NFL Combine Winners & Losers

With the NFL combine coming to the end, I thought we could go over some players who were winners, and some players who were losers over weekend.

Winners:

  1. Garrett Bradbury, OC, NC State – He is easily the best center in this draft, and proved it on Friday when offensive linemen hit the field. Bradbury cemented his 1st round grade over the Combine weekend. Garrett ran a 4.92 40 at 6’3 306 lb and destroyed every on-field drill. I can see him going anywhere from 20-32 when the NFL Draft comes.

2. Ryan Bates, OT/OG, Penn St.- Bates joins a group of Nittany Lions who had a great Combine weekend, and helped raise their draft stock. Ryan is 6’4 306 lb, and showed athleticism and agility throughout the on-field workouts. I can see Ryan going anywhere from round 3-4 after his Combine performance.

3. Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri- He started fast with a 4.39 40-time and kept that going with a 43.5-inch vertical jump. Emanuel also had a great day with the on-field drills. This was much needed after missing a couple games in 2018 with a groin injury. I believe he put his name in the top 15 wide receivers in this year’s draft class. He should go around round 4.

4. Keenen Brown, TE, Texas St.- A graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, he played one year at Texas State, putting 51 receptions, 577 yards and 5 TD. He put on a show at the combine on Saturday. Even with it being a deep class, Brown put his name on the list of draft-worthy TE’s. He looked fluid running routes and had natural hands when catching the ball. He is slowly becoming one of my sleepers and worth a Day 3 pick.

5. Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame- Williams is coming off his best year at Notre Dame with 158 carries 995 yards and 12 TD. Dexter had a great weekend at the Combine, helping him move up the board. He is a bruising back that has break away speed. If you don’t believe it go watch the Virginia Tech game where he breaks a 99 yard TD run. Williams is an early day 3 pick after this Combine weekend.

6. Anthony Nelson, Edge, Iowa- After 3 years at Iowa, and improving his stats every year, Nelson decided to declare a year early. During his time at Iowa he had total of 23 sacks. Anthony came in at 6’7 271 lbs, and he posted a 4.82 40. Nelson, during the on-field drills, was performing with or above Nick Bosa. I can see Anthony Nelson sneaking into day 2 of the NFL Draft.

7. Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan- One of my favorite players to watch in college football, Chase has a motor that won’t quit, and heart that doesn’t stop. He was being overlooked by a lot of Twitter draft people. After his combine performance, he changed a lot of minds. Winovich is a top 5 EDGE player for me. He reminds me of T.J Watt of the Steelers. It wouldn’t be shock if goes round 1 but easily an early round 2 pick.

Losers:

  1. Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida- This is easy pickings. Polite started the combine roughly, with teams “bashing” him during interviews and then naming some of those teams. His combine didn’t get any better from there. After only one poor 40 time of 4.84, he suddenly had an injury and pulled himself out of the Combine. No one player hurt their draft stock more than Polite did this weekend.
Sep 22, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Jachai Polite (99) celebrates during the first quarter of a game against Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

2. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU- The only thing Greedy did well for himself this weekend was his 40 time, a blazing 4.37. That’s where the good stopped. Greedy under-performed on all the on field drills. He was already coming into the combine with questions about his play, and he didn’t help those questions. Williams still has a lot of upside, and will still be a RD 1 pick but he is no longer in consideration for top 10.

3. Trace McSorley, QB, Penn St.- It’s not like Trace was going to be drafted, but he did nothing at the Combine to even earn a UDFA signing. Also, teams asked him to work out as a defensive back because he played it in high school, and has the speed for it. McSorley denied those request because he said he is a QB. I hate to break the news kid, you’re not! Good Luck in the AAF or XFL.

4. Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo- Jackson came into the combine with a lot of hype for a later round development QB. However, after performing worse than Trace McSorley in all the drills, that hype is gone. He would have been better served going back school another year, or at least not throwing at the Combine. At best, he still worth a flyer 7th rd pick.

5. Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia- The best thing Holyfield could have done for himself this combine weekend would have to not run. He ran a shockingly slow 4.78 in the 40 yard dash. Holyfield will still be drafted on day 3 of the draft, but it will be a lot later now. He’ll need to make that 40 time better at his pro day.

Honorable Mentions:

Winners:

Trysten Hill, NT, UCF

Devin Bush, OLB/ILB, Michigan

Blake Cashman LB, Minnesota

Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

Darnell Savage Jr., SS/CB, Maryland

John Cominsky, DE, Charleston

Losers:

Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia

Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas

Andrew Wingard, SS, Wyoming

Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic

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