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Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE REPORT: QB, WR DAY FIRST SESSIONS

By Eric C. Wright

Indianapolis, IN.--Saturday was WR, QB day at the NFL Scouting Combine and so these glory positions caught a ton of attention here.  Let's get to some of the takeways from the on-field performances.

QB's

-Wyoming's Josh Allen came in at 4.76 in the 40, while USC's Sam Darnold was at 4.86.  Darnold was a bit slow but all in all nothing major here from these top guys.

-Virginia's Kurt Benkert is your pocket passer extraordinaire as his 4.95 40-time suggests.  Same goes for Memphis' Riley Ferguson's 4.99.  Ferguson got generally good reviews here though and many are looking at him as a decent options once the top tier is off the board.

-When it came to the passing drills, Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and South Florida's Quinton Flowers noticeably struggled with accuracy and ball placement.  This was the knock on both coming in and neither guy helped himself there.

-Josh Allen really impressed with his sideline OUT throws as he was accurate and showed very good strength and ball placement.  Big plus there.

WIDEOUTS

A little bit of everything from the first session as LSU's DJ Chark lit things up by running a scorching 4.34 40.  Chark also caught almost everything thrown his way but he too often got hold of the ball with his chest and not his hands which need to be fixed.

-Oklahoma State's Chris Lacy fought the football through all of the passing drills, dropping way too many and double-clutching too often.  Other guys who struggled with some drops were Pitt's Quadre Henderson, and Iowa State's Allen Lazard.

-Clemson wideout Ray-Ray McCloud not only has a cool name but boy was he good Saturday.  McCloud has good but not great speed (4.54 40) but he caught everything in sight and with his hands with no double-clutching.  Very smooth in and out of his cuts as well.  I like him a lot.

-Florida's Antonio Callaway had a nice day and he needs it given there are off-the-field issues with the kid.

-While he was not used much in the passing game at Alabama, Robert Foster has some very intriguing tools.  Not only did Foster open eyes with a 4.42 40 but he was very sure-handed and smooth running routes.  Looks like a very nice value play in the middle rounds of the draft.





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