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Position breakdown for NFL Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2018 – 3:18 pm

By now most NFL fans know there will be 19 quarterback prospects at the NFL combine coming up at the end of the month in Indianapolis. There are a few other positions that will make up the bulk of the 322 prospects who have been invited.

Here’s a look at the number of prospects by position who will be gathered in Indianapolis beginning on Feb. 28th.

QB – 19
RB – 32
WR – 44
TE – 17
OL – 48
DL – 39
LB – 42
DB – 70
P/K – 11

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Central Florida OLB Griffin gets Combine invite

Posted by Chris Brown on January 30, 2018 – 2:49 pm

He impressed at the Senior Bowl last week, but had yet to be invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis at the end of February. That is until now. Central Florida OLB Shaquem Griffin announced on his Twitter account that he has been invited to the NFL Combine.

Griffin is the draft prospect, who at age four had to have his left hand amputated due to a condition called amniotic band syndrome, but he has overcome the perceived deficiency to become a productive college player. Coaches lined up Griffin at DE, LB and S at the Senior Bowl practices last week.

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Top CB times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2017 – 12:49 pm

With corner talent that claims to have starters as deep as round four, here are the top 40 times at the NFL Combine at cornerback.

1 – Jalen Myrick – Minnesota – 4.29
2 – Fabian Moreau – UCLA – 4.35
3 – Marshon Lattimore – Ohio St. – 4.36
4 – Shaquill Griffin – Central Florida – 4.38
5 – Cordrea Tankersley – Clemson – 4.4
6 – Marlon Humphrey – Alabama – 4.41
7 – Adoree’ Jackson – USC – 4.42
8 – Chidobe Awuzie – Colorado – 4.43
T9 – Brendan Langley – Lamar – 4.44
T9 – Kevin King – Washington – 4.44

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Top S 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2017 – 12:43 pm

In a year where there’s a bumper crop of safeties, here’s a look at the top 10 40 times at the safety position at the NFL Combine Monday.

1 – Obi Melifonwu – UCONN – 4.4
2 – Josh Jones – N.C. State – 4.41
3 – Montae Nicholson – Michigan St. – 4.43
4 – Buddha Baker – Washington – 4.45
5 – Delano Hill – Michigan – 4.47
6 – Rayshawn Jenkins – Miami – 4.51
7 – Michael Tyson – Cincinnati – 4.53
8 – Xavier Woods – Louisiana Tech – 4.54
T9 – Jamal Adams – LSU – 4.56
T9 – Shalom Luani – Washington St. – 4.56

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Top LB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2017 – 3:28 pm

Much like Haason Reddick, who worked out with the defensive linemen even though he’ll be a linebacker in the NFL, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers worked out with the linebackers even though he’s likely to be a safety in the NFL. Here’s a look at the top 10 40-times for the linebacker group here at the NFL Combine.

1 – Jabrill Peppers – Michigan – 4.46
2 – Duke Riley – LSU – 4.58
3 – Raekwon McMillan – Ohio St. – 4.61
4 – Alex Anzalone – Florida – 4.63
T5 – Tyus Bowser – Houston – 4.65
T5 – Blair Brown – Ohio – 4.65
T5 – Anthony Walker – Northwestern – 4.65
T8 – Vince Biegel – Wisconsin – 4.67
T8 – Tanner Vallejo – Boise St. – 4.67
T8 – Matt Milano – Boston College – 4.67

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Top DL 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2017 – 3:18 pm

Here’s a look at the top 40 times for the defensive linemen. We should note that much like Jabrill Peppers who was listed as a linebacker, Temple’s Haason Reddick, who played up on the line as a defensive end for the Owls worked out with the defensive linemen even though he’s going to be a linebacker in the NFL.

1 – Haason Reddick – Temple – 4.52
2 – Jordan Willis – Kansas St. – 4.53
3 – Takkarist McKinley – UCLA – 4.59
4 – Derek Rivers – Youngstown St. – 4.61
T5 – Carroll Phillips – Illinois – 4.64
T5 – Myles Garrett – Texas A&M – 4.64
7 – Trey Hendrickson – Florida Atlantic – 4.65
8 – Carl Lawson – Auburn – 4.67
9 – Pita Taumoepenu – Utah – 4.67
10 – Tim Williams – Alabama – 4.68

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Top TE 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2017 – 4:54 pm

Here’s a rundown of the top 40 times run by the tight ends in the 2017 draft class at the NFL Combine.

1 – Evan Engram – Ole Miss – 4.42
2 – O.J. Howard – Alabama – 4.51
3 – George Kittle – Iowa – 4.52
4 – Darrell Daniels – Washington – 4.55
5 – Bucky Hodges – Virginia Tech – 4.57
T6 – Gerald Everett – South Alabama – 4.62
T6 – Jonnu Smith – Florida Intl – 4.62
8 – David Njoku – Miami – 4.64
9 – Cethan Carter – Nebraska – 4.68
10 – Jeremy Sprinkle – Arkansas – 4.69

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A reason for Bills fans to like Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2017 – 4:22 pm

A lot of NFL clubs like the talented pass rusher Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M. He’s widely expected to be the first player off the board in the 2017 NFL draft after an impressive career in College Station. For those that don’t know him that well there is another reason to like him.

When asked if there was one current NFL quarterback he’d like to sack this was his answer.

“Tom Brady,” said Garrett.

When Garrett was asked why it was a rather simple reason.

“Because I’m a Peyton Manning fan,” he said.

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Top WR 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2017 – 2:59 pm

Here’s a look at the top WR 40 times from the NFL Combine including John Ross’ record 4.22, which broke Chris Johnson’s record of 4.24 set back in 2009.

1 – John Ross – Washington – 4.22
2 – Curtis Samuel – Ohio St. – 4.31
3 – Josh Malone – Tennessee – 4.4
4 – KD Cannon – Baylor – 4.41
T5 – Isaiah McKenzie – Georgia – 4.42
T5 – Quincy Adeboyejo – Ole Miss – 4.42
T5 – Michael Rector – Stanford – 4.42
T5 – Chris Godwin – Penn St. – 4.42
T9 – Kermit Whitfield – Florida St. – 4.44
T9 – Robert Davis – Georgia St. – 4.44
T9 – Rodney Adams – So. Florida – 4.44


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Chad Kelly not going to Combine after all

Posted by Chris Brown on February 28, 2017 – 10:43 am

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly was initially on an NFL invite list for the NFL Combine, then he was disinvited as his misdemeanor convictions for disorderly conduct fell under the NFL’s policy allowing the league to prohibit prospects with convictions involving violence or a weapon from attending according to Commissioner Roger Goodell. Kelly’s agents considered sending their client to Indianapolis anyway to independently interview with NFL clubs, but it appears they have decided not to do that.


That according to the Kelly’s agents appealed the league’s decision to disinvite their client, but according to them it went unanswered.

Kelly does plan to work out and speak with NFL scouts at the Ole Miss pro day on April 3rd. He is still currently rehabbing from the second torn ACL of his playing career, suffered last fall.

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Mayock on the environment needed for Chad Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2017 – 5:15 pm

Ole Miss QB prospect Chad Kelly has had a bit of a star-crossed college career full of highs and lows. A big-armed QB with some impressive wins on resume is counter balanced by a pair of ACL knee surgeries and some off the field character concerns. He was dis-invited to the NFL combine a couple of weeks ago due to the league’s recent policy allowing them to restrict players with convictions to violent crimes. Whether Kelly’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct applies has been up for debate. Either way NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock says teams better figure out who Kelly is as a person and have a plan in place to keep him on the right path if they draft him.

“I’ve said several times that if he didn’t have medical (two ACL surgeries) and if he didn’t have off the field character concerns he’d be in the conversation with the top five quarterbacks,” said Mayock of Kelly. “I think worst case talent-wise he’s a second-round guy. He might even sneak into the first round in some drafts, if we didn’t factor in the medical or the off the field concerns.

“Teams have to figure the kid out. I haven’t met him. All I know is there is a bunch of stuff about him off the field. You better figure the kid out and you better have an infrastructure in place with the coordinator and the quarterback coach and the quarterback room that’s going to take care of this kid and make sure he makes the right decisions.

“He had 22 starts. I think he was 14-8. He’s a 64 percent (completion) guy. What I liked, he beat Alabama at Alabama and that tape was good. He beat LSU. In 2015 his tape against LSU was really good. He can push the ball down the field. He’s got a big arm. He’s a tough guy. My one on the field criticism is like a lot of big arm quarterbacks he likes to wait and see the route come open rather than have the anticipation to put it out there early. But I think that’s something that big arm guys learn later.”

There were reports last week that Kelly may choose to travel to Indianapolis to meet with teams on his own accord to sell himself to NFL clubs.


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Chad Kelly, Joe Mixon among non-Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:45 pm

With the NFL Combine player invite list released Wednesday there are a host of different ways to break the list down. After sifting through the position numbers and colleges most heavily represented, those prospects who were not invited are looked for next. One very recognizable name to Bills fans was not invited to Indianapolis.

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly was not one of the quarterbacks invited to the NFL Combine. He along with Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon were among the more notable prospects left off the list, and it appears the league’s new policy implemented last year was the reason why.

Last year the league instituted a conduct policy barring players from the combine based on criminal cases involving violence or sexual offenses.

Kelly plead guilty to disorderly conduct after being involved in a nightclub brawl. Meanwhile, Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon was also not invited after he punched a female student at Oklahoma in the face in 2014. A video of the incident surfaced two years ago. Even though Mixon wasn’t convicted in the case the league reserves the right to bar any prospect from the Combine based on circumstances involving the player.

In Kelly’s two seasons at Ole Miss he threw for 6,800 yards and 50 touchdowns, but his 2016 season was ended prematurely by an ACL knee injury. Kelly was at the Senior Bowl to interview with NFL teams, but did not participate due to his knee rehabilitation.

Kelly’s Ole Miss teammate WR Damore’ea Stringfellow was also left off the invite list. He plead guilty to an assault charge while playing at the University of Washington in 2014 and was also involved in the nightclub fight with Kelly.

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Michigan tops list with most Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:21 pm

The NFL Combine invite list is typically dominated by SEC and ACC schools. That is primarily the case again this year, but a Big 10 school tops the list this year.

Michigan has the most NFL Combine player invites with a total of 14 players. Alabama and LSU are next with 10 invites each. Clemson and Miami had the next most with nine apiece.

Here’s a look at the schools with the most total player invites to Indianapolis this year.

Michigan – 14
Alabama – 10
LSU – 10
Clemson – 9
Miami – 9
Florida – 8
Florida St. – 8
Ohio St. – 8
USC – 8
Utah – 8
Louisville – 7
Washington – 7

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NFL Combine invite list position breakdown

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:15 pm

The NFL has released their NFL Combine player invite list. Here’s a breakdown of the 325 pro prospects by position.

Wide receiver typically heads the list in terms of number and that was no different this year with 58 wideouts on the invite list for Indianapolis. Probably the biggest drop in numbers from last year is on the defensive line. Last year there were 59 defensive linemen invited. This year it’s just 48.

In what’s seen as a weak offensive line class, the numbers are down at offensive tackle from 25 last year to just 18 this year. Quarterback is also down from 19 last year to 15 this year.

QB – 15
RB – 33
WR – 58
TE – 19
OL – 43 (OT – 18; G/C – 26)
DL – 48 (DT – 21; DE – 27)
LB – 37 (OLB – 25; ILB – 12)
CB – 35
S – 26
P/K/LS – 11

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Brown & White combine numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2016 – 10:44 am

The Bills are hosting a pair of free agent players today (Monday) in LB Zach Brown and CB Corey White. We thought we’d take a look back at some of their NFL Combine numbers from when they were drafted in 2012.

Brown has always been a top flight athlete. He ran a 4.5 40 time at the combine at 244 pounds. He also had a 33 1/2-inch vertical and a nine-foot eight-inch broad jump.

While White didn’t run quite as fast as Brown, posting a 4.55 40 time, he had a 37 1/2-inch vertical and a 10’6″ broad jump and a solid 6.72 3-cone drill.

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Clemson’s Shaq Lawson to get medical re-check

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2016 – 1:43 pm

Clemson DL Shaw Lawson had one of his shoulders flagged during the NFL Combine medical exams.

That according to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer.


Other reports indicate that up to a dozen teams passed Lawson’s shoulder on their medical exams.


But Lawson’s call back for the medical re-check in Indy in April was requested by a host of other teams. The request isn’t unusual. As we covered in the first installment of our ‘On the Clock’ series, medical re-checks are required for a lot of prospects who were not 100 percent recovered from a surgical procedure, like Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith.

Lawson is forecast as a first-round pick.

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Report: Bills met with QB Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2016 – 9:15 am

The Bills met with a host of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine this past week. Not surprisingly, one was a quarterback according to a report.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Memphis QB Paxton Lynch had a formal interview with the Bills along with about half the league in Indianapolis.

Lynch is widely viewed as part of the second tier of quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class behind top QBs Carson Wentz and Jared Goff.

He may come off the board at the end of round one, but his value might be more suited for round two. While he has enormous upside and all the physical tools at 6-7 and 245 pounds, Lynch played in a shotgun offense and took play calls from the sideline so he’ll need a good bit of development to adjust to the NFL game.

Lynch ran a 4.86 40 time at the combine and had a 36-inch vertical leap.

“Lynch at 6-6 245 with his arm… now what has to happen is he’s got to become a pitcher,” said ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper. “He’s got to be coached up to be a pitcher. He’s a thrower right now. That’s the only thing with Lynch is he just needs some time. He’s young. He’s won a lot of games. When he played really good teams late in the year he struggled.”

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Top DB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 2:43 pm

With the NFL Combine workouts now complete here’s a look at the top 40 times among cornerbacks and safeties.

1 – Jonathan Jones – Auburn – 4.33
2 – Anthony Brown – Purdue – 4.35
T3 – Brandon Williams – Texas A&M – 4.37
T3 – Williams Jackson III – Houston – 4.37
5 – Kevon Seymour – USC – 4.39

1 – T.J. Green – Clemson – 4.34
2 – Tyvis Powell – Ohio St. – 4.46
3 – Derrick Kindred – TCU – 4.5
4 – K.J. Dillon – West Virginia – 4.53
5 – DeAndre Houston-Carson – William & Mary – 4.54 Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

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Top DL bench reps

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 8:35 am

The bench press is a battle of wills and when the big position groups get under the bar it can be pretty entertaining. Here’s the top five defensive linemen who put 225 up more than anyone else at the NFL Combine.

1 – Chris Mayes – Georgia – 33
T2 – Ronald Blair – Appalachian St. – 32
T2 – Matthew Ianoddis – Temple – 32
4 – Andrew Billings – Baylor -31
T5 – D.J. Reader – Clemson – 30
T5 – Dean Lowry – Northwestern – 30
T5 – Matt Judon – Grand Valley St. – 30 Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

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LB Lee tops position group in 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 8:26 am

It was no surprise that Ohio State LB prospect Darron Lee scorched the 40 at the NFL Combine over the weekend. Forecast as a late-first round pick, it’s Lee’s speed and athleticism that has teams seeing him as a true three down linebacker capable of handling any coverage assignment required of a LB.

A safety in high school, Lee was converted to linebacker when he arrived at Columbus. Weighing in at 232 and running a 4.47 only enhances his stock as there were a handful of teams worried about his playing weight, which was reportedly as low as 219 at times. Running that time and carrying the proper weight solidifies where he’ll go on day 1 of the draft.

“I think getting more speed to those defense, I know a lot of teams are looking for speed,” Lee said. “I feel that’s something I’ll be able to do, me tuning up my technique and becoming more of a linebacker over these next couple of years, that will help me out.”

Here’s a look at the top five 40 times at the linebacker position from the NFL Combine.

1 – Darron Lee – Ohio State – 4.47
2 – Travis Feeney – Washington – 4.50
3 – De’Vondre Campbell – Minnesota – 4.58
4 – Deion Jones – LSU – 4.59
5 – Leonard Floyd – Georgia – 4.6\ Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

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