Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 12:30 PM MST Senior Bowl Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
  • Sun., Jan. 29, 2017 6:00 PM MST NFL Pro Bowl NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
  • Sun., Feb. 05, 2017 4:30 PM MST Super Bowl LI Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Wed., Feb. 15, 2017 12:00 AM MST First day to designate Franchise or Transition players First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  • Tue., Feb. 28, 2017 12:00 AM MST Combine Timing and Testing The Combine begins in Indianapolis and runs through March 6.
  • Wed., Mar. 01, 2017 2:00 PM MST Deadline to designate Francise or Transition Players Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  • Tue., Mar. 07, 2017 12:00 AM MST Teams may negotiate with their own Unrestricted Free Agents

    During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.

  • Thu., Mar. 09, 2017 12:00 AM MST 2017 League Year and Free Agency begin

    The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meeting Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Mon., Apr. 03, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with new head coaches may begin offseason workouts Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
Print
RSS

Combine Stock Watch: QB, WR, RB

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Independent analyst Andrew Mason takes a look at the notable performers from Sunday's workouts.

INDIANAPOLIS --It's not just about 40 times, although for Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson, his sprints up the sideline at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday didn't hurt his cause.

Richardson was one of the smoothest wide receivers in the other drills, as well. In the cross-field gauntlet drill, he fielded passes quickly and cleanly, and moved with ease. Whether he closed the gap on other receivers ticketed for the first round, including Clemson's Sammy Watkins, is overrated. But Richardson showed he belonged near the top of a receiver class that is among the best in recent memory.

Still, his day will remembered for his 4.4-second 40-yard dash time.

The significance of Robinson's speed numbers is that he maintained his swiftness after adding 14 pounds to his frame. Richardson said he played last season at 162 pounds "at the most," but weighed 175.9 pounds at the Combine. He's not done adding weight, but his ability to maintain 4.4 speed augurs well for him if he adds another 10 to 15 pounds before he makes his NFL debut.

Small wide receivers led the way in terms of raw speed, but Mississippi's Donte Moncrief could get a second look from teams after clocking a 4.4 40-yard dash time with a 221-pound frame. 

Saginaw Valley State's Jeff Janis posted a 4.42-second time with a 219-pound frame, and also showed his quickness in the three-cone drill, which he completed in 6.64 seconds. Of the top 10 receivers in the three-cone, Janis was the only one who weighed more than 200 pounds. He was also the only 200-plus receiver to complete the short shuttle in less than four seconds. After a strong week at the Senior Bowl last month, the pieces of Janis' future are falling nicely into place.

RUNNING BACKS

Dri Archer's 40-yard dash time of 4.26 seconds led the way, but let's be honest: a 173-pounder shouldn't necessarily be lumped with the rest of the running backs. He's of a different skill set and a different size.

Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon might have earned a second glance from teams; he had the second-fastest 40-yard dash time of any running back (4.41 seconds). 

NFL Network analyst described McKinnon as a "real wild card in this draft." He was a quarterback in college for a team that rarely passed; McKinnon threw just 17 passes last season, but had 161 carries and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. The speed and size blend is there, but the paucity of snaps in pre-snap alignments like he will use in the NFL makes him a projection. 

Oklahoma's Damien Williams was the heaviest back to record a sub-4.5 40-yard dash; the 221-pounder checked in with a 4.45-second time, fourth-best among all running backs. His speed/size blend was the best of the running backs who worked out, followed by McKinnon and Stanford's Tyler Gaffney, a 220-pounder who clocked a 4.49-second time.

QUARTERBACKS

It's doubtful that Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater hurt his draft stock irreparably. Although throwing at the Scouting Combine would have earned him deeper respect in the eyes of the football cognoscenti -- and when healthy, is the right thing to do -- he will have other chances to throw. Given the film on him, it is likely that the interview process will do more to determine his landing spot.

But among those quarterbacks who did throw, Central Florida's Blake Bortles stood well above the field, with plenty of velocity and good touch on his deep throws, as well. With Fresno State's Derek Carr and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel also bypassing the throwing work Sunday, it was up to Bortles to demonstrate the gap between the top quarterbacks and the others.

But there is depth at this position, too. Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo had flashes of brilliance after turning some heads at last month's Senior Bowl and could be a second-day pick.

Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas also continues to intrigue. He had the fastest 40-yard dash time of any Combine quarterback, once the official times were calculated. The measurables are there, but the 6-foot-6, 248-pounder will have to be coached into an NFL quarterback, and will have to develop a better feel for the pass rush, a trouble spot that was not going to be evident in a workout "in underwear," as Broncos head coach John Fox has noted in past years.