While the combine is effective at offering under-the-radar prospects, such as Griffin and Chark, a stage, it's generally a pretty ineffective way to evaluate talent. - Mike Mayock on Orlando Brown running an unofficial 5.86 in the 40-yard dash.
Doctors amputated Griffin's left hand when he was four years old, which was the result of a condition that had developed before he was born.
Norris believes the struggles will drop Brown from a projected first-round pick all the way down to the fourth round.
Zierlein himself had Brown going in the first round up until the tackle's bad combine performance. He put up 20 reps in the bench press using a prosthetic hand, then ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. With the Bears committed to Adam Shaheen has their future pass-catching tight end, Smythe would be a good replacement for Dion Sims because he blocks very well, especially in the running game. When you go from playing Brown and Yale and then arrive in Mobile and make Power-5 defensive backs look silly, you have some skill. Before the combine, he was likely a top five pick, but now, there is no way he gets past the third pick. His performance in Indianapolis should help quiet those with concerns. Brown is prospect with the potential to be a true No. 1 wide receiver in the National Football League - and his testing numbers support that thought.
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Speedy DBs: LSU cornerback Donte Jackson didn't succeed in his quest to beat John Ross' combine record of 4.22 in the 40-yard dash, but he did tie for fastest time among all the prospects this year when he turned in a 4.32. Leighton Vander Esch (Boise State) had a great day of testing and also looked great on the field. Poor athletic profile and weight issues were significant reasons why.
But his 31 1/4-inch arms make him an unlikely fit for San Francisco's aggressive Cover 3 scheme. Bryan blazed a 1.68 10-yard split. Even his short shuttle, which generally exemplifies quickness, was among the top 10 at the position despite his status as one of the biggest backs in attendance.
The pair played college football together at University of Central Florida but Shaquem almost wasn't invited to Indianapolis to prove himself at the Combine because of his hand. "He also had a 9'9'" standing long jump and lifted 225 pounds 20 times on the bench press. In 2017 they had six picks in the first three rounds. His draft arrow is pointing north.
He's a different kind of back than Fournette, but he has an outside chance of becoming the first running back to go No. 1 overall since another Penn State Nittany Lion, Ki-Jana Carter, in 1995. While his 2017 film was a pleasant surprise, his workout numbers in Indianapolis were nearly shocking. Michigan's Maurice Hurst got flagged during the Combine medical checks for a heart condition and was not allowed to take part in any drill.
With Mock Draft 3 upon us, it's time to look at the players who just missed the cut. He clocked a solid 5.15 seconds in the 40, and put up 37 reps on the bench.
Teams love Tremaine Edmunds' speed and athleticism. But the last Vol defensive tackle to be drafted was Daniel McCullers in the 2014 draft. He ran like a corner, with his low 4.4 speed.
Broad jump: 135 inches by wide receiver Julio Jones (Foley, Alabama) in 2011. He finished the day as strongly as he started it by looking incredibly athletic in positional drills, causing NFL Network and former professional scout Daniel Jeremiah to proclaim on air about Alexander, "he looks like a top-50 pick". The one wild-card standing in the way of the Giants drafting Rosen is Davis Webb. And McFadden managed only 4.67 on Monday, confirming the concerns many evaluators had about his straight-line speed. Harold Landry has an explosive first step on tape and that was reflected in his testing numbers.