Justin Rochat’s Winners & Losers from the 2019 NFL Combine
Every year, there are those players who improve their draft and their are players who hurt their draft stock at the NFL Combine. Today, Justin Rochat will be giving you his opinion on who the biggest winners and biggest losers were for the 2019 NFL Combine.
Winner: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Williams didn’t really have anything to prove to anybody, but still left everyone impressed. At 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds, Williams ran a jaw dropping 4.87 40 yard dash and a 1.67 10 yard split. The more important number is the 1.67 split for defensive lineman as they won’t be running 40 yards often. Quinnen Williams remains my #2 overall player in this years draft.
Loser: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
Polite by far had the worst combine. First he injured his hamstring which held him out of the workouts. Then reports started coming out saying how poorly he interviewed in team meetings. One report even said a team scout went as far to say “Polite’s injury was Bull$*[email protected]” To accuse a guy of faking an injury to get out of workouts seems a bit much, however, It doesn’t look too good for Jachai Polite.
Winner: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
Winovich had some questions that needed answers at the combine, and he pretty much answered all of those questions. He was labeled as a technical player that plays smart and gets by using his high motor, but lacks the athleticism needed to thrive in the NFL. He ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds and the 3 cone drill in 6.94 seconds. Winovich also impressed with his agility in the Lineman drills showing no signs of struggle.
Loser: Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State
Sheffield had a chance to show his athleticism on the biggest stage in his draft process, but he never made it on the field for his workouts. Sheffield screamed in pain while doing his bench press, clutching his pec. It was reported that Sheffield has a partially torn pec which drastically hurts his draft stock possibly pushing him down to the late rounds.
Winner: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
The biggest question was for Sweat was if he can bulk up and not lose the speed and quickness he was known for in college. He CRUSHED those questions. At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds Sweat ran the 40 in 4.41 seconds with a 20 yard shuffle of 4.29 seconds. So the speed and quickness was still there with added weight and also benched 225 pounds 21 times. Montez Sweat moved up the board and could be talked about as a top 10 pick.
Loser: Josh Rosen, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Josh Rosen may not be a prospect in this years draft class, however he comes out of the weekend a big loser. All the talk out of Indy has the Cardinals taking Kyler Murray with the number one overall pick just a year after selecting Josh Rosen tenth overall in the 2018 draft. Hopefully, if this is true, Rosen lands in a stable situation with an organization that has the pieces in place to let Rosen thrive.