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2024 NFL Combine: Biggest Winners

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The 2024 NFL Combine has reached its conclusion from Indianapolis. The track was burning again when all was said and done.

So, who came away as the biggest winners from the week? Today we will look at the biggest winner from each position group as they came onto the field.

If you are looking for the negative side of things, Shane P Hallam will look at the losing side of things tomorrow. 

2024 NFL Combine: Biggest Winners

DEFENSIVE LINE GROUP ONE

Florida State’s Braden Fiske parlayed a great Senior Bowl week into a fabulous performance at the Combine. Fiske is cemented into Round 2. Now, we wait to see how high.

Others considered: Kris Jenkins (DL/Michigan) and Ruke Orhorhoro (DL/Clemson)

DEFENSIVE LINE GROUP TWO

The edge rushers were outstanding during group two. Leading the way was Penn State’s Chop Robinson. Robinson had low production for the Nittany Lions but man…what an athlete. He should go somewhere in round one.

Others considered: Jalyx Hunt (EDGE/Houston Christian) and Jared Verse (EDGE/Florida State)

LINEBACKERS

Hello, Dallas Turner! The Alabama edge rusher was the biggest winner from day one of the Combine. Turner measured in at 6’2″ and 246 pounds. He has 34 3/8″ arms with an 83″ wingspan. Turner then proceeded to run a 4.46 in the forty with a ridiculous 1.54 10-yard split. That was followed by a 40.5″ vertical and a 10’7″ broad jump. Arizona Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort got caught on the NFL Network cameras getting visually excited after Turner ran his forty. The Tide pass rusher could be in play at pick 4.

Others considered: Payton Wilson (LB/NC State) and Edgerrin Cooper (LB/Texas A&M)

DEFENSIVE BACK GROUP ONE

He dominated the MAC, and the Senior Bowl, and now Quinyon Mitchell (CB/Toledo) has dominated the Combine. Mitchell blazed a 4.33 forty (1.51 10) and vertical leaped 38 inches. He is firmly in the conversation to be CB1.

Others considered: Max Melton (CB/Rutgers) and Andru Phillips (CB/Kentucky)

DEFENSIVE BACK GROUP TWO

Texas Tech safety Tyler Owens is not someone I had on my radar before the Combine. Then I saw his 41-inch vertical and a 12’2″ broad jump and I became intrigued. Owens was a few inches away from the Combine record. Unfortunately, Owens came up lame on the first of his forty attempts. I will head back to the tape on him, for sure.

Others considered: Cole Bishop (S/Utah)

TIGHT ENDS

Ben Sinnott (TE/Kansas State) was solid, albeit unspectacular at the Senior Bowl. He was quite spectacular today. Sinnott ran a 4.68 forty, and had a 40″ vertical, with an astounding 6.82-second three-cone. He is firmly in the race to be TE3 (maybe even TE2) and should be selected on day three.

Others considered: Tip Reiman (Illinois) and Devin Culp (Washington)

RUNNING BACKS

I mentioned on the Draft Countdown podcast that I thought Louisville RB Isaac Guerendo would run the fastest 40 in the RB group. Well, look who won the pony?! Guerendo blazed a 4.33 40 (1.55 10). He added a 41.5″ vertical and a 10’9″ broad jump. Then Guerendo decided to post a 4.12 short-shuttle and a 6.94 three-cone. Guerendo doesn’t display the best vision on tape but you see the breakaway speed. He has likely cemented himself as a day-three pick.

Others considered: Trey Benson (Florida State), Marshawn Lloyd (Southern Cal), and Jaylen Wright (Tennessee)

QUARTERBACKS GROUP ONE

Only one QB in this group did the athletic testing (Sam Hartman/Notre Dame). So, we look to the throwing portion of the drills for guidance. And in that, we settle on Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy. McCarthy threw the ball with good zip and accuracy. I am still not ready to declare him a first-round talent. However, the NFL is.

Others considered: Devin Leary (Kentucky)

WIDE RECEIVERS GROUP ONE

Having watched Xavier Legette‘s entire career at South Carolina, I knew he was fast. I didn’t know he was that fast! Legette ran a 4.39 in the forty (1.54 10) and added a 40″ vertical. Doing all of that at 221 pounds. Legette only had one real season of production with the Gamecocks. However, he may be able to parlay that into a middle-of-day two selection. 

This was a ridiculously athletic group and several others could have had their names called for this spot.

Others considered: Adonai Mitchell (Texas), Ladd McConkey (Georgia), Jermaine Burton (Alabama), Luke McCaffrey (Rice), and Cornelius Johnson (Michigan).

QUARTERBACKS GROUP TWO

Where the hell has this athletic Kedon Slovis (BYU) been?! The former Southern Cal and Pitt signal caller stunned everyone with his athletic performance. Slovis is likely headed for a long career as a backup QB.

Others considered: Michael Penix, Jr. (Washington)

WIDE RECEIVERS GROUP TWO

We have to start with the obvious. Texas WR Xavier Worthy breaking the Combine 40-yard dash record of former Bengals WR John Ross. Worthy surpassed Ross’ 4.22 with a 4.21. 

However, maybe even more impressive was LSU WR Brian Thomas Jr. running a 4.33 forty at 46 pounds heavier than Worthy. Going along with all of his other testing, I believe BTJ is firmly WR4 behind Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State), Malik Nabers (LSU), and Rome Odunze (Washington).

Others considered: Ricky Pearsall (Florida), Rome Odunze (Washington), Malik Washington (Virginia), and Tez Walker (North Carolina)

OFFENSIVE LINE GROUP ONE

I have had Penn State’s Olu Fashanu as my OT1 for the entire process. But it looks like Joe Alt (Notre Dame) may be passing him soon. Alt tested fantastically and then lit up the drills. His ceiling is likely the 5th overall pick with the Chargers. 

Like the WR groups,  I could have gone with several players at this spot.

Others considered: Taliese Fuaga (OT/Oregon State), Troy Fautanu (OT/Washington), Garrett Greenfield (IOL/South Dakota State), and C.J. Hanson (Holy Cross).

OFFENSIVE LINE GROUP TWO

Georgia OT Amarius Mims is a large human being. Large human beings should be able to move as quickly as he does. Mims weighed in at 6’7″ and 340 pounds. He has 11 1/4″ hands, 36 1/8″ arms, and an 86 3/4″ wingspan. At that size, he had a 10-yard split of 1.78 seconds and a 5.07-second forty.

Mims tweaked his hamstring during his second run, ending his day. Amarius Mims will complete the field drills at the Georgia Pro Day on March 13th. At that point, it is expected for him to come off the board between pick 9 and pick 18.

Others considered: Roger Rosengarten (OT/Washington) and Patrick Paul (OT/Houston)

 

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