Winners from the NFL Combine

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Noah Fant (TE)

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Height- 6’4″

Weight- 249 lbs

Arms- 33 1/2″

Hands- 9 3/4″

40-Yard Dash- 4.50

Bench Press- 20 reps

Iowa’s Noah Fant proved at the combine that he’s deserving of a day one draft selection. He showed a flare for being incredibly athletic at 249 pounds. His 4.50 40-yard dash was the fastest time posted by a tight end at this year’s combine. Fant definitively displayed his best trait at the combine, as he’s a serious “run after the catch” tight end reminiscent of a young Vernon Davis in his early San Francisco days. While his production in college likely won’t blow you away, one must objectively consider the fact that Fant did split time with T.J. Hockenson- who will more than likely be a first round selection as well. Despite the small production in college, Fant’s intangibles as an NFL tight end are mind-blowing. He’ll fit in well with a team looking to use their tight end as a catch-first option.

Fant was a two-year starter at Iowa, but didn’t have an overwhelming amount of break through games in the Big 10 conference. In his two years as a starter, he caught 69 balls for 1,013-yards and 18 touchdowns. Fant was somewhat overshadowed by other receivers on his teams, but he should get his chance to be “the guy” once he translates to the NFL.

 

N’Keal Harry (WR)

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Height- 6’2″

Weight- 228 lbs

Arms- 33″

Hands- 9 1/2″

40-Yard Dash- 4.53

Bench Press- 27 reps

N’Keal Harry is arguably one of the best wide receivers in this years draft class. He possesses a multitude of tools at the wide receiver position, but his accelerating speed was something that many scouts were quite skeptical about. However, Harry put their doubt to rest when he busted out of the gates, posting a 4.53 40-yard dash. He also put up 27 reps on the bench press, which tied D.K. Metcalf for the most in the wide receiver group. Harry’s big day at the combine helped his case as he was likely going to be an early day two pick before the combine. Now there is legit consideration that he may find his way into the first round with how well he tested.

Harry dominated the Pac 12 conference with his elite combination of speed and power. He caught 73 passes for 1,088-yards and nine touchdowns. Harry also returned kicks and punts for Arizona State, finding the end zone just once. Harry’s game should translate to a red zone wide receiver when he reaches the NFL.

Greedy Williams (DB)

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Height- 6’2″

Weight- 185 lbs

Arms- 31 1/2″

Hands- 9 1/4″

40-Yard Dash- 4.37

Bench Press- N/A

One of the best names in football “Greedy” Williams, showed off his fast twitch ability in open space. He also ran plenty fast in the 40-yard dash, posting an electric 4.37. Williams has incredible ball skills when defending the receiver, as seen in his the ability to high point the football for contested interceptions. He is one of the most polished corners in this year’s draft class and will likely get his name called in Nashville within the first 15 picks. The concerns about heading into the combine was how well Williams could play while in press coverage against wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. Unfortunately, he didn’t bench press, but he did test well in each category that he participated in.

Williams was a two-year starter at LSU, where he made eight interceptions to go with 71 tackles and 19 passes defended. Williams more than likely would have had more interceptions in college if opposing quarterbacks would have thrown his way more often. He was one of the most complete “shutdown” corners in college football. LSU produces defensive backs in the first round almost every other year, and Greedy Williams will be another player they can add to their list. Williams compares favourably with another LSU Tiger in Patrick Peterson in terms of speed although his great stature for the position is more akin to a pair of cousins that also played corner, Antonio Cromartie and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Montez Sweat (Edge)

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Height- 6’6″

Weight- 260 lbs

Arms- 35 3/4″

Hands- 10 1/2″

40-Yard Dash- 4.41

Bench Press- 21 reps

Montez Sweat couldn’t have helped his case anymore than what he did. Sweat’s 40- yard dash set the record for the fastest by a defensive lineman, when he timed in at 4.41. That’s around the same time as some of the wide receivers were running. Sweat needed to run a fast time because many teams were questioning if he was able to bend the edge and have the flexibility it takes when rushing the quarterback. He needed to show the scouts in attendance that he has the speed of an edge rusher despite being 6’6″.

Sweat had a nice college career at Mississippi State putting up back-to-back double-digit sack seasons. Sweat was an anchor for his team’s defense, where he provided a quality skill set of run stuffing and pass rushing despite his long frame, which can be problematic for some d-lineman on the outside. In his last two years at Mississippi State he had 30 tackles for a loss, averaging just over one per game. If Sweat can show that he can play with leverage using his long limbs effectively he could be similar to a Julius Peppers type in a 4-3 defense.

 

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