Sunday, February 23, 2014

NFL Combine Day 1 Recap

The NFL Combine is now underway, where NFL teams are able to shop for some of college football's best players in order to enhance their depth chart. The biggest names in college football, including Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, and Jadeveon Clowney, all are looking to prove themselves in front of NFL scouts, which is why the NFL Combine is so important. here are notable story lines from Day 1.

Greg Robinson, an offensive tackle from Auburn, put on a show at the combine, particularly with his spectacular 40-yard dash time. Weighing in at 332 pounds, it is incredible that Robinson was able to run the 40 yards in 4.92 seconds, a time that ranked second among offensive linemen. Greg Robinson is already one of the nation's top prospects, but his incredible time may even propel him ahead of fellow offensive linemen Jake Matthews on the draft boards.

Taylor Lewan had the best 40 yard dash time of any offensive linemen, which is extremely important for him considering that he is behind offensive linemen Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews on most draft boards. Lewan weighs 23 pounds less than Greg Robinson, which goes to show how impressive Robinson's performance was. Lewan's performance was very good, but not quite enough to dethrone Robinson and Matthews as the top offensive linemen in this draft class.

Cyrus Kouandijo was the biggest loser from Day 1 in the NFL Combine. Seeing that Kouandijo is an extremely talented player coming out of Alabama, scouts were expecting him to post incredible numbers. Instead, Kouandijo failed a number of club physicals at the combine due to his long-term knee issues, and also posted mediocre to above average numbers for an offensive tackle. His disappointing combine will hurt his draft stock even more, especially after his poor performance in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma.

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