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2024 NFL Combine: Top Standout Performances

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Top NFL Combine Performers For Fantasy Football

As I watched the combine in my office while doing work, I came to the realization that it is that time of year again. It is time for fantasy football players to scout the league’s future stars before their 2024 dynasty rookie drafts in the later part of the summer. In my opinion, this is the most exciting part of the fantasy football offseason. Once again, we’ll look at the top-performing players who stormed the combine. Stay tuned for an exciting moment that may not happen again in a long time later in the article.

Bo Nix – QB, Oregon

Measurements:

Height Weight Arm Hand
6’2” 214 lbs 31 7/8’’ 10 1/8”

Combine Results:

40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Split Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yd Shuttle Bench Press
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Analysis: Nix’s performance was solid this past weekend at the combine. He threw the ball at 58 MPH during the hardest throw contest. In passing drills, he was extremely accurate on the slant, post, and curl routes. He could improve on the comeback and circle routes and his accuracy throwing the deep ball. His footwork in the pocket was excellent, there was only one comment from a coach telling him to plant his foot when he throws. His pro comparison at the combine was former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Grade: A-

Michael Penix Jr. – QB, Washington

Measurements:

Height Weight Arm Hand
6’2” 216 lbs 33 5/8’’ 10 ½”

Combine Results:

40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Split Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yd Shuttle Bench Press
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Analysis: Another performance that was impressive this past weekend was Penix Jr.’s. Penix Jr. was efficient in completing short routes such as the out and zig routes. He was also efficient in throwing the circle route which is a medium route. His deep throw was on target, except one throw was overthrown slightly, but that was questionable as I thought the receiver might have pulled up a little bit. His fade/lob pass (red zone pass) could use some work, he needs to put a little more air under it just a little more and he’ll be good to go. His footwork and composure were solid and showcased the strength of his arm. He did not compete in the hardest throw contest. His pro comparison at the combine was current Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Grade: A

Braelon Allen – RB, Wisconsin

Measurements:

Height Weight Arm Hand
6’1” 235 lbs 31 ¼’’ 9 ¼’’

Combine Results:

40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Split Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yd Shuttle Bench Press
N/A N/A 32” 9’9” N/A N/A 26 Reps

Analysis: Allen was the biggest running back at the combine standing 6’1” and weighing 235 lbs and you absolutely noticed it. His vision, footwork, speed, acceleration, and quickness were on display during the combine. The only thing he could improve on is his pass-catching ability as he dropped one pass and opted out of another. However, he caught a deep throw in one of the pass-catching drills. In my opinion, he is more of a pure running back, known for his ability to rush the football. His pro comparison at the combine was former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush.

Grade: B+

Blake Corum – RB, Michigan

Measurements:

Height Weight Arm Hand
5’8” 205 lbs 28 7/8” 9”

Combine Results:

40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Split Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yd Shuttle Bench Press
4.53 seconds 1.58 seconds 35.5’’ N/A 6.82 seconds 4.12 seconds 27 Reps

Analysis: Corum is one of the most popular names in the 2024 NFL Draft class for good reason. He entered the combine as one of the top prospects at the running back position and he performed like it. His rushing skills were solid as his vision, footwork, speed, acceleration, power, and quickness were strongpoints. His pass-catching skills were efficient as well, as he caught short passes from the out and angle routes and a long pass from the go route. He did not have an NFL pro comparison at the combine. In my opinion, his pro comparison is current Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler.

Grade: A

Rome Odunze – WR, Washington

Measurements:

Height Weight Arm Hand
6’3” 212 lbs 32 ¼” 9 ¼”

Combine Results:

40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Split Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yd Shuttle Bench Press
4.45 seconds 1.52 seconds 39’’ 10’4’’ 6.88 seconds 4.03 seconds N/A

Analysis: Odunze solidified himself as one of top receivers of the 2024 NFL Draft class with a brilliant combine performance. He showcased his excellent hands, footwork, route running, and was effectively able to track the ball. Odunze caught every pass in the gauntlet and caught passes from the out, post, and fade routes. His pro comparison at the combine was former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Grade: A

Adonai Mitchell – WR, University of Mississippi

Measurements:

Height Weight Arm Hand
6’2” 205 lbs 32 3/8’’ 9”

Combine Results:

40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Split Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yd Shuttle Bench Press
4.34 seconds 1.52 seconds 39.5’’ 11’4’’ N/A N/A N/A

Analysis: I first noticed Mitchell’s elite speed when watching him perform. He combined that with great hands, route running, footwork, and tracking the ball. He ran the gauntlet twice. The first time he slipped after the fourth pass and the second time the fourth pass was just out of his reach. Otherwise, he caught every ball thrown to him, including passes from the curl route and go route. His pro comparison at the combine was current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens.

Grade B+

Cade Stover – TE, Ohio State

Measurements:

Height Weight Arm Hand
6’4” 247 lbs 32 ¾” 9 ¾”

Combine Results:

40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Split Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yd Shuttle Bench Press
4.65 seconds 1.59 seconds 34.5’’ 9’9’’ N/A 4.45 N/A

Analysis: Stover showed his pass-catching abilities at the combine this past weekend. His playing style is pass-catch first, block second. When running the gauntlet, he ran smoothly and was able to track and catch all the passes. He possesses “pillows” for hands with how efficiently he can catch and secure the football. The only thing he can work on is his run-blocking with being a tad more aggressive. His pro comparison at the combine was current Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson.

Grade: A

A.J. Barner – TE, University of Michigan

Measurements:

Height Weight Arm Hand
6’6” 251 lbs 33 3/8” 9”

Combine Results:

40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Split Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yd Shuttle Bench Press
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Analysis: Regardless of that Barner decided to not participate in the athletic testing did not change anything regarding his draft stock. He will most likely perform during Michigan’s pro day as well. Personally, I thought Barner stood out as a pass-catcher catching every pass in the gauntlet and locating and securing the ball in the fade/lob drill. The one thing I noticed was that he needs to get more comfortable getting two feet in bounds near the sideline. Most scouts have him as a great run-blocker and a decent pass-catcher, but I saw more than that on his tape. He did not have an NFL pro comparison at the combine. In my opinion, his pro comparison is current Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce due to his frame and route running.

Grade: A-

HIGHLIGHT ALERT!

Yes, that is correct. Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy broke the 40-yard dash NFL Combine record this past weekend, running an official 4.21 seconds during the drill.

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