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Sunday, March 3, 2019

2019 NFL COMBINE REPORT: QUARTERBACKS TOOK CENTER STAGE WITH VARYING RESULTS

By Eric C. Wright

Indianapolis, IN.--The quarterbacks took center stage on Day 2 of the NFL Combine and there were some apparent strengths and struggles for those who decided to take part.  We say decided as Oklahoma's Kyler Murray decided to sit out amid increasing reports the Arizona Cardinals will take him with the number 1 pick.  In terms of those who were in fact involved, here are some quick takeaways.

HELPED THEIR CAUSE

-Right at the top, Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins showed why he is the top player at the position as he threw a very easy ball and was generally very accurate.  Yes the plus-5.00 40 time got a lot of attention but Haskins won't be drafted on his ability to run but instead on his rifle arm.  Nothing in terms of the throwing aspect of things hurt his stock. 

Missouri's Drew Locke also showcased a free and easy delivery and a true cannon capable of making any throw.  The accuracy was good but the issue that will dog Locke is why he came up small in so many big games for the team in college.  Denver's John Elway appears to be a fan though.

In terms of the rest of the field, plus marks got to N.C. State's Ryan Finley, Duke's Daniel Jones, Northwestern's Clayton Thorsen, and especially Auburn's Jarrett Stidham helped their draft stock.  Stidham in particular was downright fantastic as his accuracy was impeccable and he was the most impressive of any passer on the field in that regard. 

-Those who did some good things but also showed some struggles were Washington's Jake Browning, Iowa State's Kyle Schurmer, Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald, and Will Grier of West Virginia.  All graded out well in accuracy on short-to-intermediate throws but things went downhill when going deep.  Fitzgerald surprised a bit with his accuracy early on in drills as he was more of a runner than a pure thrower in college but he could be slated for a Taysom Hill role in the NFL. 

HURT THEIR CAUSE

-Now on the downside of things, Boise State's Brett Rypien and Penn State's Trace McSorely had the most difficult days among the passers.  Both guys really struggled with accuracy and it was obvious to all who were witnessing them.  Both likely are on the bubble to even get drafted after such a performance.  In addition, Buffalo's Tyree Jackson showcased a true cannon of an arm but he too struggled with accuracy in drills. 


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