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10 players who impressed at 2018 Combine

10 players who impressed at 2018 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.

But that's not the first or even second surprise pick in this mock, as the Cleveland Browns kick things off with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley at No. 1 overall, while the New York Giants opt for Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at No. 2 overall. Though that's incredibly high praise, it's not entirely off-the-mark, but more importantly for James, he may have very well locked up a spot in the top 15. Chark ran 4.34 on Saturday. But the NFL is a sport predicated on athleticism and movement to maximize coaching opportunities, and NFL teams are focused on making sure players they like on film meet the athletic thresholds needed for NFL success.

The fastest 40 run at the combine by a player with Alabama football roots was turned in by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (Midfield, UAB) in 2015, when he posted a 4.28. The work he put in today, though, definitely makes him one of the more intriguing defensive back prospects in the draft. Averett now owns the 12th-fastest time.

King, who played collegiately at SC, participated in only one of the measurable drills. Among defensive backs, Wallace finished tied for 49 in the 40 and tied for 38 in the vertical leap. Reid, who is the younger brother of 2013 first-round pick Eric Reid, also hit 36.5-inches in the vertical, 10-feet-8 in the broad jump and 4.15 in the short shuttle. His 41-and-a-half inch vertical was higher than any receiver or cornerback.




Penn State's Mike Gesicki is made for the NFL.

The broad jump is done from a standing position. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds and impressed during the rest of his on-field drills. Those were the three fastest times posted at this station during the entire combine.

The three-cone drill is created to measure a player's ability to change directions at high speed. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound defender seems like an every-down edge defender, like Jordan.

The 20-yard shuttle run drill is created to test lateral quickness. There are quality players at a variety of positions. Or, take Barkley at one and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick at four. Eastern time. Two days before then, clubs will be permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the agents of players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents March 14.

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