On-field testing at the 2019 NFL combine got underway Friday with offensive linemen and running backs kicking off the underwear Olympics.
Drills like the 40-yard dash will steal the headlines, but it’s not the only result that matters. Others tests like the vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and position drills weigh heavily in a prospect’s performance.
Here are some winners from Day 1 of the 2019 Combine.
Garrett Bradbury, iOL, North Carolina State
Bradbury measured in at 6-foot-3 and 306 pounds. He ran a fantastic 4.92 40-yard dash and dazzled during on-field drills. Bradbury was considered a first-round pick before the NFL combine; he confirmed that grade Friday.
Erik McCoy, iOL, Texas A&M
McCoy (6-foot-4, 303 pounds) one-upped Bradbury with his 4.89 40-yard dash and pumped out an impressive 29 reps of 225 pounds. He’s one of the more athletic interior linemen in this class and he did nothing to change that opinion during the on-field drills. He’ll be a riser as the next two months unfold.
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Dillard checked the boxes physically at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds with 33 1/2-inch arms. His 4.96 40-yard dash was fantastic and he proved during on-field work that he’s not just a linear athlete. He has the ideal athletic makeup to be a high-end pass protector on Sundays. Dillard’s draft stock is trending in the right direction.
Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
Sanders threw his name into the mix to be the first running back drafted after Alabama’s Josh Jacobs with his fantastic Combine performance. Sanders measured in at 5-foot-10 and 211 pounds, plenty big enough to be a feature back in the NFL. He ran an explosive 4.49 40-yard dash and jumped an impressive 36-inch vertical. Sanders checked all the athletic boxes and if he wasn’t blocked by Saquon Barkley at Penn State, we could be talking about a potential first-round pick.
Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
Hill is small — 5-foot-10, 198 pounds — but he tore up the drills in Indianapolis. He ran a 4.40 40-yard dash, jumped a 40-inch vertical and 130-inch broad. Simply remarkable. He’s got the juice, but teams will probably still view him as a change of pace player on the next level. Still, he has field-flipping ability that after Friday’s performance could push him into the early portion of Day 2.
Alex Barnes, RB, Kansas State
Barnes is a big dude (6-foot, 226 pounds) and he put together an impressive workout on Friday. He ran a faster-than-expected 4.59 40-yard dash and registered an incredible 38 1/2-inch vertical jump. His 126-inch broad jump was fantastic too. Barnes was graded as a big back with upside before the combine, but these numbers will make teams go back to the tape and take another look. He helped himself, big time.