Day 4 of the NFL Combine was a big day as the quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends took part in field workouts both timed and position related. The chance to see Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen to compete in the same drills. While they were working out on the field the defensive backs were getting weighed in and the defensive line and linebackers in the Wonderlic Testing and Bench Press. With plenty of going on, here is a look at the Day 4 NFL Combine News and Notes.
Day 4 NFL Combine News and Notes
DJ Chark Flashes
It’s not secret that this receiver class really lacks top end prospects and that was evident in the first group where nobody really stood out. The on person who did help their cause was Chark and he did it right at the start with an impressive 4.34 40 yard dash. Chark showed on tape that he was at his best when working downfield. At 6’3 with that speed a team wanting someone who can be a weapon on deep routes will definitely take a longer look at him. On the route running drills Chark continued his momentum catching the ball well. There were some concerns about his hands, so this will make people go back and watch his tape again. But one thing that the Combine doesn’t help me out with Chark is he didn’t really seem to want to go high point the ball in traffic. That is still one of my big concerns.
Lamar Jackson Only Throws
Looking to make a statement, Jackson did not take part in any of the timed drills and decided to only throw in the on field drills. I love the move because we already know that Jackson is a tremendous athlete and it tells teams that he feels he’s a quarterback. When drills came Jackson was up and down with his throws. On the out breaking routes his balls were off the mark forcing the receivers to have to make big adjustments. However Jackson bounced back on the in breaking routes where he was able to hit the receivers in rhythm. This isn’t too big of a surprise as Jackson’s tape shows some really nice throws and some balls that sailed or were off their mark. A big part of this is his mechanics and is something that he’s going to have to work on and been developed. Nothing really new here.
Josh Allen Puts on a Show
Everybody knows that Josh Allen has a cannon for an arm, but we also know there is much more to playing quarterback in the NFL than having a strong arm. However in a group that saw Sam Darnold decide not to throw it was Allen and Lamar Jackson that most people focused on. Allen used this opportunity to show off his arm and put on a show. Sure Allen had some off throws where the ball was short on a deep throw but he dazzled. Throwing out routes he put the ball on a line and on time while his deep throws not only showed the strong arm but he was able to hit the receiver on stride. The Combine won’t change your opinion on him, but his performance does help his case for teams that have some question marks on him.
Bad News for Maurice Hurst
Michigan DT Maurice Hurst, projected as a potential first-round pick, was diagnosed today with a heart condition, league sources told ESPN. Hurst will not go through combine drills and will undergo further testing this week.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2018
While we all see the on field drills and get to see the timing results, one of the most important parts of the Combine is the medical testing as it often helps give information to teams about players injuries or even uncover conditions that maybe we didn’t know about or even the player. That is more evident than here with Hurst and his heart condition. We don’t know as much and this is something that you just feel for Hurst. Star Lotulelei was diagnosed with a heart condition before the 2013 draft and he slid to the 14th pick when many projected him to be a top 5 pick. With more information coming out in the next several weeks will help, unfortunately we could see Hurst sliding. Which is too bad and we just hope that Hurst is healthy and able to play to his full potential.
Josh Rosen Puts on a Clinic
Often praised for his mechanics and pure throwing motion that was on display during throwing drills. Rosen made everything look smooth and effortless. Whether it was being accurate on the short throws or even dropping the ball into receivers on the deep go routes. Combine the affirmation what we saw on the field with good reports from interviews and the poise he showed in his media sessions, is it a slam dunk that he should be the top quarterback in this draft? I believe so.
Mike Gesicki Dominates
So yeah, Mike Gesicki (with splits projected) posts the third highest #RAS of all time for a TE. 3rd best out of 678 tight ends since 1987. May move up or down a spot after I run the code completely, but wowza. pic.twitter.com/ObaMdk7dpF
— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 3, 2018
Coming into the Combine everyone was anxious to see how Gesicki would do in the vertical leap and the broad jump because his leaping ability he shows on tape and his volleyball background. But nobody saw the utter domination he had in his testing and especially the top 40 yard dash time and the top 3 cone drill. On tape Gesicki doesn’t really show the ability to separate in coverage mainly winning at the catch point. This will force many (including me) to go back to his tape and see what we are missing, but he is definitely one of the winners here. To put Gesicki’s performance in context, Kent Lee Platte has him graded out as the third best athletic score since 1987. Wow!