Chris Varughese

The Bears Brawl Writer, Jr. Editor and Draft Expert


2019 NFL Combine in Indianapolis

Coming second to the actual NFL Draft, the NFL Scouting Combine is the second biggest event during the draft season. The Combine is a way for teams to evaluate all the prospects coming into the league and give them a better sense of who to pick and when to pick them. As fans of the game and respective teams, it’s an event to see what players can be the future building blocks of those teams. This guide is designed to give the fans as much information as possible about the combine. Below are dates for each position group, as well as the participants in this years’ combine, organized based on position groups. Along with the position group are drills to watch for each position, as well as some players that can be affected by each drill. Obviously, each player wants to perform well in each drill, but this focuses on some players who can affect their stock by displaying their strengths or showing improvement on their weaknesses.

Where do the Bears’ pick this draft?
    • Round 3, pick 87
    • Round 4, pick 126
    • Round 5, pick 162
    • Round 7, pick 222
    • Round 7, pick 238

Click here to see every team’s draft position.

When is the Draft:
    • Friday, March 1: RB, OL, ST, PK
    • Saturday, March 2: QB, WR, TE
    • Sunday, March 3: DL, LB
    • Monday, March 4: DB

Participants are listed based on position group:

The Prospects

Quarterbacks


Jake Browning (Washington)
Ryan Finley (NC State)
Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi)
Will Grier (West Virginia)
Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)
Tyree Jackson (Buffalo)
Daniel Jones (Duke)
Drew Lock (MIssouri)
Trace McSorley (Penn State)
Gardner Minshew (Washington State)
Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)
Brett Rypien (Boise State)
Kyle Shurmur (Vanderbilt)
Easton Stick (North Dakota State)
Jarrett Stidham (Auburn)
Jordan Ta’amu (Ole Miss)
Clayton Thorson (Northwestern)

Drills to watch for Quarterbacks:

Pocket Movement Drill: Displays quarterback footwork, agility and ability to throw while moving the pocket.

    • Easton Stick, Clayton Thorson, Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones, and Jarrett Stidham  are players who can boost their stock during this drill.

Drop-back throws: Shows arm strength, footwork, ball-placement skills.

    • Dwayne Haskins, Gardner Minshew, Drew Lock, and Brett Rypien are players who can shine during this drill.
    • 7-step rollout: Shows ability to throw on the run, speed, and accuracy.
    • Trace McSorley, Kyler Murray, Will Grier and Tyree Jackson can boost their stock during this drill.

The 40-yard dash:

By far the most hyped up and entertaining part of the combine is the 40-yard dash. But the 40-yard dash as a whole isn’t as important for every position group. However, there are portions of the run itself that can indicate different traits. For instance, the first 10 yards of the 40, and how fast it’s run indicates explosiveness and acceleration. That is an important measure for every position group. The rest of the 40 yards is more important for skill positions, such as receivers or cornerbacks.

Running Backs


Alec Ingold (FB, Wisconsin)
Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma)
Ryquell Armstead (Temple)
Alex Barnes (Kansas State)
Nick Brossette (LSU)
Myles Gaskin (Washington)
Damien Harris (Alabama)
Darrell Henderson (Memphis)
Karan Higdon (Michigan)
Justice Hill (Oklahoma State)
Elijah Holyfield (Georgia)
Travis Homer (Miami)
Josh Jacobs (Alabama)
Bryce Love (Stanford)
Alexander Mattison (Boise State)
David Montgomery (Iowa State)
Jalin Moore (App State)
Qadree Ollison (Pittsburg)
Tony Pollard (Memphis)
Miles Sanders (Penn State)
Jordan Scarlett (Florida)
LJ Scott (Michigan State)
Devin Singletary (FAU)
Benny Snell (Kentucky)
Mike Weber (Ohio State)
Dexter Williams (Notre Dame)
James Williams (Washington State)
Trayveon WIlliams (Texas A&M)

Drills to watch for Running Backs:

Off-tackle reaction drill: Tests ability to cut, vision, balance and instinct.

    • David Montgomery, Miles Sanders, Mike Weber, Devin Singletary, and James Williams are players who can boost their stock during this drill

Change of direction drill: Tests ability to accelerate, burst and explosiveness.

    • Darrell Henderson, LJ Scott, Benny Snell, Trayveon Williams, Damien Harris are players who can boost their stock if they perform well in this drill

Find the Ball Drill: Displays pass-catching ability, balance, burst.

    • Bryce Love, Travis Homer, Rodney Anderson. LJ Scott, Miles Sanders are players who can boost their stock during this drill.

 

Wide Recievers


J.J Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford)
Miles Boykin (Notre Dame)
Tyre Brady (Marshall)
AJ Brown (Ole Miss)
Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
Emmanuel Butler (Northern Arizona)
Hakeem Butler (Iowa State)
Parris Campbell (Ohio State)
Jamal Custis (Syracuse)
Felton Davis (Michigan State)
Ryan Davis (Auburn)
Johnnie Dixon (Ohio State)
Greg Dortch (Wake Forest)
Keelan Doss (Cal Davis)
Ashton Dulin (Malone University)
Jovon Durante (Florida Atlantic)J
azz Ferguson (Northwestern State)
Travis Fulgham (Old Dominion)
Terry Godwin (Georgia)
Emanuel Hall (MIssouri)
Mecole Hardman (Georgia)
Kelvin Harmon (NC State)
N’Keal Harry (Arizona State)
Lil’Jordan Humphrey (Texas)
Jalen Hurd (Baylor)
Andy Isabella (UMass)
Gary Jennings (West Virginia)
Anthony Johnson (Buffalo)
Bisi Johnson (Colorado State)
Diontae Johnson (Toledo)
KeeSean Johnson (Fresno State)
DeMarkus Lodge (Ole Miss)
Terry McLaurin (Ohio State)
D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss)
Jakobi Meyers (NC State)
Dillon Mitchell (Oregon)
Stanley Morgan (Nebraska)
Nyqwan Murray (Florida State)
Hunter Renfrow (Clemson)
Riley RIdley (Georgia)
Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)
David Sills (West Virginia)
Darius Slayton (Auburn)
Jaylen Smith (Louisville)
Cody Thompson (Toledo)
Jamarius Way (South Alabama)
Alex Wesley (Northern Colorado)
Antoine Wesley (Texas Tech)

Drills to watch for Wide Receivers:

Sideline Tap Drill: Shows body control, awareness, catching ability.

    • Riley Ridley, Jakobi Meyers, Ashton Dulin, Darius Slayton, and Tyre Brady are some players who can boost their stock during this drill

Over the Shoulder Drill: Ball-Tracking ability, footwork on deep balls

    • Darius Slayton, Deebo Samuel, Jamal Custis, Antoine Wesley, Emanuel Hall need to show their deep ball skills during this drill.

Receiving Gauntlet: Ability to catch, speed.

    • Ryan Davis, Terry McLaurin, Terry Godwin, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey are players to keep an eye on during this drill.

Route running drills: Route running, agility, change of direction, catching ability.

    • Hunter Renfrow, Diontae Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Antoine Wesley, Greg Dortch need to show off during this drill.

Tight Ends


Kendall Blanton (Missouri)
Keenen Brown (Texas State)
C.J. Conrad (Kentucky)
Noah Fant (Iowa)
Zach Gentry (Michigan)
Daniel Helm (Duke)
T.J. Hockenson (Iowa)
Dawson Knox (Mississippi)
Alize Mack (Notre Dame)
Foster Moreau (LSU)
Isaac Nauta (Georgia)
Josh Oliver (San Jose State)
Dax Raymond (Utah State)
Drew Sample (Washington)
Irv Smith (Alabama)
Kaden Smith (Stanford)
Jace Sternberger (Texas A&M)
Tommy Sweeney (Boston College)
Kahale Warring (San Diego State)
Trevon Wesco (West Virginia)
Caleb Wilson (UCLA)

Drills to watch for Tight Ends:

Sideline Tap Drill: Body control, catching ability, sideline awareness.

    • Tommy Sweeney, Kahale Warring, Isaac Nauta and Foster Moreau can boost their stock in this drill.

Over the Shoulder Drill: Shows ball tracking ability, footwork and acceleration.

    • Jace Sternberger, Zach Gentry, Keenen Brown, and Josh Oliver need to show off their big play ability to boost their stock.

Receiving Gauntlet: Receiving ability, and speed.

    • Kendall Blanton, Jace Sternberger, Isaac Nauta and Dax Raymond are players who can boost their stock during this drill.

 

Offensive Line & Tackle


Offensive Line:

Zack Bailey (South Carolina)
Alex Bars (Notre Dame)
Ryan Bates (Penn State)
Beau Benzschawel (Wisconsin)
Garrett Bradbury (NC State)
Shaq Calhoun (Mississippi State)
Nate Davis (North Carolina Charlotte)
Michael Deiter (Wisconsin)
Hjalte Froholdt (Arkansas)
Lamont Gaillard (Georgia)
Ethan Greenidge (Villanova)
Phil Haynes (Wake Forest)
Nate Herbig (Stanford)
Martez Ivey (Florida)
Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State)
Fred Johnson (Florida)
Chris Lindstrom (Boston College)
Erik McCoy (Texas A&M)
Connor McGovern (Penn State)
Sua Opeta (Weber State)
Javon Patterson (Mississippi)
Ben Powers (Oklahoma)
Trevon Tate (Memphis)

Offensive Tackles:

Paul Adams (Missouri)
Jackson Barton (Utah)
Yodny Cajuste (West Virginia)
Dennis Daley (South Carolina)
Andre Dillard (Washington State)
Chuma Edoga (USC)
David Edwards (Wisconsin)
Bobby Evans (Oklahoma)
Cody Ford (Oklahoma)
Derwin Gray (Maryland)
Donnell Greene (Minnesota)
Tytus Howard (Alabama State)
Mitch Hyatt (Clemson)
Andre James (UCLA)
Devon Johnson (Ferris State)
Tyler Jones (NC State)
Mike Jordan (Ohio State)
Brandon Knight (Indiana)
Greg Little (Mississippi)
Kaleb McGary (Washington)
Joshua Miles (Morgan State)
Yosh Nijman (Virginia Tech)
Ross Pierschbacher (Alabama)
Trey Pipkins (Sioux Falls)
Ryan Pope (San Diego State)
Isaiah Prince (Ohio State)
Dalton Risner (Kansas State)
Tyler Roemer (San Diego State)
Dru Samia (Oklahoma)
Max Scharping (Northern Illinois)
William Sweet (North Carolina)
Jawaan Taylor (Florida)
Oli Udoh (Elon)
Jonah Williams (Alabama)

Drills to watch for Offensive Lineman:

COD Wave Drill: Shows off speed, explosiveness, agility.

    • Offensive tackles are the primary points of inspection of this drill. Kaleb McGary, Mitch Hyatt and Dennis Daley need to prove their agility to boost their stock.

Long Pull Drill: Shows speed

    • Targets offensive guards.Hjalte Froholdt, Lamont Gaillard, Alex Bars can improve their stock with a good performance in this drill.

Short Pull Power Drill: Explosiveness, power, punch.

    • Nate Davis, Ethan Greenidge, Michael Deiter, and Erik McCoy can improve their stock with this drill.

Pass Pro Mirror Drill: Agility, change of direction.

    • Isaiah Prince, Jonah Williams, Zack Bailey, and Beau Benzschawel can show off their agility with this drill.

Defensive Lineman


Zach Allen (Boston College)
Terry Beckner (Missouri)
Nick Bosa (Ohio State)
Isaiah Buggs (Alabama)
Demarcus Christmas (Florida State)
L.J. Collier (TCU)
John Cominsky (Charleston)
Byron Cowart (Maryland)
Maxx Crosby (Eastern Michigan)
Greg Gaines (Washington)
Rashan Gary (Michigan)
Kevin Givens (Penn State)
Trysten Hill (Central Florida)
Albert Huggins (Clemson)
Joe Jackson (Miami)
Dre’Mont Jones (Ohio State)
Kingsley Keke (Texas A&M)
Dexter Lawrence (Clemson)
Jonathan Ledbetter (Georgia)
Daylon Mack (Texas A&M)
Anthony Nelson (Iowa)
Ed Oliver (Houston)
Charles Omenihu (Texas)
Dontavius Russell (Auburn)
Khalen Saunders (Western Illinois)
Chris Slayton (Syracuse)
Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame)
Armon Watts (Arkansas)
Christian Wilkins (Clemson)
Quinnen Williams (Alabama)
Gerald Willis (Miami)
Daniel Wise (Kansas)
Renell Wren (Arizona State)

Drills to watch for Defensive Lineman:

Punch & Hand Shiver Drill: Displays hand speed, coordination, agility.

    • L.J. Collier, Daylon Mack, Anthony Nelson, and Zach Allen can show off their hand strength during this drill to boost their stock.

Body Control Drill: Shows explosiveness, burst and acceleration.

    • Jonathan Ledbetter, Gerald Willis, Joe Jackson, and Trysten Hills need to show their burst and acceleration to boost their stock.

4 Bag COD Drill: Shows agility, power and flexibility.

    • Albert Huggins, Byron Cowart, Dre’Mont Jones, and Maxx Crosby can show off their flexibility and power during this drill.

Edge Defender


Josh Allen (Kentucky)
Ben Banogu (TCU)
Jordan Brailford (Oklahoma State)
Austin Bryant (Clemson)
Brian Burns (Florida State)
Malik Carney (North Carolina)
Jamal Davis (Akron)
Clelin Ferrell (Clemson)
Carl Granderson (Wyoming)
Gerri Green (Mississippi State)
Porter Gustin (USC)
Justin Hollins (Oregon)
CeCe Jefferson (Florida)
Jalen Jelks (Oregon)
Darryl Johnson (North Carolina A&T)
Christian Miller (Alabama)
Shareef Miller (Penn State)
Jachai Polite (Miami)
Wyatt Ray (Boston College)
Sutton Smith (Northern Illinois)
Montez Sweat (Mississippi State)
D’Andre Walker (Georgia)
Chase Winovich (Michigan)
Oshane Ximines (Old Dominion)

Drills to watch for Edge defenders:

Punch &Hand Shiver Drill: Displays hand speed, coordination, agility.

    • Ben Banogu, Jamal Davis, Jalen Jelks, and Carl Granderson need to show agility in order to boost their stock.

Body Control Drill: Shows explosiveness, burst and acceleration.

    • Wyatt Ray, D’Andre Walker, Christian Miller, and Porter Gustin need to be able to perform well to boost their stock.

4 Bag COD Drill: Shows agility, power and flexibility.

    • Chase Winovich, Shareef Miller, Justin Hollins, and Malik Carney need to perform well to boost their stock during this drill.

Linebacker


Azeez Al-Shaair (FAU)
Otaro Alaka (Texas A&M)
Dakota Allen (Texas Tech)
Bryson Allen-Williams (South Carolina)
Jeff Allison (Fresno State)
Cody Barton (Utah)
Ben Burr-Kirven (Washington)
Devin Bush (Michigan)
Blake Cashman (Minnesota)
Te’Von Coney (Notre Dame)
Ryan Connelly (Wisconsin)
Deshaun Davis (Auburn)
Tyrel Dodson (Texas A&M)
T.J. Edwards (Wisconsin)
Emeke Egbule (Houston)
Joe Giles-Harris (Duke)
Dre Greenlaw (Arkansas)
Nate Hall (Northwestern)
Terez Hall (Missouri)
Terrill Hanks (New Mexico State)
Chase Hansen (Utah)
Gary Johnson (Texas)
Jordan Jones (Kentucky)
Vosean Joseph (Florida)
Joseph Kendall (Clemson)
Tre Lamar (Clemson)
David Long (West Virginia)
Bobby Okereke (Stanford)
Germaine Pratt (NC State)
Cameron Smith (USC)
Ty Summers (TCU)
Sione Takitaki (BYU)
Jahlani Tavai (Hawaii)
Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame)
Andrew Van Ginkel (Wisconsin)
Devin White (LSU)
Mack Wilson (Alabama)

Drills to watch Drills to watch for Linebackers:

4 Bag Agility Drill: Displays agility, hand coordination, speed, fluidity.

    • Dakota Allen, Jeff Allison, Ben Burr-Kirven, Cameron Smith and Tre Lamar are players to keep an eye out for during this drill as they try and boost their stock.

Wave Drill: Shows agility, explosiveness, speed, and break on the ball.

    • Terrill Hanks, Joseph Kendall, Devin White, Mack Wilson and Dre Greenlaw are players to look for during this drill.

90 Degree Catch Drill: Displays ball-skills, break on ball.

    • Ty Summers, David Long, Nate Hall and Vosean Joseph need to perform well to boost their stock.

Pass rush drill: Shows speed, burst, hand-fighting technique.

    • Devin White, Cameron Smith, Joe Giles-Harris, and Dakota Allen can boost their stock if they perform well this drill.

Cornerback


Blessuan Austin (Rutgers)
Derrick Baity (Kentucky)
Deandre Baker (Georgia)
Corey Ballentine (Washburn)
Kris Boyd (Texas)
Blace Brown (Troy)
Jordan Brown (South Dakota State)
Sean Bunting (Central Michigan)
Hamp Cheevers (Boston College)
Xavier Crawford (Central Michigan)
Davante Davis (Texas)
Jamel Dean (Auburn)
Rashad Fenton (South Carolina)
Mark Fields (Clemson)
Montre Hartage (Northwestern)
Alijah Holder (Stanford)
Mike Jackson (Miami)
Isaiah Johnson (Houston)
Lonnie Johnson (Kentucky)
Justin Layne (Michigan State)
Iman Lewis-Marshall (USC)
David Long (MIchigan)
Julian Love (Notre Dame)
Jordan Miller (Washington)
Trayvon Mullen (Clemson)
Byron Murphy (Washington)
Amani Oruwariye (Penn State)
Jamal Peters (Mississippi State)
Ryan Pulley (Arkansas)
Kendall Sheffield (Ohio State)
Saivion Smith (Alabama)
Derrek Thomas (Baylor)
Ken Webster (Mississippi)
Greedy Williams (LSU)
Joejuan Williams (Vanderbilt)
Rock Ya-Sin (Temple)

Drills to watch for cornerbacks:

Backpedal, Turn & Catch Drill: Displays hip fluidity, ball skills, and footwork.

    • Hamp Cheevers, Jordan Miller, Saivion Smith, and Sean Bunting can boost their stock by showing off their fluidity and footwork.

“W” Drill: Shows acceleration, break on the ball, footwork and explosiveness.

    • Isaiah Johnson, Kris Boyd, Kendall Sheffield, and Trayvon Mullen can show off their break on the ball during this drill.

Backpedal and Weave: Displays footwork, agility, ball skills.

    • Rock Ya-Sin, Rashad Fenton, Amani Oruwariye, and Blessuan Austin need to perform well to boost their draft stock.

Close and Speed Turn Drill: Shows burst, explosiveness, ball skills and agility.

    • Jamal Peters, Mark Fields, Montre Hartage and Mike Jackson need to perform well to improve their draft stock.

Saftey


Johnathan Abram (Mississippi State)
Nasir Adderley (Delaware)
Ugo Amadi (Oregon)
John Battle (LSU)
Mike Bell (Fresno State)
Marquise Blair (Utah)
Jonathan Crawford (Indiana)
Lukas Denis (Boston College)
D’Cota Dixon (Wisconsin)
Mike Edwards (Kentucky)
Malik Grant (Marshall)
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida)
Saquan Hampton (Rutgers)
Will Harris (Boston College)
Amani Hooker (Iowa)
Jaquan Johnson (Miami)
Mark McLaurin (Mississippi State)
Taylor Rapp (Washington)
Sheldrick Redwine (Miami)
Darnell Savage (Maryland)
Marvell Tell (USC)
Deionte Thompson (Alabama)
Juan Thornhill (Virginia)
Darius West (Kentucky)
Khari Willis (Michigan State)
Donovan Wilson (Texas A&M)
Andrew Wingard (Wyoming)
Zedrick Woods (Mississippi)
Evan Worthington (Colorado)

Drills to watch for safeties:

Backpedal, Turn & Catch Drill: Displays hip fluidity, ball skills, and footwork.

    • Saquan Hampton, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Ugo Amadi and John Battle are some prospects who can improve on their stock during this drill.

“W” Drill: Shows acceleration, break on the ball, footwork and explosiveness.

    • Sheldrick Redwine, Darnell Savage, Mike Edwards, and Khari Willis are players who can improve their draft stock during this drill.

Backpedal and Weave: Displays footwork, agility, ball skills.

    • Zedrick Woods, Evan Worthington, Darius West, Amani Hooker can show off their footwork during this drill.

Close and Speed Turn Drill: Shows burst, explosiveness, ball skills and agility.

    • Jonathan Crawford, D’Cota Dixon, Marvell Tell are some players who have something to prove during this drill.