The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up Tuesday, February 25th and some guys made their case to be top draft picks. South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, potentially the best player in the draft, proved himself worthy of that title by running a speedy 4.53 forty-yard-dash and have displaying a vertical jump of 37.5 inches, and don’t forget he 6’5″ 266lbs. Another big name defensive lineman made a splash in the combine as well. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald ran a 4.88 in the forty-yard-dash, and although that might not seem very good take into consideration that he is 6’5″ 288 pounds.
The defensivebacks took the field February 25th, and it was Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert who stole the show. Gilbert is part of the new breed of cornerback in the NFL. Tall, long, and fast is what coaches look for nowadays and Justin Gilbert is 6’0″, 202lbs and he ran a 4.34. The other defensiveback that who is speculated a first round pick is Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Dennard is 5’11” 199 and ran a 4.51. In my mind, Gilbert jumped ahead of Dennard as the best defensiveback in the draft.
The number 1 rated linebacker in the draft is University of Buffalo’s Khalil Mack. How can he not be? He is 6’3″ 251lbs and runs a 4.65, also he has a vertical of 40 inches. To put it into perspective, LeBron James also has a vertical of 40 inches. It kind of makes you wonder how Mack only received 1 division 1 scholarship. One guy who still has some questions surrounding him is Ryan Shazier of Ohio State. The outside linebacker is slightly undersized at 6’1″ 237 and did not run at the Combine. However, Shazier did post an astonishing 42 inch vertical jump, the highest of any Combine participant.
Now that the Combine is over, all there is left to do is wait for the players pro-days and speculate who will end up where. Will the Texans take Jadeveon Clowney number 1 overall? Will Johnny Manziel be the first quaterback taken in the draft? Will Sammy Watkins be a top 10 pick? Will Justin Gilbert jump ahead of Darqueze Dennard and be the first defensive back taken? All of these questions will be answered soon enough, but until they are I will keep you updated with my latest opinions on the 2014 NFL Draft.
by Cameron Lamatrice