Day two of the NFL Combine wrapped up on Friday night which means it’s the defenses turn to take the field. But before we look at the other side of the ball, lets take a look back at the biggest winners and losers of the first two days of the combine.
Out of every player competing at the combine, I was most interested in Mekhi Becton. The 364 pound tackle has underrated agility on tape, but would it translate to on-field drills? The answer was an astounding yes. After clocking a 5.10 40-yard dash and measuring with only 17% body fat, Becton should get a ton of consideration in the top 10. He didn’t participate to many drills after sitting out due to an injury, but the big man is generating an enormous amount of hype regardless.
6’7″ / 364 lbs athletes are not supposed to move like this…@UofLFootball‘s Mekhi Becton doesn’t care ⚡️
(via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/RLUqfrNGcp
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) February 28, 2020
Another top tackle prospect creating buzz out of the combine is Tristan Wirfs. His 36.5 inch vertical jump led all lineman. Combine this with a 4.85 40-yard dash and 24 reps on the bench and Wirfs has solidified himself in the top 15. Even if your not impressed with those numbers, Wirfs recorded a 7.65 second three-cone drill, fifth best among offensive lineman. Lastly, his 10 foot one inch broad jump tied all lineman. I knew Wirfs was a stud, but this performance is nothing short of elite.
🗣️ Put Tristan Wirfs on the FG block unit!
36.5″” vertical: record for OLpic.twitter.com/7oDjymlW6i
— PFF (@PFF) February 29, 2020
Denzel Mims may be the most underrated prospect in this years draft. He absolutely dominated the combine clocking a 6.66 second three-cone drill, easily the fastest for a wide receiver. His 4.38 40-yard dash and 38.5 inch vertical were also better scores than I expected. Most of his workout metrics are in the 90th percentile, and compares well to…Chris Godwin!
Denzel Mims (6-foot-3, 207) rocketed up @PFF‘s board after a strong Senior Bowl week, and it’s likely he’ll be on the move again after his absurd Combine performance.
40: 4.38s (90th percentile)
Vertical: 38.5″ (84th)
Broad: 131.0″ (94th)
3C: 6.66s (90th)pic.twitter.com/FOjO4NJPkc
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) February 28, 2020
This running back class is shaping up to be generational. I debated putting Jonathan Taylor on this list, as his combine performance likely solidified him as the RB1, but he was already being considered at the top. Cam Akers, runningback out of FSU, was projected to go in the third round before the combine, but his showing on Friday might have boosted him into round two. His 4.47 40 time is a fantastic score for a 217 pound player, and his 24 reps on the bench are much more than I expected. If drafted into a good situation with a solid offensive line, watch out!
More of Cam Akers at the NFL Combine, via the NFL Network pic.twitter.com/8TiJa4ePXf
— Noles247.com (@Noles247) February 29, 2020
Are we done with asking quarterbacks to switch positions? Jalen Hurts showed just why this question is ridiculous. Hurts not only showed that he belonged, but he had one the better combines in the quarterback group. His 4.54 40 time really showcased his duel threat ability.
High praise for @JalenHurts as he goes through the drills in Indy #OUDNA
📺 #NFLCombine on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/PxntJKbOq8
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) February 28, 2020
Zack Moss’s biggest knock is his breakaway speed, and his 40 time solidified that notion. Clocking in at 4.65 seconds and benching only 19 reps, Moss hurt his stock slightly. He was originally projected to go in the third round, and that might still be the case, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a day three selection
.@PresMoss2 with 19 on the bench 💪#UtesInTheCombine pic.twitter.com/TZxVfUotRz
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) February 27, 2020
Oh my what a disaster. Trey Adams was coming into the combine with a history of injuries, and his performance may have dropped his stock even further. His speed and agility drills were some of the worst of the the offensive lineman. It’s not a death sentence by any means, but Adams will likely have to wait until the fourth round to hear his name called.
Trey Adams’ on-field workout. #NFLCombine2020 pic.twitter.com/oq7zLfJNeT
— Dawgman.com (@Dawgman247) February 28, 2020
In a loaded wide receiver class, Jauan Jennings didn’t do himself any favors this weekend. A 29 inch vertical and 9’1″ broad jump are awful measurements for a wide receiver. I expected Jennings to run a sub 4.5, but his actual time of 4.73 missed the mark by quite a bit.
Tennessee WR Jauan Jennings with a 4.73 40-yard dash
— Tom Downey (@WhatGoingDowney) February 28, 2020