The 2020 NFL Combine is in the books and the results were similar to years past. Some athletes who were projected high, struggled and their stock may drop and others, the vice versa occurred. Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray still ranks high on the Packer’s board, but Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons excellent performance definitely moved him up everyone’s board. Simmons ran a 4.39, 40 yard dash along with a 39″ vertical leap which opened many eyes.
The O-line men had winners and losers as well, Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs out-shined all linemen with a 4.85, 40 yard dash and a 36.5 Vertical leap. While Washington’s Trey Adams had an underwhelming 40, at 5.6 sec., to go along with his history of injuries may hurt his draft stock. Louisville’s Mehkti Becton at 6’7″/ 364 Lbs, ran an impressive 5.1 sec. 40 yard dash and likely will remain a top ten pick.
Of the running backs Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor removed all doubts with a 4.39 sec 40 and a 36″ vertical jump. Utah’s Zach Moss did not perform well recording a 4.65 sec. 40 yard dash and likely saw his value decrease. The wide receiver group saw great performances from Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool, LSU’s Justin Jefferson, Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy whose stock will either rise or solidify. Conversely Colorado WR Laviska Shenault performed poorly and his value may drop.
The defensive linemen were quite impressive with both size and speed led by Nebraska’s 6’1″ 308 LB Khalil Davis 4.75 sec. 40, followed by Oklahoma’s 6’2″ 304 LB Neville Gallimore 4.79 sec. 40. Those two most likely saw their draft position rise. Auburn’s Derek Brown still appears to be high on everyone’s board and probably will be the first Interior Defensive Lineman drafted.
At this point we can all agree the Packers need help through the draft at WR, OL, DL, ILB and RB, no matter who they sign in Free Agency. Any predictions on who they pick at 30, 62, 94 and beyond will be pure conjecture. That’s the joy of it, we make predictions, while Brian Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur, Mike Pettine and Mark Murphy sit back and laugh. We trust the Packer organization will put the best Green Bay Packer talent on Lambeau Field, this Fall.
As Always, Go Pack Go,
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