The NFL Combine gives dynasty fantasy football fans their first glimpse on whether a player can translate college production into relevant fantasy points. There weren’t any major spoilers revealed, but some players impressed (stock up) while many stayed the same or failed to make a good impression (stock down). Please remember the NFL Combine has already committed to tweaking their events to better translate to the game of football, instead of being about the highly measured 40 yard runs and 225 lb. bench presses. Here are my initial thoughts: The defensive linemen:
-Joey Bosa looked the part: muscular with good hand speed. He was a bit stiff, but dropped back into coverage well.
-DeForest Buckner has a big trunk with huge hands. Despite being 6′ 7″, he sunk his hips well and has quick feet.
-Jonathan Bullard explodes with his huge legs and big clubbing arms.
-Kamalei Correa ran the best 40 of his group, looked the part of a OLB. The defender showed good bend while being explosively athletic (stock slightly up).
-Shelton Day had an amazing 10 yard split showing off his athleticism for his size. He is so fluid with great change of direction and a powerful punch (stock up).
-Kevin Dodd injured himself on second 40 yard run, did not compete after that.
-Shaq Lawson showed off his speed and fluidity, which will make him a successful hybrid OLB/DE.
-Robert Nkemdiche has plenty of off-field issues, but looked the part in Indy. The muscular defender has a quick first step, but showed varied effort.
–Emmanuel Ogbah ran well for a man his size with fluidity and a nice powerful punch.
-Noah Spence only had average speed for a OLB (sounds like he tweaked his hamstring). I have my doubts he could play defensive end in the NFL (stock slightly down).
-Jihad Ward has a thick, powerful trunk. He didn’t time well, but is a raw, high effort guy.
-Kentrell Brothers appeared tight hipped and not as athletic as I’d hoped (stock down).
-Su’a Cravens didn’t run the 40, but looked fluid by changing directions easily with explosion (stock slightly up).
-Kyler Fackrell ran a bit tall, not sure he is more than a rushing OLB.
-Leonard Floyd showed good bend, looked athletic, ran well, and jumped high (stock slightly up).
-Jordan Jenkins has a thick trunk while showing off his fluidity.
-Darron Lee was explosive in drills, showed good instincts and overall athleticism (stock slightly up).
-Tyler Matakevich appeared to be a thumper, not moving well, but showed high effort (stock slightly down).
-Joshua Perry didn’t sink his hips, but moved well for a man his size.
-Reggie Ragland has a thick trunk, shows a lot of hustle, and anticipates well.
-Scooby Wright did not look fully recovered from his injury. The linebacker ran slow and showed a lot of stiffness I didn’t see on film (stock down).
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