It’s olympics, but for football.
The NFL Scouting Combine began this weekend where former college athletes displayed their athleticism for NFL Scouts. Some prospects proved their worth to NFL franchises, others didn’t quite live up to their name. With only the defensive backs left to perform, let’s talk about who stood out so far.
Jabrill Peppers (Michigan)
He says he is a safety, so let’s keep him where he wants to be. Either way Peppers worked out with the linebackers yesterday and will do as well with the defensive backs today. The Big-Ten Defensive Player of the Year posted a 4.46 40 yard dash time, also posted a 35.5 inch vertical jump. The biggest key for Peppers was his smooth fluidity in the position drills, knocking any prior doubts. With being a bit undersized for the NFL Linebacker position, Peppers can show his worth at the Safety position today.
Myles Garrett (Texas A&M)
Garrett lived up to his No.1 overall pick projection. The 6’5 272 defensive end blew away scouts by posting a 4.64 40 time and an astounding 41 inch vertical jump. Similar to Peppers, Garrett wiped out the competition with a strong showing in the position drills. With the Cleveland Browns holding the first overall pick and many holes to fix, drafting Garrett would be a great start to rebuilding.
Garett Bolles (Utah)
Bolles was listed as the second best offensive lineman, and depending on the scheme, he could be taken first. Displaying great lateral movement with a 4.55 shuttle time, Bolles showed he can move along the line and pass protect. His quick feet, along with a big frame will be his biggest strength at the next level.
Deshaun Watson (Clemson)
Watson solidified the idea that he is not a running quarterback, but he is a quarterback who can run. Watson ran a 4.64 40 time, adding to what we know of his mobile ability. To the surprise of many, Watson wowed with his arm. Watson doesn’t have the largest cannon, but he has pinpoint accuracy. He made all of the throws, he put the ball where it needed to be, he outshined his competitors. Will he be the first overall pick, or will he slide to a contender? We will see.
Chris Godwin (Penn State)
Godwin improved his draft stock tremendously over the weekend. Godwin dissolved any quarrel about his speed as he notched a 4.42. Godwin was a dynamic threat at Penn State, but with that speed he can be a deep threat in the NFL. Godwin wowwed with his ball control in the pass catching drills as well, the most important asset of a wide receiver. Another plus to add for Godwin, he bench pressed 225lbs 19 times, showing solid upper body strength to his 6 ft 210lb frame. If Godwin wasn’t a 1st round pick to start, he might have cemented his slot now.
The defensive backs are performing today. Watch out for big names like Adoree Jackson, Marlon Humphrey, and Budda Baker to steal the show on the concluding day of the NFL Scouting Combine.