This 2017 NFL Draft hosts an exciting selection of skill position players for fantasy football enthusiasts, especially at the running back and tight end positions, though there are certainly some exciting options at quarterback and wide receiver as well. And unlike last year’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, we had some surprisingly good performances from some players, and some surprisingly poor performances from others (we’re looking at you, Dalvin Cook).
In a continuation of last year, we’re formatting our Combine review like our popular Stock Watch feature, as we think it allows us the best way to present the data.
Deshaun Watson (Clemson) – Watson obviously made some questionable decisions on tape this past season, but one thing that constantly showed up was his willingness to prepare and compete. That showed up at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. All the top QBs threw, and though obviously they’re throwing in a controlled environment, we don’t think any of the top passers showed as much polish as Watson, as he was consistently accurate with good touch and mechanics. As for the workouts, he checked in with below-average height (6’2”), but had decent hand size (9.75”) and was well above average across the board in the 40 (4.66 seconds), three-cone (6.87 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.25 seconds), and broad jump (116”). According to mockdraftable.com, Watson’s top athletic comparable is Donovan McNabb, which we think fits physically. McNabb was a more gifted arm talent, but Watson may have more overall polish as a passer than McNabb did coming out. We saw nothing to convince us that Watson isn’t our favorite QB in this class, all things considered.
Mitchell Trubisky (North Carolina) – Since the Combine isn’t really the spot to be basing your evaluations on for passers, Trubisky’s biggest headline from Indianapolis may be the fact that he prefers to be called “Mitchell” and not “Mitch.” But what Trubisky did on the field was pretty impressive too. First of all, his measured drills showed a fantastic athlete who may not have been given the proper credit for it in one year as the Tar Heels’ starter. With a 4.67-second 40-yard dash, 116” broad jump, 4.25-sec...