Well, the NFL Combine is officially a wrap *tears*. Until next year. Anyways, here are some prospects who’s stock changed noticeably following the Combine:
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
In my opinion, Baker Mayfield separated himself as the best Quarterback in this draft class. Mayfield has stated that he believes he’s the top QB in this class mainly due to his accuracy. He is right; Mayfield’s accuracy and timing when throwing the ball is what separates him. It was clear when watching the Combine that Mayfield was the best passer on the field. Off the field, Mayfield impressed during interviews with teams, and showed off his high football IQ. Mayfield’s stock should be soaring up, and I would not be surprised for him to be taken in the top-10.
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Nick Chubb really made himself some money during the NFL Combine. Chubb is a bigger back, at 228 pounds, but showed he can really run. His 40-time (4.52 seconds) 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. It was a tremendous showing for Chubb, and one that locked him in as a top RB in this class. Chubb should hear his name called during Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
This WR class is not one that is very eye opening. With very few top-tier talents in this group, the NFL Combine presented receivers a huge chance to stand out of the pack. LSU wide out DJ Chark did just that. Chark showed off his blazing speed with a 4.34s 40-yard dash, and was impressive in his jumping ability (40 inch vertical & 10′ 9″ broad jump). Chark surely made a bigger name for himself, and his dominant performance in the Combine could lead to him being a 2nd/3rd round selection.
Will Hernandez, UTEP
Tremendous showing from Will Hernandez. He really made himself some money. Hernandez’s 37 bench reps were the most of all the Offensive Lineman this year, and 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, and his showing at the Combine backs up his dominant tape.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
Mike Gesicki is my new TE1. Gesicki was my TE2 heading into the Combine (Click here if you don’t believe me), but with what he showed in Indianapolis he is moving up my board. Gesicki’s combine numbers were a 4.54 second 40, 41.5 inch vertical, 10′ 9″ inch broad jump, and 22 reps on bench. At while at 6′ 6″, and 247 pounds. Gesicki will be a matchup nightmare at the next level, and is comparable to Eagles TE Zach Ertz. Gesicki has really helped himself out, and he could even be a First Round selection.
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