Yesterday, offensive lineman and running backs took to the field for combine drills and it was not disappointing. Nothing major happened among the lineman, as top prospects dominated and potential first overall pick Laremy Tunsil looked like the best player in the country like he has all season. The running backs, however, put on a show.
Top prospect Ezekiel Elliott went in yesterday hoping to cement himself as a first round pick and his performance was great. During on-field drills, he looked natural and fluid, while making most other running backs look inferior. Elliott also ran 4.47, which should help his first round case as well. The biggest takeaway from Elliott’s performance, though, is his improving skills as a pass catcher. His routes looked crisp and his hands seemed natural throughout the day, showing his potential as an every down back.
Another running back that turned in a great performance is Keith Marshall out of Georgia. Marshall ran a 4.31 in the 40, the fastest of the day, and was top 5 in almost all other drills for running backs. Marshall becomes a very intriguing prospect after performance yesterday and could rise up draft boards. He’s a former 5-star recruit that backed up both Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, but he has looked elite when given carries and he possess elite speed for the professional level.
Lastly there was Heisman winner Derrick Henry. Henry’s performance was eye-opening to say the least. His numbers were extremely similar to Super Bowl MVP Von Miller showing that he is an elite athlete. Henry displayed the unique ability he brings to the football field and showed scouts he has some speed despite being such a big back. His numbers have not been seen at the running back position before and it’s interesting to see how scouts will evaluate and value him for the draft.