I can sit here and rewrite all the articles who have the obvious winners like DK Metcalf, Kyler Murray and Quinnen Williams. However, I am going to stay away from the “sure thing” top picks and give you five player’s combines I loved. As well as who I believe will be moving up draft boards around the NFL.
1. Parris Campbell
Coming into the combine Campbell was thought to be an early third to late second round pick; post-combine we may be talking about an end of the first round grade. He is not the polished route runner you want your receiver to be. However, at six feet tall running a 4.31 forty makes him hard to pass up. You can’t teach speed but you can teach a route tree which is something that will be the topic of discussion in team board rooms.
It was not just the forty time he killed but he managed to finish top five in the vertical jump and broad jump. He then went to show how quick he is by dominating the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.03. Campbell is going to give any offence that drafts him a weapon you can do anything with, just get him the ball and let him go to work. If you go watch the Seattle Seahawks 2013/14 playoff run to their Lombardi and key on how they used Percy Harvin, this is the kind of player a team could be adding in the draft.
2. Drew Lock
I know I have Drew Lock a top 15 pick in my mock but for me Drew managed to pull himself a lot closer to Murray and Haskins. He came out showing off his arm strength and throwing darts. He surprised me when he ran a 4.69 forty showcasing athleticism. I haven’t even mentioned the press conference; Lock was amazing here. He was extremely charismatic and I can only imagine how his interviews will be. When he was asked about accuracy he replied it was 10/10. He, of course, said he was the top quarterback in the draft which I like the confidence and it is hard to take away from him when he showed why he has the most talented arm in the draft.
3. Noah Fant
TJ Hockenson was my number one tight end going into the combine but Noah Fant said: “not so fast!” Fant came out in the catching drills and was superb. He frames his catches when bringing them in. In the drills, he was a stud. He dominated every drill he participated in with his lowest finish being third among tight ends. Fant ran a 4.5 forty showing he is an athletic freak that is going to be a nightmare for teams to line up against. And even if you are able to keep up to him a well placed high ball is his and his only jumping 39.5 inches. The difference between him and Hockenson wasn’t much but after this combine, I think we need to shuffle the board and have Fant number one.
4. Montez Sweat
Sweat weighing at 260 was a great weight for teams looking for their future franchise edge rusher. At 260 Sweat showed how explosive he was running a 4.41 forty. That is faster than the top middle linebacker Devin White, heck it is faster than a lot of wide receivers. Then he went on to be the top performer in the broad jump; I think it is always important to also look at the three-cone drill and Sweat finished fifth with a seven-second flat time. Sweat has continued his impressive off-season after dominating the senior bowl and should be a top 15 pick in this year’s draft.
5. Garrett Bradbury
Every drill exemplified tremendous footwork out of Bradbury. While looking nimble he managed to pump out the second most bench press reps with 34. The center out of NC State showed how he can pull having the top forty time.
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