Day 4 of the NFL Scouting Combine is officially in the books which saw Quarterbacks, Receivers and Tight Ends work on the field while Defensive Lineman participated in the bench press and Defensive backs and Linebackers worked behind the scenes with medical checks and weigh ins. Here are the significant news and notes from the day.
Ruben Foster Sent Home
The day started off with a bang with reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and MMQB’s Robert Klemko reporting that Foster was sent home early for an altercation with a hospital staff worker during the medical checks.
Foster grew impatient with long line for exams… pulled the 'do you know who I am?' card.
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) March 4, 2017
That's when the "face to face, heated exchange" happened, as Schefter reported.
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) March 4, 2017
The Combine is a job interview for these players and for Foster to get this angry that he would get face to face with a hospital worker is a terrible look for Foster. Not only does this raise some red flags about his temper but Foster won’t get to participate in any of the on field drills and workouts and misses out on the team interviews. There was talk of Foster possibly going to the 49ers with the 2nd overall pick but after this teams will have to wait till his Pro Day and it wouldn’t shock me to see him fall to the second half of the NFL Draft.
Zay Jones 40 Time
When watching Zay Jones on tape you see a receiver who runs mainly underneath routes using some short area burst, size and Velcro like hands to make catch after catch after catch. With so many short routes and a few routes where he couldn’t get separation on longer routes there was some concern whether Jones could separate in the NFL. Heading into the Combine I wasn’t going to be surprised if Jones ran in the 4.6s, instead Jones put up a 4.46 which was one of the best our of his group. While you’d like to see that time on tape, this does back up his performance at the Senior Bowl where he was one of the best receivers there. This was huge for Jones in my opinion.
Chris Godwin Impresses
All you have to do is see Chris Godwin play on Saturday’s to realize that he’s a competitor adjusting to the ball and winning at the catch point on a regular basis. At the Day 4 he continued to shine running a 4.42 40 yard dash which is faster than most expected while in the catching drills he looked smooth catching everything in sight and even going to the ground and diving to make arrant throws. Godwin was firmly planted as a Day 2 pick, but after today’s performance he should be pushing towards the top of the 2nd round.
John Ross Deserves an Island
The buzz was there before the Combine on Ross putting up a good 40 time and he didn’t disappoint running a 4.22 unofficial 40 yard dash. That’s blazing speed but Ross is much more than just a straight line runner. Ross was dynamic with the ball in his hands and could adjust and react to the ball in the air. There are still some medical concerns about his knee and shoulder but you have to think this time puts him firmly in the first round.
Deshaun Watson Impresses on the Field
With a crowded group of the top quarterbacks and all of them throwing today it was good to see each of them make the same type of throws. While nobody stood out in a bad way, Deshaun Watson seemed to stand out of the group. Seeing Watson and Trubisky throwing back to back it was Watson that shined and Trubisky who struggled just a bit. While film and the meetings with the teams still trumps all, having a place where all of the quarterbacks are doing the same thing could have some weight.
With receivers and tight ends doing their testing drills we’re seeing plenty of impressive broad jumps. For the tight ends we saw Bucky Hodges, David Njoku, and George Kittle have the best jumps since 2006 while Robert Davis, Malachi Dupre, Zay Jones, Speedy Noil, and John Ross are all within the top 10 since 2003. We have an explosive group of receiving threats at this years combine.
Malik Hooker’s Length
Defensive backs participated in the weigh ins today and it was an impressive day for Hooker who stands at 6’1 but had his arms measure in at 33 1/4″ which was the 6th longest from the group. For a player who is at his best playing back in coverage with tremendous range having long arms is another reason why Hooker has been so good making plays on the ball either deflecting the ball or picking it off.
OJ Howard Doesn’t Disappoint
Most draftniks will tell you that Howard is a tremendous athlete who was underutilized at Alabama often used as a blocker and rarely ever the receiving threat. Howard shined in the National Championship Game two years in a row and also the Senior Bowl. That continued at the Combine running a 4.51 for someone who is 6’6 251 lbs is very impressive and the fastest time for a 6’6 250 lb player ever. Howard should be the top tight end off the board and likely selected in the teens.
Myles Garrett Never Disappoints
On film Garrett is a beast wrecking havoc in the backfield and sometimes even commanding a triple team. At the Combine Garrett checked all the boxes at the weigh in measuring at 6’4 272 lbs with 35 1/2″ arms. But what was the most impressive was the bench press of 33 reps with those long arms. With the on field drills tomorrow it’s the show could only be starting!
Don’t Call Jabrill Peppers a Linebacker to his Face
During his press conference Peppers stated that he wants to be listed as a safety and compared to them despite running drills with the linebackers. This shouldn’t be a surprise as Peppers should be a safety in the NFL and I was perplexed why he is running with the linebackers. There is also some reports that teams have talked to Peppers about playing both slot receiver and running back.