Every year, the NFL Combine moves prospects both up and down rankings. Cody, Steve, and CJ give you three players they believe will help their stock with a positive performance.
Zack Moss (RB/Utah)
Moss is a physical, downhill running back who shows as an average athlete on film. He does have a solid production profile, however, with three straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons, in two of which he had more than 25 receptions. In a recent Stick to Football podcast, Moss was asked why he decided to remove himself from the Senior Bowl. He said he felt the rest was important after playing in Utah’s bowl game, but he also wanted to focus on preparing for the combine. What has he been focusing on the most? The 40-yard dash. Currently, the guys at DHH have him ranked as the 7th running back and 24th overall rookie. With a solid combine performance, I believe he’ll be a riser across the board and could land himself in the top half of the second round of rookie drafts. If he flops, however, he may drop even further and be a third round rookie pick in May.
Cody Kutzer (@CKutzerFF)
Anthony McFarland Jr. (RB/Maryland)
It was only three years ago when McFarland was considered the number two all-purpose back in the nation coming out of high school behind only D’Andre Swift. McFarland turned down offers from powerhouses like Alabama, Georgia, Miami, and 25 others to stay in his home state to attend Maryland. With elite top-end speed, he has no trouble beating defenders on the regular and will turn heads at the combine when he pushes a 4.3 40 and displays great agility during testing. While playing at Maryland behind a bad offensive line McFarland still proved to be a threat on the ground as well as in the passing game. It was when he was told to stay in and block is where he ran into some challenges. At 5’8” and 200 lbs, he will need to bulk up and put on as much weight as he can to stand a chance against the NFL talent. Recent studies from @wilson8tor show the correlation between BMI and success rate in the NFL. Anthony McFarland Jr. checks all the boxes to be a successful fantasy running back for years to come. As McFarland showed the talent needed to be a star at the pro level, will coaches let him slip due to his lack of pass protection, or will he provide the showcase skills to be a top running back off the board? Look for McFarland to land in the mid-second round in your rookie drafts. With landing spot, the speed and pass-catching ability he possesses, some owners may snag him with the first few picks in the second round.
Steve Silvestri (@sidelinesquib)
Jacob Eason (QB/Washington)
Jacob Eason was the #1 overall pro-style quarterback recruit in the nation in 2016. As a five-star out of Lake Stevens, WA, he committed to the University of Georgia and started 13 games as a freshman finishing with a record of 8-5. His sophomore year he hurt his knee, was replaced by Jake Fromm, and that was that. He subsequently transferred to the University of Washington, sat out the 2018 season due to NCAA rules, and won the starting job in 2019. Once again, Eason led his team to an 8-5 record and then skipped his senior season to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. Even though Eason has a cannon for an arm, his biggest concerns from scouts are his poor decision-making, bad footwork, and overconfidence in that arm. He can fit the ball into the tight spaces other quarterbacks don’t dare to, but because of overconfidence and those bad reads, he gets himself into trouble. He threw eight interceptions in each of his two seasons as a starter and had an average completion percentage of 59%. Fortunately for Eason, with some professional coacheing in the NFL he will learn to put that touch on the ball and control that arm strength. He is currently ranked as DHH’s fourth-best 2020 rookie quarterback. If a team falls in love with him during the pre-draft process he could sneak into the back-end of the first round, but more than likely will go in the second round. The quarterback who reminds Eason reminds me of who had a cannon for an arm, bad footwork, and bad decision making is…Brett Favre. Don’t kill me, Twitter.
CJ Lang (@Clubber_Lang83)