It would be ludicrous to talk about this years NFL Combine and not mention the performance put in by D.K. Metcalf. Metcalf had received ample media buzz following a picture posted to Twitter which showed off Metcalf’s insane bulk and size. Metcalf showed that he isn’t just a statue in Indianapolis, where he jumped a ridiculous 40.5 inches, ran a 4.33 40 yard dash, and put in 27 bench reps.
While Cincinnati may not be in the hunt for a wide receiver, Metcalf’s performance has some speculating that he has shot himself in the top ten of the draft (some even think as high as number two, as San Francisco continues to look for weapons for Garoppolo). Metcalf has undoubtedly changed the draft board with his performance, as there is no question about who is the most physically gifted offensive player in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The biggest winner of the first two days of workouts aside from Metcalf is probably The Ohio State University, where Parris Campbell, Terry Mclaurin, and Mike Weber all had great performances, and each of their draft stock’s continue to rise. None of these players are considered to be first-round options, however we know that Cincinnati is a team who enjoys drafting Buckeyes, and with a lack of receiver depth behind John Ross (who’s spot on the team is even up for debate), Mclaurin and Campbell provide to intriguing options for the club in day two.
The player to watch for both fans and front office staff is undoubtedly Devin White, so until he has a chance to showcase his athleticism, it is hard to say what the organization really took away from days one and two of the combine. Nonetheless, a number of players had a chance to improve their stock, and quite a few took advantage of the opportunity.