Combine Review: QB, WR, and TE
Today’s workouts at the scouting combine revealed some of the more athletic specimens in this years draft. We saw Parris Campbell run a blazing 4.31 to solidify his 2nd round status and DK Metcalf ran a 4.33 to show off his impressive linear long speed. Overall, today was filled with athletes showing off quick 40 times and explosive leaps ( Boykin with 43.5 on the vert and 11’8” on the broad and Hall with 43.5 on the vert and 11’9” on the broad), while we also got a chance to get a closer look at some of the top passers in the class.
One of the biggest storylines of the day was that the high profile QB, Kyler Murray, did not make himself available to throw. While this does not hurt his stock at all, I would have liked to see how he responded to the difficulty of throwing to unfamiliar receivers with the eyes of NFL coaches and front office members peering over him. Kyler putting himself out there to throw would simulate a high pressure situation and would accentuate his competitiveness because of the fact that he was throwing with some of the other top rated QBs who are trying to be the first QB taken off the board on draft night.
For QB’s, I was looking for their overall mechanical usage, touch, timing, anticipation, and placement. Most of these Quarterbacks have had limited experience taking the ball from under center, so getting an observation of their drop was important. How these guys aligned their frame, torqued their weight, and released the ball manipulated their ball placement and gave me an idea of how accurate they can be at the next level.
For WRs, I was looking at how crisp their routes where, how naturally they adjusted to the football, how strong their hands were at the catch point, where they placed their hands on the ball, foot drag in bounds, speed, fluidity, and athleticism.
For TE’s, I was looking at how much movement they created as a blocker and how well they bent their knees, placed their hands, and drove their feet. on passing drills, I wanted to observe them run crisp routes, naturally adjust to the football, catch the ball with hand strength and solid hand placement, get two feet in along the sideline, speed, fluidity, and athleticism.
Dwayne Haskins: Haskins was the most natural thrower on the field today and his mechanics and arm talent really popped. He is an exceedingly talented thrower of the football with anticipation, velocity, and a quick release. He looked very calm, cool, and collected in the throwing drills and showcased in the entirety of the workout that he can be a franchise QB. After his performance earlier, will the Giants (or another team) feel more comfortable about moving up to acquire his skillset?
Jarrett Stidham: There were never any questions about Stidham’s physical traits or how he threw the football and his appearance at the combine clearly showed his strengths. Today it was confirmed that even though he is a project, the ball flies off his hand and he can make any throw on the field. He needs to improve his overall pocket poise before he can be considered a starter for any length of time.
DK Metcalf: Metcalf dominated most of his time at the combine. He showed off his explosiveness in his 4.33 40 yard dash and jumped out of the stadium in the broad and vertical jumps. It was shown that his muscle mass may have caused some tightness in his transitions because he had a below average 3 cone time (7.38) and short shuttle time (4.5). DK showed easy catching ability and adjusted nicely to the ball. Metcalf had enough high notes and flashes of physical and athletic dominance to get himself into the top 10 discussion and he proved that he has the upside to be a number 1 WR.
Parris Campbell: Campbell ran his 40 at a breakneck speed of 4.31 and showed that he could catch passes away from his frame. He made it apparent to everyone watching that he can open up an offense and add a dynamic threat to the team that selects him.
Keesean Johnson: He is somewhat under the radar but came out today looking like a top 10-15 WR in the class. Johnson displayed strong hands at the catch point and body control in the gauntlet drill. He will be a mid round steal that will be productive on game days.
Noah Fant: Fant started off the day with an impressive 4.5 40 time. He showcased his top shelf athleticism and long speed while also being solid in all the drills. As a pass catcher, He showed that he could trap the ball well and trace it over his shoulder on vertical routes. He will most likely be a first round draft pick who will create some matchup issues in the league.
Irv Smith: He exhibited good enough hands and solid overall athleticism. Smith is a versed route runner and worked today with sharpness and good pace in his routes. He is a solid blocker and adds value because of how he can help the offense in multiple ways.
TJ Hockenson: Hockenson is definitely the most well rounded Tight End in this class. He was violent on the pads as a blocker with a low center of gravity, solid placement, and power through his hands. He showed that he is a decent route runner and that he can catch the ball smoothly away from his frame. He has room to grow, but will have a day one impact in the NFL.
Dawson Knox: Knox was an exceptional catcher of the football in the on-field drills. He looked really controlled in his routes and made an abundance of clean catches. He isn’t as popular as the top 3 TE’s (Hockenson, Smith, Fant), but can be a mid round prospect who adds good value as a pass catcher.
Miles Boykin: Boykin tested REALLY well with impressive jumps and an impressive 40 time. He showed that he can adjust to the ball and finish at the catch point.
Others: Emmanuel Hall, N’Keal Harry, AJ Brown, Deebo Samuel, Foster Moreau
- Taylor Moser