NFL Combine Preview

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Players to Watch

QB: Drew Lock

  • Drew Lock has a live arm with an exceptional ability to make any throw on the field. There have been questions about him being able to place the ball accurately on a consistent basis, so him performing well during the throwing drills is critical.

RB: David Montgomery

  • Montgomery is an elusive, one cut runner who has the necessary vision, and all around ability to be a three down back. However, his breakaway speed is considered a question mark, as he isn’t considered a home run threat from long distances. His 40 time will be one to watch, and if he performs well he could push himself into the upper echelon of this running back class.

WR: Andy Isabella

  • Andy Isabella is a shifty, explosive slot receiver that consistently creates separation. Arguably, he’s one of the fastest players in this draft, and his 40 will be one to watch.

TE: TJ Hockenson

  • Hockenson is a tough, rugged tight end with soft hands and the ability to create separation downfield. He's a long strider, and he’s exceptional with the ball in his hands. In Indianapolis, he needs to exhibit more refined route running during drills to possibly push him into the top 10.

OT: Dalton Risner

  • Dalton Risner is a technically refined, tough offensive tackle that possesses the necessary length to play at RT in the NFL. The biggest question with him is his capability to counter speed on the edge, so him performing well during agility and footwork drills is critical to silencing talk of him kicking into guard.

IOL: Garrett Bradbury

  • Bradbury is a sound, athletic Center with exceptional agility and movement skills. He should perform exceptionally in drills and he is one to keep an eye on Friday morning.

Edge: Rashan Gary

  • Rashan Gary is a big, yet twitched up edge with exceptional athleticism and the ability to overwhelm tackles at the point of attack. His 40 is one to keep an eye on, as he is expected to be one of the best testers at his position.

IDL: Isaiah Buggs

  • Isaiah Buggs is a tough interior defensive lineman with a lot of physical tools to work with. At the combine, he needs to show relentless effort during drills as on tape his motor was lacking.

LB: Germaine Pratt

  • Germaine Pratt is a downhill, tough inside LB who plays downhill well yet struggles moving laterally due to tightness. It is imperative that he shows improved flexibility during drills and the ability to make plays laterally in Indianapolis. That would help his stock mightily.

CB: Trayvon Mullen

  • Mullen is a long, athletic corner who is exceptional in press coverage. However, his technique needs to be more consistent as he showed considerable lapses in the latter half of the season. If he performs well in Indianapolis, he can shoot into the first round.

S: Taylor Rapp

  • Rapp is an instinctive, physical safety who excels as an in the box playmaker. His biggest limitation is flexibility, so during drills he needs to show fluidity in the hips and improved change of direction skills to improve his stock.

Combine Storylines

  1. DK Metcalf went viral over the past few weeks due to his shredded frame, and there are questions about that affecting his explosiveness and flexibility at the catch point. His 40 and routes are one to keep an eye on as if his explosiveness isn’t hindered he very well could be a lock as the first receiver off the board. Also, he had a season ending neck injury last season so while it is expected he is fully recovered, his combine medical is one to watch.

  2. Kyler Murray is the most divisive, yet electrifying player in this draft. His size is also in question so it will be interesting to see how he measures in. his measurements. His participation in the throwing drills and the 40 is in question, so he is one to watch.

  3. N'Keal Harry is undoubtedly a tough, physical receiver who has the ability to make any catch. His biggest question is long speed, and if he runs a good time in the 40 he could push himself into the middle of the first round.

  4. Marquise Brown just recently underwent a procedure to fix the Lisfranc Fracture in his foot that hindered him greatly in the playoff. Even though he cannot participate in the combine drills, Marquise Brown is still considered a top 20 player in this class.

  5. Jonah Williams is a flawless technician at the OT position who has all the requisite traits to succeed at the position. However, there is conversation of him being kicked into guard due to his lack of length. His measurements are something to keep a close eye on this week.

  6. Jeffrey Simmons has exceptional physical tools, and is a disruptive play maker in the interior. However, the last few weeks for him have been less than ideal. He got uninvited to the combine due to a past incident, and just recently tore his ACL in draft preparation. His stock is expected to take a heavy decline, however whoever picks him up will get a steal if he recovers fully.

Scout: Nathan Papandrea