Regardless of how individual performances shape the players' real-world view of NFL teams, the NFL's scouting combination never fails to stir up excitement for its top players.
For names of capitals as well as for small sleepers, the series of measurements, interviews and field tests can influence the perception of the value of the players and the reserve of stock. And although the information gathered next Monday in Indianapolis is only one factor in complex assessments, there is no doubt that the event can both answer questions and ask them.
These 10 players are the best candidates to enjoy a star trick after their performances at the combine:
1. Rashan Gary, DE / DT, Michigan
A former high-ranking man, Gary never appeared as the constant threat that many people envisioned as Wolverines. This week, however, could be the place of his career. In 2017, Michigan officials said Gary, who measured between 6.5 and 287 pounds, scored a 4.57-second shot on 40 yards and scored a jump in width of 9 feet 6 inches. Whatever the final numbers at Indianapolis, Gary is a good bet to rank among the best at his position in most drills and spark a discussion about whether he belongs to the defensive group the higher of the project.
2. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
A viral photo of the shredded physique of the receiver, whose weight of 6-4, 230 pounds, should indicate a great deal of attention from Metcalf with its physical tools. Two season-ending injuries in three years (a broken foot in 2016 and a neck condition requiring surgery in 2018) will encourage teams to be examined closely, but no other receiver of this class can match his physical profile general. His time on the 40-yard dashboard should turn heads, but teams will also want to watch his agility drills to see how flexible he can be with his cluttered build.
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3. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Teammate T.J. Hockenson won the Mackey Award last year as the best tight end of the country, but Fant could be the one who will hold the most attention on this milestone. Although it may not match the 40-yard race that Evan Engram listed two years ago on the New York Giants, Fant could compile figures showing similarly the capabilities of the New York Giants. explosion and movement of a wide receiver. Its vertical is perhaps its most striking statistic, as Iowa coaches have noted during the last off season, which would have been a record among all the players in the combined with the Iowa. ;last year.
4. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Any controversy over the confrontation between Oliver and the former Houston coach, Major Applewhite, regarding the wearing of his jacket should look even more stupid, recalled the two-time US coach who knows how he can move. Even though he may measure lighter than most of his opponents, Oliver should record the most frequently seen marks by a linebacker. Although it may not be suitable for all projects, Oliver could make sure his record is dealt with early in the first round rather than in the middle.
5. Nick Bosa, DE, State of Ohio
After missing every first three games of the season with a heart injury, Bosa made a commitment last week to be back in action. The top-ranked favorite among the # 1 picks has the chance to remind his viewers of the combination of speed and strength that made him one of the most feared rushers in college football. Many will be eager to see how his test results compare to those of his older brother Joey, the Los Angeles Chargers' outstanding defenseman, who was # 3 in 2016.
6. Parris Campbell, WR, State of Ohio
If there are short lists of candidates for the best potential marks at the dash and the vertical of 40 yards, Campbell belongs to both. Threatened on the field, on-screen strength and quick success, he is also an outstanding former player who has already broken the Ohio High School record for the 60-meter dashboard in 6.85 seconds. Thanks to impressive tests, Campbell could become one of the biggest risers of the combine.
7. Drew Lock, Quarter, Missouri
In the absence of threat defenders or need to anticipate in the exercises, the combine can be an outlet for the quarterbacks with the best arm strength to highlight their ability to push the balloon at the bottom of the nets. Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray could also stand out in this format, but the main beneficiary of this configuration is probably Lock, an incoherent smuggler who made 57% of his shots during his career, but who was already impressed. the Senior Bowl and its ease to connect during deep strikes. The way in which he deals with the schematic issues that teams present at the interviews may be the main focus of teams considering a first-round choice.
8. Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
Do not be fooled by the 5.8-kilogram (186-pound) mount: Isabella did not become the main receiver of the Football Bowl Subdivision last year, only in effort. In high school, he beat Denzel Ward, cornerback Cleveland Browns, in the 100 and 200 meter races. His time of 4.26 seconds at 40 yards could be unreachable, but Isabella could argue convincingly that he should not be considered just a slot machine receiver.
9. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
This year's half-defenseman class lacks power, and reports indicate that Josh Jacobs of Alabama, the first favorite to be the board's first running back, will not be working with the rest of the group on Friday. Singletary may not have the fastest 40, but he expects a jump. His three-cone drill and shuttle could guide the position.
10. Renell Wren, DT, State of Arizona
How can an inside line player attract attention at a forum that usually features much smaller players? Start with the bench press, because Wren should be considered one of the favorites for the largest number of representatives. His explosiveness was evident in the Senior Bowl and his long jump could strengthen his untapped potential.
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