The time has come for the NFL Combine. Over the course of the weekend, hot takes, criticisms, and quick judgments will be plentiful. The on-field workouts begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. on Friday featuring the offensive linemen, running backs, and special teamers. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends are set to go. Sunday at 9 a.m., the defensive line and linebackers are going. Finally, on Monday at 9 a.m., the defensive backs take the field.
Several key prospects in attendance are poised to explode over the weekend and see their draft stock rise. Let’s take a look at who will turn heads over the next four days.
1. Josh Allen, OLB/DE, Kentucky
Josh Allen is a freak athlete who will blow up the agility events and solidify himself as one of the top five position players in the 2019 class.
2. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Parris Campbell is an electric receiver who may be the fastest man in the country. Expect Campbell to run between a 4.25-4.35 in the 40-yard dash. Also, in 2018, Campbell displayed significant improvement in his hands as well as route running abilities, so expect him to carry that improvement into the weekend.
3. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
D.K. Metcalf is an imposing physical presence at 6-foot-4 230 lbs. But, I see him turning in a Kevin White style combine performance. Metcalf’s 40-yard dash will be closely watched, and if he can put up a time in the 4.4 range then he may see himself come away as the top receiver prospect in this class.
4. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
When you turn on the film, Ed Oliver is a guy that jumps off of the screen. The 6-foot-3, 290 lbs defensive tackle has elite speed as a down lineman, and he can get through the line and get downhill at blazing speeds. I expect him to perform at an elite level in the agility events and he will also post a good time in the 40-yard dash.
5. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
T.J. Hockenson is the top tight end prospect in this year’s class. He has the size, speed, and athleticism. His athleticism will allow him to put on a show this weekend, where he will excel in the on-field drills. Also, I expect his vertical to be very impressive as well.
6. Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
Dre’Mont Jones put together a very productive 2018 campaign which has led to his projection as a possible first-round pick in the draft. His athleticism will be on full display in the drills as he carries his forward momentum into his pro-day.
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