The 2015 NFL combine is officially in the books and we all have a much better idea of the skill set and athletic abilities of the draft-eligible players. From now and the end of April it’ll be a waiting game to see what directions teams go in free agency and how each individual players pro day turns out.
Going into the combine Winston wanted one thing, and that was to not hurt his stock. He’s been tabbed to be the favorite to be picked first overall for awhile now and that doesn’t change after throwing well at the combine. Also, pay no mind to his 40 time; Winston has proven that he plays much faster when it’s game time.
The Titans like the potential of Zac Mettenberger so I believe they pass on Marcus Mariota. With a chance to choose (arguably) the best player in the draft in Williams, there’s little chance they pass on him. He can play any position on the defensive line that you ask.
Gregory proved how athletic he was by running a 4.64 40 and jumping higher than a lot of receivers at the combine. He’s a tall, lanky player but you can’t deny the talent he brings to a defense. Going into Gust Bradley’s defense may be a tough transition for him because of the 4-3 but he’ll be a dynamic player from day one.
For awhile Amari Cooper was the favorite to get drafted by the Raiders here but Kevin White has taken the receiving class by storm. With a 6-3 and 215 lb frame, White has the ability to box out smaller defenders in one-on-one situations. The 4.35 40 is an added bonus for David Carr and the Raiders offense moving forward. He’d possibly be the best receiver Oakland has had since the Tim Brown days.
Washington’s pass defense has been their achilles heel since the 2008 season, the last year they ranked in the top half of the league in both points and yards allowed. They really haven’t had a shut-down corner Deangelo Hall was a Redskin. Taking an athletic corner like Waynes here is logical for the organization moving forward.
The Heisman Trophy winner falls to the Jets at six solely because nobody ahead of them is in desperate need for him. Realistically newly hired Todd Bowles and company could pass on a quarterback as well if they’re confident in Geno Smith’s abilities but bringing in Mariota to compete with him is smart. And, unlike what many believe to be true, I don’t think the Philadelphia Eagles make a move into the top five to select Mariota.
The Bears have been struggling mightily on defense as of late but Monsters of the Midway may be on their way back to prominence by bringing the very large and versatile Shelton into the windy city. They’ll be transitioning into the 3-4 this offseason which is the perfect defense for Shelton to excel in. He’ll shine at the nose tackle position for years to come.
Beasley shoots himself into the first round and won’t leave the state of Georgia thanks to his impressive combine performance. He compares himself to Bruce Irvin, a player that has excelled in new head coach Dan Quinns’ defense the last couple years. It looked as if Beasley would playing at end in the NFL but he proved his strength by putting up 35 bench reps this last weekend.
Eli Manning is about five years and 93 interceptions from retirement. In the meantime, the Giants need build a better line around him to give him some time to throw the ball. Peat is a very large and thick man that can be plugged in and protect his blind side as soon as he steps in the door.
The second offensive lineman goes off the board in consecutive picks but this time it’s a guard. Actually Scherff can be plugged in anywhere on the line and contribute but his best asset is bullying guys in the trenches in the ground game. Taking Scherff will give St. Louis the ability to move Greg Robinson to a spot where he’s more comfortable at, which is one of the tackle positions. In a perfect world, Robinson and Scherff are holding down the left side of the line in St. Louis for the next decade.