The annual NFL Combine never fails to disappoint as rookies showcase their fastest mile, bench press reps, and other vigorous events. It’s where the rubber meets the road, where players can prove to different coaches who they really are. While it may be over, there are some moments that will be remembered by people for quite some time. Here are some of the top moments from the 2018 NFL Combine, which was held in Indianapolis this year:
1) Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Barkley dominated this year’s combine, which earned him a spot at the top for the 2018 NFL Draft. He excelled in every event he performed in. For bench press, he had 29 reps, his 40-yard dash time was 4.40 seconds (which was 3 seconds faster than Devin Hester’s time), and a vertical jump of 41 inches. But the one thing that all RB’s must be good at is catching and possession of the the football, which is a trait Barkley does possess. While most experts think the Browns will select him (since they have a first-round pick), they need to focus on finding a QB to develop as well as a new CB. If in the event, they did select Barkley, it would be the first time a RB has been drafted in the first round since 1995 when Ki-Jana Carter got selected first overall. What ever ends up happening, he will still be the number 1 prospect in his class.
2) D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
Having an explosive 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds, Moore is starting to catch the attention of many people. He also benched 15 reps and had a vertical of 39.5 inches, even having an 11 foot broad jump which is unheard of for a Wide Receiver. This will increase his draft stock immensely, as he ranks among top five WRs. When playing at Maryland, he set the single season catches record with 80 catches for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns. I expect him to be an early round draft pick as WR’s are extremely valuable.
3) Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
The QB is different from other positions in football as it is the most crucial position on a team. Depending on how accurate and consistent one is, the QB is what makes or breaks a team. While he was competing against other QB’s such as Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson, he possessed arm strength and accuracy that others didn’t. Standing at 6’5” and 237 pounds, Allen is currently finishing up his last year at Wyoming after redshirting as a sophomore in 2016. At the combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds, which was third among the QB class. His highlight was throwing pass over 60 yards downfield into the hands of a moving receiver. While this impressed many, he will have to go up against other elite QB’s who all want to get drafted (Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, etc.). If he continues to show off his arm strength, I believe he will be drafted early on.
The NFL Draft will be held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas from April 26 to April 29.