On field workouts from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis officially kick off on Friday. Offensive lineman, running backs and special teams will take the field in the first on field session. While this may not be the biggest day of the Combine for the Ravens, there still are many players worth watching.
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Fournette is one the most hyped running back prospect of this year’s class, and rightfully so. Weighing in a 240 pounds, Fournette has an incredibly big and strong body. Despite his size, it’s very possible he clocks a sub 4.45 40yd dash. If he does so, any hopes of the LSU product slipping to the Ravens disappears. In fact, if Fournette runs faster than a 4.45, I’d be shocked if he makes it out of the top five. It’s rare to see a running back with Fournette’s combinations of speed and power. He should be one of the most fun to watch at the combine.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Dalvin Cook is not as big and powerful as Fournette, but the Florida State product is much faster. Cook has legitimate breakaway speed. Cook showed off his speed in his four touchdown performance against Clemson in the 2016 season.
Cook not only should put up a blazing time in the 40 yard dash, but he is one to watch in agility drills as well, as Cook will get a chance to showcase his incredible athleticism.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
I’ve begun to like Kamara more and more recently. Kamara is one of the more well rounded running back prospects as he is a solid runner, receiver and returner. As a late riser in this year’s draft, the Combine will be crucial in determining whether Kamara goes in the late first round, or falls possibly even to the third round. With an knee injury history, his Combine medical is of paramount importance.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
I wrote that Kamara is one of the most well rounded running back prospects, but McCaffrey is the most well rounded. McCaffrey is the ultimate swiss army knife, as he performed at a very high level as a runner, receiver, and returner at Stanford. McCaffrey needs a strong on field performance as he has seen his stock slip with the rise of Kamara.
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Robinson consistently faced NFL caliber pass rushers in college, but in the draft analysis process Robinson has lost some stock due to balance issues. At the Combine, scouts will get a chance to see if Robinson can control his body in the necessary fashion to post good scores in drills. I believe Robinson to be the most talented offensive lineman in this class, but a strong combine performance will be needed to hold off risers like...
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
It’s very possible Bolles has the best combine of any offensive lineman, as he is the most athletic of the bunch. Bolles has incredible footwork, and is quick enough to keep up with speed rushers. Expect Bolles to be one of the biggest Combine winners as he will show off his rare athleticism for an offensive tackle.
Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
Pocic has quickly become my favorite center in this year’s draft class. Pocic is a very well balanced run and pass blocker. What is most intriguing about him is his size. Pocic is 6’6” and 307lb. Pocic, a center, is bigger than Bolles, an offensive tackle. Pocic can play any position on the offensive line, but is best as a center. His versatility on the offensive line comes as a result of his great athleticism. Pocic is another lineman who could be one of the biggest winners of the on field workouts.
The positions of the Ravens biggest draft needs won’t see the field on Friday, but it still should be an exciting day for the Ravens, especially to keep an eye on mid to late round picks, like Pocic and Pat Eflein. Check back to Baltimore Beatdown tomorrow for a recap of the best and worst of Day 1 of on field workouts from Indianapolis.