NFL Scouting Combine

Presented by

TIM AND MIKE: Combine Day 3 observations

Combine athletic freak award: Goes to ... Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. He measured in at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds with a ridiculous 1.6 percent body fat. Then he went ahead and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times, jumped 40.5-inches in the vertical and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds. Those are some freakishly athletic numbers, the kind that potentially put a player in the top 10 in the draft. – Tim Twentyman

The why: Near the end of his media session, Florida defensive end Jachai Polite was asked, ‘What’s your why?’ His response was a bit unexpected. ‘Check my Twitter handle,’ he said. So what’s his handle? @RetireMoms. Polite learned how to work hard from his mom, who holds multiple jobs, and his goal is to help her get to retirement. – Detroitlions.com

Practice, pro preparation: The number of players who get invited to the Combine each year shows that practices at Alabama and other perennial powers help prepare players for the NFL. “That’s one of the reasons I went to Alabama,” running back Damien Harris said. “I knew every single day I’d be practicing against the best guys in the country. A lot of those former players, you see them in the headlines in the NFL.” – Mike O’Hara

Name game: There is a wide receiver here at the Combine named Darius Slayton. Is it possible we see a Darius Slay vs. Darius Slayton matchup in Lions training camp come August? Slayton (6-1, 190) caught 35 passes for 670 yards and five scores last season for Auburn. He ran the 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.39 seconds on Saturday. – Tim Twentyman

In case you forgot: Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to remind people who won the 2019 National Championship. When announcing his name before his bench press, he gave a little extra. ‘Christian Wilkins, Clemson, National Champs.’ Wilkins put up 28 on the bench press. – Detroitlions.com

Fast receivers: There isn’t any shortage of fast receivers in this year’s draft. A total of 18 pass catchers ran a sub-4.5-seconds in the 40-yard dash Saturday. Seven receivers – Parris Campbell (4.31), Andy Isabella (4.31), Metcalf (4.33), Mecole Hardman (4.33), Terry McLaurin (4.35), Emanuel Hall (4.39) and Slayton, (4.39) – ran in the 4-3 range. – Tim Twentyman

Friendly competition: Iowa tight ends T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant are trying to become first tight end teammates to both get drafted in the first round. Fant said Friday there’s a friendly competition between the two, and he wanted to be the first tight end off the board. Most consider Hockenson the better overall prospect, but Fant turned heads Saturday running a 4.50-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-5 and 243 pounds. Hockenson ran 4.70. Fant had a 39.5-inch vertical. Hockenson was 37.5. In all, there were 12 tight ends who ran the 40 in under 4.75 seconds. – Tim Twentyman

Mic drop: Penn State is considered Linebacker-U. Miami back in the day was Quarterback-U. Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams dropped the mic by declaring Alabama NFL-U. With 11 players here at the Combine, and the Tide’s reputation for sending players to the league, it’s kind of hard to argue with him. – Tim Twentyman

Related Content

Advertising