Three-Point Stance: Coaches that will win a title; NFL Combine
Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with his list of the five coaches that are most likely to win their first national title soon, his breakdown of the most impressive performances at the NFL Scouting Combine by position and compares combine standouts to 2020 prospects.
1. THE NEXT HEAD COACH TO WIN A NATIONAL TITLE
Mack Brown has one, Les Miles has one, Jimbo Fisher has one, Dabo Swinney has two and Nick Saban has a half dozen. Those are the current head coaches that have won FBS national titles. But who will be next to join that list? Here’s my top five in order:
1. Kirby Smart, Georgia – Georgia has already had one chance and lost in overtime, but the way he is recruiting, he will have other chances. You can’t recruit as well as Georgia has been and be left out of the national title picture.
2. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma – This is a tough call between Riley and Tom Herman, but Oklahoma is in slightly better shape to make a national title run before Texas is fully back.
3. Tom Herman, Texas – Herman is a great fit for the Longhorns and has them well on the way back to national prominence. The Big 12 is an interesting path to the title game because it’s always going to be either Oklahoma or Texas, at least in the short term. Texas will break through eventually.
4. Ryan Day, Ohio State – Ohio State is a juggernaut and Day can recruit and coach with the best of them so a national title is eventually in his future.
5. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan – This was a tough call between Harbaugh and Dan Mullen at Florida and this could be the wrong choice but I still think Harbaugh will put it all together one season and win it all.
2. BEST COMBINE PERFORMERS BY POSITION
After four awesome days of watching the NFL Scouting Combine, one of my favorite things, here are the guys by position who had their best day.
DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State – In a loaded group at defensive end, Sweat stood out with his amazing 40 time and overall numbers and he looked great in drills as well. He pushed into the top 10 with his performance.
3. COMPARING 2020 PROSPECTS TO COMBINE STANDOUTS
With freaky performances by several players this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, who are the prospects from the 2020 class that remind me of this year's combine standouts? Here are a few comparisons…
DK Metcalf – Leonard Manuel would have to get a lot faster to approach Metcalf’s times, but remember that Metcalf wasn’t a burner coming out of high school. He was a big wide receiver who struggled to get separation at times, which is the knock on Manuel right now.
Montez Sweat – This is a tough projection because Sweat was a two-star tight end coming out of high school and a three-star defensive end out of JUCO. So who could be a freak of nature in three years at defensive end like Sweat? Jordan Burch could be. He’s an amazing athlete already.
Devin White – White was a running back turned linebacker who had great size and was very aggressive coming out of high school. Justin Flowe is no running back but he’s a big, aggressive linebacker in the Devin White mold.