Well, the on-field work at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine has officially begun and it didn’t disappoint. On day one we got to see the offensive linemen, running backs, and special teamers take the field. There was plenty of excitement with some jaw-dropping athleticism from the offensive linemen and some less than inspiring testing from the running backs. There’s plenty to talk about from the day and a handful of “winners” and “losers.” Don’t forget, tape is more important than testing so don’t overreact to a bad NFL Combine if you like the tape. The next groups to take the field are the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends.

OL Winners

OL Target Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5.3 25 30″ 8′-6″ 4.6 7.85
  1. Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State

Garrett Bradbury Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-3, 306 pounds 4.92 34 31″ 8′-6″ 4.53 7.41
  • Apparently there were still some folk who didn’t believe Garrett Bradbury was a first-round talent entering NFL Combine week. Well, they best be believing now. Bradbury was expected to dominate, but he did more than dominate. He put on a legendary performance for a center. Bradbury has secured himself as IOL1 in this class and a top 20 player. He has rare short area quickness and explosiveness for an interior offensive lineman. Even in the on-field drills he looked great. In the mirror drill he was an effortless mover with clean footwork. During the pin and pull drill he showed explosion out of his stance and great leverage and power on the bags. He’s a stud.

  1. Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Andre Dillard Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-5, 315 pounds 4.96 24 29″ 9′-8″ 4.4 7.44
  • Every year there’s one offensive tackle who on tape is closer to a Day 2 prospect than Day 1, but is a freak athlete. This year Andre Dillard falls into that category and he’s definitely sending me back to the tape. Dillard was by far the most athletic OT in Indy. His 40-yard dash, broad jump, and 20-yard shuttle were all insane for a man of his size. Dillard is as explosive as they come on the offensive line and the athleticism is a huge reason why he’s such a great pass blocker. He showed great hip movement in the wave drill and his quick pass sets were impressive. There are some concerns about his arm length and he struggled in the mirror drill with consistent footwork and keeping his base.

  1. Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

Chris Lindstrom Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-4, 308 pounds 4.91 25 30.5″ 9′-7″ 4.54 7.61
  • After his Senior Bowl week, it’s safe to say Chris Lindstrom had secured himself as a top three IOL in the draft. Adding his dominant combine performance into the mix and you’ll have a hard time arguing he’s not a top 40 pick. Lindstrom excelled in all athletic testing and showed terrific movement ability in drills. Seeing a guard who wins with power test as athletically as he did was surprising. He’s a plug-and-play player with a high ceiling.
  1. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M

Erik McCoy Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-4, 303 pounds 4.89 29 31″ 8′-9″ 4.62 8.28
  • The rise of Erik McCoy has been rapid and rightfully so, he was one of the best offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl. Now, with his performance in Indy it’s hard to see him sliding out of the top 60 picks. McCoy’s 4.89 40-yard dash is the 10th best time by an offensive lineman since 2006. With his vertical, broad, shuttle, and bench on top of his 40 it was a great day. In drills McCoy was explosive and played with nice leverage. This is an NFL starting center right away.

  1. Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

Kaleb McGary Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-7, 317 pounds 5.05 23 33.5″ 9′-2″ 4.58 7.66
  • The week didn’t start great with Kaleb McGary’s arm length coming in at just 32 7/8” (the threshold is 34” for a tackle). McGary bounced back on the field though exceeding all athletic expectations. He was one of the best in every single athletic test and even showed nicely in on-field drills. In the mirror drill McGary looked great with his base and bend. A man of his size shouldn’t move so easily. The lack of arm length will scare teams off, but being a top 150 pick seems entirely possible.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Iosua Opeta, OT, Weber State
  • Ryan Bates, IOL, Penn State
  • Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
  • Phil Haynes, OG, Wake Forest
  • Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
  • Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

RB Winners

RB Target Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
4.55 20 36″ 9′-9″ 4.2 7.25
  1. Justice Hill, Oklahoma State

Justice Hill Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-10, 198 pounds 4.4 21 40″ 10′-8″ N/A N/A
  • If you’re going to be an undersized running back you might as well be the most explosive, right? Justice Hill went ahead and posted the best 40-yard dash, vertical, and broad jump. That easily secured him the title of biggest winner at running back. Unfortunately, Hill tweaked his hamstring on his second 40 attempt and didn’t participate in the rest of the day. On the bright side for Hill with all the struggles from the RB group he really put himself into the top 10 conversation at the position. A team might be willing to take him Day 2. He has some Dion Lewis and Phillip Lindsay to his game.

  1. Alex Barnes, Kansas State

Alex Barnes Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-0, 226 pounds 4.59 34 38.5″ 10′-5″ 4.1 6.95
  • Going from a likely undrafted running back to being the talk of draft Twitter isn’t an easy thing to do, but Alex Barnes sure did it. As one of the bigger backs who put up big bench numbers, Barnes wasn’t expected to dominate athletic testing the way he did. His 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle, vertical, and broad jump were all rare for a back of his size. In drills he looked smooth catching the ball which is big for him with his pass protection ability he can potentially find a third down back role. Barnes is in play as a late Day 3 pick now.
  1. Miles Sanders, Penn State

Miles Sanders Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 211 pounds 4.49 20 36″ 10′-3″ 4.19 6.89
  • In a murky running back class where many of the big names struggled to standout at the combine, Miles Sanders cashed in with big numbers. Penn State’s strength and conditioning coach deserves a race for the athletes they’ve been churning out lately. With his size, lateral agility, and burst there was some talk of Sanders as a top five RB, now it’s time to return to the tape and figure him out. With his 40, 3-cone, broad, and vertical jump numbers it shows he’s a complete athlete. He’ll be in play in the second-round.

  1. James Williams, Washington State

James Williams Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-9, 197 pounds 4.58 N/A 36.5″ 9′-8″ 4.25 7.01
  • The satellite back role in the NFL has been made popular by guys like James White, Tarik Cohen, and Duke Johnson. Every NFL team is looking for a guy who can be a playmaker out of the backfield in the passing game, the best in the class is James Williams. His testing numbers won’t blow anybody away, his vertical jump and 3-cone are the only overly impressive numbers. But Williams excelled in on-field drills. He was one of the smoothest movers all day. Unsurprisingly he was a natural pass catcher and looked like a James White clone.
  1. Dexter Williams, Notre Dame

Dexter Williams Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 212 pounds 4.57 17 36″ 10′-8″ 4.16 7
  • A lot of people expected Dexter Williams to finish near the top in all the explosive tests. That’s because on tape he makes his money with a home run hitting ability. Williams is constantly ripping off massive runs and looking twitchy. Seeing his 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle, broad, and vertical jump near the top was great for his stock. He has a tendency to pass up chunk runs looking for the big play and runs with too high a pad level, but his explosiveness will be desired early Day 3.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Ryquell Armstead, Temple
  • Travis Homer, Miami
  • Damien Harris, Alabama
  • Mike Weber, Ohio State
  • Darrell Henderson, Memphis
  • Myles Gaskin, Washington

OL Losers

  1. Nate Herbig, OG, Stanford

Nate Herbig Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-3, 335 pounds 5.41 29 24″ 7′-5″ 5.04 8.15
  • It was a tough go for Nate “Big Island” Herbig at the combine. Herbig put up horrific numbers in just about everything. His broad hump ad 20-yard shuttle were about as bad as it gets for a football player. Herbig isn’t mobile on tape and it showed in Indy. Every time he was moving it looked like he was lumbering and his lack of balance was clear. Herbig had a chance to go semi-early Day 3, but now he may not even be drafted in a deep O-line class.
  1. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Greg Little Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-5, 310 pounds 5.33 N/A 25″ 9′-4″ 4.74 N/A
  • There were some who believed Greg Little could be a first-round pick with his size and athleticism. It’s hard to buy into the idea of that now with his poor testing at the combine. Although, his broad jump was impressive, his 40 and vertical were rough. It got worse for Little too during on-field drills. He was a technical mess and his sloppy footwork slowed him in everything he did. Little is a project and shouldn’t be taken until the third-round.

  1. David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

David Edwards Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-6, 308 pounds 5.28 N/A 25.5″ 8′-2″ 4.77 7.69
  • A lot like Greg Little, David Edwards had some hype due to his size and athleticism. Also like Little, Edwards didn’t live up to the label of athletic offensive tackle. He tested terribly compared to what was expected. His broad and vertical jump were awful for an offensive tackle of his build. His 40-yard dash was lethargic and the only decent testing he did was the 3-cone. On the field during mirror drill he was inconsistent and looked like he was gassed on his second attempt.

  1. Chuma Edoga, OT, USC

Chuma Edoga Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-3, 308 pounds 5.19 21 N/A N/A N/A N/A
  • Many were hoping Chuma Edoga would build on his terrific Senior Bowl performance at the combine. Unfortunately for Edoga his size and athleticism were lacking. Edoga is short for a tackle, although his arms are nearly 35” the lack of height will scare some teams. He also struggled with his 10-yard split in the 40-yard dash and didn’t participate in any other athletic testing. Edoga looked slow during drills and his lack of upper body strength was evident. He’s got potential, but he’s a fourth-round project.
  1. Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

Tytus Howard Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-5, 322 pounds 5.05 21 29.5″ 8′-6″ 4.87 8.34
  • Did Tytus Howard have an awful combine? No, but he didn’t live up to the second-round talk some had bestowed on him. Howard is massive and ran an impressive 40-yard dash, but it got messy after that for him. His broad and vertical were okay, but nothing impressive, while his 20-yard shuttle was bad and his 3-cone was one of the worst. Howard was up and down on the field, but didn’t flash like other linemen in the group. Overall it was a very strong day from the O-line and Howard was more of a casualty for being average at best.

RB Losers

  1. Elijah Holyfield, Georgia

Elijah Holyfield Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-10, 217 pounds 4.78 26 29.5″ 9′-8″ N/A N/A
  • Day one of on-field work at the combine couldn’t have gone worse for Elijah Holyfield. A potential top five running back running a 4.78 just slaughters draft stock. No running back has run in the 4.7s or worse and gone onto have much of an NFL career this century. It made matters worse with Holyfield having a terrible vertical and average broad jump. Some will call Holyfield a late Day 3 pick or even UDFA now because of his testing. The tape paints a different picture. Holyfield wins with violence and short area quickness on tape. He’s a workhorse with the ability to be a starting running back. It was a bad day for him, but don’t let that ruin the quality tape he put out at Georgia.

  1. Devin Singletary, FAU

Devin Singletary Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-7, 203 pounds 4.66 15 35″ 9′-7″ 4.4 7.32
  • Being as small as he is, Devin Singletary already had an uphill battle going into testing day at the combine. He lost that battle. Running a 4.66 at his slight size will push him into Day 3 for a lot of teams. His vertical and broad jump were both average while his 3-cone and 20-yard shuttle were awful. Singletary, like Holyfield, shouldn’t have his stock destroyed for testing when he has so much quality tape. He never won with long speed or dominant lateral agility. Singletary has great footwork, contact balance, and runs as hard as anyone. He still has the ability to be a productive NFL back.

  1. Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh

Qadree Ollison Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-1, 228 pounds 4.58 19 29.5″ 9′-5″ 4.31 7.53
  • With his combine performance and the lack of need for running backs it’s likely Qadree Ollison won’t be drafted. Ollison is a bigger back and struggled in every way. He ran a slow 40 and looked worse in the broad and vertical jump. Ollison’s awful 3-cone number exposed his lack of ability to change direction. There’s just not enough to justify using a pick on him.
  1. Nick Brossette, LSU

Nick Brossette Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 209 pounds 4.72 15 35.5″ 9′-8″ 4.44 7.38
  • LSU generally either has a stud running back or a blue-collar guy. Nick Brossette is the blue-collar type. He relies on inside running, but his lack of size isn’t ideal for that role in the NFL. The problem is, Brossette tested terribly. He ran one of the worst 40s and his 3-cone was sluggish. Brossette is going to need to show an ability to play special teams to justify sticking on a roster.

  1. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

Trayveon Williams Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-8, 206 pounds 4.51 19 33″ 10′-1″ 4.44 7.44
  • Now, Trayveon Williams didn’t have an awful day in everyway, but it wasn’t impressive. His 40-yard dash was solid, but not as fast as some expected. He had a meh vertical, but a nice broad jump. It was up and down for Williams until he got to the change of direction tests. The 3-cone and 20-yard shuttle were surprisingly terrible for the jitterbug back. It’s going to be tough for him to go Day 2 as a change of pace/pass catching back with these numbers. The fourth-round seems likely for Williams.

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I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.
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Vice President of Media | The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.

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