NFL: 5 Winners From The Combine
The NFL Combine is the biggest event between the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft which happens on April 25-27. The Combine is a four day event in which future players of the NFL try to better their draft stock by participating in drills such as the 40-yard dash, bench press and other events both physical and mental. For some this could have a positive or negative effect on their draft status. For some it has no bearing on their draft position no matter what. Here is a look at the winners of the NFL Combine.
Marquise Goodwin- Wide Receiver Texas Unfortunately for Goodwin he’s one of the smaller wide receivers in all the draft at 5’9” 183 pounds. In high school and college Goodwin ran track and showed that blazing speed at the combine by running 4.27 sec 40-yard dash time. He also showed his great jumping ability by jumping 11 feet in the broad jump. Goodwin will more than likely be a third to fourth round pick and a slot receiver for his NFL career, but don’t be surprised if a team who likes speed (Oakland Raiders) drafts Goodwin in the second round of this draft. However, beware he doesn’t have the best hands in the world.
Margus Hunt- Defensive End- SMU Some sites have the 25-year-old prospect either going in the late first round or early second round. After his performance at the Combine, it’s safe to say Hunt will be a first round pick or so I believe. Hunt was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, bench press (tied for first with 38 reps) the broad jump and vertical jump. Weakness is the fact that Hunt is also one of the taller prospects in this draft listed at 6’8” which may have some teams shy away from him. Still, with defensive end being one of the deepest positions in the draft and plenty of talent ends probably taken early, Hunt may find himself a top 20-25 pick in this year’s draft.
Tyler Eifert- Tight End- Notre Dame If you click the link you’ll see that Eifert was a top performer in all the drills he participated in. There was no doubt that Eifert would be a first round pick in this year’s draft, however, it was unsure if he would be the first tight end taken because of someone like Zach Ertz from Stanford. Now I don’t think there is any doubt, Eifert is the real deal and should be the top tight end on everyone’s radar.
Tyler Wilson- Quarterback- Arkansas Being compared to Brett Favre by NFL.com is pretty good company to be in especially if you are looking for a big pay-day. Tyler Wilson has been under the radar unlike other quarterback prospects Geno Smith and Matt Barkley. Wilson was one of the most touted quarterbacks heading into the 2012 season and failed this year due to his coach getting fired and losing his top three wide receivers. Still, NFL.com has him listed as a top 15 pick. I still don’t see that happen, especially coming off a season in which he suffered an injury. Still, he may be a nice second round signing for some team.
Terron Armstead- Offensive Tackle- Arkansas-Pine Bluff Any offensive lineman that can run this fast, deserves to be looked at no matter what kind of conference they played for in college. Armstead stock has been rising since the East-West Shrine Game. Usually guys from small schools can be anywhere from round four-seven. However, with the way Armstead has been playing/working out as of late and all the media attention he is garnering I think we have a second/third round pick on our hands.
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