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Best and Worst Moments from NFL's Scouting Combine

Three days into the 2017 NFL Combine, and there has been no shortage of great moments, as well as a few bad ones. With a few days still to go, here are three of the best moments and three of the worst moments from the weekend:

Best moments:

1. John Ross Breaks Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record.

Scouts knew Washington wide receiver John Ross had some speed, but I don’t think anyone was prepared to see him break Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash time on Saturday. Ross ran a 4.22 second time, besting Johnson by .04 seconds and sending Twitter into an absolute frenzy.  Although Ross will not receive his own private island because he wore Nike cleats instead of Adidas cleats, that run surely opened the eyes of every single coach at the combine and raised his draft stock quite considerably.

2. Jabrill Peppers joins live coverage of the combine on NFL Network

After a solid all-around performance from former Michigan LB/S/KR Jabrill Peppers Sunday, who ran a 4.46 40-yard dash and had a broad jump of 10.8 inches, Peppers joined “NFL Live Now” to discuss his performance.  Peppers, who came into the combine weighing 13 pounds heavier than he did at the end of the 2016 season, was unhappy with most of his results, and he was quick to point out areas he needs to improve in when he watched some game film with Mike Mayock and Rich Eisen. Peppers was outgoing, friendly, confident and obviously comfortable in front of the camera. It was obvious from his interview that he has great passion for the game.

3. T.J. Watt’s impressive performance in multiple events
If anyone had any doubts that T.J. and J.J. Watt are related, T.J.’s performance on Sunday left no doubt of that. Just like his brother, T.J. put up freakish numbers for someone with his size, tying for second place among all linebackers with a 37-inch vertical jump and tying for first in the broad jump with 10.8 inches. Watt’s 4.69 40-yard dash time was also impressive, and his combination of size and athleticism make him fun to watch.

Worst moments:

1.      Christian McCaffery’s mediocre bench press results
The bench press is probably the most overrated aspect about the combine, but McCaffery’s 10 reps of 225 pounds are pretty bad nonetheless. Granted, he is only 6 feet tall and 197 pounds, but when retired fullback Heath Evans benches 225 pounds over 40 times and e’s practically twice your age, it looks even worse. McCaffery had a great day otherwise, running and sub 4.5 40-yard dash and jump 37 inches for his vertical.

2.      Bill Belichick wears “VI Rings” shirt to the combine on Sunday
Bill Belichick won his seventh Super Bowl on Feb. 5, but the coaching legend has apparently been unable update his “VI Rings” shirt a month after.  For someone as detail-oriented as Belichick is, this mishap seems unreal, but Belichick himself said after the Super Bowl win that they were five weeks behind every other team in preparation for the 2017 team, so I’ll chalk this one up to the fact that he’s a little preoccupied to worry about what his shirts say. Come on coach!

3.      Dalvin Cook poor agility and explosions drill performances

Cook came into the combine as one of the top running backs in the draft class, but his performance in important drills this weekend may hurt his stock.  Although he performed well in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.4 seconds, he struggled in other position-related drills that led to him getting a Relative Athletic Score of below 5.00.  RAS cal  That’s significant, because no running back that has scored a RAS of below 5.00 in the combine has been drafted in the first round, but I still think that Cook’s shown enough in games at Florida State to be the second or third back to go in the draft and potentially the first round.


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