By Tyler Vanderelst |Staff Writer|
The National Football League (NFL) combine is where
the top college prospects gather for physical tests, so that professional teams can scout out some of the best players for the NFL draft.
This year’s showcase, held at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, featured many talented players; some of which were able to break previous combine records.
One of the biggest feats of the event was a runner of the 40-yard dash. The runner allows players to see how fast they can run 40 yards.
Before this year, the record for the 40-yard dash was held by Chris Johnson at his combine in 2008, when he ran a lightning fast time of 4.24 seconds.
Going into the combine, there was speculation that wide receiver John Ross from the University of Washington could break Johnson’s record.
Ross did just that when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds.
Student Bryce Miller watched via television, blown away when he witnessed Ross break the record.
“I had no idea he was going to run that fast, that was incredible,” said Miller.
His showing at the combine is one that will probably get him drafted early. That potentially means more money for him but it also means higher expectations.
They had a lot of athletes that came out and gave it everything they had to prove themselves to teams that might be interested in drafting them.
A projected top draft pick, defensive end Myles Garrett from the University of Texas A&M, also had an excellent combine.
Due to his work there, he is now projected to be the first draft pick in the upcoming draft.
After placing in the top five in every category he participated in, most NFL scouts were blown away, along with fans of the sport like Brandon Davis.
“That man was a monster, he looked like he was already an elite professional football player,” said Davis.
Another standout athlete was running back Leonard Fournette, from Louisiana State University. He is known as a large running back with power, but does not have much speed.
Cole Flowers’ favorite college football team is LSU, so he thinks Fournette is the best player in the draft, and will resemble one of the greats in the NFL right now.
“Leonard Fournette is going to be the next Adrian Peterson and he is going to take the league by storm, and I think he will win the Rookie of the Year Award,” said Flowers.
The results of the 2017 NFL Draft will be announced on April 27, and we will then see where all of these NFL hopefuls will land.