Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
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Athlon Sports' 2018 NFL Draft Guide Magazine is Available Now

Athlon Sports' 2018 NFL Draft Guide Magazine is Available Now

At the Combine, "average is good" when it comes to testing. I bet teams are heading back to their respective cities and throwing on more tape of Griffin after his Combine performance.

It would make sense for them to target a pass catcher. It's curious though, that they would use a high pick on him if they didn't think they could develop him into a serviceable player.

For those of us who had the privilege of watching Saquon Barkley for three years in Penn State blue and white, it is not a surprise that he is generating plenty of first pick buzz. He led tight ends in every measurable workout except the bench press, which he placed second in with 22 repetitions.

Barkley was expected to come into the Combine and impress.

Unfortunately for Ronald Jones, his Combine was cut short by injury. His time of 4.70 seconds in the 40-yard dash ranked 57 among the defensive backs on Monday. He also posted a strong 36.5 vertical jump before ending his day. Yes, it's still too early to predict which players will go where in the 2018 NFL Draft.

What Penn State fans knew all along has been solidified at the combine.


James (6-3, 215) and Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick (6-1, 201) are considered the top two safeties in the draft.

After finishing the 2017 regular season at 0-16, the Browns will be selecting in the first spot of this year's NFL Draft for the second-straight year.

However, the talk of the draft was Shaquem Griffin, who not only ran a 4.38 40-yard dash and put up 225 pounds on the bench 20 times, but he also did it with only one hand.

Norris believes the struggles will drop Brown from a projected first-round pick all the way down to the fourth round.

Speedy DBs: LSU cornerback Donte Jackson didn't succeed in his quest to beat John Ross' combine record of 4.22 in the 40-yard dash, but he did tie for fastest time among all the prospects this year when he turned in a 4.32. All of those numbers are among the worst from recent National Football League draft picks at offensive tackle. With only one pick through the first two days in their pocket, the Eagles are fortunate not to need a ton of help. Before the combine, he was likely a top five pick, but now, there is no way he gets past the third pick.

Three-cone drill: Oklahoma's Jordan Thomas was the quickest with a time of 6.28 seconds, well ahead of the No. 2 players - Penn State's Grant Haley and Pittsburgh's Avonte Maddox, who each timed a 6.51. He's firmly putting himself in the conversation to be a Day 1 pick in next month's draft.

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