The first day of on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine brought the running backs and offensive lineman into the spotlight. Some had exceptional performances, other disappointed. Here are some of the winners and losers of the first day.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
McCaffrey was excellent at the combine, and may have pushed himself into the first round. McCaffrey posted the fastest time of the top four running backs, and looked the most comfortable in receiving drills. His performance at the combine very much backed up his tape of being an agile and versatile running back.
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
His vertical was far from great, but Fournette posted an incredible 40 time to make up for it. Fournette ran a 4.51 40, a incredibly impressive time for a player who weighed in at 240 pounds. Like McCaffrey, Fournette backed up his tape in showing that he has a rare combination of size and speed. Adrian Peterson remains a strong NFL comp.
Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
Moton looked very smooth throughout the Combine drills. A small school guys, but made a lot of money at the Combine. Moton was excellent in the mirror drills and had smooth footwork throughout.
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Going into the Combine, we knew that Bolles was one of the more athletic lineman in this year’s class. He proved it with the second fastest 40 time among offensive lineman. Bolles ran a 4.95 and was one of just three lineman to go under five seconds. With lack luster days from other top tackles, Bolles arguably moved himself to the top of the board at his position.
Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin
Clement disappointed with a slow 40 time, running a poor 4.68. Clement was already not rated as one of the top backs in this year’s class, and he sure didn’t help himself with his 40 time. In addition, Clement did not look totally comfortable in receiving drills.
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
The biggest knock on Robinson is his lack of balance. At the Combine he didn’t show me anything to disprove that claim. During agility drills, Robinson looked slow and his footwork was not crisp. He looked better in the kick-back drill, but still didn’t look totally on balance.
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