Day 2 of the NFL Combine is in the books. There was far more winners than there was losers. You could say the entire TE class were all winners as we saw the fastest and most athletic TE class in the history of the combine. It was something to watch and if you missed out don't worry you will see them all next year, and if you play fantasy you will know most of them very well.
Today was Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends. They did not disappoint.
Coming into the day if you asked most people who the top-5 QB and WR were you most likely would have gotten generally the same responses. However, after today many boards will get jumbled and scouts across the board will have to go back and watch tape. John Ross the WR from Washington broke the record for the fastest 40-yard dash ever recorded at the NFL Combine with a 4.22. That kind of elite speed will not go unnoticed. He was already the #3 WR on my board.
Several scouts and high-level NFL people now think he is worth not only a first round pick, but have him as their #1 WR or think he is a top-10 pick. With a pass happy-league, speed is lethal, speed wins, speed is life.
The QBs and TEs did not disappoint either as we saw some QBs come out and really show scouts they can play at the next level in guys like Kaaya and Webb. The tight ends wowed with their speed and athleticism. The TE class alone is so deep, no team next year should start the year without a pass-catching TE as their TE1 or at least TE2. We may have seen the next set of top-5 TE in the league in this class alone.
Brad Kaaya QB, Miami- He showed out today. There were lots of concerns surrounding Kaaya about his arm ability and his mechanics. During the on-field drills he seemed to be the most mechanically sound QB with pro-style drop backs. You can thank his new head coach for getting him prepared for that. He also showed one of the more accurate arms for the mid-range throws and that he had some power. Coming into today he had a late-3rd round grade for me. I now think it would be a shock if he fell past the mid-2nd round. Kaaya might not be ready just yet, but showed he can be a starter at the next level.
Entire TE Class- With their speed, jumping ability and pass catching ability they really impressed across the board. Even Shaheen who weighed in at 270lbs showed he had some speed in the 40 and some great hands. That kid could actually be a top-5 TE taken, he has some solid tape. OJ Howard, Evan Engram, and David Njoku were the clear favorites of the class as they had WR type numbers in the drills and showed some amazing hands. While they might need some help in the blocking area (outside of Howard), what they do in the pass-catching realm more than makes up for it.
John Ross WR, Washington- He ran a 4.22 plain and simple. If you run that fast and you are already a 1st-round talent you just solidified your self as a first round pick. He broke the record for the fastest 40-yard dash in the NFL Combine. However, he cramped up after trying to break the speed of light barrier so he did not do any other drills.
Corey Davis WR, WMU- He did not compete in any drills, we did know this coming into the combine and with his already high stature this would not have been much of an issue. However, John Ross showed off more than elite speed and guys like Mike Williams, Zay Jones, Taywan Taylor and Carlos Henderson had great showings. That hurt him a little, while I don't think it hurt his stock massively, if he does not have a good pro-day he can look back at missing the combine as to why he fell far in the draft.
He was the only one I would consider a loser or who lost ground that would hurt them. Everyone else today who was in talks for an above 3rd round pick had quite a nice day, or at least did what was expected. Going into Day 3 the defense needs to show what they can do to match what the offense has done the last two days. The defense is the highlight of this draft, so after seeing what we have the last two days tomorrow might be one of the most amazing days in combine history.