NFL Combine: OU in review

Eight Sooners made their first cases to the NFL at the combine

The NFL Scouting Combine was a chance for the Oklahoma Sooners vying to make a roster as a professional next season to make a first impact.

There will still be individual workouts and Oklahoma’s March 11 Pro Day, but this weekend was the first chance to make a first impression.

Here’s a quick look at the Sooners’ entrants and where they might stand after this weekend:

WR Dorial Green-Beckham

40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds...20-yd Shuttle: 4.45 seconds...Bench Press: 13 reps...3-cone drill: 6.89 seconds...Broad jump: 119”...Vertical jump: 33.5”

Post-combine breakdown: DGB had the combine he needed to have and then some. Getting under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash was huge. Really the only knock might have been his vertical jump, which would have been better above 35 inches. Still, he helped his stock after not playing for a year and will remain a mid-first round pick. If he falls below the 20th overall selection, he should be considered a major steal. He shouldn’t get past San Francisco at 15, but he probably won’t get there either. DGB, West Virginia’s Kevin White and Alabama’s Amari Cooper will be the first three receivers off the board. It’s just a matter of which teams like which guys.

OT Tyrus Thompson

40-yard dash: N/A...20-yd Shuttle: 4.92 seconds...Bench Press: 29 reps...3-cone drill: N/A... Broad jump: 97”...Vertical jump: 29”

Post-combine breakdown: NFL scouts wanted to see Thompson’s strength, and he flexed it in the bench press. His 29 reps were the seventh-most of all offensive linemen. His shuttle though, fell short – ranking in at the third-lowest of all offensive linemen who tested. Although, his footwork was below average in position drills, it shouldn't hurt his draft stock. It’ll be a while to see whether or not Thompson’s interview helped him, but he didn’t do much to hurt himself. Thompson’s landing spot still seems to be in the second day. Possibly anywhere from the third to the sixth round.

DT Jordan Phillips

40-yard dash: 5.17 seconds...20-yd Shuttle: 4.68 seconds...Bench Press: 28 reps...3-cone drill: 7.88 seconds...Broad jump: 105”...Vertical jump: 30”

Post-combine breakdown: Phillips strength as a nose tackle would have to be considered his quickness, something he showed off with the ninth-best 3-cone drill and the eighth-best 20-yard shuttle time. He was explosive and definitely drew plenty of eyes. There’s nothing that says Phillips won’t be a first round draft pick, especially with the Green Bay Packers at the end of the first round. Not only is former defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, the man who helped mold Phillips while he was at Oklahoma, now with the Packers but both of Green Bay’s current defensive tackles – the Packers play a 3-4 – are at the end of their contracts and have had injury issues. Phillips is also the perfect fit for Chicago, which picks seventh. The Bears could trade back or take Phillips 39th overall as well.

OT Daryl Williams

40-yard dash: 5.34 seconds...20-yd Shuttle: 5.15 seconds...Bench Press: 27 reps...3-cone drill: N/A...Broad jump: 97”...Vertical jump: 26”

Post-combine breakdown: Williams didn’t do anything to help his cause athletically. He was near the bottom in all the athletic drills amongst offensive lineman. Even his reps weren’t overly impressive on the bench press. In position drills, Williams looked slow and actually pretty weak – according to some outlets. It still won’t hurt him. He’s still a mid-second round player but could drop into the third round.

OG Adam Shead

40-yard dash: 5.74 seconds...20-yd Shuttle: N/A...Bench Press: 26 reps...3-cone drill: N/A...Broad jump: N/A...Vertical jump: N/A

Post-combine breakdown: A lot of the speculation about Shead was proved correct when he ran the slowest 40-yard dash time of any player that ran at the NFL Scouting Combine. He can’t play in a zone-blocking scheme, which is what most teams run in the NFL, and he can’t play in a pass-dominated offense, like the New England Patriots or the Green Bay Packers. Shead has fifth round talent as a run-blocking guard, but there aren’t a ton of teams that need his exact mold.

LB/DE Geneo Grissom

40-yard dash: 4.81 seconds...20-yd Shuttle: 4.38 seconds...Bench Press: 20 reps...3-cone drill: 7.24 seconds...Broad jump: 117”...Vertical jump: 37”

Post-combine breakdown: He still doesn’t have a clear position. Categorized as a linebacker by the NFL Scouting Combine, he is listed with the defensive linemen. He’ll likely end up as a pass-rushing defensive end project early, and his numbers at the combine were some of the best at that position. He had one of the best 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle times in his class. He’s vertical jump was one of the best too. Even with that, Grissom will still be waiting until the third day to hear his name. He’ll be picked as a fifth or sixth rounder with the chance to develop in an NFL camp.

DB Julian Wilson

40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds...20-yd Shuttle: 4.22 seconds...Bench Press: N/A...3-cone drill: 6.94 seconds...Broad jump: 125”...Vertical jump: 36”

Post-combine breakdown: Wilson had to fly in the 40-yard dash, and he didn’t. He needed to be below 4.5, at least, to counteract the huge holes in his game. His time clocks in at safety because Wilson didn’t prove that he has the speed to recover if beaten in man coverage. He’ll get invited to a camp, but he won’t be drafted.

TE Blake Bell

40-yard dash: 4.8 seconds...20-yd Shuttle: 4.32 seconds...Bench Press: 14 reps...3-cone drill: N/A...Broad jump: 116”...Vertical jump: 33”

Post-combine breakdown: For a 6-foot-6, 250-pound player, Bell’s bench press reps were low but his times were also low. It just more confirms that Bell will be a pass-catching, flexed-out tight end in the NFL. He had the fewest reps in the bench press amongst tight ends but was second in the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles. He had a top-5 time in the 40-yard dash. Bell is still a second- or third-day option in the NFL. He’ll be drafted, but there’s no clear-cut spot for him – other than a receiving tight end. He’s still not ready to be a blocker in the NFL.


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