Hysom Zarroug

Welcome to the Freak Show: 2019 NFL Combine Studs

Hysom Zarroug
Welcome to the Freak Show: 2019 NFL Combine Studs
 

Names To Lookout 4 At The NFL Combine

The NFL’s annual scouting combine is a joyous occasion during which footballers from various colleges step on the league’s auction blocks. Athletes appear as the world’s most expensive slabs of meat, whilst competing in various physical and mental tests in their undergarments -- does this sound familiar? With hundreds of representatives from future employers hanging on the potential employees’ every measurement, time, and answer, Indianapolis resembles more of a pressure cooker than a football stadium this time of the year. As the stakes continue to mount, some of Futbol Americano's most talented young athletes will rise to the occasion, securing a chance at a lifelong dream of playing on Sundays and a *fleeting* taste of financial freedom. Here’s our list of players we expect to flourish at this year’s combine: 


 

Houston Cougars #10 Junior DT Ed Oliver

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For some strange reason, analysts and mock-draft aficionados are disrespecting Oliver, who enters the combine with the most consistent production of any defensive tackle in the class. The three-time All-American opened the college football season as the consensus No. 1 pick and now sits outside of the top-10 on most mock drafts. Some say it’s because the linemen isn’t a natural pass rusher and possesses more straight-line speed than lateral quickness. I honestly think those claims are incredibly off base -- watch the tape and tell me otherwise. Not only do I expect him to test out of this world in the 40, vertical/broad jump (tested at an eye-popping 36” and 10’-1” at Houston, respectively)  bench, and three-cone drill -- where we’ll see how great his hips are -- I expect him to captivate the hearts of NFL teams with his mindset. The kid wants to be great, obsesses over being great, and knows he is in fact... great. Buy high on Oliver ballin’ out. 

Best Combine Numbers:

Will run 40 at Houston’s Pro Day

Broad Jump: 10’0” — Second Among Defensive Linemen

Bench Press: 32 — Tied for 3rd Among Defensive Linemen

Vertical Leap: 36.0 in. — Tied for 3rd Among Defensive Linemen

 
 

Appalachian State Mountaineers #25 Senior RB Jalin Moore

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In The Longest Yard, quarterback Paul Crewe once talked about how his college coach would schedule some crap team like Appalachian State and kick the shit out of them. That wouldn’t have been the case with Moore toting the rock for the Mountaineers, as he totaled 3,570 yards and 33 touchdowns during his tenure in the mountains of Boone, North Cakalaka. His speed and explosiveness will turn heads at the combine as he looks to best the insane numbers he put up during his final offseason at App State -- 4.37 in the 40, 38.5” vertical, and 11’-1” broad jump. If you’re in the market for a home run hitter, look no further. 

Best Combine Numbers:

Didn’t Participate in other testing

Bench Press: 27 — 2nd among running backs

 
 

Ohio State Buckeyes #21 Senior WR Parris Campbell

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I’m an Ohio State fan and even I will tell you this: Campbell’s hands are shaky at best—and he’s a limited route runner. That honestly isn’t going to matter, as NFL teams know he’s going to be employed in various packages and flourish on quick throws and gadget plays ala Cordarrelle Patterson. With teams understanding that he’s more swiss-army-knife than No. 1, the true focus will be on his strengths -- his athleticism. I wouldn’t be surprised if Campbell runs in the low 4.3s and jumps out of this world --he posted 11’-3” broad jump at Ohio State. With Marquise Brown not participating in the combine, Campbell could prove to be this classes most explosive pass catcher.

Best Official Numbers:

40: 4.31 — Tied for Second Fastest at Combine

Vertical Leap: 40 inch — Tied for 6th at Combine

Broad Jump: 11’3” — Tied for 3rd at Combine

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.03 — Tied for Fastest at Combine

 
 

UMass Minutemen #5 Senior WR Andy Isabella

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Don’t let the pigment and size (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) cloud your assessment of Isabella. He’s not a Julian Edelman or Wes Welker clone who only does damage on short and medium passes. The kid can fly and beat you deep if necessary. As a high school track star, Isabella notched the fastest 60-yard dash time in the nation (6.72 seconds), ran the 100 meter in 10.51 seconds, and posted a 21.27-second time in the 200-meter regionals (narrowly edging now–Cleveland Brown Denzel Ward in that race). For context, Ward tied for the fastest 40 at the 2018 combine. With a blazing 40 time and a crisp showing on the gauntlet, the nation’s leading pass catcher in 2018 should boost his stock and edge his way into Round 2. 

Best Combine Numbers:

40: 4.31 — Tied for Second Fastest at Combine

Three-Cone Drill: 6.95 — Sixth Among Wideouts

20-yard Shuttle: 4.15 — Sixth Among Wideouts

 
 

LSU Tigers #40 Junior LB Devin White

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This is a new-age of inside linebacker. One in which speed means more than size and players who hold up in coverage vs. running backs and tight ends accrue the majority of headlines. Look at Lavonte David and Deion Jones, two guys who don’t fit the conventional inside linebacker stereotypes, but flourish thanks to their ability to race around blockers, make plays from sideline-to-sideline, and stay on the field for all three downs. White, however, checks off in terms of size (6-foot-1, 240 pounds) and should flourish at the combine, where his athleticism will captivate the hearts of one GM holding onto a sacred top-15 pick. The former high school running back already predicted that he’d run in the 4.4-4.5 range and should impress with his vertical -- which was listed at around 34”. 

Best Combine Numbers:

40: 4.42 — Fastest Among Linebackers and third-fastest time by a Linebacker since 2006

Vertical Leap: 39.5 in. — Second Among Linebackers

Three-Cone Drill: 7.07 — 8th Among Linebackers

20-yard Shuttle: 4.17 — 7th Among Linebackers