The first day of workouts at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is officially in the books. There were some huge surprises early at the big event and that is what makes everyone so excited about it. Seeing offensive lineman who are 300 plus pounds run 4.8 or 4.9 40 yard dashes is simply insane. This day and age all athletes are so athletic now it's unbelievable. Without further delay, here are a few of my winners from Day 1 at the NFL Combine:
Greg Robinson, OT Auburn
It's hard to find 332-pound offensive linemen with the coordination that Robinson showcased Saturday which is why the combine has highlighted him the most from Day 1. Robinson put on a spectacular show during the workouts. In the drills he showcasing his outstanding athleticism and movement for a big man. Robinson clocked an official time of 4.92 seconds in the 40-yard dash, while also positing a 9-foot-5 broad jump. Then if you weren't impressed with that, he complemented that with another impressive performance in positional drills. After this kind of performance you can only expect his stock to rise even more and he may have emerged as the top offensive lineman in the entire draft.
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Ebron probably strengthened his stock Saturday by running the 40 in 4.6 seconds, according to times released by the NFL. Ebron’s time ranked second among tight ends, behind the 4.5 run by Tennessee State’s A.C. Leonard. Amaro checked in fifth among tight ends, with a 4.74. Ebron is the consensus top tight end in the draft and was expected by almost everyone to perform well at the Combine. Since he is already the best tight end in the draft class, I am not sure his stock rises much more than it already has prior to the workouts. The athleticism and route running abilities will assure this young man a top 20 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
While all of the attention was on Robinson, Lewan quietly provided an extraordinary all-around effort at the combine. He recorded the fastest 40 time among offensive linemen, while also displaying impressive explosiveness in the broad jump (9-9) and three-cone drill (7.39). According to nfl.com's Bucky Brooks, Lewan has the physical tools to be a Pro Bowl-caliber player at the next level. The things that were noticed the most during his drills were how well he changed direction and his quickness. He has definitely risen his stock after the workouts he had Saturday, and it would not shock anyone if someone ends up drafting this guy in the top 10. Now that Day 1 is wrapped up, we now get to focus on the quarterbacks for day 2 which is what everyone is waiting for.
The NFL Combine is the best idea when it comes to the draft and more so for the quarterbacks. Seeing how the quarterbacks adapt to throwing to new receivers and not knowing how exactly they run their routes shows how good he really is. It will exciting to see how Blake Bortles and A.J. McCarroon perform come Sunday.
Written By: Dedrick Hendrix
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