Some Observations From The NFL Combine


The NFL scouting combing has come and gone. Talk about the NFL draft is really starting to heat up.

There were the historic performances as Xavier Worthy ran the fastest 40 yard dash in history. For the players from the Oregon schools. There were a couple that stood out.

ESPN put out a recap of the scouting combine. And Matt Miller and Field Yates talked about some of the prospects from Oregon and Oregon State.

Miller talked about Oregon quarterback Bo Nix who decided not to do any of the running or agility drills, but Nix did throw the football.

Here is what ESPN’s Matt Miller had to say about Bo Nix’s performance at the combine.

Bo Nix, QB, Oregon: The 6-2, 214-pounder opted to just throw at the combine, bypassing the 40-yard dash and other agility drills, and the performance failed to answer the questions I had about his arm strength and ability to drive passes into tight windows. Nix has a good arm, but it didn’t stand out as noticeably strong. He often left passes sailing high when the ball needed to be driven on a line to the receiver. That shows up on tape when he’s asked to complete passes behind 20 yards. Nix did settle down, though, and he flashed really pretty touch and timing later in the throwing session. I still think his 61 starts and above-average mobility get him into late-Round 1, even after an uneven throwing performance on Saturday. Oregon’s pro day on March 12 is his next chance to impress scouts.”

One of the guys who really impressed Miller was Oregon cornerback Khyree Jackson. Here is what Miller had to say about Jackson.

“Khyree Jackson, CB, Oregon: Jackson ran his first 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds at 6-foot-4, and I immediately said to myself, “Time to move him up.” Jackson put together a solid all-around workout with the 4.5 time, a 36.5-inch vertical and an 11-foot-1 broad jump. His explosiveness was on full display throughout agility drills and position work. I have him in the fourth round, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets into the top 100 picks”

Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga may be a top 10 pick this year. He thought to be one of the better NFL ready prospects and a guy who can play tackle or guard. Here is what Field Yates had to say about Fuaga’s performance from the combine.

Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State: The draft is an inherently unpredictable process, but it does feel like Fuaga is a “what you see is what you get” prospect. He is a massive human at 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds but also an extremely fluid mover. He ran a 5.13 in the 40, posted a 9-foot-3 broad jump and jumped 32 inches in the vert. The only surprising measurement was his 33⅛-inch arms, which are shorter than anticipated. But that feels incongruent to how he plays, as Fuaga shows good ability to redirect players in pass protection. Fuaga has stated his case as a top-20 talent.” — Yates

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