Top 5 Takeaways from the Scouting Combine

Jadeveon Clowney | NFL draft prospect

The combine is a platform for physical freaks of nature to show off their skills. Did this combine have anything special? Between Jadeveon Clowney's jaw dropping 40 time to Aaron Donald's herculean 35 reps on the bench press, there were plenty of compelling takeaways from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The combine is an opportunity for the college football elite to showcase their talents and prove that they are worth a Top 10 pick because they have athleticism that is "off the charts". In contrast it could be a mask, a deceptive front that shades exactly what and who the player is. The combine has its mix of good and bad that executives must take in doses to help confirm or deny a notion. Here is a list of Top 5 moments and players of the combine.

1. Jadeveon Clowney:

The sought after defensive end seems to be a lock for one of the top picks in the NFL draft. His athleticism and explosiveness were showcased at the combine where he ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash and had a 37.5 inch vertical leap. Those metrics are just unheard of for a 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end, which helps confirm scouts of his amazing talents.

2. Aaron Donald:

The defensive tackle was a fringe first round prospect before his big day at the combine. The Missouri product had questions about his athleticism and strength coming into the combine but those questions were soon dismissed as he amazed scouts in those very categories. He had 35 reps for the bench press and had a 40-yard dash time of 4.68, impressive numbers for a defensive tackle. The performance might leapfrog him into first round consideration.

3. Speedy Receivers:

It may be the deepest wide receiver class since 2009 when Percy Harvin, Michael Crabtree, and Jeremy Maclin were all taken in the first round along with a few others. Besides having loads of talent these wide receivers are extremely fast. ESPN college analyst, Todd McShay, pointed that there were 12 players with a sub -4.4 unofficial 40 times, but only two with "official sub -4.4 40 times.

4. Dri Archer:

The former Kent State running back ran the 40-yard dash in 4.26 seconds, which was just a mere .02 seconds off of Chris Johnson's record setting mark in 2008. The speed may make him even more attractive to NFL teams as his school and senior year production give some question marks to his status.

5. Deepest Rookie Class:

This draft is supposed to be the deepest the NFL has seen in quite some time, especially with the 102 underclassmen that declared for the draft. That mix of talent leads some people to assume that this may be the best, but most immature draft yet.

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