We're done. That was quick. In a blink, the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is over and on comes the agonizing two-month wait till the 2015 NFL Draft hits on April 28th. The last day was reserved for the defensive backs and the corners. There was some serious, serious speed here. Let's take a look at our top risers and fallers from the last day here in Indianapolis:
1) Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut.
Wow. I really mean .. wow. A 12-foot-3 inch broad jump and a 44.5-inch vertical is the most explosive measurements I've ever seen at the Combine, and indeed the broad jump number is the best since the Combine started publishing data. Daniel Jeremiah had Jones as his 50th best prospect in his pre-combine big board. I'll be honest and tell you that I've never watched him before, but he's absolutely on my (and everybody else's) watch list after this performance. That's the definition of a riser in my book.
2) Ronald Darby, CB, FSU
Darby had an excellent combine, showing up well in drills and running very well. His vertical (41.5 inches) and broad (10 feet, 9 inches) showed very good explosion and his 40 time of 4.38 showed that he's got above average long speed to hang with the vertical receiving threats. He's got good tape as well, and so he solidified himself as a Day 2 guy in my eyes. A definite win for him.
3) Eric Rowe, CB/S, Utah
The only thing that I was really concerned about with Rowe was his long speed, and that was answered with a 4.45 at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds. He said that he's a corner, but he looks like a much better fit at safety. He's a great zone guy and reads the QB pretty well, not to mention very good quickness. Also has experience at S. Might be my top guy at the position.
1) Chris Hackett, FS, TCU
What is it with these TCU guys and the Combine? Do they just not care enough to prepare? First you had Paul Dawson, now you have Chris Hackett. As a 195-pound safety, he ran a 4.81 with a 1.72 split. That's bad. He's a very good player on tape but athleticism at the position is pretty important, and he struggled.
2) Kurtis Drummond, FS, Michigan State
He didn't really run all that bad in the 40, or have terrible numbers during the other measurements, but he looked very stiff in drills and overall just didn't show the range that I would've liked him to show. He'll struggle to be drafted before day 3, making him a surefire "faller" in my eyes.
3) Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
The only reason he's a faller is because he didn't get a chance to improve his stock (okay, okay, and because I don't really see any other "fallers"). He saw guys like Ronald Darby, Justin Cox, Byron Jones really post explosive times and launch themselves into the national conversation. What buzz is there about IEO (who, coincidentally headed into the NCAA season as arguably the top CB in the country)? Not much, and this combine will push him further away from the limelight. He's still got some really good tape, but this still makes him a faller.