Scouting Combine: Five players who impressed on Friday

Giants believe Eli Manning'has years left as starting QB in NFL

Giants believe Eli Manning'has years left as starting QB in NFL

As we saw here, Saquon Barkley did and #Orlando Brown did not. As for Lauletta, he ran in a time of 4.81 seconds, which was sixth. Teams have done all their evaluations of his tape that they need, but the pure athleticism of this dude was on full display from the Combine.

Saquon Barkley's testing numbers at the NFL Combine, along with his position rank. There's absolutely no reason he should get past the Cleveland Browns' second first-round pick at No. 4. Yup, Barkley was faster than all of them. While there's not a ton an offensive lineman can do to alter their stock at the combine, Brown managed to find those things and do poorly.

"When are you going to watch Orlando Brown run 40 yards down the field?" While running the 40-yard dash, Jones appeared to come up lame - later having a confirmed hamstring injury. Meanwhile, N.C. State's Jaylen Samuels tied with Gesicki for the best 40-yard dash time among tight ends, though he isn't the prototypical player for the position. He was a two-time Second-Team AP All-American and First-Team All-Conference USA honoree at UTEP. The bench press made grown men gasp and the vertical put Barkley into Myles Garrett territory.

The Lions are light years ahead of the Browns these days, though their running game is worse. But what's hard to overcome are the intangibles.

That came after he logged 29 reps on the bench press, a figure which dwarfed numerous offensive linemen here in Indianapolis.


The schedule of events, which can be viewed here, kicked off on Friday, Mar. 2, with workouts and drills for prospective offensive linemen, running backs and special teams.

In this longer version of the 20-yard shuttle, the player runs 5 yards out and back, 10 yards out and back and 15 yards out and back and must touch the line on the ground at each of the five changes of direction. "He matched Barkley's 29 reps on the bench Thursday, and was second in the broad jump (10'8"), which helps measure explosiveness.

- South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert, another top-tier tight end prospect, didn't participate in on-field drills after leading the pack with 23 bench press repetitions Friday. Whether or not you view running back as an essential position, the opportunity to uncover greatness is one that simply can not be taken for granted.

"Brown's 19.5" vertical would be worst of any player ever drafted.

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