The NFL Combine is over, which means the only draft-related event between now and April’s NFL Draft are the pro days. That gives prospects very limited opportunities to change teams’ minds about their worth and value at the next level.
For many, the Combine was their last opportunity to truly impact their draft status. It’s certainly the biggest and most stressful of scenes for draft prospects. However, over the past week, several prospects have risen to the occasion and exceeded expectations.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which NFL prospect impressed you the most with their Combine performance?
My answer: It’s hard to say anyone other than linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who managed to run the fastest 40-yard dash for linebackers since 2003 and score 20 reps in the bench press with a prosthetic hand.
However, he’s received plenty of coverage for his impressive weekend. So, instead, let’s talk for a minute about UTEP guard Will Hernandez. No man that weighs 327 pounds should be able to run the 40-yard dash in 5.15 seconds, but that’s exactly what Hernandez did. And according to our own Kent Lee Platte, no offensive guard his size has ever put up such high athletic scores.
When you consider that Hernandez’s game film is already pretty darn impressive—though, admittedly, his level of competition was low—it’s hard to imagine any way in which he could have done more to improve his draft stock.
At this point, there’s no knowing whether Hernandez will be in play for the Detroit Lions at 20th overall, but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the Lions won’t get another shot at him in the second round.