NFL Combine Winners and Losers

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Now that I have shared my experience at the combine, let’s dive into some of the biggest winners and losers.

Winners

One winner of the combine was DK Metcalf. He had his struggles at Ole Miss which has produced many doubters, including myself. The combine, however, reminded everyone one thing: Metcalf is a FREAK. Running a 4.33 at his size is incredible, and while he is very raw and unpolished, NFL WR coaches will be foaming at the mouth to get their hands on him.

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Can I just say all the defensive lineman? We already knew this class was loaded up front, but wow. Montrez Sweat ran a 4.41! A 4.41 at 260 pounds and 6’6″ WHAT? Rashan Gary was the 4th fast DE… he is 285 pounds and ran a similar time to Le’Veon Bell. Gary was quick too, his footwork was probably the best at the combine. Bosa did not have an amazing time but was still very good, the fact that he isn’t considered a winner of the combine shows how good the group was. Nick Bosa still looked like a top three pick. Williams from Alabama put on a performance similar to Aaron Donald, while Dexter Lawerence who has a similar body to Vince Wilfork ran almost a five flat, and looked way quicker than many expected. If you were an average defensive lineman on Sunday, then you could’ve cracked the top 10 in most drills any other year.

The Devin’s. Devin White and Devin Bush blew up Twitter, both running insane times under 4.44 and showed they have what it takes to get from sideline to sideline. Roquan Smith was the freak LB last year, and he weighed less and ran slower than both of these men.

Honorable Mentions: Kyler Murray, Ohio State WRs, Noah Fant.

Losers

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The running backs, in general, were slower than many expected… but none were as slow as Elijah Holyfield. Holyfield ran a 4.78, any team considering him in the 3rd round just got a GIANT red flag.

N’Keal Harry did not have a bad day, but he lost just due to DK Metcalf. If drafting a freak size WR who struggled in college, Harry was an option. Now DK is the clear top receiver in the class, and AJ Brown, Paris Campbell, and Hakeem Butler all had great combines as anyone else. Average just was not good enough for Harry.

Jachai Polite had to be the biggest loser of the day. He had to stop after a hamstring injury, but already has some question marks, and continued to have a 40-yard dash. A first-round hopeful now being mocked as low as round 3 in just four days is all you need to know about his combine.

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