What to watch at 2015 NFL Combine
The NFL combine is here!!! With the Senior Bowl behind us and Free Agency starting on March 10th, all focus will be on the combine this week. Time to check out the individual workouts of many of the draft prospects, CPGM has your back on what to watch for at the combine.
– QBs Jameis Winston & Marcus Mariota…will either guy throw at the combine? If both are smart, they should opt to skip the throwing session at the combine and wait until their individual pro days.
– QB Garret Grayson…If both Winston and Mariota skip the combine the guy to watch is Garrett Grayson from Colorado State. In a relatively weak QB class Grayson could sneak into the second round with a strong performance at the combine.
– RB Jay Ajayi…You want to talk about a guy who can fly up the Running Back list to possibly being the third back drafted, Ajayi from Boise State is a must watch. 1800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in his senior year should NOT be taken lightly. Very fluid with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
– RB David Johnson…What’s a draft without a couple of sleepers. Johnson out of Northern Iowa opened eyes at the senior bowl. This 6’1 229 pound back possesses great power and speed but what separates him is what he can do in the receiving game. Excellent route runner out the backfield with spectacular hands.
– WR Dorial Beckham-Green…The consensus number one player out of high school in 2012 Beckham-Green ran into multiple off the field troubles causing him to miss the entire 2014 season. With all that said you can’t teach size, Beckham-Green stands 6’6, 225 pounds and is an absolute physical freak.
– WR Phillip Dorsett…What time will he run? Dorsett’s 40 yard dash will be must see TV as he is considered the fastest player in the draft and has the fastest clocked 40 in the University of Miami’s history. Dorsett is much more than speed and could cement an early second round selection this coming draft.
– TE Wes Saxton…Here is another sleeper to watch at the combine. Saxton a small school standout from South Alabama is a prototypical move tight end at the next level. He is quick in and out of his breaks and has natural hands. He will be a mismatch against linebackers at the next level.
– Offensive Tackle Position…The tackle position is wide open as no one player have separated themselves from the field. This means the combine is a huge platform to do so. Look for a tackle to separate from the field and become a top ten pick. La’el Collins, Ereck Flowers, T.J. Clemmings, Andrus Peat, D.J. Humphries please stand up.
– DE Shane Ray…This guy will put on a show at the combine. His explosiveness will stand out front and center when completing the 40 yard dash (10 yard split) and high jump. Just sit back and watch the most NFL ready pass rusher in this year’s draft.
– LBs Shaq Thompson & Vic Beasley…Both Thompson and Beasley will have great workouts as both prospects are dynamic athletes. What every scout and you should be watching is their physical measurements. Too small for their position, Thompson and Beasley need to add bulk and be north of 225 if they want to move up draft boards.
– Washington Huskies’ Defenders…Already spoke about Thompson above. What position best fits him…RB, LB, or safety? DT Danny Shelton…already considered the next Haloti Ngata, can he live up to those expectations? LB Hau’oli Kikaha…led the nation with 19 sacks, how will his medical exam check out? Major knee injuries two years in a row to start his collegiate career. CB Marcus Peters…considered by some as the best corner in the draft Peters has major red flag issues. His workout and interviews must speak volumes to be the first corner taken in April.
– CB Quinten Rollins…Four year basketball player Rollins has a steep learning curve to become a good pro at the next level. The combine will show how far he has come to this point, he has excellent ball skills and has an uncanny ability to start and stop on a dime.
– SS Jaquiski Tartt…Tartt is a physical safety who can lay the boom on defenders. He is also someone who can move fluidly up and down the field. Watch him as he will create a buzz at a position that isn’t very strong.