Day 3 is officially in the books giving us the first day of on field drills along with measurements for the defensive line prospects. The offensive lineman and running backs took the main stage today doing their running and jumping drills while also getting on the field workouts done. Here is a look at what stood out from the day.
Cam Robinson Wows on the Field
While he doesn’t always show it on film we’ve heard about Cam Robinson being a good athlete. The junior from Alabama showed that on Friday with an impressive 1.78 10 yard split that was second best out of any tackle (Bolles 1.71) and his 7.81 3-Cone drill was top 5 at his position. While those were impressive Robinson also shined on the field looking athletic and fluid both in the kick step drill and in the different shuffle drills. This not only forces me to go back and rewatch Robinson but teams are likely going to do the same. Some teams seeing this compared to others could feel that they could work with his athletic ability and mold him.
Garrett Bolles lived up to his athletic billing
Heading into the Combine it was clear that Bolles was thought to be the best offensive line athlete in this entire class and he didn’t disappoint. In the testing drills Bolles had the 2nd best 40 time and 10 yard split and his 7.29 3-Cone drill was the best of the group. On the field drills Bolles showed good lateral agility, speed, and quickness. Bolles had some competition from Cam Robinsson and TCU’s Aviante Collins for best athlete but we may have seen Bolles lock down the spot as the first tackle taken in the draft.
Leonard Fournette Rebounds after a Poor Vertical Leap
The day started off slow for Fournette who posted a 28.5″ vertical leap that was far below average for a running back. However Fournette quickly regained his momentum by posting a 4.51 40 yard dash that is the fastest time put up by a running back that weights 240 lbs or higher. On the field Fournette showed off that he has the quickness and acceleration that we saw on film and continues to be the best running back in the class.
Christian McCaffrey Shines on the Field
On Thursday we heard McCaffrey up on the podium talk about how he felt disrespected and then put up only 1o reps in the bench press. However Friday’s performance quickly quieted some of the critics as his 4.48 40 yard dash was good for one of the 5 best of all the running backs. On the field McCaffrey was smooth and exploding in and out of cuts. When they went to the pass catching drills it was McCaffrey who looked like a season vet running the routes and catching the ball. There still may be some questions of his ability to run the ball between the tackles, but his all around game was on full display.
Alvin Kamara is Explosive
Based on his tape Kamara looked like he could have run in the high 4.4s so his 4.6 time is a little disappointing, however he was able to show off his explosiveness in the broad jump (10′ 11″) and vertical leap (39″). On the field Kamara shined showing quickness and explosion in the running drills and looked like a receiver in the pass catching drills. It was a n all around good day for him and he should be able to improve his 40 time at his pro day.
David Njoku is a Popular Man
It’s clear that Njoku is a physical freak and produced on the field. He’s a sure fire first round pick and likely could go in the top 15 picks. But in the first days of interviews there are reports that he’s interviewed with at least 25 of the 32 teams. It’s a deep tight end class but Njoku is on a whole nother level. With so much interest it should only drive up the interest and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go in the top 10 now.
Foreman Not Participating in Drills
A stress fracture in D’Onta Foreman’s foot caused him to pull out of the on the field workouts which is bad for both him and teams. There were some questions about Foreman’s speed and teams (and people like me) wanted to see what type of numbers he’d put up while Foreman lost out on the chance to compete against the rest of the running backs. A tough break for everyone.
Eagles and Colts flip picks
The Vikings and the Colts tied with the same record and the tie breakers went down to a coin flip to determine who would be picking 13th and who would be picking 14th. The Vikings won the coin toss which means their pick that was traded to the Eagles in the Sam Bradford trade gives the Eagles the 13th pick.
Solomon Thomas Size
There were some reports that Thomas was going to measure under his listed height form Stanford and be closer to the 6’1 mark. Instead Thomas checked in at 6’3 and the 273 pounds that most of us thought. However he did only measure out with 33 1/2″ arms which is a little under average for a defensive end. However Thomas wins with speed and explosion and his best fit may be rushing from the inside, so this likely isn’t a big deal.