It’s finally here! The NFL’s annual scouting combine will be held from Feburary 26th to March 4th inside of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. As exciting as each years draft may be, the combine always has huge implications on draft day. Some guys’ draft stock may rise, while others may drop. If you’d like to cut through the bulk of the week long process, tune into these players who I think will shine.
1. Kyler Murray
Everybody will be tuned in to watch Kyler sling the football around at the combine….or maybe not? According to the Associated Press, Kyler Murray has not yet decided which drills he will participate in at the combine. This has led many draft experts to wonder whether he’ll throw at all in the combine. Regardless, Murray is THE player to watch out for at the combine. We may not know what Kyler does in the future with football or baseball yet, however, we do know this guy can absolutely ball. He isn’t your ordinary dual-threat quarterback, and he proved that in his final year at Oklahoma, accumulating over 4,000 passing yards and 42 passing TDs. He can float balls with ease down the field and make touch throws right after. Oh and he can run pretty good for a quarterback as well.
Need I say more?
2. Nick Bosa
Bosa is the best prospect in this years draft and it’s really not even close. He’ll be a plug and play staple on whichever defense he plays on at the next level. Many draft experts think he may even be better coming out of Ohio State than his older brother, Joey. Using his speed alone, he beats tackles right at the line of scrimmage, but its his excellent ability and technique that puts him over the top. Put a tackle, tight end, running back or whatever you want in front of him, he’ll still blow by them. During his three years at Ohio State he piled up 17.5 sacks, 29.0 TFLs, and 2 FFs.
3. Josh Allen
If your favorite team is in need of a pass rusher but isn’t in line for the first overall pick, Josh Allen is your guy. Allen is a guarenteed top 5 pick, and for good reason. During his time at Kentucky, Allen wasn’t just a good player. He took over games on defense and helped revitalize a football program at a school known for their athletes on the hardwood. In his four years at Kentucky, he got to opposing QB’s a ridicoulous 31.5 times with 17 of those sacks coming in his senior year. He also added 220 tackles, 42 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 11 forced fumbles, and 8 passes defended. In other words, this guy is an absolute monster.
4. Ed Oliver
I was tempted to put Rashan Gary here, but I have to give a shoutout to my Group of Five players instead. All jokes aside, Ed Oliver is a deserving possible top ten pick. The 2x All-American may be a tad undersized at DT but his stats at Houston are nothing to scoff at. He is a speedy, yet powerful rusher at the defensive tackle position. As a true freshman he accumulated 5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss and never looked back. Sure, there was some drama surrounding him during his senior year, but that shouldn’t affect his draft stock. He will look to show scouts just how irresistible and hard to find his traits are at this years scouting combine.
5. D.K Metcalf
*insert insane picture of D.K Metcalf here*
I once wondered why D.K Metcalf was rated so much higher than his Ole Miss counterpart A.J Brown. I found out quickly why. Freakish traits aside, D.K Metcalf playmaking ability pops off the screen. Whenever a reciever can combine height and athletism, scouts seem to follow them. D.K Metcalf can dust DBs or he can just jump over them in the endzone. Even though he was sidelined many times during his college career, he shined whenever he was on the field. This years highest rated pass catcher should impress just about anyone watching the combine.
6. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown
Pure speed. “Hollywood” Brown should provide us with eye-popping 40 yd dash times. Furthermore, Brown offers traits that quite literally every NFL team would want. If your team is in need of a deep threat weapon like Brown, and don’t want to pay Desean Jackson loads of money, draft this man. During his time at OU Brown dusted defensive backs on his way to an impressive 2,413 yds and 17 TDs line in only two years.
7. Josh Jacobs
Jacobs is a uber-talented running back that everyone should’ve already been paying attention to. He should make headlines at the combine and further prove why he’s a legitimate first round talent. Jacobs hasn’t had the production that you’d like from a first round talent (he played at talent rich Bama), but his tape speaks for itself. The junior running back doesn’t just run well. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield, return punts/kicks, and block for his teammates. His Alvin Kamara-like qualities should bring NFL scouts to Indy with the name Josh Jacobs underlined.
8. Andreaz “Greedy” Williams
Greedy is an interesting prospect that many scouts want to see more of. Since his final game at LSU, Williams’ draft stock has fluctuated a ton. The combine should give us a little bit of a more clear view of how teams feel about him. There’s no doubt that Williams is the most talented and potential filled cornerback prospect of the draft. However, the sophmore defensive back has limited experience and had a large drop off in production after his freshman year.
9. Deandre Baker
Deandre Baker is a much more experienced and consistent cornerback prospect than Greedy Williams. The only knock on Baker is that he’s significantly more undersized than Greedy. On top of that, while he did play in more games, he produced at a lower rate than Williams. Regardless, Baker is an NFL ready defensive back that should become a first round pick. If he performs well at the combine, Baker can ensure his spot as a first round talent.
10. Rodney Anderson
With my final pick for who to watch out for at the 2019 NFL scouting combine, I offer up a wild card. Anderson brings up red flags to most NFL teams as his college career was plauged by injuries. However, Anderson was a force of nature in his only full season. In 2017 Anderson rushed for over 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also great at catching the football, doing so 17 times for 281 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2017. This years combine is absolutely critical for Anderson, and his fight to improve his injury-prone image.