The Combine is, of course, a pre-draft prospect evaluation event held annually in Indianapolis, Indiana—and that one year came just weeks before Peyton Manning was drafted one spot ahead of Ryan Leaf.
The combine (I never know if that word should be capitalized) came and went again this past weekend, and from what I could glean from Twitter, a lot of guys ran really, really, really fast.
One such guy was D.K. Metcalf, a wide receiver from Ole Miss whose dad, Terrence, spent seven seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman. Speaking of big players, at 228 lbs, D.K. is not only really big for a wide-out, he’s really fast for a big wide-out—his 40 time of 4.33 was the fastest ever recorded at the Combine by a player over 225 lbs.
The 49ers are reportedly interested in Metcalf, whose stock will now likely rise to parallel San Francisco’s number two overall draft pick. That might be bad news for the Steelers and their fans—why trade the number two pick for Antonio Brown, when you can get a rookie receiver with crazy measurables (and without the crazy behavior) with that draft choice?
Anyway, that’s my biggest takeaway from the just concluded 2019 NFL Combine—D.K. Metcalf’s combine workout has destroyed whatever hope remained for Pittsburgh acquiring the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
My other big takeaway despite not really watching or paying much attention to the combine (every other “Combine” will begin with a lowercase “C” until I get some answers) was that the Steelers were interested enough in LSU inside linebacker Devin White (yeah, right, no chance in heck of getting him at No. 20) and Alabama inside linebacker Mack Wilson (he’s a fringe first-round pick at this point, so the cries would be “Reach! Reach! Reach!” on draft night) to officially interview them.
In my opinion, inside linebacker is Pittsburgh’s biggest need heading into the draft (although, it could be wide receiver if Brown leaves and isn’t sufficiently replaced during free agency). So I was glad that some of the best prospects at the position were getting attention.
Other than those nuggets, I don’t have much to say about the 2019 NFL Combine, other than I’m glad you pay close attention to it. Why? Because it’s about that time of year where I research all of your research and use it to write draft articles (sometimes, actual mock, mock drafts that make people angry).
So, finally, I want to thank you for all the combine work you do because it makes my post-combine and pre-draft life easier.
Now, get cracking on some Combine articles. I’ve got a quota to fill.