2017 NFL Combine Winners/Losers: Day One

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 running backs who worked out on Friday. Although offensive lineman also competed, the “hogs” will not be explored here as they have a non-traditionally measured effect in the fantasy world. While there weren’t any major spoilers revealed (Chris Johnson’s 40 time is safe although TJ Logan ran a 4.37), some backs 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 runners without pads:

Chris Carson – had a rocked-up physique, jumped 130” in the broad, and only had 95 touches in 2016 (stock up)

Corey Clement – big, physical looking guy, ran a 4.68 40, didn’t impress with jumps or in any other drills (stock down)

Tarik Cohen – explosive, small 5’6” 179 lbs., natural hands, great change of direction, quick feet (stock up, but small fella)

James Conner – ran a 4.65 40, but looked ok in drills, best in flats on screen drill, cancer survivor getting his groove back (even)

Dalvin Cook – thin lower legs, 4.49 40, quick feet, great change of direction, soft hands (even, just showing what was already known)

Matthew Dayes – third down back with soft hands and can track pigskin well in air, not very explosive (stock down)

D’Onta Foreman and Elijah Hood – met with teams got weighed and put up 18 reps on bench aka no drills (stock slightly down, neither big guy benched well and didn’t run due to leg injuries)

Leonard Fournette – 240 lbs. was heavier than expected, decent 4.51 40 with extra weight, double caught some passes, looked good in short gauntlet and screens (even, wanted him to be quicker, but added weight, net zero gain)

Kareem Hunt – 36.5” vertical, up to 216 lbs. (up eight from Senior Bowl), natural hands, never fumbled in college, caught ball at highest point, looked solid in short gauntlet (stock up) 

Alvin Kamara – 39.5” vertical and 131” broad (jumps), a disappointing 4.56 40, looked good in drills (even)

Marlon Mack – 4.5 40, finds ball well in the air, trapped pigskin in gauntlet (even)

Christian McCaffrey – ten reps in the bench (junk), track day was a different story: 37.5” vertical and 121” broad (jumps), 4.48 40, fantastic foot speed (6.57 three-cone drill), loose hips through bags, natural soft hands, tracks pigskin in air (stock up)

Elijah McGuire – 4.53 40, 120” broad jump, balance issues, but had soft hands (even)

Jeremy McNichols – 4.49 40, 121” broad jump, caught ball well, something robotic about him, though (even)

Samaje Perine – thick build like former Raven Jamal Lewis, 30 reps on bench, slow 4.65 40, good change of directions especially for a man his size, adjusts well to ball in air and softer hands than expected (slightly up with power and foot quickness, 4.65 40 is an issue)

Jamaal Williams – didn’t bench, 4.59 40 (expected about a tenth of a second quicker), 123” broad jump, smooth, soft hands (even)

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