Back at it with notes from Day 2 of the Combine, which included quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. If you didn’t catch Day 1, you can get the notes here.
Going into this thing with slight Redskins vision, there wasn’t much time spent on the passers. But then again, not many of the top names did much in terms of participation anyway. For what it’s worth, I’m buying Blake Bortles.
- He may be small in size, but Pittsburg State’s John Brown had a big day on Sunday. His 4.34 40-time says all you need for his speed, but it was his quickness and explosiveness that stood out most. He also caught the ball well and maintained speed throughout his routes. Brown helped his stock on Sunday and he has potential as a slot guy.
- I was looking forward to watching Nebraska’s Quincy Enunwa on Sunday, but he pulled a hammy during his second run after recording a 4.4 unofficial on his first 40-yard dash attempt. Enunwa has good size (6’2″, 225 lbs), strength (19 reps) and speed, but I wonder if he’s more hybrid TE than wideout in the NFL.
- Kelvin Benjamin looked just as big on Sunday as he does on tape. There was a bit of initial concern with his weigh-in at 240 pounds, but it compliments his 6’5″ frame and Benjamin moved like a wideout — helping to answer the biggest question surrounding the receiver heading into Sunday. Benjamin ran a 4.61 40-yard dash, showed impressive length and demonstrated impressive hips during double-move drills. The man-crush on Benjamin lives on.
- Speaking of man-crushes, Sunday’s workouts helped to maintain them with the following:
- Fresno State’s Davante Adams (scouting report) measured in a bit less than ideal at just shy of 6’1″, but his 4.56 40-yard dash was on point, as was his whopping 39.5″ vertical. Adams also looked good in drills, snatching the ball out of air and looking like a natural pass-catcher.
- Odell Beckham Jr. (scouting report) is a stud. He’s fluid and smooth in everything he does on the field, catches the ball naturally and has the speed to burn a secondary. It’s hard to pick on this guy.
- The biggest concern with Ole Miss’ Donte Moncrief (scouting report) was his speed, but his 4.4 40-yard dash helped answer any questions with that — and he has everything else. I like this guy a lot, and I assume others will too as the draft draws closer.
- Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks has been a favorite of the draftnik community all season, and his stock will continue to build following Sunday. Cooks was very impressive with his 4.33 40-yard dash, he showed great explosiveness through every drill and his shiftiness translates to elusiveness, making him a menace on the field. I think he’s solidified himself as a first-rounder.
- The fascination with Rutgers’ Brandon Coleman continues. At 6’6″, 225 pounds, Coleman packs a monstrous frame, backing it with 21 reps on the bench and a 4.56 40-yard dash. The guy’s ceiling is extremely high, but what’s his floor? He needs help as a route-runner and teams will need to do their homework regarding his work ethic and consistent effort.
- Don’t sleep on Clemson’s Martavis Bryant (scouting report). Yes, he’s very green and raw as a receiver, but the physical tools are there. He’s a lanky 6’4″, with good length and speed to the ring of a 4.42 40-yard dash. He did a good job tracking the ball and bringing it in during long drills, but struggled to make catches along the sidelines. He’s a project, but certainly notable.
- I was completely bummed to see LSU’s Jarvis Landry (scouting report) suffer a reported calf strain. He ran his first 40-yard dash and finished with an underwhelming 4.77. Landry didn’t come back for drills and that’ll leave scouts with a bad taste. No matter what, Landry remains one of my top-rated receivers. He’s a natural football player.
- Ball State’s Willie Snead helped his stock. He measured in well at 5’11″, 195 pounds, with 33″ arms and 10.25″ hands. He caught the ball well, looked comfortable with whatever was thrown at him and I thought his 40-yard dash looked faster than the official 4.62 time.
- Oklahoma’s Jalen Saunders is a speedster to be reckoned with in this draft. He’s clearly undersized at just under 5’9″ and 165 pounds, but he’s very quick, has good acceleration and his 4.44 40-yard dash was plenty good enough. He’s also a reliable set of hands with a 34″ vertical. Sunday worked well for Saunders.
- I can see the DeSean Jackson comparisons when looking at Colorado’s Paul Richardson. He’s thin framed, but plays taller and appears longer than 6′.
- There’s a lot to like about Penn State’s Allen Robinson, but I can’t quite fall in love. Maybe if he played to his 6’3″ height?
- Tevin Reese‘s thin frame is a concern, but the Baylor speedster had a good Sunday, running well with a 4.46 40-yard dash and demonstrating his ability to track the ball and adjust on deep throws.
- I’m still interested in Pittsburgh’s Devin Street as a mid-to-late round guy. He catches everything that’s thrown at him and I thought he looked good running and catching on Sunday. His 6’3″ frame is desirable and he uses his length to his advantage.
- Just as his game shows on tape, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews had a solid day. And if there was one thing scouts were watching for today, it was his 40-time — and Matthews delivered with a 4.46. He also added 21 reps and a 35.5″ vertical. Teams are going to love this guy.
- There are two guys I’ve been on all season due to their speed and gamebreaking ability. Although they may not have finite positions at the next level, they’re offensive weapons who need to find their way onto the field.
- I thought Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas would run faster than his 4.5 40-time, but his quickness, acceleration and light feet were visible in other drills. I’m sticking with him as a slot/weapon with his next team.
- Dri Archer is a small school guy out of Kent State, but his speed and quickness is that of a big time player. He ran a 4.26 40-yard dash and looked good in his drills. Like Thomas, he’s a reliable pass-catcher and the type of player who needs to find his way to the field, whether by way of backfield or slot assignment. My main concern with Archer — as I’m sure it is with others — is durability.
- I selected Washington’s Bishop Sankey in my dynasty league draft before the college season started, and I’ve liked that pick more and more leading up to Sunday. Sankey ran very well with a 4.49 40-yard dash, helping to silence the speed critics. He then caught the ball well to answer those questioning whether or not he could offer anything else out the backfield. Between that, squeezing out 26 reps and his notable measurables, Sankey is a top-RB prospect in this class.
- Lots of love for Towson’s Terrance West. His 4.54 40-time didn’t always show up on tape, but he’s a complete back with size, toughness and good vision to escape the mess at the line.
- This running back class doesn’t appear to have any first-rounders, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple taken in the latter half of the top-32 by the time we get to May.