The 2019 NFL Combine wrapped up with week with some interesting performances. While some players showed out, others could have done better.
The NFL Combine is a place where players can show NFL scouts exactly how athletic they are in terms of numbers. While performance in college is the main factor that will determine if a player is drafted or not, the NFL combine is a great way to boost draft stock or lower it. Let’s take a look at some of the disappointments in this years NFL Combine.
- WR A.J. Brown
Ole Miss Wide Receiver A.J Brown had himself a steller season for the Rebels putting up 1,320 receiving yards ranking 6th in the NCAA. Before the combine Brown told the media that he is the best receiver available. However, the numbers he put up in the combine did not suggest that. Other WR’s like N’Keal Henry and Hakeem Butler preformed like they are the best in the class. Scouts like to see confidence in players, but at least back it up.
2. DE Jachai Polite
Florida DE Jachai Polite had basically everything go wrong for him during the NFL Combine. He first complained that all the media did was “bash him” during interviews. He thought they would test his character by just talking football with him. Sorry, that’s not how you test character.
He then went on to perform terribly in the combine showing scouts that the media really got in his head. Facing the media is one of the most important parts of being in the NFL and he basically just showed everyone he is incapable of that.
He capped of the combine by injuring himself. Talk about a nightmare of a weekend.
3. QB Drew Lock
Missouri Quarterback Drew Lock is expected to be drafted in the top 10 according to some experts after an impressive college season. Lock put up some quality numbers in the combine but had some questionable answers for the media. When Lock was asked to rate his accuracy on a scale from 1-10 he answered 10.
This is great. However, when he was asked about his tendency to throw at weird arm angles he said, “It’s probably going to be hard to change, unless someone really needs me to change it, then I will. But that’s just who I am as a quarterback.” C’mon man! don’t tell everyone how you won’t change your tendencies. What if a NFL coach demands it.
I thought it would be interesting to look at the routes these players would have to take from their college stadium to their new NFL stadium. Based on a recent NFL mock draft here is what I came up with.