7 Up & 7 Down From The NFL Combine: Offense

We’ve identified 7 offensive players who helped themselves and 7 who didn’t at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.

7 Up


John Ross, WR, Washington

Setting a new official combine record in the 40 has a way of sending your stock rising. Ross blazed a 4.22 in the 40, breaking Chris Johnson’s record — and Twitter — in the process. His 37-inch vertical and 11-1 broad jump were also great. Last year, Will Fuller ran a 4.31 and was selected 21st overall. There’s no way Ross gets out of the top 15 at this point.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Watson was the most accurate QB of the workouts, nailing nearly every pass he threw. Watson’s usual chill demeanor was evident throughout the day as well. He also posted the second-best 40 among QBs (4.66).

Dion Dawkins, OG, Pittsburgh

Dawkins is one of the guard prospects in the class, making the transition from college right tackle. He put up 35 reps on the bench press and moved well in drills. Dawkins continues to rise, making a case for a second round selection.

Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

Godwin wasn’t expected to blow away the combine athletically, but he did. At 6’1” and 209 pounds, he ran an 4.42 in the 40, had a solid 36” vertical, and his 4.00 time in the short shuttle drill was the best among all wide receivers.

Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

Talk about explosive! While his 40 time was not mind-blowing (4.56), but the 39.5-inch vertical and 10-11 broad jump were both outstanding. The 5-10, 214 pounder should be a second round pick.

George Kittle, TE, Iowa

Kittle put up similar numbers as the supremely hyped David Njoku on the field. At one pound heavier, the Iowa standout ran a faster 40-yard-dash (4.52), had a vertical just 2 1/2” inches lower and a broad jump of 132” to Njoku’s 133”. Great workout for, arguably, the best blocking tight end in this class.

Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

Jones measured an inch taller and 16 pounds heavier than he was listed at ECU this season. So his on-field work would be vital. At 201 pounds, he put up a 4.45 in the 40. His 11-1 broad jump was tied for the second-best among all receivers, and his 4.01 in the short shuttle was also the second-best at his position. Jones is a unique slot receiver prospect — he’s big but has twitchy athleticism and will enter the NFL after an extremelyproductive collegiate career.

7 Down


DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Kizer is in a battle to be the first QB off the board. He wasn’t consistent in his footwork and missed high on several passes. He moved and ran well, but he didn’t lay to rest any concerns with his accuracy or consistency.

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Trubisky wasn’t terrible. But, on s day when Watson and Patrick Mahomes were consistently on point, he didn’t stand out. The 4.67 forty was good. But, as a passer, he was fairly average. Also, there was the weird request for everyone to call him “Mitchell” moving forward.

Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin

Clement had an up-and-down career at Wisconsin. He wanted to dead any questions about his natural ability. He accomplished the opposite. At 5-10, 220, Clement ran an abysmal 4.78 forty.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Cook’s 4.50 forty was just ok for a 210 back. Many running backs decided to not participate in the three-cone or short shuttle drills. Cook did. Only two of the 16 backs to do the short shuttle had a slower time than his 4.53. The same goes for his 7.27 in the three-cone. No back in the last 20 years has been drafted in the first round with such pedestrian agility numbers.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

Kupp’s game is name based on speed, so the 4.61 forty won’t hurt his stock too much. But, for a guy who was looking to make a late push higher into round two, it sure doesn’t help. His vertical (31″) was disappointing as well.

Damien Mama, OG, USC

Mama was absolutely gassed during the workout. He looked like his feet were stuck in mud during drills and ran an Eisen-esque 5.84 forty.

Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech

Ford was supposed to be one of the more explosive athletes at the receiver position. However, posting a 4.61 forty at 194 pounds is disappointing. The 35 inch vertical is respectable.


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