By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
Alright… it’s the business and talent evaluation / acquisition part of the season for the NFL. (I love making things sound fancier than they actually are!) One of my favorite times of the year. Mostly because I enjoy watching the college kids get to move on to the next phase of their lives.
The free agency part of it is good too, but I really like the young ones coming in. Maybe it’s because of the fact that I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner and I love all things growth and development-wise. And watching the growth and development of players is always fun for me. But I digress.
It’s time for one my most favorite events in the NFL year: The Combine. This year, I want to know… who are you looking for at the combine? Some people like to watch a specific position group, and others like to watch a certain player.
I, for one, will be keeping an eye on the defense. Allow me to get back to my Detroit Lions roots for a second… I’m not sure what GM Bob Quinn is doing right now, but the defense could be in shambles next season. It could be a complete wreck. While I’ve been team “Trust Quinn,” I’m starting to have my doubts. Also, if they’re really thinking about taking Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, (I’m doubtful, but still… you never know) I’ll probably try to check him out as well.
— The FootballHeads (@TFHeads) February 24, 2020
When I asked this question on Twitter, I didn’t get much of a response, but that’s OK. I did get one response that I wasn’t really expecting. Although looking back, I probably should have. Someone responded that he’s looking forward to watching some of the guys that came from his college team. I am as well. Allow me to be a Michigan fan for a minute as I’m very much looking forward to seeing some of the guys from the team there, mostly wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and quarterback Shea Patterson.
To be quite honest, I was surprised that those two they would be there. DPJ, as most of us Wolverine fans call him, I felt needed to stay another year, but that’s me. Patterson, while he’s my guy, I feel like he probably won’t make it too far in the NFL. I hope I’m wrong, but I just didn’t get that feel from him.
Michigan had 11 players receive invites to the NFL’s Scouting Combine:
Ben Bredeson, Lavert Hill, Khaleke Hudson, Sean McKeon, Josh Metellus, Mike Onwenu, Shea Patterson, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cesar Ruiz, Jon Runyan, and Josh Uche.
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) February 7, 2020
Some other players that I’ll be keeping an eye on? KJ Hambler, the wide receiver from Penn State, Akeem Davis-Gaither, the linebacker from Appalachian State, EDGE Chase Young from Ohio State, center Cesar Ruiz from Michigan, and Clemson safety Tanner Muse.
What about you? Who are you watching during the Combine?
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