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Winners and 2 losers from 1st day of 2018 National Football League scouting combine

04 March 2018

He ran a 5.85 40-yard dash (with a 2-second 10-yard split), recorded a 19.5-inch vertical and an 82-inch broad jump. It's where guys like Darrius Heyward-Bay, Mike Mamula, and Vernon Gholston put a twinkle into scouts' eyes and shoot up draft boards.

While everything really hinges on what happens with Cousins, this year's draft class could - by itself - shape the future of the Broncos and help fill their most pressing needs. Darnold didn't stand out positively for me today. The NFL Scouting Combine has become my Super Bowl.

It got worse from there.

The performance comes a day after Barkley matched Georgia's Nick Chubb for 29 reps on bench press - the highest mark for running backs at this year's combine. Already considered the most complete running back in this year's draft, Barkley certified his status by showcasing his speed, explosiveness and even hands in the combine's on-field workout.

It's true, the NFL is a passing league, but we're starting to see teams that have elite running backs are the ones who find themselves in the playoffs.

"I was talking to him and all that kind of stuff and told him to keep doing what you're doing, you're doing everything right", Gesicki said.

Remove the pressure attached that follows a quarterback that goes first overall and take the best player in the draft who has the lowest bust rate.

NC State's Nyheim Hines ran the fastest time among the running backs at 4.38 seconds.

Barkley has only participated in a handful of drills, but he posted numbers of an elite category that only a few have accomplished at the combine. I have you covered.

How it's possible for a 233 pounder to out leap Julio Jones defies any logic, especially when one thinks back to the countless plays Jones makes leaping over the top of double coverage to haul in miraculous catches. Weighing in at 6ft, 233lbs, Barkley is an impressive physical specimen with rare athletic ability.

Brown didn't fare much better on the bench press either, managing only 14 repetitions on 225 pounds, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Winners and 2 losers from 1st day of 2018 National Football League scouting combine