Darron Lee (LB) Ohio St: Lee had a big day at the combine. He had the highest 40 yard dash time of any LB in the combine. He ran a 4.47 and may have just proved to be the best and most athletic line backer in this years draft. Lee played outside line backer at Ohio State, and at 6’1 232 lb’s hes a beast and now has proven himself as a first round pick having drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh’s Ryan Shazier.
Shaq Lawson (DE) Clemson: Shaq Lawson from Clemson is already a sure 1st round pick, but in the combine proved his worth. Lawson’s short shuttle (4.21 seconds) shows the explosiveness this kid brings off the edge. He also impressed in position drills as well as cone drills to show he can drop back into coverage at times and is more athletic than people think at 6’3 270 lb’s. Lawson looks like a solid deal in the first round and might have just proven himself ahead of Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Spence as a top 15 pick.
Sheldon Rankins (DT) Louisville: Rankins had an impressive showing at the senior bowl working against Missouri’s OG Conner McGovern. He further proved why he is a first round pick at the combine showing athleticism in most drills. Even in a pool of talented defensive lineman this year he is a sure fire first round pick.
Cardale Jones (QB) Ohio St: In what started off as a strong going for Jones he pulled his hamstring in his second 40 yard dash attempt and was unable to complete the rest of the drills. Jones is not thought to be a 1st round pick, but needed a good combine to prove his worth in a stronger pool of QB’s this year. Jones has until March 13th to get healed up for Ohio State’s pro day. There he will need a nice showing to help his stock improve.
Jaylon Smith (LB) Notre Dame: Unfortunately Smith’s injury kept him out of the combine. Some scouts and experts are comparing his injury to South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore and if that is the case for Smith, he may never see the field again. Its unfortunate for Smith who was considered the best line backer in the country before his injury. The April medical recheck will be huge for Smith, but still is becoming clearer he may miss the 2016 season.
Robert Nkemdiche (DT) Ole Miss: Nkemdiche impressed on the field displaying is athletic gifts for a big guy. Off the field however not so much. Scout’s question his honesty after he had some troubling interviews at the combine. Robert admitted to being lazy at times on the field and its starting to raise some eyebrows for teams. Can they trust Robert off the Field? We’ll have to wait and see.
Tight Ends: Other than Arkansas’s Hunter Henry who opted not to work out it’s been a weak showing for tight ends in this years draft. Almost every tight end’s workout was, well just blah. That’s the only word for it. Lets hope no teams out there are in desperate need for a tight end, because you might want to look else where.