2017 NFL Combine Winners/Losers: Day 3

The 2017 NFL Combine allows dynasty fantasy football fans their first glimpse beyond the heavy equipment to determine whether a certain player can translate their college production into relevant fantasy points. Today we will be discussing the linebackers and defensive linemen.  While there weren’t any major spoilers revealed, some players impressed (stock up) and most stayed the same (even) or failed by hurting themselves with unexpected performances (stock down). Keep in mind the NFL Combine is more about getting consistent medical reports and measurements while being able to compare athletes who play the same position. Please remember it is not all about the 40-yard dash and how many times someone put up 225 lbs. in the bench presses.  These are my first impressions seeing these defenders without pads:

Edge/Defensive Line

Jonathan Allen – big/thick, muscular build, only 21 in bench but fought shoulder issues, loose hips, quick feet, powerful hips, not as bendy (even)

Derek Barnett – explosive came into combine sick, good mobility, nice punch, quick feet, 6.96 three cone (even)

Tarell Basham – quick twitched, 4.7 40, some stiffness and balance issues (stock slightly down)

Taco Charlton – long/sturdy build, Mayock kept on saying “Carlos Dunlap” whenever Taco was on screen, good hips, agile, decent backpedal (even)

Myles Garrett – thick/muscular, 4.64 40, fluidity, solid base, nice punch, can drop into coverage, 41” vertical and 128” broad jumps  (stock up, maybe not stock, just think he is even better before I saw him in Indy)

Charlie Harris – big legs, smooth, quick-twitched, 4.82 40, nice striking hands, explosive, natural backpedal (stock up slightly)

Tanoh Kpassagnon – good base, quick 4.83 40 for his size, muscular and fluid for almost 6’ 7”, got high out of stance almost immediately (even)

Carl Lawson – thick/muscular, 4.67 40, 35 bench reps, powerful and explosive, but a bit robotic (stock slightly down)

Malik McDowell – huge/thick man, good 4.85 40 time, uses his clubbed arms well (stock up)

Takkarist McKinley – former sprinter (only ran 4.59), explosive, smooth, big arms with good punch, did a few drills wrong, drops back ok (stock slightly down)

Haason Reddick – 36.5” vertical and 133” broad jumps, 4.52 40, muscular, smooth, loose hips, changes directions easily, good leverage, ball hawk (stock slightly up)

Derek Rivers – little stiff in the hips, quick feet, good punch, 4.61 40, questionable balance, ok dropping back (stock slightly up)

Dawuane Smoot – questionable balance, too high out of stance, slow 40 4.77, can’t catch  (stock down)

Solomon Thomas – thick/muscular, 30 bench reps, 126” broad jump, 4.69 40, explosive, high effort, great change of direction, stays low, nice punch, good athlete  6.95 three-cone (stock slightly up aka already knew he was good)

Tim Williams – long/lean, quick feet, high hipped, decent punch, questionable balance, 4.68 40, ok dropping back as he didn’t do much of that at Alabama  (stock slightly down)

Jordan Willis – great 4.53 40, muscular, smooth, loose hips, good lean, fast powerful hands, changes directions well, 6.85 three cone (stock slightly up)

Linebackers

Ryan Anderson – 4.78 40, looked a little tubby and stiff, not very athletic, didn’t jump, too high out of stance (stock down)

Alex Anzalone – 4.63 40, long flowing hair like Thor, has an injury filled career, good lateral agility, runs a bit high, my first time seeing Anzalone (stock up)

Tyus Bowser – 4.65 40, 37.5” vertical and 127” broad jumps, muscular, former basketball player, loose hips, good lateral agility, small legs, powerful hands, quickness, smooth, my first time seeing Bowser (stock up)

Zach Cunningham – scarecrow aka skinny and awkward, 4.67 40, 35” vertical and 125” broad jumps, nice hands, Chris Bosh look-a-like  (stock down)

Raekwon McMillan-4.61 40, 121” broad jump, muscular, powerful hands, good lateral agility, natural dropback, smooth, sinks hips (stock up)

Jabrill Peppers – was awesome, looking like a strong safety during linebacker drills, 4.46 40, 35.5” vertical and 128” broad jumps, smooth, explosion, electric, ball hawk (stock up)

Duke Riley – 4.58 40, 122” broad jump, bouncy feet, thin frame, got off-balance at times my first time seeing Riley (even)

Anthony Walker – 4.65 40, muscular almost tank like, stiff, powerful punch (even)

TJ Watt – 4.69 40, 37” vertical and 128” broad jumps, converted from TE last year, several knee injuries, scarecrow compared to big brother, explosion in pass coverage, gets hips too high  (stock up)

In case you missed my earlier combine winners and losers they can be found below:

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23 year FF vet, IDP Analyst, Internet Scout & Writer for Dynasty Football Factory, FSWA member, HS football coach O-line & D-line.

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