The annual NFL Combine kicks off today, and my phone has been going off all morning with QB, TE, and WR measurements. Every year there are guys on nobody’s radar who dominate the combine and end up being 1st or 2nd round picks come draft time. Last year it was Trysten Hill to the Cowboys in the 2nd. It’s impossible to predict who that guy will be, but I am here to throw out some names who will boost their draft stock with a great week.
Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Memphis
Every year it seems Memphis produces either a great running back or receiver prospect. Gibson played both this past season for the Tigers. He put together a good senior bowl week of practice. I predict Gibson to run in the 4.4s and that speed shows on film. The new Duce Staley drill will showcase his quick feet and change of direction ability. Given his WR background, I expect him to dominate the pass catching drills as well.
Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Gladney is currently my CB3, but the two guys I have graded above him would be the best cornerback in most classes. With his quick feet and smooth hips, he has the skill set to dominate the combine. On top of that, he will likely blow the doors off at the 40 yard dash. He isn’t just a speedy/shifty guy though. He reportedly bench pressed 400 pounds last offseason, which put him onto Bruce Feldman’s annual College Football Freaks list.
Kyle Dugger, Saf, Lenoir-Rhyne
Another Feldman’s Freaks mention here. Dugger is a name that some have begun to talk about as of late. The D-II safety prospect is the epitome of athleticism. Feldman said it best, “The 6-2, 217-pounder is a late bloomer from Atlanta with big-time athleticism. Dugger has run a verified 4.41 40 for scouts. Even more impressively, he’s vertical jumped 40 inches and broad jumped 11 feet. He also did 20 reps on the bench of 225 this offseason and timed 6.7 in the 3-cone drill, which would have been the second quickest time among safeties at the NFL Combine in 2019.” Dugger isn’t just a great athlete though. He is a scary competitor on the field, and truly knocked guys out on the field this year. I could see him rapidly rising up boards after a successful week in Indy.
Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
What’s this? Two BIG 12 defensive prospects highlighted in the same draft article? Yes. Gallimore is amazing to watch. The Canadian stands at 6 foot 2 inches and 300 lbs, and I believe there is a real chance he runs in the 4.7s as he reportedly did so previously. Gallimore’s strength pops off the film. With the new drill where defensive linemen will scream around while holding a bar, the combine is set up for Gallimore to have success.
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