Going into the NFL Combine, who are the five best players regardless of position? If they show up, who will get the longest look?
Daily Five: Best (or safest) NFL Prospects Regardless Of Position
The quarterbacks have the special upside, but there are gaping flaws with all of them.
The top running backs are great, but there are just enough concerns to be wary – like the Saquon Barkley disappearing act in too many games.
Part of the process is minimizing risk. Look at the history of the NFL Draft, and no matter where teams pick, it’s not as easy as it seems to grab a consistent all-star starter.
So who are five of the cleanest prospects in the draft – at least for the moment?
5. OG Will Hernandez, UTEP
Okay, so he has short arms, and there’s going to be a big red mark about his 6-2 size. Get over it. Fast.
Really? You’re going to take a short guard ahead of a Barkley, Rosen or Darnold? Nah, but when it comes to finding almost sure-thing starters for the next decade, here you go.
Granted, he was a soul-crusher of a blocker in the Conference USA world and not the SEC or Big Ten, but get past that, too – he destroyed the Senior Bowl practices.
The guy just does everything right.
He’s a killer of a competitor who always finishes his blocks, he can’t be moved off his base, and he can move.
There won’t be a physically stronger blocker on any line, and he’s just the type of guy who’ll feed off the knocks on his size as he becomes a ten-year starter.
There might be more exciting draft picks – infrastructure is rarely sexy – but a rock-solid safe blocker always works no matter what.