2015 NFL Combine Recap

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The Annual NFL Scouting Combine took place Feb. 17-23, 2015 in Indianapolis, and just like every other past combine there were a few players who dazzled and a few others who left more to be desired with the entire NFL watching.

Teams use the combine as a fact-finding expedition. They gather extensive medical information on players through X-Ray’s, MRI’s, scans, and hands-on evaluations. Teams interview players to find out not only about their football IQ, but also family history or any off-the-field concerns that may exist with the player.  With the current state of the NFL as it relates to off-the-field issues from the 2014 season, teams will pay even more attention to any red flag that a player has and possibly remove him from their draft board or downgrade him because of the risk involved.

The medical information and interview are very important parts of the process, in some instances even more important than a player’s 40-yard dash time, agility drill or position drill work.

A few player’s that dazzled with their on-field performance were, Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson who weighed in at 246 pounds, posted a ridiculous 4.53 40-yard dash, bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times, and looked explosive, fluid and quick in positional drills. He left Indianapolis highly coveted by 3-4 defensive teams.

Kevin White (WR, West Virginia) came into the combine considered one of the top three players at his position along with Amari Cooper of Alabama, and DeVante’ Parker of Louisville.  White, left little doubt who should be the 1st WR taken in this year’s draft. I describe White as a BIG play waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. White is 6’3” 215 pounds and runs a 4.35 40-yard dash. Add those numbers to the 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns he recorded, and NFL teams are left drooling.

Trae Waynes (CB, Mich. St.) and Marcus Peters (CB, Washington) entered the Scouting Combine vying to be the 1st CB taken in this year’s draft, however, Waynes solidified his case with his performance. Waynes, blazed a 4.31 40-yard dash, was great in drill-work, and has tremendous film to match his numbers. Peters, left Indy needing to have a great pro-day April 2nd in order to keep his stock from falling after posting a 4.53 40-yard. Peters, was also grilled about his dismissal from Washington’s team in November.

Another player who saw his stock take a hit after his workout in Indy was Paul Dawson (OLB, TCU). Dawson, was all over the field for the Horned Frogs defense in 2014, his 136 tackles, 6 sacks, and 4 interception led him to being named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. However, today’s NFL linebacker must be able to run and cover TE’s and RB’s, therefore, Dawson’s 4.93 40-yard dash time doesn’t translate to him being more than a 2 down linebacker in the NFL.

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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