There will be a lot of different selections about who “won” the combine, so let’s go ahead and get some of these guys out of the way. Some players really stood out, while others…didn’t do as well. Here we’ll look at who really stood out and has made an impression on both teams and fans.
Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist
- I can’t seem to wrap my head around what a tremendous athlete this huge 6’8″ man is. He’s still learning the game, was a top performer in almost every drill, and has some pretty solid game tape for scouts to look over. Through and through this guy impresses. Originally listed as an early second round prospect, I think it’s safe to discuss Hunt as a first-rounder after the combine.
Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
- There simply isn’t much you can say about Jordan without being impressed. He was easily the most fluid pass rushing prospect and is really vying for a spot as the top rusher taken in the draft. Jordan looked good and has the tape to back it up. His combine was so good that some teams may fall in love with him which could result in surprising trades on draft day.
Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
- Cooper may have done enough to unseat Chance Warmack as the best option at guard in this year’s draft. With guards becoming more popular as first round picks in recent years, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them both taken in round one. At the combine, Cooper made a serious case to be considered better than Warmack and first off the board.
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
- The more I look at Scott, the more I realize I have to name him as a winner of the combine. Scott proved to be mobile (a top performer in the shuttle and three cone) and he showed that his arm is at least on par with other quarterback prospects. Geno Smith is still the #1 quarterback on boards, but Scott may be showing enough for teams to question just how close this quarterback class is and to hold off on picking a QB early.
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
- Milliner was impressive in interviews and his workouts. He didn’t flash during the field drills as much as some people would like, but he showed he may just be the real deal. If he isn’t the first corner off the board, I’ll be shocked. Some teams may fall in love with him and leapfrog to get him. He showed that he is the top CB prospect.
Who else do you think should be on the list of combine winners?
– Luke N. Sims