The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine starts next week. There were 330 players invited to the Combine, some won’t participate due to injury, but that still leaves a few hundred players competing in the underwear olympics.
The on field portion starts on March 3rd so I’ve asked members of the staff to give 2 players on offense and 2 players on defense that they will be watching. If you’re looking for some names to add to your list, here is who we are watching on offense.
Kyle Posey -
Isiah Ford, WR, VT.
“Ford is the down to down WR the team can use without investing too high. He's not a burner but I'm interested to see his jumps & his shuttles.”
Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
“The TE out of Ashland has been labeled as a freak athlete & essentially every high end descriptor you can think of. I'm interested to see how athletic he really is or if it was a product of him just playing along side future human resource guys(no offense, Richard).”
JuJu Smith Schuster, WR, USC
“I want to see what his 40 time is and see his vertical jump. Some are saying he will run slow. He is starting to become the forgotten WR in this draft so it's important to have a good combine or he could slip to round 3 like another WR that is on the Chargers.”
Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
“I want to see how he moves and his agility tests to see if he is better suited at guard or tackle.”
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
“Williams because I think he may run a slow 40 and I'm curious how his hands will hold up under the microscope. Could also hear talks of sloppy routes.”
Malachi Dupree, WR, LSU.
“I'm watching him because he's a guy who hasn't received a whole lot of buzz, but he's the big bodied, physical, downfield threat most people want the Chargers to draft. I want to see what his 40 looks like and see how he does running routes - if he's just a 50/50 guy or if he has a higher ceiling than people give him credit for. He could prove to be a late day 2 or early day 3 steal.”
Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force
“He played in an extremely run-heavy offense but he had nearly 50% of their targets/catches, and he's a big, fast WR who could be a good Day 3 pick. If he runs a 4.4, watch out.”
Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
“Just because I'm a Georgia State fan and he's only the second Georgia State player in history to be invited to the combine.”
Antonio Garica, OT, Troy
“He could very well put himself in the first round with a great showing, This Tackle class is weak, Garcia dominated the Sun Belt conference and he could make some money at the combine.”
David Njoku, TE, Miami
“He has some special skills & I think he closes the gap on OJ Howard at the combine if not jump him.”
Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon
“Pharaoh lost a year, and almost a leg, to injury 2 years ago. But he came back for the 2016 season and was healthy. He is a tenacious and effective blocker, and was under utilized as a WR. He is a big (6’6 250) fast mover who will probably get back on the radar after the combine.”
James Conner, RB, Pitt
“James is a punishing runner who has been one of my favorite youtube time killers over the past few years. He had a battle with cancer, but came back to the football field this past season and had his “worst” ypc of his career at 5.1 for the season. Conner should be there on day 3 and could be a steal.”