Prospects on the Rise Post-Combine

#DraftSZN is drawing nearer and with the NFL Combine all wrapped up, we may have a clearer picture of how April’s events will play out.

Last weekend, numbers of hopeful prospects traveled to Indianapolis to demonstrate their talents before scouts and potential suitors. Below is a short list of prospects who we think improved their draft stock based on their performance at the Combine. Don’t forget to follow both @Snack_TimeFS and @JrodsVlogs on Twitter for nonstop draft content and be sure to let us know in our mentions what you think.

Onto the prospects…

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Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
-Height: 5’10 2/8″ | Weight: 196 lbs
-Projected round: 1st

After an injury-hampered 2017 season, the Combine was an event where Alexander needed to shine and he did exactly that. Alexander wowed scouts with a blazing time of 4.38 seconds, while demonstrating his strength in the bench press (14 reps) and quickness in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Alexander, one of the best man-to-man corners in the draft, is now a lock as a top 5 CB in this draft.

Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
-Height: 5’10 7/8 ” | Weight: 227
-Projected round: 2nd

Chubb was always in the conversation regarding the draft’s top running backs; the problem was deciding exactly where he fit. Chubb showed scouts at the Combine that he has enough power (29 reps on the bench press) and speed (4.52 forty-yard dash) to succeed in this league. The most critical information to come out of the weekend? A clear medical record.

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
-Height: 6’4 4/8 ” | Weight: 253
-Projected round: early 1st

With Roquan Smith exiting the workout early due to a hamstring issue, it was Edmunds’ turn in the spotlight and he didn’t fail to impress. Despite his heavy frame, Edmunds recorded a 4.54 forty-yard dash (average linebacker time was 4.6) and showed off his rare athleticism in coverage drills. It’s time for a new face at the top linebacker position.

Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
-Height: 6’0 3/8” | Weight: 227
-Projected round: late 3rd-4th

Forget the fact that Griffin only has one hand. A linebacker running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds is unheard of, although much credit can be given to Griffin’s lean frame at 227 lbs. Griffin also did 20 reps with a prosthetic on the bench and excelled in pretty much all aspects despite his disadvantage. One of the draft’s premier cinderella stories, Griffin’s stock just keeps on rising.

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
-Height: 6’4 7/8” | Weight: 237
-Projected round: 1st

The Combine was just another event where Allen could show off his cannon of an arm. The Wyoming gunslinger heaved 70-yard balls throughout warm ups and drills and showed he can be consistent throwing the rock, which was one big criticism by scouts. Was it enough?

D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
-Height: 6’0” | Weight: 210
-Projected round: 1st

Headed into the event, Alabama’s Calvin Ridley was largely regarded as far-and-away the best WR in the draft. That may not be the case anymore, as Moore made a solid case last Friday to challenge that status. Moore is a playmaker on offense with a great catch radius and a 4.42 forty-yard dash. He’s also one of the cleaner route runners in the draft.

Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
-Height: 6’2 ⅜” | Weight: 252
-Projected round: mid-1st

While he was dealing with an ankle injury last season Landry cemented his status as the no. 2 EDGE rusher behind Bradley Chubb with a good performance at the combine: 4.64 forty-yard dash, 24 reps on the bench, 6.88 sec 3-cone drill, and 4.19 20-yard shuttle time. There’s no shortage of athleticism in Landry, which alone makes him a first round selection.

D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
 -Height: 6’2 ⅞” | Weight: 199
-Projected round: 2nd

Chark impressed in the Senior Bowl with his deep threat ability. He only confirmed his athleticism at the combine: his 4.34 forty-yard dash and 40’ vertical jump are all ideal size and speed measurements for streaky, field-stretching wide receiver. If the WR ball gets rolling early in the draft, don’t be surprised to hear Chark’s name called on opening night.

Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.

Jared Feinberg is a writer for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the Carolina Panthers, the NFL, and the NFL Draft. He enjoys sports and is a wide receiver for his high school football team.

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