylor's hands are not what teams look for. That being said, he didn't have a lot of fumbles while playing for the Gators, and that could be because his All-Pro father Fred Taylor taught him how to control the ball.

Another running back who had smaller hands than expected was Notre Dame's C.J. Procise. The 6-foot, 220-pound back had 8.5-inch hands, the second-smallest of any back in Indianapolis. While that number was disappointing, it wouldn't surprise this analyst if Procise has a strong performance on the receiving plays and runs well in the 40-yard dash.

Indiana running back Jordan Howard (6-0, 230) was a surprise early entry into the 2016 NFL Draft. Howard is a big back who could open some eyes with a fast 40 time. In terms of hand size (9 inches), Howard is more in line with Procise and Henry.

Utah running back Devontae Booker had a knee injury cost him the end of the 2015 season, and that makes his medical evaluation at Indianapolis very important. However during his time off, Booker seems to have added more bulk for the NFL. Booker (5-11, 219) showed up bigger than expected as he was nearly 20 pounds heavier than his listed weight. Booker could be in the running to be the third-rated running back, but his knee injury could hurt his draft stock. He also had hands on the smaller side (8.63).

Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington was just under 5-foot-8 at the Senior Bowl, but he is very strongly built, tipping the scales at 204 pounds. That was five pounds heavier than he was at the Senior Bowl. Sources say they like Washington's pass-catching skills and third-down back potential, so he should perform well in the field receiving drills. Washington is on the bubble of being draftable, so he needs a strong Combine performance.
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