The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine workouts commence on Friday, March 1 in Indianapolis, IN. 337 prospects will participate including 11 Alabama players. Interviews, testing, measurements and physicals began on Tuesday, February 26 with Group 1. All prospects have been warned to be careful not to step on Kyler Murray.
Friday, March 1: Group 1 - RB, OL, PK, ST - Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs (dealing with a groin injury and will do limited work, knocking him out of several drills), Ross Pierschbacher, Jonah Williams.
Saturday, March 2: Group 2 - QB, WR, TE - Irv Smith Jr.
Sunday, March 3: Group 3 - DL, LB - Quinnen Williams, Mack Wilson, Isaiah Buggs, Christian Miller.
Monday, March 4: Group 4 - DB - Saivion Smith (due to wrist injury, Deionte Thompson will not participate in the on-field drills.)
Each February, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft. Here is a brief breakdown of the measurable drills:
40-yard dash The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It’s kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It’s all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.
Bench press The bench press is a test of strength -- 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.
Vertical jump The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.
Broad jump The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete’s lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.
3 cone drill The 3 cone drill tests an athlete’s ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.
Shuttle run The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete’s lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodes out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.
MY NON-GUMP DRAFT PROJECTIONS:
- DL Quinnen Williams - Top 5
- RB Josh Jacobs - Top 10 - NFL Ready. Teams with a running back need that pass on him will be kicking themselves.
- OL Jonah Williams - Top 15 - One of the top OL of the class.
- TE Irv Smith Jr. - 2nd - A DEEEEP group of tight ends.
- DB Deionte Thompson - 2nd or early 3rd - Perhaps the top safety in a weak class but he struggled down the stretch and now he has the injury.
- RB Damien Harris - late 2nd or 3rd
- LB Mack Wilson - late 2nd or 3rd - Whoever drafts him probably doesn’t want him at Mike LB. Will and Sam LBs don’t get picked early.
- EDGE Christian Miller - 4th - I fear that his injuries might put some doubts in GMs’ heads.
- OL Ross Pierschbacher - 4th
- DL Isaiah Buggs - 4th or 5th
- DB Saivion Smith - 7th or FA
Lester Cotton was a seasoned veteran with several starts under his belt before young Deonte Brown made a charge and snatched away the starting spot at left guard. After Brown’s suspension, Cotton reclaimed his starting role and played an excellent game against Oklahoma. Was that experience and a Combine snub enough to wake Cotton up?
MY FAVORITE NON-ALABAMA PROSPECT
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple - Great name and an undervalued talent.
The NFL Network will have daily wall-to-wall coverage of the workouts that repeat throughout the day.