One of the marvelous things about the NFL Combine for this Draftnik is uncovering previously under-appreciated Prospects. As I have expressed previously, but will detail once more, I head into the Combine with a prospect list that numbers just under 300 players. They are divided into groups of 100 but not ranked numerically yet. And one of the… Read More »
The largest sports-related Job Fair is actually starting to evolve, as players have their bags packed and are headed to Indy. It seems like the Senior Bowl is almost ancient history, tho it was played only 3 weeks ago. However, the shortest month of the year just continues to grind on. It looks as tho disaster has been… Read More »
Over 300 prospects running, jumping, and talking their way towards the NFL Draft. It’s one of the world’s biggest Job Fairs, and the most heavily scrutinized by football fans everywhere. And don’t forget the all important medical component that starts things off for each player. You may choose not to run your “40” at Indy, but you will… Read More »
Bet at least a few of you wondered where I was during the Combine weekend. I would tell you I was indeed watching and thinking about what was going on in Indy. I have all too often made a comment on Twitter about what is happening only to have something happen to totally contradict what I have opined… Read More »
I find it amusing, and perhaps a bit pathetic, that in today’s world of what’s happening now, things from a week ago are like ancient history. Hey folks, the NFL COMBINE, which many people can’t even see in their rear view mirror anymore, ended one week and a day ago. Come on folks that is not ancient history.… Read More »
The DB group of 59 got on the practice field today to run and jump and perform DB drills. But even the presence of former speedster and NFL Hall-of-Famer DEION SANDERS could not make this the fastest group of the 2016 Combine. Most of the participants ran mediocre to disappointing 40-times with way too many displaying hands like… Read More »
Not the best time to have one’s internet provider go down but c’est la guerre! They finally got the official results from this morning’s first 40 runs by the DBs and when the dust had settled Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves was right about where he started with a final clocking of 4.50. Good, but not great, although Hargreaves did… Read More »
Clock issues continue: Hargreaves who was originally credited with a 4.52 has now been credited with a 4.41 unofficial time which is obviously a much better time for him.
Do want to wait until the official times get announced because one gets the feeling that the NFL Network might be having some clock problems. Stay tuned.
Unheralded Will Jackson of Houston, who has been lurking out there with a second-day grade makes statement with sub-4.4 (4.39) run. Even better time of 4.34 by Jon Jones of Auburn who like Jackson is a good player who’s been lurking in that second-third round area. Then Jones time got lowered to 4.28 as there appears to be… Read More »
Vernon Hargreaves of Florida has to be a little disappointed with an unofficial 4.52; not bad, but is it top 10 worthy.
Nice run by Maryland tweener Sean Davis one of our favorite prospects in this draft; unofficial hand-time was 4.48.
Its not all pure speed for the Dbs so far today. Three CBs – Mo Canady of Virginia, Briean Boddy-Calhoun of Minnesota and Taveze Calhoun of Mississippi State all ran too close to 4.6 while Miami FS Deon Bush was a little slow at 4.65.
You know a guy is fast when Miami’s Artie Burns runs a 4.40 40 and its considered disappointing, but he’s a track who can go faster.
Good run by unheralded James Bradberry of unheralded Samford as he runs a 4.46 40 at 6-1, 211 with real long arms. Then Anthony Brown of Purdue runs a 4.37. Hang onto your hats.
Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander would have been first CB up to run this morning, but opted to wait until his pro day claiming that he’s still not quite 100% after tweaking a hammy in the national championship game. For the record, Clemson’s pro day is scheduled for March 10.
The honor of the 2016 Combine was at stake today, as the more highly regarded Defense took the field intending to demonstrate that the 2016 Draft has plenty of talent for NFL teams to choose from come April. To some extent they showed well, but I still perceive almost as many questions as answers came to the surface… Read More »
It will be very interesting to see what pro teams make of Alabama’s Reggie Ragland who clocked just about what everyone expected at 4.72. That’s not bad for a 247-pound player, but that’s a borderline time for a 3-down LB at the next level. Its also borderline for a first-round LB. In fact, several other MLB prospects also… Read More »
So they finally had a combine event and a track meet broke out – sort of – as the LBs made their first 40-yard runs this afternoon. Some really good times posted by several of the OLB/edge rusher types including a 4.47 clocking by Ohio State’s Darron Lee, while Travis Feeney of Washington posted a 4.5-flat time. Georgia… Read More »
EKU DE Noah Spence, argubaly the most polarizing prospect this year, needed to put up a 4.6 type to keep the top 10 talk going but maybe ran himself out of contention with a slow – for a 255 DE – 4.80 40 clocking. Real nice time though by Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper who did run under 4.60… Read More »
Alabama guys up with DE/DT/5T Jarran Reed clocking a slowish 5.21 with a sluggish 1.84 split, while A’Shawn Robinson was almost the same at 5.20 and 1,84. In between Texas junior DT Hassan Ridgeway turned some heads with a 5.02 40 with a quick 1.72 split.
Finally somebody steps up and makes a statement os Oklahoma State DE Emmanual Ogbah maybe put himself back in the top 20 debate who ran a 4.65 40 with the fastest split of the day to date at 1.59. Same story for Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins who runs a 5.03 40 with a 1.74 split
Disappointing 40 for Baylor’s Shawn Oakman, supposedly a physical freak, but who barely broke 5-flat in the 40 with a sluggish 1.74 split.
Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche, who has by all accounts had a very athletic day at the combine blitzes as 4.87 40 with a 1.72 10-yard split.
Passable 4.73 40-clocking with a quick 1.66 split for Clemson DE Shaq Lawson.