After taking a two day break to migrate to our new site, we here at Over The Grill Sports will be back with a vengance today. This is going to be the first of five posts today. Following this recap, we will be publishing a mock draft from Ryan, an updated College Basketball top 25, and another scouting report. Finally, we will be debuting our MLB coverage with some initial predictions on the MLB season. Without further ado, find out who were the winners and losers from day one and two at this years NFL Combine and how this will effect our Mock Draft boards.
In a rare site at the Combine, the top three quarterbacks in this class all threw at the Combine and they all impressed. Jameis Winston showed why he will likely be the number one pick in the draft, showing flawless mechanics and making spectacular throws. He also performed very well in the interview process. Marcus Mariota was as impressive, running a blazing 4.52 40 and looking very good in the throwing drills, showing good footwork and great mechanics. Finally, Brett Hundley impressed me a ton at the Combine showing great mechanics on his throwing motion. I believe he is the clear cut number three quarterback and could possibly go in the top 15 when it is all said and done. Some lesser rated quarterbacks like Bryce Petty out of Baylor and Brandon Bridge out of South Alabama also had good days and will likely go on the second day of the NFL Draft.
One major sleeper at running back that will certainly see his stock improve after his combine performance is Northern Iowa running back David Johnson. At 6’1″, 224 pounds, Johnson has great size and the combine showed off his impressive speed and agility. He looks like he could be a big time steal in the middle of the NFL Draft. However, the most impressive running back at the Combine was Jeremy Langford out of Michigan State. Langford came into the Combine looking like a third or fourth round pick but after running a blazing 4.42 and looking very good in the field drills, I could easily see him sneaking into the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He has great production at Michigan State since taking over for Le’Veon Bell and he could easily come in and be a very effective running back from day one. One running back who really disappointed me was Alabama star T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon weighed in at an impressive 226 pounds but followed that up by looking very stiff in field drills and running a very slow 4.61. I would hope he loses some weight before his Pro Day and tries to improve what is now a Day 3 stock.
Now moving onto wide receivers. We here at Over The Grill had West Virginia star wideout Kevin White tied with Amari Cooper as the top wideout in this class. However, White absolutely blew up the combine, weighing in at 6’3 and 215 pounds and then running an unofficial 4.35 while also looking very impressive in the field drills. White has cemented himself as a top fifteen pick in the draft with the potential to be the first wide receiver taken. Likewise, Amari Cooper had an amazing combine as well, running a 4.42 and displaying his phenomenal route running in the field drills. He will be a top ten pick with the possibility of going in the top five now. Not to be outdone, the number three receiver in the draft, Louisville’s DeVante Parker also put forward an impressive Combine, running a 4.45 and more importantly, dominating field drills. He now could go as high as the top fifteen and I would be surprised if he dropped out of the top 20. One player who certainly hurt his stock was Michigan tight end/wide receiver Devin Funchess who ran just a 4.7 40 and didn’t look good in field drills. He might not even be a Day Two pick anymore. Two under the radar players who helped their stock a ton were University of Miami wideout Phillip Dorsett and UAB slot receiver J.J. Nelson. Both came into the Combine as projected Day Three picks but after running the two fastest 40 yard dashes and looking good in the field drills, there is a chance both could sneak into the third round. Dorial Green Beckham was at one time considered a potential top five picks but after numerous transfers, incidents with the law, and other issues, he had fallen out of the first round on a lot of boards. However, he measured in at the same size as Calvin Johnson (6’5″, 237 pounds) and ran a very impressive 4.49 in the 40. He also reportedly performed well in team interviews and I find it hard to believe that he will not go in the first round at this point. He could be a major steal in the mid to late first round if he can keep his head on straight. For the most part, the wide receivers had a very good Combine and there really was no notable wideout who did a ton to hurt his stock other than Devin Funchess.
Coming into the Combine, the tight end position was considered the weakest one and all the Combine did was reaffirm that feeling. Maxx Williams ran over 4.75 in both 40 yard dashes and while he showed some soft hands in the field drills, he confirmed that he is not a Day One pick but rather a second round pick. Tyler Kroft our of Rutgers could not participate in the Combine after doctors sprained his ankle doing medical testing. Pretty pathetic and the doctors should be ashamed of themselves. Miami star Clive Warford did not do enough to stand out and is likely going to go in round three or four. Overall, this is a very poor group and they only reconfirmed that at the Combine.
This was an interesting and talented group of linemen who were really going at it in the field drills. LSU star La’El Collins, who came in projected as a right tackle or guard, showed enough athleticism and arm length to be a left tackle at the next level. He really did a lot to improve his stock and should be a lock for the first round now. Both Ereck Flowers and T.J. Clemmings had mixed days, showing impressive size and ability at times and complete rawness and poor technique at others. Both will likely go in the top 45 picks due to their upsides and potential but both are going to need essentially a redshirt year to be able to contribute and start in the NFL. Andrus Peat did enough at the Combine to be the clear cut top tackle in the draft in my opinion and he will be no worse then a top ten pick. Brandon Scherff from Iowa disappointed me and it looks like he will be going inside to guard at the next level. I am not sure if he stays in the first round. One shocker was Hobart offensive tackle Ali Marpet put on an absolute show, running a blazing 5 second 40 and showing great ability and technique in the field drills. He looks like a surefire bet to be drafted and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go in the third or fourth round.