Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor

Four prospects who increased their draft stock at the 2020 NFL Combine

  • 2020 NFL Draft
  • Ezra Cleveland
  • Isaiah Simmons
  • Jeremy Chinn
  • Jonathan Taylor
By Jason Engstrom March 5, 2020 0 Comment
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The 2020 NFL Combine has concluded and like every year, there were prospects that improved their draft stock with their performances.

The annual ‘underwear Olympics’ has concluded, with all 32 NFL teams in attendance. Every year prospects go through the most intense job interview of their lives, including team meetings, private workouts, and physical testing. The national media then tries to glean every bit of every of information from every passing comment from a scout or general manager. But, in the end, every team has its board and will raise and lower prospects according to their preferences. Some prospects that made themselves some money at the NFL Combine:

Isaiah Simmons (Clemson LB)

The Clemson star showcased extreme versatility and a very diverse skill set on film. A defensive coordinator with a little imagination could make Simmons a chess piece that can rove the field, causing mismatches. Though many thought Simmons was very athletic, no one saw a 4.39 forty yard dash at 238 pounds coming. His explosive measurements were excellent with a 39″ vertical and a 132″ broad jump. Simmons should be a lock for the top ten in the 2020 draft, and it’s doubtful he drops past the Carolina Panthers at pick 7.

Ezra Cleveland (Boise State OT)

Cleveland was always pegged as an athletic guy that fit a zone scheme, as long as he could withstand the rigors of NFL play. His functional strength was the biggest question that many talent evaluators had, and his respectable 30 reps on the bench should ease some of those concerns. His other numbers were high as well, as he scored a 9.92 on Kent Platte’s RAS grading system. He probably locked himself in as an early day two selection with his solid athletic testing.

Jeremy Chinn (Southern Illinois S)

Chinn eased a lot of concerns about himself during the process so far. He had a solid Senior Bowl performance and earned comparisons to perennial enforcer Kam Chancellor by Senior Bowl scouting director, Jim Nagy. Between that and his ridiculously athletic testing scores, Chinn probably ends up as an early day two selection as well.

Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin RB)

Taylor, in a head to head competition with D’Andre Swift for RB1, made a legitimate argument for his case. While his tape showed an explosive, agile running back that can run hard between the tackles. His athletic ability was never in question, but his size/speed correlation likely makes him a fringe day one player. At 226 pounds, he clocked in a 4.39 second 40 yard dash time. He compares favorably with Giant’s star Saquan Barkley.

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