Feb 29, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Temple Owls defensive back Tavon Young goes through a workout drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL Combine day 1 had some good performances from the offensive linemen as well as the running backs. There were also some that disappointed. Let’s get right to some of the highlights and lowlights of the OL and RBs.
Aviante Collins of TCU – Had the fastest 40 time with a 4.81 and the fastest 10 yard split with a 1.69. He also impressed with 34 bench press reps, which was 2nd most of anyone. Collins is listed at OT, but may have to may have to add another 10 pounds of muscle. He is currently not projected in the 1st 3 rounds, but he definitely helped himself.
Garrett Bolles of Utah – Bolles may have solidified himself as a 1st round pick. He had the 2nd fastest 40 time with a 4.95 and the 2nd fastest 10 yard split with a 1.71. He most likely gets taken in the bottom 3rd of the 1st round.
Forrest Lamp of Western Kentucky – At a weight of 309 pounds, Lamp was arguably the most impressive OL with a 40 time of 5.00 and a 10 yard split of 1.75 to go along with 34 bench press reps. He is currently slated to be taken in the 1st round and this performance stamped just that.
Isaac Asiata of Utah – Asiata showed off his strength by doing the most bench press reps with 35. He is currently looked at as a round 4 guy.
Roderick Johnson of Florida State and Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin both sat out the on-field drills. Johnson was able to do the bench press, but only did 26 reps. Both are expected to go within the 1st 2 rounds of the draft. Ramczyk will challenge to be the 1st offensive lineman taken.
Christian McCaffrey of Stanford – Arguably the most impressive player on day 1 was McCaffrey. He ran every drill to perfection. He showed great cutting ability, great hands, and great speed. The video of his on-field drills should be used for future reference.
Alvin Kamara of Tennessee – Kamara led everyone in the broad jump with 10’ 11” and led everyone in the vertical with 39.5”. At 214 pounds, he also had a respectable 40 time with a 4.56 and 15 bench press reps. He may end up being one of those players who isn’t spectacular but just gets the job done.
Leonard Fournette of LSU – To be honest, Fournette didn’t have an overall great performance, but at 240 pounds, heaviest of all RBs, and being able to run a 4.51 time in the 40, it didn’t matter. People know how good he is and combine numbers shouldn’t change that. He’ll be a top 10 pick.
Dalvin Cook of Florida State – Cook also didn’t have a great day. He looked pretty average, but just like Fournette, people know how good he is already. He still will be the 1st or 2nd RB taken and it looks like Cook will go somewhere in the teens.
Samaje Perine of Oklahoma – He led all RBs with 30 bench press reps. He will be looked at as a power back that should go on day 2.
TJ Logan of North Carolina – Logan had the fastest 40 time of anyone today with a 4.37. He’s expected to be a late-round pick.
D’Onta Foreman of Texas and Elijah Hood of North Carolina both were unavailable for the on-field drills, but both did the bench press and both got 18 reps. Foreman likely goes on day 3 and Hood is looking more like a day 3 pick.
It was a good day to kick off the on-field drills at day 1 of the NFL Combine. Tomorrow is the highlighted day, as the QBs, WRs, and TEs getting to put on a show for everyone. I have a strong feeling that we may see a lot of WRs sneak up the draft boards. Till then, enjoy the combine.