Another NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone leaving fans hungry for the Draft in April! Do these results actually affect when a player is drafted? You betcha!
But how much of an impact do they have? Frankly, it’s hard to tell. History tells us that bad results have a larger effect than any surprisingly good results. Teams largely rely on tape of a player’s actual activity in games to do the largest portion of their rankings.
However, we also know that seeing these guys perform standardized tests under pressure and intense scrutiny tells teams a lot about their character which can also factor into their decisions on Draft Day.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some top performers on the offensive side of the ball…
Editors Note: This week we are sharing an article from guest writer Alex Fleming // @AlxFlmng. He is a writer/reporter who resides in Orlando, Florida. Self employed, he created a radio show for Fantasy Football and to follow his dreams of connecting and working in the NFL.
It’s not his fault that he has athleticism. It’s not his fault that he has a 33 inch vertical. It’s not a sin to be fast on your feet in your profession. Though its understandable to wonder what one could truly do if they could broad jump 10 – 1/2 feet. At 6’1, 222 pounds, Jalen Hurts fits this mold.
At the 2020 NFL Combine, Hurts ran a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash. Arguably one of the fastest quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, he is also the most experienced. His freshmen year, he lost on the final play of the game to Deshaun Watson and Clemson. The next year, Kirby Smart and Georgia had a schemed game plan against him; considering that Kirby Smart was the former Defensive Coordinator of the Crimson Tide before accepting the head coaching position for Georgia.
But this story isn’t about analyzing Hurts’ draft stock (but I will). This is the continuing saga of Black quarterbacks and their skill set, being second-guessed, and minimized to fit the need at a position with less longevity. “Maybe running back suits you better Mr. Jackson.” “Have you ever thought of being a wide receiver or tight end Mr. Newton?” “Maybe you can come off of the bench and provide a spark, Mr. Wilson?” Or, the best one yet, a rookie quarterback with major upside being compared to a gadget player such as Taysom Hill.
The Dallas Cowboys will be re-signing Prescott. It could take a while, but it will get done. Same with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Winston. While he wasn’t stellar last year, I think they’ll stick with him a little longer.
So that leaves Brees, Brady and Rivers looking for new homes. Hmmm.
But the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant yesterday in a helicopter crash reaches us all. He was only 41 years old.
His work ethic, the #MambaMentality, is something so many athletes try to emulate. And the impact of his life and death is global, it crosses all sports and it affects all kinds of people.
We all send our thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this awful tragedy. It wasn’t just Kobe who was lost, but also his young daughter Gianna, who many of us came to know through the glimpses we saw of them together on social media. Seven other people died in this helicopter crash as well. Kobe may be garnering the headlines due to his place in basketball history, but there are four other families that are not being forgotten.
5 families forever changed.
There are no words that I can provide for comfort but my hope is, may these families find peace of mind and soul.
Everyone loves an underdog and there was a huge fan base rooting for the Tennessee Titans last weekend in the AFC Championship game.
However, it was the Kansas City Chiefs who were victorious and are now the proud owners of the Lamar Hunt Trophy. Since it was named after their founder, and they haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 50 years, it seems fitting that this years high-flying offense and tough defense brought it “back home.”
It wasn’t an easy victory for the Chiefs but being tested hasn’t been a problem for this team all season long.
The NFL and USAA, an Official NFL Salute to Service Partner, announced Atlanta Falcons CEO STEVE CANNON, Detroit Lions Head Coach MATT PATRICIA, andLos Angeles Chargers Legend DONNIE EDWARDS as finalists for the ninth annual Salute to Service Awardpresented by USAA.
Cannon, Patricia, and Edwards were selected for their exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community. The Salute to Service Award recipient will be recognized at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 1, the eve of Super Bowl LIV, on FOX.
USAA will contribute $25,000 in the award recipient’s honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches. The NFL will match USAA’s donation of $25,000, which will be donated to the award recipient’s military charity of choice. The award recipient will receive a specially designed military challenge coin, recognizing their commitment to the military. In what has become a long-standing tradition, challenge coins are presented to members of the military community to encourage excellence, boost morale or to recognize a fellow brother- or sister-in-arms.
“Each having different life experiences and connections to our military, all three finalists for the ‘Salute to Service Award presented by USAA’ are connected by a shared belief in honoring and showing appreciation to our nation’s service members and veterans,” said Vice Admiral (Ret.) JOHN BIRD, USAA Senior Vice President of Military Affairs. “Steve, Coach Patricia, and Donnie are all worthy finalists and we salute them for their continued commitment to America’s military community.”
I’ll start off by saying that once the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Minnesota Vikings, all I could think was “We might get to see Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch on the same field again!” Yeah, I know, different teams, but still… those Seahawks teams were really fun to watch and even a bit of that nostalgia makes me happy. But it was not to be.
These two teams know each other very well. Their playoff battles have been some of the best around the league. And this year was no exception. The Packers wound up victorious, however, and will move on to face the 49ers in Santa Clara for the NFC Championship while the Seahawks and their fans will have to just sit back and watch.
This weekend, the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs will commence. The game on Sunday at 6:40 pm EST (tv: FOX) where the Green Bay Packers (13-3) will host the Seattle Seahawks (11-5) will feature two top-rated quarterbacks. A showdown between Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson is always thrilling.
Odd-makers have the Packers giving up four points. Typically the home team gets a three-point advantage but since the Seahawks have been just stellar on the road this year, I’m surprised it’s not a closer margin.
And they have the over/under at 47. Hmmm. Do I think this will be a shootout so I bet the over? Or am I predicting some great defensive plays which keep it a low scoring game? Hmmm again.
Ultimately it comes down to one simple question: Are Rodgers and Wilson the two most important players in this game? The “Keys,” if you will. Or will the outcome hinge on someone else?