The NFL Scouting Combine started this past week and I will pick a Combine winner and loser based on their performances thus far.
Winner: Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State
Brandin Cooks is a projected 2nd round pick, but this passed Sunday he looked like the best WR in the draft. He started his day running the forty-yard-dash and finished with an official time of 4.33. He then went on to the receiver drills where he did not drop a single ball, all the while looking very explosive, quick, and concentrated. So far, Brandin Cooks has boosted his draft stock the most in my mind.
Loser: Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
Sammy Watkins is known as the best receiver in the draft with blazing speed and great hands, however his performance on Sunday did not back that up. Sammy Watkins ran an official 4.43 in the forty-yard-dash after claiming he would break Chris Johnson’s Combine record of 4.24. Watkins then went on to drop a pass in the receiver gauntlet. Just to be clear, Sammy Watkins is still the best WR in the draft. His quickness, elusiveness, and good hands have been proven on the field. I personally was just expecting a great performance on his part.
Two other impressive forty-yard-dash times were Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with an official 4.68 and Kent State running back Dri Archer ran an official 4.26.
The NFL Scouting Combine will continue throughout this week, starting with the defensive linemen and linebackers Monday, February 24.