Three Aggies stole the show at the first two days of the 2014 NFL Combine held in Indianapolis.
Here are all the results from the various testings:
*Note all times are "official". Blanks were not available at time of publishing
Manziel had a limited combine workout, only doing some testing such as the 40 yard dash but not throwing with the other QBs. Many were focused on Manziel's 40 time in which he posted a 4.68 officially. This time is comparable to other top QBs in recent years such as Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, and Andrew Luck.
(via Andris Apelian)
People around Johnny Manziel told me earlier in the week that he'd probably run in the 4.6s. So posting a 4.56 has to be considered a win.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 23, 2014
The NFL Network uses a simulcam to match Manziel's 40 yard dash with Newton, Kaepernick, and Luck. Manziel comes in last.
Simal-cam of Manziel's 40 Yard Dash compared to Newton, Kaepernick, and Luck https://t.co/WFmROjVU6z— Justin Kaspar (@Ranger222) February 23, 2014
The biggest buzz around Manziel would be how he conducted interviews with various teams during the weekend. We know that Manziel interviewed with the Texans, Cowboys, Raiders, and Vikings. He more than likely also interviewed with the Browns and Jaguars and possibly others as well.
Hearing Johnny Manziel absolutely knocked it out of the park in his team interviews. One scout told me, "He's a stud. Extremely bright."— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) February 23, 2014
High ranking #Raiders exec on meeting with Johnny Manziel: "Clear he's taking everything serious. Surprised us a bit."— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 23, 2014
Here is Johnny's media session at the combine --
Like Mike Evans and Jake Matthews, Johnny came out and did what he had to do to show that he deserves to be selected in the Top 10 of this draft. Johnny wasn't going to do anything to really blow anyone away in terms of workout because he had decided not to throw. However, the major thing Manziel did do was confirm he is very serious about becoming a leader of a franchise at the next level by the way he conducted himself the entire weekend in the media availability session and individual team interviews. Maybe some of the character assassinations can now end and teams will stop reading the headlines and start focusing in on the real Johnny Manziel.
Ranger's Top 5 QBs After Combine:
All eyes were on Mike Evans and his 40 time at the combine. There were a wide range of predictions on what he might run from low 4.4 all the way to 4.7 due to his 6'5" and 230 pound frame. Mike ended up running a rough 4.50 on his first attempt after failing to get off to a good start. He came back and ran a better time of 4.47 in his second attempt. That time was recorded officially at 4.53.
After his 40 time, all eyes were on Mike Evans as he went through the wide receiver workout. And he owned it.
Mike Evans OWNING the gauntlet drill at the combine throwing catches behind his back https://t.co/i01UHOmxzu— Justin Kaspar (@Ranger222) February 23, 2014
A&M WR Mike Evans, at 231 pounds, improves on his 2nd 40 to an unofficial 4.47, just like he expected. Making money today.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 23, 2014
Mike Evans is basically what a cherry picker made by Lamborghini would look like.— Spencer Hall (@edsbs) February 23, 2014
Coming into the combine the consensus seemed to be Sammy Watkins was the best among the wide receivers and everyone after him was in some random order. Now, I'd say Mike Evans will challenge Watkins to be the first receiver drafted and is clearly at least the 2nd best at the position in this draft. Evans really opened some eyes during his position workout and was head and shoulders above everyone else in his group. I think people are finally beginning to realize how good Evans is with his feet and technique. With limited experience, he only projects to become so much better. Should now be a Top 10 pick.
Ranger's Top 5 WRs After Combine:
Jake Matthews did well to average in most of testing that took place including the 40 yard dash. Jake posted an official number of 5.07, but that number doesn't mean much for offensive lineman. Instead, it is the 10 yard split (first 10 yards) that is critical. The average among offensive lineman is 1.8, and Jake posted a 1.7 which is exceptional of an offensive lineman. Jake was even more impressive in the on field drills, where he showcased how smooth he is in his hips and sound footwork.
Jake Matthews doing OL drills at the NFL Combine https://t.co/gDlR2kkKkD— Justin Kaspar (@Ranger222) February 22, 2014
More Jake Matthews, showing off how good a technician he is https://t.co/0W3Zb5pUsY— Justin Kaspar (@Ranger222) February 22, 2014
Ealy said the toughest tackle he face were Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson and Tiny Richardson.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 22, 2014
Lol RT @jwyattsports: Asked Jake Matthews what his dad is up to. In Bruce-like fashion, he replied: "Nothing much. He just got fired."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 20, 2014
Jake had a solid combine. For him, there wasn't anything that he could do to really push him up draft boards since he was already there. All he could do was show everyone his hype is real and that is exactly what he did. Unfortunately there was another SEC offense tackle at the combine, Auburn's Greg Robinson, who created even more buzz in Indianapolis with his workout. Yet another offensive tackle who helped himself putting him in the Top 10 conversation was Michigan's Taylor Lewan. These three tackles are now grouped together at the top of the draft and at least two if not all three should be solid Top 10 picks. The trend for a while now has been Greg Robinson passing Jake as the top tackle in the draft, and I think Robinson will be in fact the first off the board. Jake should be solid at #2.
Ranger's Top 5 OL After Combine:
And finally a post-combine Top 10 --