The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is officially in full swing. Today was the first day of on-field workouts for some positions. Yesterday, many prospects participated in weight ins & the famous bench press drill. The Combine presents a very exciting time of year; teams have the opportunity to watch some prospects showcase their skills. Today, Running Backs, Offensive Lineman, and Special Team players participated in various on field drills. Throughout the day, there were players that shined and really helped themselves out. This wasn’t the case for all prospects although. Some players really stood out, for all the wrong reasons. Here is a shortlist of Winners & Losers from Day 1 of the NFL Combine:
Orlando Brown Jr, OT, Oklahoma
Results: 5.86 second 40-yard dash, 14 bench press reps, 19.5 inch vertical, 6′ 10″ broad jump
Reaction: Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Orlando Brown’s 40-yard dash was good for the 5th-slowest time by anyplayer at the Combine since 2003. To put his bench press performance into perspective: Will Hernandez is the current leader with 37 reps, and the combine record is 49 reps. And to add the cherry on top, Brown’s vertical and broad jump were both dead last within the OL group. Yikes.
Billy Price, C, Ohio State
Results: Injured (torn pec) in the Bench Press
Reaction: This is really unfortunate for Billy Price. Price is regarded by many as a 1st round talent, and he suffered a partially torn pectoral yesterday; he is set to miss around 4 month. The good news is Price should be ready for the season, but this injury could force him to drop out of the First Round.
Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
Results: 4.65 second 40-yard dash (Tweaked Hamstring during run), 36.5 vertical jump
Reaction: Ronald Jones II has tons of talent, but also some question marks. A solid combine performance could have really helped Jones solidify his status as a top back in this class. While not fully competing in the drills will not kill Jones, it was not ideal for him to sit out while other RBs shined. Hopefully Jones is healthy by the time of his Pro Day; he should be able to make up for lost time there.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Reaction: Lamar Jackson was asked by multiple teams to work out as a WR, as well as a QB. Are you kidding me. I really hope Jackson kills it tomorrow. Jackson is a tremendous athlete, and probably could be a Wide Reciever, but he is a Quarterback. A really good Quarterback. Jackson must be determined to perform well in his upcoming throwing drills, and I think he will. Also, for fun, I predict Jackson runs a 40-yard dash that is under 4.45 seconds.
Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
Results: 5.15 second 40-yard dash, 37 bench press reps, 24 inch vertical, 8′ 8″ broad jump
Reaction: Tremendous showing from Will Hernandez. He made himself some money. Hernandez’s 37 bench reps were the most of all Offensive Lineman this year; his 5.15 second 40-time was extremely impressive considering he is 6′ 2″ and 348 pounds. Hernandez may have just locked himself into the First Round with his performance today.
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Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Results: 4.40 second 40-yard dash, 29 bench press reps, 41 inch vertical
Reaction: Saquon Barkley is the best prospect in this entire draft class, and he proved it today. Barkley’s entire performance was incredible, and he stole the show. His combination of speed, explosiveness, ability, and strength are second to none. Barkley, 5′ 11″ 233 lbs, is special and should be a top-5 pick come April.
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Results: 4.52 second 40-yard dash, 29 bench press reps, 38.5 inch vertical, 10′ 4″ broad jump
Reaction: Nick Chubb is another man who really made himself some money today. Chubb is a bigger back, at 228 pounds, but showed he can really run. His 40-time was very impressive, as was his 29 reps on bench. Oh, and Nick Chubb ran a faster 40-time then his Georgia teammate Sony Michel. Great showing for Chubb, and it is one that locked himself in as a top RB in this class.
Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Results: NA 40-yard dash, 35 bench press reps, 26.5 inch vertical, 8′ 9″ broad jump
Reaction: It is unfortunate Nelson was not able to run the 40, but he still had a great showing otherwise. His reps on the bench were tied for the second-most among all Offensive Lineman. Nelson is my second best prospect in the entire draft class, and he performed well to help solidify his spot as the best Offensive Lineman in this draft.
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Results: 4.95 second 40-yard dash, 24 bench press reps, 31.5 inch vertical, 10′ 1″ broad jump
Reaction: Kolton Miller is flying up draft boards after his tremendous showing in the Combine. He showed off outstanding athleticism, and will be a very intriguing prospect for teams to look into. Miller is also 6′ 9″, 310lbs; he is a massive man who has great strength and athleticism. Miller made himself serious money today, and his showing may be enough to persuade teams to use a First Round Pick on him.
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Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
Results: 4.52 second 40-yard dash, 14 bench press reps, 40 inch vertical, 11′ 4″ broad jump
Reaction: Bo Scarbrough is another very talented RB in this very deep class. Scarbrough really helped himself out today after posting some eye-opening numbers. Scarbrough is a bigger back at 6′ 2″ and 236 lbs, but he showed off that he has great strength and speed to go with his size; this all bodes well for Scarbrough’s draft stock. He is a player that could still be available in the later rounds, but Scarbrough has all the tools to develop into a solid NFL Running Back.
Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
Results: 4.82 second 40-yard dash, 22 bench press reps, 29.5 inch vertical, 8′ 11″ broad jump
Reaction: Brian O’Neill did very well today. His 40-time was the best of the OL class, and he flashed good athleticism throughout the day. O’Neill is an interesting prospect; he has the tools to one day be a quality NFL starter. O’Neill should hear his name called in Round 2 or Round 3, during Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
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