NFL Scouting Combine

TIM AND MIKE: Combine Day 3 observations

Posted Mar 2, 2018

Tim Twentyman & Mike O'Hara share their observations from Day 3 of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Barkley impresses: The NFL Research Twitter handle (@NFLResearch) did a nice job Friday summing up the workout Penn State’s Saquon Barkley put in the last two days:

Tim Twentyman

QB Confidence: “I believe I’m the best quarterback here.”

That quote can be attributed to quarterbacks Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson.

USC’s Sam Darnold said he didn’t think it was up to him to say he was the best. He said he’s going to let the teams determine that. – Tim Twentyman

Quenton Nelson, rave reviews: There’s a lot to like about Nelson, the standout guard from Notre Dame who is rated by most experts as the draft’s top offensive line prospect. Nelson easily could be drafted in the top 10.

Analyst Mike Mayock was effusive in his praise of Nelson in the NFL Network’s video review.

“He finishes,” Mayock said as Nelson drove a defender sideways with a block. “He’s got a nasty edge. He doesn’t just want to block you. He wants to bury you. In the run game, he’s a people mover.” – Mike O'Hara

Hoop games: Nelson showed some skill on the basketball court in a video clip. At 6-5 and 325 pounds – and with nobody else on the court – he drove the land and dunked the ball with ease. – Mike O'Hara

Tough showing: Teams will always judge a player more from his tape than the numbers he puts up running around in shorts at the Combine. Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown has put together some good tape, and he’s considered by most analysts to be one of the top three offensive tackles available in the draft.

His Combine performance, however, was not impressive.

According to Pro Football Reference, Brown’s 19.5-inch vertical would be worst of any player ever drafted. His 82-inch broad jump would also be worst. His 5.85 seconds in the 40 would be the second worst. His 14 bench reps would be tied for fourth-worst amongst offensive linemen. – Tim Twentyman

O’Hara’s expert (of course) analysis: Also on the NFL Network, retired Browns and Giants center Shaun O’Hara explained how a drill for interior offensive linemen that looks meaningless in shorts and no helmets actually is important in evaluating the ability to pull and adjust on the run.

“It’s because of that hip flexibility – that hip flexion,” O’Hara said. “That’s what we’re looking at today.” – Mike O'Hara

Price update: Ohio State center Billy Price, who injured himself Thursday on the bench press, said Friday he suffered an incomplete pectoral tear. That’s obviously much better than a complete tear. He said he’s seeking a second opinion, but is encouraged by the initial prognosis and doesn’t believe the injury will prevent him from missing any time when training camp begins. Price is considered a late first- or second-round pick. – Tim Twentyman

Thinking of home: Central Michigan University tight end prospect Tyler Conklin said he was keeping his school in his prayers after two people were shot and killed in a school dormitory on campus Friday morning. Conklin is on the most important job interview of his life this week in Indy, but he was still thinking of Chippewa nation. – Tim Twentyman