Friday, March 2, 2018


By Eric C. Wright

Indianapolis, IN.--The running backs and offensive linemen took center stage as Day 2 of the NFL Scouting Combine got into full swing.  Let's check out the movers and shakers from the workouts.

-My goodness has Penn State running back Saquon Barkley made the Combine his own.  Not only did Barkley put up 29 reps in the bench (which was better than all but FIVE lineman) but he also ran a scorching 4.41 and 4.42 in the 40-yard dash.  Barkley has been a man among boys here and he absolutely lit up the field in every workout to the point that he may now garner number 1 overall consideration.  Also, the New York Giants at number 2 have to be strongly considering Barkley now as well, especially since they continue to say Eli Manning has a few more seasons to go.

-Some other running backs who helped or secured their draft stocks were LSU's Derrius Guice (4.49 40), Georgia's Nick Chubb (4.53 40), and ASU's Kalen Balage (4.46 40).

-Alabama's Bo Scarbrough helped himself by running a 4.52 40 which was faster than expected for a guy who take a step or two to get up to full speed.

-On the disappointing side was Georgi'a Sony Michel who ran disappointing 4.58 and 4.55 40 times.  Michel was known for being the speed part of the Georgia running attack but instead teammate Nick Chubb ran better.

-Nyheim Hines of N.C. State will get a lot of personnel execs looking at him more closely after he ran blazing 4.39 and 4.39 40's to lead the position.

-As far as the offensive linemen are concerned, prospective first-round tackle Orlando Brown had arguably the worst Combine in recent memory.  Not only did he put up just 14 reps in the bench press which was woefully inadequate for someone his size, Brown ran a horrid 5.86 and 5.77 in the 40-yard dash.  It was so bad that now there are big concerns that Brown is not worthy of going in Round 1.  A complete disaster.

-West Georgia's Desmond Harrison really opened eyes here as his 4.75 40-yard time was faster than Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz did at the Combine.

-Another blocker who really improved his draft stock exponentially is Will Hernandez who ran a 5.14 40-yard dash and put up a monstrous 37 reps on the bench.  Wow.

-Kolten Miller of UCLA clearly showed he has the best athleticism of the blockers at the Combine as he led in the crucial 10-yard split with a mark of 1.67 and ran 4.91 in the 40.

Check back for more tomorrow.

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