Atlanta Combine: Offensive Elite Eight

Over 200 athletes traveled to Hallford Stadium in Clarkston, Ga. on Friday April 10 to compete in the Combine. It was difficult to pick out the eight that stood out the most, but here is the list.

Atlanta Combine Elite Eight: Offense
Mack Brown – RB – King
Combine Numbers: N/A
Combine Review: What is most impressive about Brown is his competitive nature. He has over 25 offers from top programs across the country, but he was out there wanting to compete. His hamstring was tight, so he limited himself to the 40 yard dash where he ran one of the best times out there. He wanted it scratched because he felt he could do better, but it was very impressive for a guy his size on field turf. In the one on ones, he showed very soft hands and he knows how to really make things difficult on linebackers in coverage. He cuts on a dime, he shields them with his body, and he really has a nice burst out of his cuts.
Ronald Carswell – WR – Westside (Macon)
Combine Numbers: 6-0/171/4.52
Combine Review: Carswell may have been the biggest surprise of the day. He tested quicker than expected in the 40-yard dash and then just dominated in the one on ones at wide receiver. His film does not do him justice and he is definitely one of the best receivers in Georgia. His first step is excellent, he gets space from corners immediately, his route running was spot on, and he caught all but one pass that was within reach. He has very good acceleration out of his breaks and he was very impressive all day. Carswell walked away with the Overall MVP and he definitely deserved it. His stock rose more than any other.
Antonio Goodwin – WR – Booker T. Washington
Combine Numbers: 4.38
Combine Review: Goodwin was not expected to do anything other than the one on ones Friday, but once he got out there, he wanted to show his speed. He is a long strider and someone that is better in the 200m over the 100m, but he brought it on Friday. He shot out of his stance and turned in one of the fastest times (4.38) in the 40 yard dash. He took that speed to the one on ones where he blew past coverage time and time again. One thing that has been inconsistent for Goodwin in the past is his hands, but he showed very strong hands and consistent hands on Friday. Goodwin showed why he is one of the best at his position and he moved up the rankings Friday.
Hutson Mason – QB – Lassiter
Combine Numbers: 6-3/189
Combine Review: On film, it is hard to see just what Mason brings to the table, but he showed on Friday that he brings a lot. He did an excellent job of delivering the ball to the receivers where it needed to be delivered – he was hitting the outside shoulder on the sideline routes, he showed touch when leading guys down field, and he stuck it nicely in the body when receivers ran inside routes across the middle in tough coverage. Arm strength was there, he transferred his weight very well from back foot to front when making the throw, and his recruiting should really pick up this spring.
Rajion Neal – RB – Sandy Creek
Combine Numbers: 5-11/201/4.39
Combine Review: Neal did everything well at the Atlanta Combine. He has really improved his speed, quickness, and explosiveness and it all showed. What he is known most at this time is power and running through tackles, but he showed a little more speed than expected during this event. He also can catch the ball well and he even wanted to work some at receiver during the one on ones. He jumped over 32 inches and 10 feet as well in the vertical test and standing broad jump. Neal had a very strong showing from beginning to end.
Da'Rick Rogers – WR – Calhoun
Combine Numbers: N/A
Combine Review: Rogers did what was expected, he put on a show. He is too big for corners to jam him at the line, he is quicker than many expect when they see his size, and he displayed great body control on jump balls. Rogers was just not coverable and the he brought a few ‘wows' to the people watching during this event. He did not participate in any of the testing, but showed during the one on ones why he is one of the top prospects in the country. When he stays focused, he is elite and he showed that in Atlanta. If any weakness showed, it would be route running, but he does that pretty well too.
Connor Shaw – QB - Flowery Branch
Combine Numbers: N/A
Combine Review: Shaw lit it up at quarterback on Friday – he made all the throws and showed a stronger arm than expected. Two of the things that stood out the most about Shaw was his footwork and his release. He showed nice balance, he looked comfortable during all drops and he had a very nice and quick release. All throws were delivered nicely from the underneath routes to the deep balls in both tight and loose coverage. The new South Carolina commitment had an outstanding day.
David Yankey – OL – Centennial
Combine Numbers: 6-5/278
Combine Review: Yankey continues to get bigger and bigger as he grows into his frame. He was about 220 pounds less than two years ago and he is now pushing 280 pounds as he finishes out his junior year. In Atlanta, Yankey started off slow having a hard time moving his feet with the defensive ends, but he really picked it up and emerged as the top offensive linemen in competition. He won one battle and the confidence really picked up. He used his hands well, he got good extension when the ends tried to go outside, and he moves his feet nicely. He needs to continue to add strength and work on his balance, but he did a nice job from recovering from a slow start in the one on ones. Yankey also tested in the broad jump and jumped 8 feet 4 inches.

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