The Scouting Combine took place last week in Indianapolis. Here players are tested on their athleticism, football IQ, and mental state. This allows the NFL teams to get an in-depth look at the men they are investing draft picks on. Most championship caliber teams are built through the draft rather than free agency. It is imperative for teams to land solid draft choices when it comes to team building. Here are some of the players that really helped their draft stock at last week’s NFL Scouting Combine.
The wide receiver from the University of Washington was the star of the Combine by setting the new record for the 40-yard dash. He ran a 4.22 40 yard dash that is the fastest ever recorded on lasers at the Combine. The record previously set by Chris Johnson stood for nearly a decade before Ross came along. His blazing speed will be a problem for cornerbacks. Don’t think he is only speed, Ross is a polished route runner with good hands. He only ran the 40 yard dash and managed to boost his draft stock.
The safety from UConn showed his freakish athleticism in his jumps. His vertical jump was 44″ high and he posted a broad jump of 11′ 9″. Obi’s jump numbers almost defy gravity and were the best at this year’s Scouting Combine. Not to mention he ran a 4.4 40 yard dash at 6’4″ and 224 pounds. His size, speed, and power could allow him to be a big physical hitter in the NFL.
He scored on offense, defense, and special teams while at Southern Cal. He is expected to play defensive back and special teams returner in the NFL. Jackson is a smooth athlete that I could easily see playing wide receiver as well at a high level in the NFL. He ran a 4.42 40 yard dash and broad jumped 122″. What impressed evaluators the most was his movement ability. He has a good backpedal and quick twitch ability to change directions with ease. Adoree’ Jackson has the rare ability to score a touchdown from wherever he is on the field.
We couldn’t be talking about the stars without including the consensus best player in the draft Myles Garrett from Texas A&M. The defensive end ran a 4.64 40 yard dash while weighing 272 pounds. His 33 reps on the bench press were among the best of any player at the Scouting Combine. He jumped 41″ for the vertical jump and 128″ for the broad jump. These numbers would be impressive for a running back or linebacker, but they are jaw dropping for a defensive lineman.