In this edition of The Daily 5 I'll give you five things on my mind now that the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis has come to a close.
1. Marquise Goodwin's workout
I'd been hearing entering the combine that depending on what Goodwin ran could potentially vault himself into the being firmly in the third round of the draft. A 4.27 40-yard dash, an 11-foot standing broad jump, along with his work in position drills now have him in a position to skyrocket up draft boards.
The NFL is gradually becoming more of a spread-oriented league, so there's definitely a place for Goodwin to potentially make an impact somewhere in the league. The attractive option with him is because he can be a core special teams player he can fill multiple roles while occupying only one roster spot.
2. Kenny Vaccaro's 40 time
Vaccaro officially came in with a 4.63. It wasn't the greatest time he could have run, and there was an expectation he'd run faster.
Yet the buzz in Indianapolis seemed to be that nobody really cared about his 40 time. The thought still is that Vaccaro will go somewhere within the first 15-20 picks of the first round.
He was one of the top combine performers in the 20-yard shuttle (4.06) and finished with respectable marks of 15 reps on the bench press, a 38-inch vertical, 10-plus foot standing broad jump and a 6.78 time in the three-cone drill.
Those times help back up what scouts love about Vaccaro – his short space quickness and his dynamic explosiveness – that when combined with 6-foot, 214-pound frame tie into his ability to be able to play safety while spinning down handle quicker, faster receivers in the slot.
3. Alex Okafor's injury
At 6-feet-4-inches, 264-pounds Okafor passes the eyeball test. At that size could either play with his hand on the ground or standing up at the next level.
However, Okafor missed a chance to show what he could do as a hybrid player in Indianapolis due to a hip injury he suffered during the Senior Bowl. He told reporters that he should be ready to go through full testing during Texas' pro timing day on Mar. 26.
Okafor did record 21 reps on the bench press and some scouts feel like with his technique he's one of the most NFL-ready ends available in the draft. Still, the lack of being able to go through position drills now puts a ton of emphasis on his pro day where he'll have to do his best to show scouts and front office personnel that he can play standing up.
4. Tavon Austin's speed
I had a chance to see everyone in the Big 12 during the fall. Without question Austin looked like the fastest and most explosive playmaker in the league when West Virginia came to town in October.
Austin backed that up, clocking a 4.34 40-yard dash and a 4.01 20-yard shuttle. There are guys who are fast in college, and then there are guys who have the ability to erase an angle on Sunday's with their wheels.
Austin definitely falls into the latter category. He now appears to be a lock to go in the first round.
5. The top of the draft
Not to pour salt in the wound, but if Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joekcel winds up going No. 1 overall it'll be the third year in a row that the Longhorns are going to see a native Texan not on their roster go in the top-two in the draft.
While it's been unsavory for Longhorn fans to have seen Von Miller, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and now possibly Joeckel be taken at the top of the draft, it's a trend that the Longhorns need to get fixed.
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