NFL Combine 2018: Risers & Fallers from Indianapolis

Auburn guard Braden Smith did 35 repetitions with a 225-pound weight bar at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday.

When people ask me why I watch the draft or follow the combine I have no answer.

While Darnold is still the heavy favorite to be selected as the first overall pick by the Browns, the team is also in need of help at running back. They'll share this year's title as the fastest player from the week in Indianapolis.

During this past week's NFL Combine in Indianapolis, a group of ex-Cleveland coaches got together to have a party at a restaurant in Indianapolis.

20-yard shuttle run: Defensive back Tony Brown (Alabama), 4.11 seconds; wide receiver Robert Foster (Alabama), 4.20; defensive back Siran Neal (Eufaula, Jacksonville State), 4.28.

Josh Allen was the top performer among all quarterbacks in the Combine.

This would be a monumental blunder by the Browns, a team that consistently passes on early quarterbacks and consistently loses most (or all) of their games, yet consistently fails to realize the correlation. Each of the top QBs in this class come with their own unique question marks, so taking a shot on Mayfield, who could change the culture in Cleveland from Day 1 if given the opportunity, isn't a bad idea.

As Jim Reineking of USA Today notes, most offensive tackles have somewhere around a 5.24-second 40-yard dash time, a 28.4-inch vertical and an 8.5-foot broad jump. He had a good Combine showing off his versatility. Ward likely cemented his status as a top-15 pick, but the Lions could have a shot at Jackson in the first or second round, and Nickerson can likely be had with a value pick late due to his slight frame. Darius Slay blazed a 4.36-second 40-yard dash back when he was at the 2013 combine.

He ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard-dash, tying his brother Shaquill Griffin (Seattle Seahawks third round pick) from a year ago despite weighing 23 pounds more than him. Bryan had the second-best time in the 3-cone drill (7.12 seconds) and was fourth in the broad jump (9 feet, 11 inches). He measured in at 6-foot-2 and 311 pounds, and ran a 4.95-second 40. But he still doesn't warrant consideration at the top of the draft.

  • Stacy Allen