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Winners and losers from the NFL Draft Combine

Lack of particpation a notable trend
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BRANDON WILLMAN
Jaden Hicks goes up to defend the ball, coming down with the interception to start the second half, Nov. 25, in Seattle, Wash.

The NFL Combine is a chance for collegiate football players to showcase their talents in front of NFL general managers and head coaches. Players go through five major drills such as; 40-yard dash, bench press, 3-cone shuttle, vertical jump and broad jump. They also go through medical examinations. In some cases, players who are not as well known can get a chance to make a name for themselves, while in other cases players can hurt their stock. 

Winners: 

The 40-yard dash is the most popular combine drill. In the NFL speed is everything, especially for a receiver. Xavier Worthy, a wideout from Texas, ran the fastest 40-yard time ever with a 4.21. There has been a plethora of players drafted in the first two rounds of the draft just because they ran a 4.3. Worthy blew that out of the water, and will certainly see improved draft position from it.

UW guard/tackle Troy Fautanu dominated the combine drills and outshined some of the more marquee linemen. Troy moved fluently and was very quick on his feet which is vital for linemen in the NFL. 

Braden Fiske, a defensive tackle from Florida State University, ran a 4.78 40-yard dash which was first among all interior defensive linemen. He also beat Aaron Donald’s 3-cone shuttle with a 4.37. He might’ve gone from a 4–5th round pick to a 2nd–3rd round pick which can get him a larger signing bonus. 

Losers: 

Kamren Kinchens, the Miami safety, had a chance to become the top safety prospect. Unfortunately for him, his times in the drills weren’t up to par with what a top prospect would be. He ran a 4.65 40-yard dash time which was tied for the WORST time amongst safeties.  This does not bode well, especially combined with the fact that he had the lowest broad jump. As a safety, you need to be able to go sideline to sideline and he didn’t show that his body has the capabilities to do that.

Bucky Irving had a very strong season for the University of Oregon totaling over 1,500 yards total for the season along with 13 touchdowns. Unfortunately, Irving is short for an NFL running back, standing at just 5-foot 10-inches and 192 pounds. He ran a 4.55 40-yard dash, which is not horrible, but a 4.3 to mid 4.4 would’ve done wonders for his otherwise falling draft stock.

Another loser of the combine is the NFL Combine itself, as many star collegiate players decided to not participate in the drills. To top the list are potential top overall picks Caleb Williams (QB-USC), Jayden Daniels (QB-LSU), Marvin Harrison Jr.(WR-OSU), and Brock Bowers (TE-UGA). 

This isn’t new, but I can’t recall the last combine with this many star players opting out and not wanting to participate. The player’s explanation didn’t make sense; Williams said he did not feel the need to throw, Harrison Jr. did not even show up to the combine and Bowers decided he would rather work out at his pro day instead.

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Ibrahim Daniel is a multimedia broadcasting major, he is a die hard Seahawks fan. Ibrahim became a writer for the Daily Evergreen in spring 2024. A career goal of his is to be the next Stephen A. Smith, as well as to be an NFL General Manager one day.
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Brandon Willman is a junior multimedia journalism student from Vancouver, Washington. He started working as a sportswriter for the Daily Evergreen in Fall 2022 and worked as copy editor in spring 2023. Brandon was elected to be the Editor-in-chief starting in summer 2023 and served in the position from May 2023 to February 2024 before transitioning to the role of multimedia editor. He enjoys watching sports, backpacking, and watching horror movies.

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  • DaniMar 29, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    Amazing article

  • Dylan McCainMar 28, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    Love it