08 March, 2018
If the Rams make one move on defense, make one steal in the draft, and tweak their offseason approach with superstar Aaron Donald, the Rams will not just win the NFC West, but will be primed to win an NFC title AND the Super Bowl.
Entering the NFL Combine, Alabama's Calvin Ridley and maybe SMU's Courtland Sutton were the only first-round worthy receivers. He led tight ends in every measurable workout except the bench press, which he placed second in with 22 repetitions.
While Gesicki, Barkley, and Apke didn't make the cut as members of that rare echelon of athletes, they did significantly improve their respective draft stocks.
But after DJ Moore's remarkably explosive NFL Combine, posting a 4.42 40-time with a near 40-inch vertical leap and 11-inch broad jump (the latter the best among all receivers), Moore may have solidified first-round grades across the NFL. In our feature story "This Time It's Going To Work (We Think)", we assess the task facing new Browns GM John Dorsey, a task that begins in earnest on April 26. Brown is able to compensate for his lack of athleticism on the field with his wide base and wingspan, but the low numbers he posted in Indianapolis will be an anchor on his draft grade, most likely out of the top-two rounds. With only one pick through the first two days in their pocket, the Eagles are fortunate not to need a ton of help. He ran a 5.85 in the 40-yard dash and had a 19.5 inch vertical and 6-foot-10 broad jump. His 40 time of 4.52 was impressive for a 227-pounder.
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He is an athlete and he could play until he is 40 because his physical condition comes very naturally to him". He is a great talent but he is still young.
Barkley's SPARQ rating of 148.4 was far and away the top score of all the running backs in attendance at the combine.
After his highly active and productive Pac-12 season as Washington State's bull-in-a-china-shop pass rusher, Mata'afa was a dud at the NFL Combine. The 4.38 is faster than the times of many big names, including Ezekiel Elliot and Julio Jones. He also put up 20 reps on the bench using a prosthetic to grip the bar. He ranked second among linebackers in vertical jump (39.5 inches, ) the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles, and fifth in the broad jump and three-cone drill. He's firmly putting himself in the conversation to be a Day 1 pick in next month's draft. Nickerson has a great chance to be among the first nickel cornerbacks taken on draft day.
Most outlets projected Brown as a first round pick heading into the combine.
There was plenty to ponder as National Football League personnel and prospects departed Indianapolis following a 2018 Scouting Combine with lots of high points, as dozens of players exceeded expectations.