The activities portion of the NFL Combine have finally begun, and players will begin flying up and down draft boards based off a bunch of numbers. As usual we will see a handful of workout warriors that will improve their stock based on pure athletic ability, but it’s better to just get reassurance on some of these players.
Here is the schedule and more info:
- Saturday – Special Teams/OL/TE
- Sunday – QB/RB/WR
- Monday – DL/LB
- Tuesday – CB/S
- Each day of the Combine can be streamed on NFL.com with multiple camera angles for multiple groups.
This years offensive line class in very talented and athletic, so it’s no wonder they look great in drills and in their numbers. The linemen were in two groups that were determined by last name. Group two was the flashier of the two groups because it featured the top three tackles in the class.
Most people like to watch the running backs, receivers, and defensive backs run the 40 because they like to see blazing forty time. My personal opinion is that I would rather see the offensive linemen and defensive linemen run forties. Seeing a 300 plus pound man run a 4.84 forty is much more interesting than a 5’6”, 170 pound running back running a sub 4.4 forty.
The same can be said for a 300 pound man having a thirty inch vertical. Yes most of these guys are 6’4” or taller, but they weigh about seventy pounds more than the average 6’4” receiver or even some tight ends.
Here’s a few prospects that intrigued and disappointed for the offensive line and tight ends:
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan – Lewan improved his stock by showing his athleticism on Saturday. He ran a 4.87 forty and had a 29” vertical. His stock has been mid-round one throughout the process, but after a very good Combine he could be a top fifteen pick.
Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College – Here is your workout warrior for the offensive linemen. He ran a 4.97 forty and had a huge 32” vertical. Patchan has battled injuries during his college career. Keep an eye on his late day three stock to become early day three.
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – What? Greg Robinson isn’t a riser? It’s hard to rise when you’re already a top five player. He ran a 4.92 forty and had 32 reps on the bench. His upside and ability will make him the top tackle selected in May.
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M – Same idea as Robinson above. Matthews is more of a technician, but showed his athleticism with a 5.07 forty. His lineage could get him selected in the first round alone (I’m just kidding).
Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA – He was a tackle at UCLA, but projects to guard at the next level. He matched his football ability to his athleticism with a 5.07 forty and 25 reps. He solidified his spot in day two.
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama – A 5.59 forty is just awful for Kouandjio. He also had on 21 reps on the bench. Alabama doesn’t produce super athletic linemen, but they usually put up better then 21 reps on the bench. He’ll hope for a better pro day.
This is a great class of tight ends. Ebron, Amaro, and Sefarian-Jenkins could all be first round picks with Niklas right behind them. This could be the deepest class of tight ends in years. There are a few good second or third day guys as well.
Tight end has become such an important position in today’s NFL. They are grouped in with the linemen, but that doesn’t reflect what the position has evolved into. The athleticism of these players are of a whole new world.
Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon – It’s not hard to be a riser when you have essentially no stock to begin with. Lyerla’s off the field issues had his stock at undrafted, but with a 4.47 forty (unofficial) and a 36” vertical he opened the door. If he can keep his nose clean (literally) he may hear his name called on Draft weekend.
Eric Ebron, TE, UNC – Ebron is a Vernon Davis clone, and he showed that by running a 4.50 forty. He solidified himself as the top tight end in this years class. With improved blocking he will be a force in the NFL.
Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia – Lynch caught a lot of footballs at Georgia, and did his fair share of blocking. He posted a solid 4.68 forty, which for his size and skill set is good for him. He solidified his day three stock.
There really wasn’t a tight end that hurt their stock at the Combine, but it was surprising to not see Seferian-Jenkins and Niklas run. Niklas competed in the receiving drills, but not in the forty.
Tomorrow will be the most watched day as the skill position players take the field. Check back for more coverage of the Combine within the next few days.