We are now just days away from the 2019 NFL Combine, which will once again be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. As April’s NFL Draft draws closer, the Combine gives the 32 competing teams a chance to look at specific skills – ranging from the 40-yard dash to the vertical jump. Let’s take a look at some of the standout names attending this year’s event.
The incredible Kyler Murray is the standout name ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. One of the most naturally gifted athletes in North America, Murray was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, but he has chosen to show off his football skills instead of opting for baseball.
Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, however, is relatively inexperienced with just 14 college starts under his belt, and the Combine could make or break his chances of earning a spot on an NFL roster. Although not as speedy as Murray, the Ohio State Buckeyes star fits the bill for your more traditional 'pocket passer', which will appeal to professional teams.
Nick Bosa is expected to be the first pass rusher off the board this year. His brother Joey was selected third overall back in 2016. Arguably the more talented of the two, Nick ticks all the right boxes to make a successful transition to the NFL. He will be out to set big figures in the combine drills and is worth considering in NFL Combine prop bets, with many pros predicted the 6-foot-4, 263-pound Bosa to be the number one pick overall in the Draft, according to WSN.
Looking past Bosa, Kentucky Wildcats line-backer Josh Allen is another athlete destined for the first round. He was one of the best players in college football last year, showing ability against the pass, run, and in coverage. It will be a huge shock if Allen falls out of the top ten.
You don’t need to win the Heisman Trophy to get an NFL Combine invite. TJ Hockenson, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end, looks set to attract lots of attention in Indianapolis. With fast speed for a man that size and strong hands as a run blocker, he has been labeled as the new Rob Gronkowski. Living up to that sort of hype is going to be difficult.
Meanwhile, Elijah Holyfield, the son of former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander, will feature at the Combine this year. One of the most powerful running backs in the draft class, Holyfield had a solid enough college record and cuts a determined figure - he will want to make a name for himself here.
For football fans, this is one of the best times of the year. Less than a month has passed since the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LIII, and the Combine signals the beginning of the 2019 campaign. Getting a look at these rookies should help the 32 National Football League teams to pass judgment ahead of April’s draft.