The NFL Combine is almost underway, and this is when the draft hype really starts.
Speed, strength, agility, and explosiveness are all put to the test. The Combine is where players get to showcase their skills, from solidifying themselves as elite athletes to simply putting their name on the map. Alternatively, a bad Combine can tank their draft stock.
A player may look great on tape, but in the NFL, athletic testing is quite important for scouting. Success as a professional football player has a strong correlation with athleticism, and the Combine is a great way to test that. Kent Lee Platte, Pride of Detroit’s guru for everything draft and math, created a tool called Relative Athletic Scores (RAS), and it helps put a player’s Combine performance into perspective. Kent has been working on a Combine preview series here, so expect him to be quite busy over the coming weeks. Thanks for your work, Kent.
As for the Detroit Lions, they will have a lot of important decisions to make this offseason, and the draft will play an important role in whether 2020 will be a success or not. From Jeffrey Okudah to Chase Young to Derrick Brown, the Lions will surely be interested in the player performances at the Combine.
Numbers aside, it is also a excellent opportunity to meet and interview the prospect, as well as see them in position drills. Jahlani Tavai did not wow at the 2019 combine, but it was his scheme fit that made him a second-round pick for the Lions.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which player are you most excited to see at the NFL Combine?
My answer: I am most excited to see Isaiah Simmons at the Combine for two reasons.
Firstly, Simmons is an incredible athlete, and I am excited to see how he will stack up against former Combine performances. He has a rare combination of size, speed, and agility, and his numbers should impress. Last year, when D.K. Metcalf was challenging Calvin Johnson for the top wide receiver RAS of all time, it was a gripping headline.
The other reason I am excited to see Simmons is because of his position drills. Simmons was a Swiss Army knife for the Clemson defense, and it will be interesting to see how he fares at position-specific drills. Considered a hybrid linebacker and safety, Simmons has the potential to standout at the Combine.