by Bob Gaughan, Buffalo Sports Page

The Scouting Combine wraps up today in Indianapolis.  But over the weekend, the QBs & WRs were the stars of the event, along with the deep class of defensive lineman.

Bob Gaughan takes a look at the winners and losers.

Winners

Tyree Jackson QB UB
Not that his day was perfect but you can see how a team could fall in love with him after seeing his athleticism. He ran a 4.59 40. His vertical was top of the class. His arm is as strong as anyone in the class. So I still believe teams are all over the board with him from the 2nd to 6th round. But all it takes is one. With so many teams looking to eventually find a replacement for a Rivers, Brees, Roethlisberger, Brady etc. I can see one of these teams grabbing him sooner rather than later. I think now he goes on the higher end of expectations.

Drew Lock Missouri QB
I thought Lock looked like the best QB at Indy. This in terms of his arm strength and accuracy. I thought he had a better combine than Haskins. He also ran a 4.69 40 which showed me he’s a better athlete than I expected.

DK Metcalf Ole Miss WR
He was the talk of the combine. Couldn’t believe a man his size ran a 4.33 in the 40. I said coming in he would be compared to Calvin Johnson or David Boston. He’s clearly going to be compared to Calving Johnson after this performance. I still have questions about his lack of production at Ole Miss but he clearly made himself some money.

Noah Fant TE Iowa
Fant was the other person turning heads with his performance. He showed blazing speed for a man his size. He’s going to be able to create mismatches down the field.

Ryquell Armstead RB Temple
A real shocker that he ran and performed as well as he did. Coming off a good Senior Bowl teams had him as a 3rd or 4th rounder. He surprised with his speed in a 4.45 in the 40. I could see him moving up.

Miles Sanders Penn St RB
Trying to replace Saquon Barkley was impossible. Sanders ran well and most importantly looked like the best pass catcher from the RB position. This will move him up the boards for some teams.

Jawaan Taylor Florida OT
Taylor solidified his spot as the top tackle in Indianapolis. His quick feet helped him in passing drills. There was never a question about his run blocking. He was dominant as a run blocker last year.

Garrett Bradbury Center NC State
Bradbury was a TE in high school. He now is the best center coming out of the draft. He had a very good Senior Bowl as well. His speed was impressive as was his ability to mirror.

Losers

Daniel Jones Duke QB
In spite of being named MVP of Senior Bowl I didn’t think he had a great week of practices. Again I didn’t think he shined in Indy. He passes were all over the place, some high some behind. His deep balls were bad. He doesn’t have the arm strength of the top QB’s. To me he’s slipping.

N’Keal Henry Arizona State WR
Henry was considered the number one receiver in this draft coming into the year. He had an impressive 40 time. But to me everything else fell flat. He dropped balls and his route running wasn’t crisp. He all his speed it didn’t seem to translate to explosiveness on the field at Indy.

Elijah Holyfield RB Georgia
It’s never good when your 40 time is being compared to some punters. The only thing worse than his 40 time was how stiffed he looked in agility drills and his ability to catch the ball. He was terrible.

Nick Brossette RB LSU
He needed to lose weight and to his credit he did. He weighed in at 209. Problem is for a bigger back you would expect more strength. Only 15 reps on the bench! And when he dropped the weight you would have expected it to help his speed and agility. It didn’t.

Greg Little OT Ole Miss
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Little came into the year as the top tackle in the draft. He comes out as a distant memory as a first round pick. He didn’t do the bench press and his 40 time was second worst of all tackles. If it wasn’t for Holyfield I might say he had the worst week of anyone.

Bob Gaughan

Bob Gaughan has worked in Buffalo media for over 25 years. He spent 15 of those years as a staple on WGR radio as a talk show host and sports director. Currently, Bob works for UB Athletics on the radio broadcast of football and women’s basketball. Off the air, he has been an adjunct professor for over 20 years at Buffalo State College where he developed and has taught a class on how to be a talk show host.

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