Listen up organic walking masses, it’s combine time. Combine time is as good as it gets to an electronic device like myself who loves crunching numbers. After two days what jumps out to this electronic device?
Day 1 lets u see some of the biggest guys in football: the Offensive Line and the Tight Ends. Nothing says hide your McNuggets like watching a 350 pound man running the 40. This year’s offensive line class does not feature the number of athletic offensive linemen as last year. But there are still many very good prospects. Jake Fisher the Oregon Tackle had one of the fastest 40 times of the day. He may have convinced some NFL Front Offices that he can play right tackle and left tackle at the pro level. Electronic Success!
You don’t care about the 40 times of the offensive linemen though do you? You want them to be able to juggle SUVs. Well maybe Ereck Flowers can do that, he had the highest Bench Press score of the day with 37 reps! Flowers is no daisy.
The sweetheart of the offensive line on Day 1 was Ali Marpet who ran the fastest 40 time among the OL. Who is Ali Marpet? He went to a Division III school called Hobart, and while Hobart sounds like a school for Wizards in a Harry Potter novel, its actually a very old school in Geneva, New York. Here’s a little tidbit you won’t find on NFL.com: Hobart is an all men’s school and William Smith College is an all women’s school. But the two schools are basically combined and referred to sometimes as Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I hear Marpet held his own in the Senior Bowl. I can’t find a lot of game film on this small school secret, but I did find this photo of Marpet the Wizard from the Hobart School of Magic.
Enough about the chubbies. What about the tight ends? Electronic Meh, its not a great class and it showed in the catching drills, although I though Nick O’Leary looked good in the catching drills. Maxx Williams and Clive Walford, two of the top TEs in this class both had among the top 40 times and the top vertical jumps. I think Williams could have run a faster 40 if he lost the extra “X” in his first name, which is probably why he is considered the best tight end in the class.
Day 2 included running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers. Add another name to the tight end class, Devin Funchess who ran with the receivers but had a slowest time in the 40 with a 4.70 time. That time may conclude the debate as to whether he is a tight end or a wide receiver. Who had a fast time? Well, no one beat Chris Johnson’s time, but Philip Dorsett did post a 4.33 and Kevin White ran an amazing 4.35 but some guy from UAB, JJ Nelson had the fastest time at 4.29, which is a great way for the UAB Football Program to end.
Its not all about the 40, people just love that drill. Another drill worth discussing for receivers is the vertical jump. Both Jaelen Strong and Sammie Coates posted top 5 vertical jumps and pretty fast 40 times as well. But some guy named Chris Conley from Georgia had the top vertical and broad jump. He had a great day and a lot of scouts are going to be taking a closer look at him after his performance on Saturday.
The Running Backs also ran on Saturday. Todd Gurley is still recovering from his season ending injury, so we didn’t get to see him do anything at the combine. No running back ran under a 4.40 but there were definitely several highly touted prospects that ran between 4.40 and 4.60 including: Melvin Gordon, Duke Johnson, Jay Ajayi and Ameer Abdullah. But two big backs stood out to me: David Johnson and Karlos Williams. Both ran well. David Johnson is a really interesting back, he catches the ball really well.
And then there were the QBs. Blah Blah Blah, something about who will go first, Winston or Mariota? They both threw the ball and ran all the drills. Blah Blah Blah QBs…
Dolphins fans don’t care about that drama. We have our guy!
Get ready to watch some defensive players on Sunday!