NFL Draft: Scouting Combine Losers

NFL Draft: Scouting Combine Losers

1) Kyren Williams RB Notre Dame:

There is no other way to say it, but Kyren Williams bombed the Scouting Combine. Running a 4.65 40 yard dash and jumping just 116 inches on the broad jump is an unmitigated disaster. Kyren Williams was viewed as one of the best pass-catching backs entering the draft, but after this performance at the combine, it is fair to wonder how late he will be drafted.

2) Kenny Pickett QB Pittsburgh:

The conversation surrounding Kenny Pickett is around his diminutive hands. The NFL does not like outliers, and that is what Pickett would be if he were to find success.

3) David Bell WR Purdue:

David Bell needed a good Scouting Combine to secure some positive momentum heading into the NFL Draft. Unfortunately for Bell, this was not the case. David Bell ran just a 4.65 40 yard dash and looked stiff in the drills. I still like David Bells’ tape and believe there is a pathway for him to find a role, but he went from a solid day two pick to one on shaky ground.

4) Kyler Gordon CB Washington:

True story: I told some friends that I thought Kyler Gordon would ‘light up’ the Scouting Combine. Gordon fell flat as he looked stiff on the on-field drills and posted a disappointing 4.52 40 yards dash. Reports suggest that Kyler Gordon was under the weather during the Scouting Combine. I hope that this is the case and that he will perform better at the Washington Pro Day.

5) Treylon Burks WR Arkansas:

It’s not that Treylon Burks had a terrible Scouting Combine, but it certainly wasn’t the high-end workout that some had expected. There were reports that Burks could touch the 4.3s on his 40-yard dash. For a player his size–6’3 225 lbs.–that would have been something to witness. Instead, Burks ran a respectable 4.55. Treylon Burks remains a physical specimen at the WR position, but he isn’t the most fluid route runner and will be a bit limited early on.

6) Wan’Dale Robinson WR Kentucky:

Wan’Dale Robinson didn’t look too shabby in the workout itself. The problem is–Robinson measured in at 5’11 during his time at Kentucky, at the Scouting Combine, he measured in at just 5’8. The lack of height and length will likely drop Wan’Dale down the draft board a round or two.

7) DeMarvin Leal DT Texas A&M:

DeMarvin Leal is viewed in NFL circles as a bit of a tweener. The Scouting Combine did nothing to disprove the notion. I would prefer if Leal added some strength and took to the interior full time. There was a time that DeMarvin Leal was considered a potential top ten pick, and now I would be surprised if he was selected in the top two rounds.

8) Carson Strong QB Nevada:

Carson Strong possesses perhaps the strongest arm in the entire draft. The problem is Carson Strong has some red flags when it comes to his knee. Oddly enough, Strong admitted as such recently that there remain some lingering doubts. I don’t believe Carson Strong is drafted until the final day of the NFL Draft.

9) George Karlaftis DE Purdue:

George Karlaftis is a victim of the circumstances around him. Karlaftis didn’t do very much at the Scouting Combine, but his contemporaries at the Defensive End positions showed out and showed off! As Karlaftis’ draft stock seems to have slowed to a screeching halt, David Ojabo, Trayvon Walker, and Jermaine Johnson II are taking off. George Karlaftis has slid from a possible top-five pick to the middle of the 1st round.

10) Trey McBride TE Colorado State:

The conversation leading up to the Scouting Combine was that if any TE in the draft could crack the 1st round, it would be Trey McBride. McBride did nothing to separate himself from the pack. The thought leaving Indianapolis was that he is no longer a lock to be the first TE off the board.

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