The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is complete for the offensive skill position players. Let’s take time to look back and see how the top players performed in Indianapolis.
Depending on who you talk to, the events of NFL Combine weekend can either greatly impact a prospect’s standing or should be altogether ignored. The truth is somewhere in the middle, but there is no argument that it feels like Christmas in March for dynasty players.
The 17 NFL Draft hopefuls at the quarterback position began the week with interviews and medical testing, followed by the all-important measurements in mid-week. The group wrapped things up with on-field events, including the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jumps, the three-cone drill along with some on-field work with receivers and tight ends.
Before looking at some quarterbacks who improved or damaged their standing, let’s take a look at the full results of measurements and drills.
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Let’s take a look at each of the top quarterbacks, in order of the current DLF rookie rankings, along with a few other key prospects.
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Heisman Trophy winner Murray has seen his stock grow since he made football his choice weeks ago. Despite opting out of the on-field workout portion of the Combine, Murray can be considered the winner of the weekend among quarterbacks. With lingering concerns about his size, Murray weighed in at 207 pounds, standing 5’10”, which comes as good news to decision-makers around the league and dynasty players alike.
Murray has also emerged as the favorite to be selected with the Arizona Cardinals top overall selection. This choice would make last year’s first-rounder Josh Rosen expendable. Murray is expected to fully work out at Oklahoma’s March 13th Pro Day.
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
After Oregon’s Justin Herbert turned down to the NFL in favor of returning to school for his senior season, Ohio State’s big man Haskins became the clear favorite to be the top signal caller drafted. We’ve seen that change in a matter of weeks, if not days, as Haskins has seemingly been leap-frogged by Murray.
Haskins posted the slowest 40 time of all quarterbacks, running a 5.04, but that is basically meaningless for the big-armed passer. He also came away from the Combine with the worst SPARQ score among all qualifying quarterbacks, per Zach Whitman. Despite the Murray buzz and the disappointing numbers, Haskins is still a near lock to hear his name called in the top ten of the NFL Draft and will be no worse than the QB2 in rookie drafts.
Drew Lock, Missouri
In the weeks following the NFL season, Missouri senior quarterback Lock was becoming a very popular option for the Denver Broncos and their tenth overall pick, according to numerous mock drafts. There were multiple reports of Broncos head man John Elway coveting Lock to fix the team’s never-ending quarterback issue but that didn’t stop Denver from trading for veteran Joe Flacco.
Lock could still land with the Broncos though his stock is seemingly dropping. At the Combine, Lock showed off his athleticism with a top-five 40 time and the second-best short shuttle. Whether he finds his way to Denver or not, Lock is a certain first rounder.
Will Grier, West Virginia
West Virginia’s Grier came in a bit undersized at just over 6’2” and weighing in at 217 pounds but he impressed with his athleticism. He posted the second-best vertical jump of the quarterbacks and an above average short shuttle. Grier is almost certainly a day two prospect unless the quarterback hype reaches a frenzy. Barring an ideal landing spot, Grier is probably not worth a roster spot in a typical 1QB league.
Daniel Jones, Duke
Duke’s longtime starting quarterback Jones definitely looks the part, sporting a nice arm on his 6’5” frame. Jones is considered the favorite to be the QB4 in the class and is a fringe first-round pick after the Combine. He finished with a top-three vertical jump and the top broad jump, tying athletic freak Tyree Jackson with a 10’ leap. Just like with Grier, Jones may not be worth a roster spot even if he does sneak into the first round.
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
While Auburn’s Stidham lacked the measurables to make a big move up the draft board, he did impress in the throwing portion of the weekend. After he transferred to Auburn, Stidham was viewed as the savior of the program but he lacked the production and was inconsistent even from game to game. He is one of the undervalued fantasy options in a 2QB league but does not belong on a roster in most leagues. He’ll be a day two pick in the NFL Draft.
Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
Entering the weekend, I didn’t expect to include Buffalo’s Jackson in this article. After all, Jackson’s original plan was to play next season as a graduate transfer but when he couldn’t find the right fit, he opted for the NFL Draft. He graded out not only as the largest signal caller of the weekend but also the most athletic.
Standing 6’7” and weighing nearly 250 pounds, Jackson posted the second-fastest 40 time among quarterbacks and had the top vertical and broad jumps. Jackson may have done enough to convince a team to take a shot on him on day two of the NFL Draft. If so, he’ll be a fun player to have at the end of a superflex dynasty roster.
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