With apologies to JWS!!! Combine report!

February 27, 2008 |

In my last blog I stated that all Mock Drafts were pointless before the Combine because one bad 40 time, or not enough reps on the bench press and a sliding down the mountain you can go. The same can be said for moving up with a great combine. So here are a few winners and losers from this year’s combine.

3 Winners:

Darren McFadden: He was sliding down some draft boards…well a 4.33 40 yard dash will end that. I still do not think he’s the best RB in the draft but he appears to be a top 5 pick.

Matt Forte: 4.46 in the 40 and rivaled Rashard Mendelhall as the most impressive back at the combine. After a senior bowl MVP can he sneak into a late first rounder?

Vernon Gholsten: OK I admit it, I was not as high on this kid as some…Ohio State DE’s seem to not translate well to the NFL, but after setting a record on the bench press and running a 4.67 40…he could go as high as number 2.

Others who impressed: Chris Williams (OT), Leodis McKelvin (CB), Chris Johnson (RB)

3 Losers:

Sedrick Ellis: I thought with a good combine he could go as high as number 1….well he is still a top 10 pick, but he needs a good pro-day to get back into the top 5.

Cadalis Campbell: he is 6’8” 290 pounds and looks impressive coming off the edge, but his 5.02 40 yard dash could really have him slide out of the first round or at best a late first rounder.

Jeff Otah: He was thought to be the third best OT in the draft. Frankly he looked slow and lost on many drills this week. He could be a late 1st rounder but most likely a 2nd rounder now.

Others who lost: Kenny Phillips (S), Ali Highsmith (LB), Mario Manningham (WR)

Now everyone still has their pro-day to impress again…many who did well at the combine will not do anything but position drills at their pro-days but for those that had a less than stellar combine, there is still hope. Plus the film scrutiny starts as well…are they workout warriors or simply football players.

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