The festivities of the NFL’s annual scouting combine are now all over. The 40 times have been recorded, the interviews have been conducted and the medical exams have been completed. The combine an event that use to happen with little fanfare and almost no media coverage, has become one of the most anticipated media events of the NFL offseason.
This year for the first time there was a gaggle of public interviews like the Super Bowl of Coaches and General Managers. In this article we’ll give you some of the highlights of this year’s combine.
Highlights from the 2022 Scouting combine
Malik Willis – Quarterback from Liberty, not only did he dazzle showing off his fantastic arm strength and athletic ability but he was on video giving away some of his Combine swag to a homeless person, a deed that certainly did not go unnoticed by the media. Willis is seen as a project pick that’s raw but that has a ton of tools that will make him a projection of having a high ceiling but needing time to develop. I expect him to be off the board in Round 1.
Kenny Pickett – a pro ready prospect from University of Pittsburgh had one of the smaller hand measurements in the combine, and would enter the NFL the smallest Quarterback hands In the NFL. Some worry about this because of the ability to grip the football and not lose fumbles. Despite his small hands Pickett is seen as one of the first quarterbacks that will come off of the board in the NFL in April.
Jordan Davis – A defensive line prospect that was a part of the vaunted Georgia Bulldogs National Champion defense flashed, as he at six feet six and three hundred forty one pounds ran a 4.82 at the 40 yard dash.
The fastest set of receivers graced Lucas Oil Stadium as eight different receiving prospects posted 40 yard dash times of under 4.4 seconds. Tyquan Thornton from Baylor clocked the fastest time an official time of 4.28. Chris Olave from Ohio State was the slowest of the fast, but he clocked in at 4.39 in the 40.
Kyler Murray’s situation continued, as C=Kliff Kingsbury was asked about when his last communication with Murray was. Kingsbury loves Kyler Murray and wants him to stay with Arizona and their working relation is perfectly fine. Murray through his agent sent out a letter requesting an extension from the team. Most first round quarterbacks are subject to a fifth year option, and between the fourth season and the fifth years of rookie contracts is where most deals are made for extensions. Murray is at the end of year three, a year early in the eyes of most observers, the question is will Arizona planning give in and re work Kyler’s long term deal, will the young QB have to stew over not getting extension.
On the trade front – the Washington Commanders seem the most determined to get a trade or some sort of deal to get a top tier QB, as their have made strong overtures about Russell Wilson. The Commanders also asked Houston about a trade for Deshaun Watson dangling multiple draft picks. General Manager Martin Mayhew and Coach Ron Rivera are both on the page that finding a Quarterback in the draft or bringing in a vet a free agent, or making a trade despite both loving the toughness of Taylor Heinicke. Martin very clear as day that he was while the team loves what Heinicke did they are looking at over 40 different QB options.
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