NFL Combine Stock Up, Offense: Saquon Barkley, Justin Jackson, Baker Mayfield

The 2018 National Football League draft is scheduled April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. An All-American linebacker at North Dakota State, DeLuca got another chance to show he could compete with the big names from the big schools. He had some awful performances in the speed and strength testings.

“I think if he goes to the Browns, it ain’t gonna be good for him”, he said.

Like Key, Roquan Smith delivered a mixed bag at the combine.

As Jim Reineking of USA Today notes, most offensive tackles have somewhere around a 5.24-second 40-yard dash time, a 28.4-inch vertical and an 8.5-foot broad jump. He ran a 5.85.

Franklin-Myers, a defensive end in college who likely projects there in a 3-4 alignment, trimmed almost 10 pounds off his 2017 weight, and it allowed him to post excellent numbers at the Combine, including a 4.75 40-yard dash that ranked fifth among defensive linemen. The best compliment I can give is that I don’t have a comparison.

60-yard shuttle run: Defensive back Tony Brown (Alabama), 11.14 seconds; wide receiver Robert Foster (Alabama), 11.90. I see some Charles Tillman in Jackson’s game.

Moore has outstanding quickness and the ability to get up field in a hurry, all leading to an 84.6 overall grade last season.

The big question on Jackson was how fast would he run? If you watched it at home on television, just for “fun”, recreationally, well you’re a braver person than I and highly commend your love of the game.

And what was his response?

“I was a little disappointed Darnold didn’t throw”, Mayock said. I’m a perfectionist. I’m really critical of myself.

A quick note: Top prospects like Bradley Chubb weren’t included on this list, because there’s not much room for their stock to improve and will likely be off the board by the time the Falcons pick at No. 26.

While he showed good hands in the pass-catching drills, Wieneke (above, right) disappointed in the 40 by clocking 4.67. An average quarterback is more valuable than an elite running back in 2018, and the Browns have passed on drafting that player in the last two drafts. Eastern Washington and eight tackles in an upset win at Iowa. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King now projects the linebacker will go in the late third or early fourth round of the draft – believing that Griffin could have an immediate impact on special teams regardless of where he ends up. “I feel like I put it on tape for four years”. “It was a lot of adversity”.

Barkley was expected to come into the Combine and impress.

The day also included NFL Network’s Rich Eisen running the 40-yard dash (in a suit and tie) and raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With 59 career games and 36 career starts, DeLuca has plenty of film for scouts to digest. When you add it up, Moore can do damage both outside and in the slot and he provides a shifty threat capable of creating separation or making plays happen after the catch.

Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore stretches during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium

 

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