While the combine is just a collection of drills that correlate with play potential on the field, its ability to shape narratives and effect draft processes is unquestioned. So it is worth looking at the winners and losers of this past weekend's workouts as you prepare for your dynasty drafts:
No one did more for their draft stock than Josh Allen. The race is on to be the first quarterback selected, and Allen did a lot to quiet critics who have pointed to his poor completion percentage in college and questionable fundamentals. Allen was the best passer on the field, showing a superlative deep ball and the most consistency with his short and intermediate passes. With his high potential already acknowledged, this performance could vault him back into top 5 pick consideration.
For anyone that has followed Saquon Barkley, the numbers are not a surprise, but it is still bonkers that someone on Earth can bench 225 pounds 29 times, run a 4.4 forty and jump 40 inches into the air. I mean, look at these comparisons. I know a lot of top teams need quarterbacks but I'm with the anonymous assistant on this one. Draft Saquon Barkley.
Shaquem Griffin, who had to have his hand amputated due to a birth defect, was the most inspirational story of the weekend as he ran the fastest forty time for a linebacker ever and managed to put up 20 reps on the bench press while using an prosthetic arm. It's long overdue that teams start taking the 2016 AAC defense player of the year seriously, regardless of his limitation, Griffin is a dynamic athlete that has the talent to be a useful NFL player.
As a Michigan fan, it has been confusing for me to watch a player with this kind of potential go under the radar. He absolutely torched my Wolverines with an unstoppable combination of size and speed. The combine was the perfect place for Gesicki to showcase his talents and he did just that with a 4.54 forty, 41.5 inch vertical, and a near 11 foot broad jump. In today's NFL Gesicki is the perfect red zone weapon.
The wide receiver position this year is deep but murky. There is a lot of talent, but no consensus order for the top players. Both Moore and Sutton raised their profile. Moore did it with his 4.42 forty, 40 inch vertical and 11 foot broad jump assisting in his "can't be tackled" narrative, and Sutton's 6.57 in the three cone and 4.11 in the short shuttle are preposterous for a 6-3, 220 pound person.
While Josh Allen stood out, many of the other quarterbacks faltered. Josh Rosen was surprisingly inaccurate on mid-range routes, Lamar Jackson misfired repeatedly and show-cased his inconsistent footwork, Baker Mayfield was average and Luke Falk was all over the place with his ball placement. Again, gym short workouts should be taken with a grain of salt, but it was a missed opportunity for many signal callers, especially Rosen.
A lot of people are pointing to Lasley's slower-than-expected 4.50 forty time as the reason for concern for the perceived vertical threat. But it was the litany of drops and double clutches in the position drills that give me more pause. The big question mark for him in college was dropping the football and he did nothing to dispute those worries.
Underachiever isn't the right word here considering Johnson hurt his hamstring in his first forty yard dash and couldn't complete any of the other drills, but it's a huge miss for a player who was expected to be one of the breakout performers at the combine.
At least Taron made an impression on the scouts by continuing the drill after this mishap.
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