KCCD Editor: Elliot Dennis
The NFL Combine starts tomorrow and players are going to try and impress scouts in any way they can. Here’s a list of some of the players that will blow up the combine workouts:
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Richardson is the most explosive defensive tackle in this draft class. He has a rare combination of size, speed, and power. Much like Dontari Poe was last year, many expect the Missouri defensive tackle to blow up this year’s combine.
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
His size might limit his draft position, but his combine numbers might lock him as a top-20 pick. In a game against Baylor last year, I saw Brown track down RGIII. He’s likely to have the fastest 40 among all middle linebackers at the combine.
Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU
Of course “Ziggy” had to be on this list. He might be the biggest physical “freak” in this year’s draft class, so he’s sure to blow up the combine. Expect absolutely ridiculous numbers in workouts from Ansah.
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Johnson is probably the most athletic tackle in this draft class. A converted tight end, Johnson showed great athleticism and ability down at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. He’ll likely solidify a top-20 selection with great workout numbers.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Patterson is sure to blow up the combine. He has great size and unnatural speed for that size. A great 40, long jump, and vertical will likely ensure Patterson’s selection in the first round.
Zavier Gooden, LB, Missouri
A converted safety, Gooden will likely have the best 40 time of all linebackers at the combine. He portrays great athleticism and it won’t be shocking to see his stock raised a great deal after his combine workouts.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
Goodwin is the best pure athlete at the combine. He’ll wow scouts with his long jump, vertical, and his blazing 40 time. He aims to break the combine 40 record (4.24). Will he do it? We’ll have to wait and see.
Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Although a very raw prospect, Watson is an extremely gifted athlete for somebody of his size (6’6″, 330 lbs). He’ll wow scouts and likely be selected with a 2nd day pick.
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Not on here for athletic reasons, but he’ll wow scouts with his bench press. There’s a solid chance he’ll break Justin Ernest’s record of 51 reps set in 1999. Williams has power unlike any prospect in this class.
EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
Manuel will likely be the most athletic quarterback at the combine. He won’t put up as good of numbers as Cam Newton or Colin Kaepernick in years past, but he still has a good shot at raising his stock. He could do more to raise his stock than any other quarterback in Indianapolis this week.