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NFL Combine and Start of the Free Agency

Harrison Sykes '19, Staff Writer

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A little over a week ago, the NFL Combine took place once again in Indianapolis. The Combine is a week-long showcase where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of National Football league coaches and scouts. It is another way for players to show off their skills so that they may get drafted by a pro team.

This time around, there seemed to already be a lot talent going in, but the players continued to impress. Physical events take place such as the 40-yard dash, as well as the bench press and vertical jump.

Here are the top performers at each of the main events:

40-yard Dash:

John Ross – WR – Washington – 4.22 seconds

Bench Press:

Isaac Asiata – OG – Utah – 35 reps

Carl Lawson – DE – Auburn – 35 reps

Vertical Jump:

Obi Melifonwu – S – Connecticut – 44.0 height

Broad Jump:

Obi Melifonwu – S – Connecticut – 11 feet 9 inches

3-Cone Drill:

Kevin King – CB – Washington – 6.56 seconds

20-yard Shuttle:

Kevin King – CB – Washington – 3.89 seconds

60-yard shuttle:

Shelton Gibson – WR – West Virginia – 10.71 seconds

Out of the top results, only two set recent records: the 40-yard dash as well as the 60-yard shuttle.

Overall, the combine is very important as it evaluates basic skills and talents before players get drafted in April.

Besides the NFL Combine, the free-agency was also opened late last week, and teams immediately began to sign players. It is an opportunity to pick up some players who already have NFL experience. Specifically so far, the most notable signings have been

  • DeSean Jackson  (WR) to the Buccaneers for 3 years ($35 million)
  • Stephon Gilmore (CB) to the Patriots for 5 years ($65 million)
  • Mike Glennon (QB) to the Bears for 3 years ($45 million)
  • Brandon Marshall (WR) to the Giants for 2 years ($12 million)
  • Alshon Jeffery (WR) and Torrey Smith (WR) to the Eagles for one year ($14 million) and 3 years ($15 million)

A lot of changes have already been made going into the 2017-2018 NFL season and will continue to be made as the draft approaches in April. Teams are trying to fill the spots on their rosters that need the most work, so that their chances of traveling to the Super Bowl increase. This year is already looking exciting.

 

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