After the combine wrapped up yesterday, I wrote a piece on who improved their draft stock in performing well in Combine drills, such as Solomon Thomas and Obi Melifonwu.
Today, I’ll cover some guys who may have hurt themselves more than helped themselves.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Heading into the Combine, Cook was highly regarded as the best running back in the entire 2017 draft class based on his resume’ stemming from Florida State.
However, if anyone’s draft stock was dramatically hurt at the Combine, it was Cook’s. He was expected to perform his drills well, as he’s known for his athleticism and speed, but he disappointed. He ran a 4.49 second 40 yard dash, only .01 seconds faster than Leonard Fournette, who weighs 30 lbs more than Cook. His broad jump was 116 inches, ranking in the 44th percentile among running backs (per MockDraftable.com). He ran a 7.27 second 3 cone drill, ranking in the 10th percentile, and a 4.53 20 yard shuttle, ranking in the 8th percentile.
Dalvin Cook has been previously mocked to go in the top 5-10 picks in the draft. Now, there’s potential for him to fall out of the first round.
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
I’m not overly worried about Jonathan Allen’s combine results like some other people are, however, it would be unfair for me to say he didn’t hurt his draft stock at all.
In comparison defensive ends, he only ranked in higher than the 50th percentile in one category: His weight (286 lbs) in the 90th percentile. Most of his other drills were disappointing as well.
He ran his 40 in 5 seconds flat, ranking in the 13th percentile. He also ranked in the 13th percentile in his 3 cone drill, running that in 7.49 seconds. In terms of jumps, he had a 30 inch vertical and 108 inch broad jump, landing in the 17th and 14th percentiles, respectively, for those tests.
I didn’t expect Allen to have great test results for a player of his size (6-3, 286 lbs), but all in all, the Combine was a disappointment for Allen.
Who disappointed you at the Combine?