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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

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Top bench press reps for LBs at #NFLCombine:

Gold: Goodson, 30
Silver: Kirby, 27
Bronze (tie): Striker and Weatherly, 23
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

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Jerry Jones on if the Cowboys would try to bring in a big name free agent running back: "Don't rule it out, but that's hard to see."
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

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Marc Lillibridge ‏@NFLBridge 5 minutes ago
I love Jaylon Smith but w/ injury news dropping him, I've heard from teams LB Myles Jack is top 5 pick. Great in interviews!
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

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Consensus opinion from surveyed league sources is Tunsil will go 1 #Titans, Wentz 2 #Browns,
Bosa/Buckner 3 #Chargers,
Ramsey 4 #Cowboys
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

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Benjamin Allbright ‏@AllbrightNFL 6 minutes ago
@BCarroll138 Driskel is an athlete, not a QB. Prescott is Tajh Boyd 2.0
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

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Great job @Connor_Cook03 today @NFLCombine . Many leaders on 36-5 team / 2x BIG10 Champion etc. 1 of 4 Final Captains. #YOUwillbeTheOne!
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:31 pm

As a point of reference, the average for the tight ends was 4.78 seconds in the 40 yard dash three years ago. The following year, the average was 4.76. This group confirmed the pre-existing thought that this year has a weak tight end class.

The consensus top tight end prospect is Arkansas' Hunter Henry, who declined to run the 40-yard dash at the Combine. It was disappointing that Henry didn't run or do the other jump measurements, but Henry did take part in the field work. However, based on how he performed there, he should have declined to do that as well. He had a poor workout as a blocker and receiver. On numerous plays, he wasn't running the routes correctly around the cones. It seemed like Henry was disinterested and didn't want to be there. Sources said they felt Henry's workout was poor as well. Overall, Henry didn't perform well at the Combine, but it probably enough to maintain his status as the top tight end prospect.

Stanford tight end Austin Hooper had a good workout in both phases. He did well as a drive blocker and receiver. Hooper did have one drop in the gauntlet, but he made a nice over-the-shoulder catch. Overall, the 6-foot-3, 254-pounder ran good routes and showed soft hands. It was a strong workout for Hooper, and team sources said that he interviewed well. With Henry not performing well, Hooper had great timing for an impressive Combine.

The fastest time for any tight end came from South Carolina's Jerell Adams. His unofficial 40-time of 4.64 seconds was very impressive. The 6-foot-5, 247-pounder has real speed for a tight end of his size. Adams had a mixed performance in the field work. He had one ugly drop on an over-the-shoulder catch running down the middle seam. He did better on some other routes. At the Combine, Adams helped himself just based off his 40 alone, and in a weak tight end class, he is the favorite to be the third selected.

UTSA tight end David Morgan ran slow in the 40-yard dash with an unofficial time of 5.02 seconds, but he did very well in the field drills. He showed his strength as a drive blocker, and Morgan (6-4, 262) ran some nice routes with good hands catches. Morgan opened some eyes to get consideration as a blocking Y tight end on the third day of the draft.

There were a lot of tight ends that didn't run the 40-yard dash. That group included Henry, Florida's Jack McGee, Virginia Tech's Ryan Malleck, Cal's Stpehen Anderson, Western Kentucky's Tyler Higbee, and Ohio State's Nick Vannett.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:35 pm

For a point of comparison, here are some of the totals from other recent defensive line prospects:

Dontari Poe 44
Margus Hunt 38
Aaron Donald 35
Vic Beasley 35
Danny Shelton 34
Stephon Tuitt 31
Melvin Ingram 28
Bjoern Werner 25
Quinton Coples 25
Randy Gregory 24
Jadeveon Clowney 21
Shane Ray 21
Trent Murphy 19
Michael Brockers 19
Shea McClellin 19

Also, it is worth noting that defensive linemen with long arms are at a disadvantage on the bench press. Short-armed linemen have a real edge.

Baylor nose tackle Andrew Billings was expected to be one of the best performers on the bench press, and that was the case as he totaled 31 reps. Billings (6-0, 311) was known as a star weight-lifter from Texas, so I was thinking he might push into the mid to high 30s, but 31 is still an impressive total.


Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa (6-5, 269) had a strong showing with 24 reps. It was quality performance from Bosa that puts him in line with other first-round pick edge rushers.

The largest totals came from three players who aren't big names. Georgia's Chris Mayes (33 reps), Temple's Matt Ioanndis (32 reps), and Appalachian State's Ronald Blair (32 reps) were top three among the defensive linemen.

Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (6-1, 299) had a strong showing on the bench press with 28 reps. The Cardinals defender could impress with his speed and athleticism on Sunday.

Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (6-3, 294) did well as he cranked out 28 reps. Nkemdiche is a size, speed, athletic freak, so he should perform well at the Combine.

Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence (6-2, 251) churned out 25 reps of 225 pounds. That is an impressive total considering Spence is a 250-pound speed rusher.

One player whom I thought would have produced more on the bench press was Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson. Robinson (6-3, 307) had 22 reps on the bench. It looks like he dropped weight to run faster at the Combine, and perhaps part of that was cutting back on time in the weight room.

Another player with a moderately disappointing total was Ohio State defensive tackle Adolphus Washington. He posted 21 reps. Washington (6-3, 301) will probably want to add some more functional strength for the NFL.

The last potential first-rounder who didn't have a very good showing on the bench press was Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah (6-4, 273) totaled 20 reps, but he does have some of the longest arms (35 1/2 inches) of any of the defensive line prospects.

A lot of good prospects did not bench. That group included Oregon's DeForest Buckner, Clemson's Kevin Dodd, Clemson's Shaq Lawson, Florida's Alex McCalister, Stony Brook's Victor Ochi, Alabama's Jarran Reed, and Michigan State's Lawrence Thomas.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:41 pm

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa (6-5, 269) had a strong showing with 24 reps. It was quality performance from Bosa that puts him in line with other first-round pick edge rushers.
This is a deceptive statement.....

1st....this sounds like they expect Bosa to be a speed edge-rusher.

Noah Spence--251......33 arms....25 reps
Bosa---269..............33.3 arms....24 reps

That's not good for Bosa at all.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:46 pm

The search for a viable option after the first two quarterbacks (Goff and Carson Wentz) makes Prescott an intriguing candidate. He was one of the top performers in passing drills, exhibiting outstanding accuracy, timing, and touch. He consistently put the ball on the mark on intermediate throws and showed a deft touch on vertical passes along the boundary. He also showed impressive footwork, balance, and body control when he dropped back, which shows growth after spending his entire college career operating from the shotgun. Considering Prescott's rock-solid intangibles and his impressive leadership skills, it's quite possible several teams could consider him a worthy candidate early on Day 2.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:48 pm

Alex Collins, running back, Arkansas: Collins was slotted as the third running back on most boards heading into the combine, but a lackluster showing on Friday could put his position in peril. Collins showed minimal explosiveness in athletic drills (28.5-inch vertical jump, 4.59-second 40-yard dash) and struggled snagging passes during positional drills. He appeared to fight the ball as a pass catcher, and it is hard to envision him making a strong contribution to any team's passing game. Considering how offensive coordinators covet a dynamic multi-purpose back, Collins' limitations in the aerial attack could sink his value on draft boards around the league.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

Post by catch22 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:12 pm

Will fuller ran himself into the first round. I was hoping to steal him in the 3rd but that ain't gonna happen now

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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:23 pm

catch22 wrote:Will fuller ran himself into the first round. I was hoping to steal him in the 3rd but that ain't gonna happen now
8.2 hands likely keeps him out of the 1st round....and some teams will see him as a slot only at 186 lbs.
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Re: Official NFL Combine Thread: 2/27

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34yearsnow wrote:
catch22 wrote:Will fuller ran himself into the first round. I was hoping to steal him in the 3rd but that ain't gonna happen now
8.2 hands likely keeps him out of the 1st round....and some teams will see him as a slot only at 186 lbs.
He may be fast, but he has trouble catching the ball.

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