NFL prospects, Coaches, and General Managers have started descending on Indianapolis for the NFL Combine this coming weekend. Teams have a chance to get to know the prospects better as people, while prospects have a chance to improve their draft stock through interviews as well as on-field drills. Here are a few prospects to keep an eye on this weekend as they try and improve their draft stock:
1. Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle, Houston
Ed Oliver is already one of the most polarizing non-quarterback prospects in this draft class due to his size (or lack thereof). That’s why the weigh-in will be bigger for Oliver than anything he does on the field. Everyone already knows he is going to put up some crazy numbers in the athletic testing. If he can do that while weighing at least 285 pounds that will ease a lot of teams’ minds regarding his ability to hold up in the trenches at the NFL level. However, he could experience a big slide down draft boards for that reason if he comes in at 275 pounds or below.
2. Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio St.
I have seen a lot of talk about there not being as much of a gap between Bosa, Quinnen Williams, and Josh Allen. While I do think the gap is small and these are the three very elite prospects in this draft class, people are also forgetting just how good Bosa was before his injury that caused him to miss the last eleven games of the season. Now fully healthy, expect Bosa to be motivated to put on a show and remind people why he was the consensus for the top overall pick before the season.
3. Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma
Kyler Murray is another prospect where the weigh-in may have more of an impact on his draft stock than anything he’ll do on the field. Everyone should already know that Murray is an outstanding athlete — he was drafted in the Top Ten in the MLB for goodness sakes! There are reports that he has added weight and muscle and could come in around 205 pounds- a full ten pounds more than his playing weight this past year. If he can show his trademark explosiveness at that weight, expect the chatter of him going number one overall to grow.
4. DK Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Mississippi
I’m sure most have seen the picture of an absolutely ripped Metcalf that went viral recently. If not, here it is:
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) February 22, 2019
Metcalf is the one on the right for those who aren’t sure. There has been no shortage of people marveling at his bulk and body transformation since a neck injury ended his college career early. But that has cause some people to question if he still as athletic or will have the flexibility to utilize his full catch radius. If he answers those questions expect him to start getting talk of being and Top Ten or even Top Five pick come April.
5. Greedy Williams, Cornerback, LSU
Williams started off the draft process as arguably the top cornerback in this draft class and a possible Top Ten pick. He has started to fall for many for what some consider to be questionable top end and recovery speed. While I don’t think it is as much of an issue as most people, if he can put down a decent 40 yard dash time (in the 4.4 to low 4.5 range) Williams’s draft stock will soar.