NFL Scouting Combine

TIM AND MIKE: Combine Day 4 observations

Posted Mar 3, 2018

Tim Twentyman & Mike O'Hara share their observations from Day 4 of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Impressive bench: UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin didn’t put up the most reps on the bench press Saturday, but his performance was one of the more impressive ones at the Combine thus far. Griffin (6-0, 227) had his left hand amputated as a young child. Using a prosthetic that suctions to his arm and then clamps to the bar, Griffin put up 20 reps of 225 pounds Saturday. He said afterward that the crowd and the moment must have really amped him up because the 20 reps were nine better than his previous high training for the Combine. – Tim Twentyman

DT leaves Combine: Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition and won’t take part in any of the drills at the Combine. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Hurst will go through further tests over the next week. Those tests, and his Combine re-check in April, will obviously play a role in Hurst’s draft stock. He came into the Combine expecting to be a first-round pick.

In 2013, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was diagnosed with a heart condition at the Combine. A medical recheck came back fine, and Lotulelei was eventually drafted in the first round by Carolina. Lets hope for the same outcome for Hurst. – Tim Twentyman

Mike’d up for QB Allen: When NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock gets on a player’s bandwagon, he rides it full out. He red-lined it Saturday for Wyoming QB Josh Allen in comparing him to Eagles star Carson Wentz.

“This is a big, strong quarterback who can push the ball down the field,” Mayock said. “He can play indoors, outdoors, in all 32 stadiums.  Cold weather, warm weather. He’s got a bigger arm than Wentz. He’s a better athlete than Wentz. I don’t know if he brings the intangibles to the table that Wentz does. That’s what the decision makers have to find out in the next two months.”Mike O’Hara

An apple a day: UTA defensive end Marcus Davenport said in the interview process that one team asked him if he could be a fruit, what fruit would he be? He said he answered an apple because an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

“I have to stay healthy,” he told the team.

Saturday’s fastest 40: LSU receiver D.J. Chark is the fastest man at the Combine so far after running the 40 in 4.34 seconds Saturday. He measured in at 6-foot-3 and 199 pounds. Chark’s time should hold up until Monday, when the defensive backs hit the field for testing. – Tim Twentyman

Saquon Barkley – face time: The Penn State running back’s Combine workouts left a standard for others to follow, but they weren’t the only thing that stood out. His demeanor was impressive. Replaying video of his workouts shown on NFL Network, Barkley was at the front of his group, eyes riveted on the coach explaining the drill. He was taking nothing for granted, and not acting like a prima donna. Just a primo athlete.Mike O’Hara

Quote of the day:

“You can tell John Ross and Adidas I'm coming for the island.”

-- Washington DT Vita Vea, who weighs 347 pounds, on running the 40-yard dash Sunday. – Tim Twentyman