The NFL combine has come and gone it's time to ask how the MAC players performed. In my opinion no one really improved or hurt their stock in a significant manner but sometimes being in the middle of the pack is just as bad as tanking. That being said let's see who impressed and who left Indianapolis wishing they had done a little bit more.
The good news for all the players is that they still have their Pro Day coming up to impress the scouts one more time.
Who helped their draft stock
- Quinten Rollins, Miami-DB
Coming into the combine all the talk was about what his 40-time would be. Many experts questioned if he had the speed to play on the outside. He ran a 4.57 which was slower than what he wanted but not a huge deal. According to NFL.com's Mike Huguenin at that speed he might have to be a nickelback or safety. His ball skills are something scouts have been raving about and he put that on display in the workouts. He had the highest overall combine grade of 5.81 which projects that he has a chance to become an NFL starter.
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It's always tough to judge a DT's combine numbers when he is placed in a group with the smaller edge rushers. His 5.25 40 was the fourth slowest but his 1.79 10 yard split showed his explosiveness. His arms measured at 32.25 inches and teams love defensive lineman with long arms.
- Titus Davis, CMU-WR
Running an official 4.51 40-time didn't get him into the top 20 but kept Davis within a respectable distance of the leaders. His "small hands" also might have scared away some scouts as they measured just 8.25 inches. He should have dismissed any of those doubts in the gauntlet as he had a near perfect performance with the only ball he dropped was a rocket aimed for his head.
Who hurt their draft stock
Brown received the lowest overall grade combine grade of the MAC invitees at 4.9 (projecting that he will be in an NFL training camp). His 40 time wasn't impressive in a very deep WR group at 4.54. The 40 is the most talked about drill, whether it predicts good prospects is another debate. Not impressing in the 40 does not bode well for a player who needs to stand out from the crowd. In all the other drills he was in the top 20 and tied 5th in the bench press at 17 reps. He showed good agility in the 3 cone drill with the 11th fastest time and tied for 6th on the 20 yard shuffle. Bottom line is Brown's 40 time wasn't impressive and he needed it to be.
- Jahwan Edwards, Ball State-RB
A slow 40 time at 4.8 was not what he needed. Even worse was his 12.4 60 yard shuttle where he was dead last by 0.64 seconds. Like most guys, Edwards needed something that distanced himself from the crowd and failed to do so. He finished with an overall grade of 5.08.
- Jean Sifrin, UMass-TE
Sifrin needed to really put his athleticism on display to nullify the fact that he is a fossil of a rookie at age 27. I'm not sure he did that as he ran a 4.84 40 yard dash which was in the lower half of the TE's. He was pretty much right in the middle of the pack in all drills, even the vertical where he measured at just 33 inches, that being only better than four other prospects. His height came in at 6-5 which is a full two inches smaller than what he was listed at in college. He did have the largest hands off all the TE's at 11 inches.
On UMass TE Jean Sifrin, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock says, "4.84 is not what I expected to see from a guy with his athletic ability."— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) February 20, 2015
- Donald Celiscar, WMU-DB
I appreciate everyone support thank for tuning in not the performance I wanted in my 40 but I'll do better at pro day thanks again God bless— FLASH1834 (@flash1834) February 23, 2015
Too close to call
- Greg Mancz,Toledo-OL
- Thomas Rawls, CMU-RB