The NFL Combine’s Biggest Winners

This is far easier than picking the biggest losers, especially if you watched the combine, NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock was like a schoolgirl when discussing some of these players.

Dontari Poe, Memphis, Defensive Tackle–I legitimately thought that Mike Mayock was going to ask if he could have his babies.  The big fella did everything right this week to “wow” the NFL Scouts.  He was quick and nimble during drills, and he put up great measurables.  At 6’4″ 346 he ran a 4.98 40 yard dash and put up 44 reps of 225 lbs on the bench, the most reps of anyone this year at the combine.  I personally have not watched enough film of him to say that he will be the next great defensive tackle, but if you go based solely on the combine, he looked like a big man, who can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense and cause havoc for offensive lineman.

Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, Wide Receiver–He measures in at 6’4″ 216 lbs and ran a 4.36.  Which means Georgia Tech, despite running an option offense, is becoming Wide Receiver U.  Between Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas and now Hill, that makes three wide receivers who are 6’3″ and up and ran below a 4.39 40 yard dash.  I’m not saying that Thomas and Hill are as talented as Calvin Johnson or ever will be, but all three are rare combinations of size and speed.  Hill averaged 29 yards per catch in college, and while he has caught the ball inconsistently at times, with that size and speed, his stock is going through the roof.  The only issue that arises here is the fact that he never played in a pro-style offense in college and the adjustment could be problematic.  Whichever team drafts him will just have to hope that he is not the next Darrius Heyward-Bey; all speed, no catching ability.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Quarterback–Last but certainly not least, RG3.  His performance at the combine locked him into the #2 slot right behind Luck, and now the Rams are on the right side of a bidding war for their 1st round pick.  Before the combine there were questions about his height and if he would be as athletic as he looked, but he was exactly what has been advertised and then some.  At 6’2″ running a 4.41 40 yard dash, and a 39 inch vertical, he was impressive to say the least.  Even without throwing a football at the combine he raised his stock, and quite honestly, the Rams are probably happier with his performance at the combine than he is.

Honorable Mention: Matt Kalil (LT, USC), Bruce Irvin (OLB, WVU), Coby Fleener (TE, Stanford), Junior Hemingway (WR, Michigan).

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