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Three-Point Stance: Breaking down top Combine performers

CLASS OF 2019 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | State | Position | Team National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with a breakdown of the two-, three-, four- and five-stars who had great NFL Combine performances.

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Josh Allen
Josh Allen (AP Images)

Let’s start with the former unranked and two-star prospects, shall we? Here are a few guys that weren’t ranked very highly out of high school that had good combines.

Note: These aren’t all of the former unranked or two-star prospects, just the ones that stood out to me.

OL Will Hernandez, UTEP – His power numbers were excellent and he’s proven himself to be a second- or third-rounder.

QB Josh Allen, Wyoming – The top quarterback in the draft? He could be now.

DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA – He moved closer to Bradley Chubb and should go in the top 10 easily now.

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State – First-rounder? Could be. The Brian Urlacher comparisons are a bit much, but this kid is a stud.

LB Leon Jacobs, Wisconsin – Very good times for a ‘tweener people are starting to notice.

DB Parry Nickerson, Tulane – Tied for the fastest 40 time so now scouts are watching his film again.

OL Austin Corbett, Nevada – Moved into the second round? Probably high in the second round.

LB Genard Avery, Memphis – Good testing numbers have him moving up.


As expected the three stars have the most representation. Here are the NFL Draft hopefuls from that group that impressed me the most.

WR DJ Chark, LSU – An amazing combine has him possibly a first-rounder.

OL Brian O’Neill, Pitt – Best 40 time of the offensive linemen will make some notice.

OL Desmond Harrison, Texas – Just behind O’Neil in 40 time has boosted his stock.

DB Troy Apke, Penn State – He stunned Deion Sanders with his 4.35 40-yard dash.

QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma – He was a three-star, that’s correct. And a former walk-on.

LB Shaquem Griffin, UCF – The former three-star has now moved into the middle of the draft.

DE Bradley Chubb, NC State – No. 3 to the Colts, everyone is marking it down.

DT BJ Hill, NC State – No longer just Chubb’s teammate. His on-field work was excellent.

WR Byron Pringle, Kansas State – A solid 40 time and testing numbers have him in that third round range.

LB Oren Burks, Vanderbilt – Showed how athletic he can be.

WR Marquez Valdes- Scantling, USF – Former NC State player now hot out of USF because of his 40 time.

WR Keke Couteee, Texas Tech – He’s not that big but he’s fast and can separate.

OL James Daniels, Iowa – Emerged as one of the best interior linemen in the draft.

WR Jester Weah, Pitt – Very good size and very good numbers.

TE Jordan Thomas, Mississippi State – Huge kid with massive hands.

DT Taven Bryan, Florida – Put up really good numbers as many, aside from me, expected.

DB Avonte Maddox, Pitt – 40 time will make teams take another look.

DB Dane Cruikshank, Arizona – Big kid who ran really well.

DT Vita Vea, Washington – Didn’t work out but his bench and 40 numbers were outstanding.

DB Denzel Ward, Ohio State – One of best times around was all he needed.

DT Harrison Phillips, Stanford – Great motor and power numbers.

DT Deadrin Senat, USF – Power numbers will help him.


Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley (AP Images)

Here are the former four- and five-star prospects that stood out to me in Indianapolis.

RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State – Killed the combine and could be the No. 1 overall pick.

RB Nyheim Hines, NC State – His very good 40 time has scouts looking at him as a change-of-pace middle rounder.

DB Donte Jackson, LSU – Killed the combine with his 40 time and skills.

OL Connor Williams, Texas – Good explosion numbers helped his already high stock.

DE Jalyn Holmes, Ohio State – Great 40 time for his size will have scouts enamored.

OL Kolton Miller, UCLA – Tall kid who tested well. He is still a project but helped himself in Indianapolis.

DE Kylie Fitts, Utah – Fitts looked the part and tested well.

LB Roquan Smith, Georgia – Could he be the No. 2 linebacker behind Tremaine Edmunds or No. 1.

OL Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech – Had a good showing and helped his stock a bit.

OL Braden Smith, Auburn – Showed off that athleticism we saw in high school.

DE Harold Landry, Boston College – Times were good and showed that ability to flatten.

WR DJ Moore, Maryland – Athletic kid that moved up in the wide receiver ranks.

WR Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame – Big body is intriguing to scouts and he tested pretty well.

LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech – Freak of the draft? Maybe even more so than Barkley.

DE Lorenzo Carter, Georgia – Good 40-yard dash time helps him as a hybrid guy.

WR Antonio Callaway, Florida – Off-field stuff aside, he’s super explosive.

WR Robert Foster, Alabama – Sub-par career helped by good 40 time.

RB Nick Chubb, Georgia – Great to see his 40 time after that injury a few years ago.

TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State – Most athletic tight end in the draft and could be a first-rounder now.

TE Mark Andrews, Oklahoma – Still my No. 1 tight end and he helped himself with his numbers and on-field work.

RB Sony Michel, Georgia – The steal of the draft if he falls late second or third round?

RB Derrius Guice, LSU – Loved to see his sub 4.5-second 40-yard time.

WR Deon Cain, Clemson – His 40 time was good but there are still questions.

WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M – Tested exactly where scouts expected, so that means solid second rounder.

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama – Killed it and is easily the No. 1 wide receiver and top 15 pick.

DE Josh Sweat, Florida State – Had a great combine and could move into round two now.

LB Matthew Thomas, Florida State – Showed effortless motion and really helped solidify mid-round status.

RB Bo Scarbrough, Alabama – Put up power numbers and ran well.

DE Rasheem Green, USC – ‘Tweener or sorts still did very well in many areas.

DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama – No. 2 defensive tackle behind Vea, most likely.

S Derwin James, Florida State – He’s a freak and he showed it. James should be top 20 pick.

OL Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame – Nelson is the best OL in the draft and his performance in Indianapolis didn’t make anyone think differently.

QB Josh Rosen, UCLA – Some think he struggled, others loved what they saw. I saw a top six pick.

DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama – He can play six positions or so and tested very well. He'll be a top 10 pick.