WINNERS AND LOSERS: 1ST DAY OF THE SCOUTING COMBINE

WINNERS:
Jawaan Taylor OT Florida: Coming in at 315 instead of the reported 330+ is a very good sign for his potential to left or right tackle in the NFL. Mirrored very well in the drills.
Andre Dillard OT Washington State: While many lineman are projected to kick inside to guard, due to his athletic traits, Andre Dillard has never been one of them. It showed today–4.96 40 time, 24 bench reps, 29′ vertical, and maybe the most impressive was his 118′ broad–far and away the best mark at the combine. Looked agile in drills. Sure looks to be a Top 25 pick now.


Dalton Risner OT Kansas State: Athletically, he just did ok–not the sleekest of athletes, but this is a smart, savage lineman. Reportedly, when asked who he met with at the Combine, he knew every team, every Head Coach, and every O-line coach he met with. If this doesn’t come off as impressive, his contemporaries forget what teams they met with half the time. 


Fans of Interior Offensive Line Play: Garrett Bradbury was tremendous in every single thing that he did. He should be a Top 15-20 pick at the Center position. Chris Lindstrom was JUST AS impressive–and should be a 1st rounder in his own right at offensive guard. Erik McCoy and Elgton Jenkins–two other Center prospects looked unreal. That’s three center prospects, that from a talent perspective, are Top 40 prospects in this years draft.


Miles Sanders RB Penn State: 4.45 40 time, 20 bench presses, 36′ vertical, 124′ broad jump–and matches his measurements by his performance. Looked great as a runner, as a receiver–likely the biggest winner of the day in my view.


Justice Hill RB Oklahoma State: Check out these numbers– 4.42 40 time, 21 reps, 40′ vertical,  130′ broad jump! There was not a more explosive athlete on the field today. Hill likely bumps up a round or so based on these measurements alone.


MIXED BAG:


Jonah Williams OT Alabama: I like his attitude that he doesn’t want to kick inside and states that he was the most dominant offensive tackle in college in 2018. His measurements don’t necessarily back up the brashness. His stock could go either way at the moment.


Cody Ford OT/OG Oklahoma: This is one big son of a gun, and his strong lower half popped today. Only 19 reps on the bench stands out in a bad way unfortunately.
Darrell Henderson RB Memphis: His 40 time showed enough (4.49), but I expected better from the HR hitter from Memphis. 


David Montgomery RB Iowa State: He looked a bit shaky in the passing portion of the drills–which was a concern coming in. He also only ran the 40 in a 4.62 time–which is a bit of a concern as well. However, in the running drills, he looks like a natural, and possibly the best pure runner in this class. Stock seems status quo at the moment for me despite sub-par measurements and a questionable drill performance. 


Mike Weber RB Ohio State: Mike Weber showed as the anti-Montgomery. His measurements are off the hook–4.38 40 time, 22 bench reps, 33.5′ vertical leap–he just didn’t look very fluid in his transitions as a runner to me.


LOSERS:


David Edwards OT Wisconsin: The former TE was supposed to look well in these drills. He did not. A 5.28 40 time looks poorly on his athletic testing.


Greg Little OT Ole Miss: Little needs to work on his fundamentals, and it showed in the times and in the drills. He is more of a project than many would let on.


Devin Singletary RB Florida Atlantic: Not a good combine for Singletary. Whereas Justice Hill may have jumped up a Round, Singletary may have drop 30-50 selections based on his underwhelming performance.


Elijah Holyfield RB Georgia: Yes, I know he’s an in-between the tackles runner. However, for a prospect that has shown no inclination to developing as a receiver, running a 4.76 40 time–he did himself no favors. Another RB where his stock is falling.


Benny Smell Jr. RB Kentucky: He simply looked like a non-athlete. Late round pick to me at this point.


Rodney Anderson RB Oklahoma: Told the media, reportedly, he may not be able to work out at all leading up to the draft. This is a talented guy, but that is not a good sign for his draft stock.