2019 NFL Combine winners and losers
The 2019 NFL Combine is officially complete. With the Combine being over, it’s time to take a look back at the 2019 NFL Combine winners and losers.
With so many great performances, and quite a few disappointing ones, we could list several 2019 NFL Combine winners and losers. However, we’ve narrowed down the list to just five 2019 NFL Combine winners and five losers. These lists contain the names of players who helped or hurt themselves the most as we inch closer to the 2019 NFL Draft.
2019 NFL Combine Winners
D.K. Metcalf lit up the NFL Combine! He measured in at 6’3″, 228 lbs. His measurements had everyone talking about him before he did anything. It wasn’t just his size that impressed scouts though, it was also his workouts. Metcalf ran a 4.33 40-yard dash. That’s incredible for a guy of his size! He also put up 27 reps on the bench. His agility drills weren’t the best, but his other workouts heavily outweighed those. Metcalf’s combine performance will likely have him as the first WR off the board in the upcoming NFL Draft. Among all the 2019 NFL Combine winners, Metcalf may have helped himself more than any other player.
Garrett Bradbury was already considered to be the best interior lineman in the NFL Draft, but he wasn’t a for sure first-round pick. After his combine performance, Bradbury secured himself a spot in the first-round. A 4.92 40 time as a 300+ pounder, 34 bench reps, etc. Bradbury excelled in every drill. There’s no question to as to whether or not Bradbury will be a first-round pick. He is a first-round pick.
Kyler Murray didn’t do any drills at the NFL Combine, but coming out as the heavy favorite to be the first overall pick in the NFL Draft makes him one of the biggest 2019 NFL Combine winners. His measurements helped scouts feel better about his size. He must have done well in his interviews. When you don’t do anything except get measured and talk to teams at the NFL Combine, being considered the number one pick is a huge win!
Montez Sweat was a top five ranked DE in many rankings before the NFL Combine, but his performance will likely move him up several draft boards. Sweat’s biggest accomplishment was running the 40 with a time of 4.41. That’s quite impressive for a guy who’s 6’6″, 260 lbs. While his speed was the highlight for him, Sweat also put up good numbers in pretty much every workout. I don’t think Sweat put himself in the same conversation with Nick Bosa or Josh Allen, but he did close the gap a little bit.
LBs named Devin (Devin Bush and Devin White)
Both Devin White and Devin Bush had great performances at the NFL Combine. Both guys were likely going to be first-round picks anyway, but their performances only secured their spots as the top two LBs in this draft. Devin Bush is a little undersized, but he showed great speed, movement and athleticism. His workout will help teams feel much better about his lack of ideal size. Devin White put up equally impressive numbers, which only reassured scouts of their assessment on him.
2019 NFL Combine Losers
DE Jachai Polite
Jachai Polite was heavily mocked as a first-round draft pick before the NFL Combine, but that’s likely not going to be the case now. He didn’t perform as expected in drills. He ran a 4.84 40 and had a 32 inch vertical. Not the worst numbers, but he was expected to do much better. He was dealing with an injury, so the low numbers have an excuse, but that’s not the only thing that hindered Polite. Polite didn’t perform great on the field, but he really lowered his stock in interviews. Several teams walked out of interviews unimpressed with Polite’s personality. He’s got some work to do during the rest of the draft process to elevate his stock once again.
RB Elijah Holyfield
Elijah Holyfield has been considered an underrated RB in this draft class. I haven’t seen him mocked in the first-round, but I have seen him as an under the radar second-rounder. After his combine performance, Holyfield may not be drafted as high as he’d like. One of the biggest ways for an RB to elevate their stock, is to run an impressive 40 time. Elijah Holyfield did exactly the opposite. On his first two attempts, Holyfield ran a 4.78 and 4.81 in the 40. He was one of the slowest RBs at the combine, and NFL teams aren’t looking for slow RBs.
WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey
Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Say it with me again. Lil’Jordan Humphrey. I’d draft this kid just because of his name! Not only does he have a cool name, but he’s got outstanding size for a WR. Humphrey stands 6’4″, 210 lbs. While Humphrey has great size and an awesome name, he proved at the NFL Combine he doesn’t have what NFL teams want in their WRs. Speed. Lil’Jordan Humphrey doesn’t have speed. Humphrey clocked a 4.75 40 time. QBs, TEs, defensive lineman, and just about every position had someone run faster than Humphrey. This will, and already has caused NFL teams to question his ability to separate.
CB Joejuan Williams
Joejuan Williams is a 6’4″, 211 lb CB. His size will help keep his draft stock up, but his chance of getting into the first-round may have been lost after he ran the 40. Williams ran a 4.64 40 time, which isn’t exactly what teams want to see from their CBs. Being 6’4″, it’s okay for Williams to run a slower 40 time. Richard Sherman ran a slow 40, and look how he turned out. However, Sherman was a fifth-round pick. Williams could have put himself in serious first-round consideration, but his slow 40 time probably cost him.
RB Devin Singletary
Devin Singletary has widely been considered a top five RB in this class. The small school RB needed to have a great combine to not only keep, but elevate his draft stock. Singletary didn’t do that. Singletary ran a 4.66 40, which was very surprising. I didn’t expect him to run any slower than 4.5. His slow 40 time will force teams to go back and take a look at his tape. Hopefully he can have a better pro day.