What are the big things that matter from Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Combine, the quarterback, wide receiver and tight end workouts?
The 2019 NFL Combine continued with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends. It wasn’t a big day for the quarterbacks, but the receivers were interesting, and …
5. It’s Done … Three Tight Ends Will Go In The First Round
Overall, it was a terrific day for the position, but it mostly confirmed what we already knew.
TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant of Iowa, and Alabama’s Irv Smith, are going to go in the first round.
Fant was the workout star, leading the way with a 39.5″ vertical, finishing with a tight end-best 4.5 in the 40, and ending up third in the 20-yard shuttle. His ran a lumbering 4.7 in the 40, but that was expected considering all his other skills and tools.
Hockenson was thought to be a top ten pick before, and now that’s cemented. He was second in the 20-yard shuttle, was second behind Fant in the broad jump and vertical, and was solid through the other drills.
Smith measured like a fullback at 6-2 and 242 pounds. The 4.63 40 was solid – third overall – and he moved well in the other drills and was who he was expected to be. It might be late in the first round, but he’s still considered a top 32 pick.
San Jose State’s Josh Oliver had a good workout – he’s a receiver who tied Smith in the 40 and cranked up 22 reps on the bench.
On the flip side, Boston College’s Tommy Sweeney and Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger didn’t stand out. They’re both top 50 overall picks, but they weren’t fast, both came up with just 17 reps on the bench, and didn’t do anything to stand out.
The scouting world loves Georgia’s Isaac Nauta among the top five tight ends, but he also confirmed what many didn’t want to believe – he’s not fast, he’s not athletic, and he’s undersized. The 4.91 40 was painful, and he had the worst vertical – 28″ – of those who did the drill.