NFL Scouting Combine Live Streaming, 2 march 2020
Thursday: Wide Receivers, Tight Ends and Quarterbacks
Friday: Offensive Line, Running Backs
Saturday: Defensive Line, Linebackers
Sunday: Safeties, Cornerbacks
9:06 PM – Some Group 2 WR 40-times
Henry Ruggs, Alabama – 4.28
Denzel Mims, Baylor – 4.40
Jerry Jeudy, Alabama – 4.46
Jalen Reagor, TCU – 4.47
CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma – 4.51
Michael Pittman, USC – 4.52
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan – 4.56
Laviska Shenault, Colorado – 4.59
Austin Mack, Ohio State – 4.62
8:13 PM – Talked to a source that said Jones’ back locked up during the bench press and he tried to power through but they grabbed the bar from him because he was having back spasms.
8:05 PM – Tony Jones Jr. did just 13 reps on the bench, which is very surprising. Will try and find out if he got hurt or something.
7:48 PM – Chris Finke had a 40″ vertical. That’s impressive!
7:43 PM – Claypool jumped 40.5″ in the vertical and had a 126″ broad jump. Tremendous night so far for him.
7:37 PM – According to NFL.com’s official results Claypool’s 40-time has improved to 4.42, which was third among WR’s in the first group.
7:24 PM – Kmet had his first rough drill of the night at the combine. He had a 7.44 in the 3-cone drill, which was second lowest among the tight ends. That measures agility and change of direction.
Kmet also posted a 4.41 in the pro shuttle (20-yard), which was middle of the pact.
7:18 PM – Some other notable WR 40-times from the first group
Devin Duvernay, Texas – 4.40
Antonio Gibson, Memphis – 4.40
Chase Claypool, Notre Dame – 4.43
Justin Jefferson, LSU – 4.44
Tyrie Cleveland, Florida – 4.47
Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State – 4.50
Gabriel Davis, UCF – 4.54
Chris Finke, Notre Dame – 4.57
KJ Hill, Ohio State – 4.60
7:11 PM – Cole Kmet had a 123″ broad jump, which was tied for second among all tight ends. His combination of 37″ vertical and 123″ broad jump was the best explosive testing numbers of any TE’s.
7:08 PM – Something to consider when watching athletes run a 40-yard dash. It’s not just about the time, it’s about how it translates. If a guy is a high exertion runner his speed won’t translate as well because you can’t run like that on the football field because you can’t control your speed.
That’s what made Claypool’s 40-time even better. If you watch it he was very smooth, it wasn’t a high exertion run, which means it translates.
7:00 PM – Quick side note, but if Matt Balis and Clark Lea don’t get huge pay raises this offseason then the people who make those decisions need to be considered as not being qualified to make those decisions moving forward. These two flat out need to be paid among the best in the nation at their jobs, especially Balis at this point.
6:55 PM – Cole Kmet had the best vertical jump among all the TE’s with 37 inches. Vertical jump is a test of explosiveness. When you combine the 37″ vertical with a 4.70 (I have sources who said some NFL teams had him in the 4.6s) and that answers any questions about his explosiveness.
6:47 PM – On Claypool – I get why some people view Claypool as a tight end, because they see a matchup advantage with him in the slot. But people are say he is a TE because lacked explosiveness are people whose opinions should be questioned, and rejected.
What people need to learn to do is be able to tell the difference between a guy lacking a physical trait or a technical trait. Claypool’s issues, as I’ve pointed out time and time again, were technical issues, not physical issues.
Claypool has WR athleticism, of that I have no doubt, and he is showing that at the combine.
6:47 PM – Chris Finke ran a 4.57 and 4.62 (I believe) for his two times.
6:46 PM – Cole Kmet led all tight ends with a 37-inch vertical jump.
6:45 PM – Claypool’s second 40-time was a 4.43. Unreal.
6:44 PM – Jim Nagy from the Senior Bowl had Chase Claypool at a 4.38!!!
5:36 PM – On-field drills are over. Outside of a telegraphed corner route it was a strong session from Kmet. He was crisp, ran good routes and caught the ball clean. Combined with his outstanding 40-time and it’s obvious he helped himself.
Up next for the tight ends are the agility and explosiveness tests.
5:26 PM – Kmet telegraphed his corner route a bit. Didn’t fly off the ball and didn’t burst out of his break either. You could hear a coach telling him to get going.
5:19 PM – Good curl route for Kmet. Pushed well vertically, sunk his hips at the top of his drop and was quick getting back inside to the quarterback. Clean catch and turn. Continues a strong combine performance for the former Irish standout.
5:15 PM – Solid in-cut for Cole Kmet during the routes period. Feet were a tad heavy, but he was quick getting into and out of his break and wasn’t as choppy as Hunter Bryant. Caught the ball clean.
5:10 PM – Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel just pointed out that when Kmet was coming off the line on the gauntlet drill is was towards the ball. That’s what I was referring to earlier, he didn’t shy away from the ball. It was a strong observation from Vrabel because you want to see a pass catcher attacking the football, not drifting.
5:06 PM – Cole Kmet looked smooth going through the gauntlet drill. Seemlessly caught every ball, didn’t shy away from the ball (as some do) and he didn’t just catch and flip the ball. The ball wasn’t popping when it hit his hands either, which is something I always look for. Loud hands is not what you want to hear.
4:54 PM – They are doing a lot of new drills at the combine this year. One is blockers are working on a one-man sled. Tight ends are going through that now.
4:43 PM – Kmet’s time on NFL.com was improved to 4.65. If there are NFL teams that have Kmet in that range he’s going to almost be a lock for the first round.
Remember, last year’s No. 1 TE in the draft, TJ Hockenson, ran a 4.71 at 251 pounds. The same website that had him at 4.71 has Kmet at 4.65, at 262 pounds.
4:36 PM – Dayton’s Adam Trautman ran a 4.80 on his second attempt. Kmet should distance himself a bit from Trautman with those 40 times.
4:32 PM – On Kmet – With two consistent 40-yard dash times around the 4.70 mark he certainly improved his draft stock. His times are as good or better than any tight end in consideration for the top spot, with the exception of Okwuegbunam.
But Kmet is much bigger than most of the TE’s in the discussion, and the only TE that I’ve seen listed ahead of Kmet with equal size is Trautman, who ran a 4.79 on his first attempt.
Very good start to the on-field workouts for Kmet.
4:30 PM – Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam ran a 4.50 on his second attempt.
4:28 PM – On his second 40-yard dash Cole Kmet ran a 4.71 according to NFL Network. Two good times for Kmet.
4:25 PM – Washington TE Hunter Bryant ran a 4.77 on his second 40-time. Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins ran a 4.75 on his second run.
4:21 PM – Another contender for TE1 is Adam Trautman from Dayton, who is similar to Kmet in size. He ran a 4.79 in his first attempt.
4:19 PM – On Kmet – If he can stay at the listed time or even improve it you can bet his stock is going to rise in the minds of many teams. Some have questioned his explosiveness, which I personally think is a bit misguided. Kmet can run for his size, and being in the 4.6 range is HUGE for him.
Remember, Tyler Eifert ran a 4.68. Kyle Rudolph ran a 4.78 at the Notre Dame Pro Day.
4:18 PM – LSU TE Stephen Sullivan ran a 4.66 at 248 pounds.
4:16 PM – Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam ran a listed 4.49 on the NFL Network, but NFL.com lists him at 4.59.
4:14 PM – NFL.com is listing Kmet’s first 40-time at 4.67, which would be tremendous if it sticks.
4:12 PM – Cole Kmet’s first 40-time was unofficially a 4.70, which is a strong time for Kmet. Kmet basically out-ran guys 15+ pounds lighter than him in the first round of 40-yard dash attempts.
4:11 PM – TE Brycen Hopkins of Purdue ran a 4.67 in his first attempt.
4:09 PM – Another TE in competition for TE1 is Hunter Bryant from Washington. He measured in at 6-2 1/8 and 248 pounds. He ran a 4.75, which is slower than expected.
4:08 PM – One of the tight ends in competition with Cole Kmet at tight end is Harrison Bryant from Florida Atlantic. He ran a 4.74 in his first attempt.
3:54 PM – A reminder that WR Chris Finke will participate in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump but that is likely it. Finke injured his hamstring at the East-West Shrine Bowl. He can jump and run in a straight line but the lateral moves and change of direction drills won’t come until the Notre Dame Pro Day in March.