Top Ten NFL Draft Prospects Who Need to Impress at the 2016 Combine
A Look at the Players Who Have the Most to Lose at the Combine
2016 NFL Offseason
This year, 332 players were invited to the NFL Combine, which is just four days away. Of those players, some are just about a sure thing, but there are also a lot of guys who have something to prove during their Combine workouts. To round out this week, we’re going to take a look at the top ten draft prospects who have the most to lose by not performing well next week.
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1. Ohio State DE Joey Bosa
Bosa would be one of those “sure things” in this year’s draft. He’s currently the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2016 class, so a poor performance at the Combine will send him nowhere but down. I can’t imagine Bosa not impressing next week, but stranger things have happened.
2. California QB Jared Goff
Goff is currently the No. 1 rated quarterback in the 2016 draft. In order to maintain that ranking, Goff needs to look great at the Combine. There aren’t a lot of quarterbacks really competing with Goff at the top of the pack this year, so if he can do well, he should solidify his spot in the top five or ten to go come April.
3. UCLA OLB Myles Jack
Jack is currently expected to go in the top five during this year’s draft. He is, however, recovering from a torn ACL that will probably inhibit him from participating in specific Combine drills. While Jack is still sure to be a high draft pick, he could be eclipsed by other players who are able to complete every activity in Indianapolis.
4. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell
Treadwell is slated to be the first wideout taken in the 2016 draft (and with good reason), but if he struggles during the 40-yard dash at the Combine, he could severely damage his draft stock. Scouts are looking for receivers who clock-in right around 4.5 seconds. No pressure.
5. North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz
We covered Wentz in yesterday’s post as well and, I must say, I like the kid as an NFL prospect. If he has a good showing at the Combine, Wentz could put himself in a position to be taken in the top five overall. The rumor mill is running rampant that the Dallas Cowboys are interested in him with the No. 4 pick.
6. Ohio State WR Braxton Miller
After a whirlwind college career that saw Miller playing both quarterback and wide receiver, he’s finally gone into the draft. Miller’s draft stock has been on the rise for weeks. If he wants to prove that he’s got what it takes to make it in the pros, Miller needs to put-up great numbers during his Combine workouts. Otherwise, the interest in this versatile player could plummet.
7. Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander
The 2016 draft has several great cornerbacks ripe for the picking. Alexander will be battled Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III and Alabama’s Eli Apple to keep the No. 1 spot at this position following the Combine. In order to stay at the top of the positional rankings, Alexander will need to look great during all of his workouts.
8. Baylor WR Corey Coleman
Coleman had a big 2015 for Baylor and is currently receiving first-round rankings in most mock drafts. If he wants to cement his chances to be the No. 2 wideout taken in April, though, Coleman has got to look impressive at the Combine. If he doesn’t put-up the right kinds of numbers, Coleman could see himself fall into the second round.
9. Oregon DE DeForest Buckner
Buckner appeals to NFL scouts because he can play both defensive end and defensive tackle well. At the Combine, however, Buckner will have to prove that he has the speed and quickness it takes to make it in the pros if he wants to maintain his top ten overall rating.
10. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott
Prescott was something of an afterthought before the 2015 college football season, when he put-up excellent numbers for the Bulldogs. If Prescott can manage to impress during the Combine, he could see his draft stock skyrocket, especially since there aren’t a lot of top quarterback options in the 2016 class.