2019 NFL DRAFT SCOUTING COMBINE PREVIEW

QUARTERBACKS:

  • Kyler Murray conversation is going to be all the rage. I don’t anticipate him working out, but his measurements–height and weight–will be very important to monitor.
  • Dwayne Haskins is reportedly, going to go through a complete workout. We know what Haskins is at this point, I don’t expect him to do anything extraordinary at the Scouting Combine, don’t expect him to move the needle one way or the other.
  • If Drew Lock throws, I expect him to come off as impressive. The velocity out of his hands will look different to everyone else throwing.

RUNNINGBACKS:

  • Joshua Jacobs is universally considered the top RB prospect in this class. I do not expect him to run the gambit at the Scouting Combine.
  • I’m fascinated to see if anyone can emerge from the Combine as the clear-cut #2 RB. My money is on either Darrell Henderson or Devin Singletary.
  • The Scouting Combine is for some of the under-hyped prospects to emerge and gain some good pub for themselves. High on my list that fit the bill here are Miles Sanders, James Williams, and Trayveon Williams.

WIDE RECEIVERS:

TIGHT ENDS:

OFFENSIVE LINE:

EDGE PASS RUSHERS:

  • Nick Bosa and Josh Allen highlight this class and could potentially go #1 and #2 overall. I’m not sure how much, if anything that these two are going to do.
  • The Scouting Combine is tailor-made for athletic dynamos like Jachai Polite, Brian Burns, and Montez Sweat. Now only will their 40 time and drills be important, but how they weigh in, especially Brian Burns, will play a large factor in their evaluation.

INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN:

  • Quinnen Williams is the star of this group. I’d love to see how he performs, but no word as of yet to his level of participation.
  • Ed Oliver and Rashan Gary should light up the Scouting Combine. Both players are fantastic athletes. Oliver has been as productive as any defender over the last few seasons. Gary does not have the level of production, but his skill set is one that has GMs and coaches salivating.
  • The Clemson defensive tackle duo should do well for themselves at the Scouting Combine as well. Christian Wilkins is going to win people over with his athleticism, intangibles, and in the interview process. Dexter Lawrence is going to wow with his size to speed combination that you rarely see.

LINEBACKER:

  • A very weak Linebacker class has a few standouts to get excited about. Devin White is the headliner, and like Christian Wilkins, should win over NFL personnel with his intangibles, leadership, and in the interview process.
  • This is an opportunity for Devin Bush to step up and put his name back into the late 1st round conversation.

CORNERBACKS:

  • Most in the scouting community have Greedy Williams, Byron Murphy, and Deandre Baker as their top 3 CB in some order. I’m expecting Greedy and Murphy to show very well. Deandre Baker’s athleticism and fluidity has been called into question. Performing well at the Scouting Combine would go a long way in squashing this notion.
  • I actually have Joejuan Williams ranked #1, and the Scouting Combine will be very important for him to show off enough fluidity in the on the field drills to keep his positive momentum going.
  • Many in the know think that Kendall Sheffield is going to look tremendous at the Scouting Combine, and may run the fastest 40 time of any of the participants.
  • Jamel Dean is another under the radar type of prospect to keep an eye on. The 6’2 210 Jr. has all of the physical tools that you could want in a CB at the NFL level.

SAFETIES:

  • I’m falling in love with this group the more I evaluate the film.
  • There’s a Big 5 in my opinion: Nasir Adderley, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Johnathan Abram, Taylor Rapp, and Deionte Thompson.
  • Personally, I have Nasir Adderley in a tier to his own, a Top 10 prospect in this draft, a special talent. Many other’s in the scouting community evaluate these guys relatively similarly, so seeing how well they perform at the Scouting Combine will be imperative to their overall evaluation.

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