NFL Combine 2016: Time, how to watch online and prospects for Friday Day 1: Running Backs

February 27, 2016 - running watch

The 2015 NFL deteriorate is resolutely in a behind perspective mirror, that means it is time to demeanour brazen by a early stages of breeze season. We start with a hide rise during a NFL Combine for a rest of this weekend by Monday. lthough 332 draft-eligible prospects were invited to a NFL Combine, Friday is a day we see on-field workouts for using backs and descent linemen. Since they are dual graphic groups, we’ll have dual articles looking during prospects. We started with the descent linemen, and now pierce on to using backs.

How to watch

2016 NFL Combine
Location: Indianapolis, IN | Lucas Oil Stadium
Time: 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT
Channel: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL Now

There are 4 vicious areas a 49ers and all other NFL teams hold critical during a NFL Combine process, that are medical evaluations, one-on-one interviews, accurate measurements, and lively tests and drills. For observation NFL fans, it is a on-field drills and lively tests a NFL Combine highlights, quite with 5 on-field quantifiable drills achieved by all prospects selecting to participate. These 5 drills consists of:

40-yard dash
The marquee eventuality of a mix is all about speed and blast with a timed 40-yard interlude measuring straight speed over stretch and acceleration from a immobile start. Prospects are also timed during 10 and 20 yard intervals (10-yard separate and 20-yard split), where a 10-yard separate measures initial speed and burst, and a 20-yard separate measures postulated speed and burst.

Vertical Jump
The straight detonate is all about lower-body explosion, power, and leaping ability.

Broad Jump
The extended detonate is all about lower-body blast and lower-body strength contrast blast and balance.

3 Cone Drill
The 3 cone cavalcade is all about a prospect’s jaunty ability to change instruction during a high speed. The cavalcade measures agility, flexibility, and change of instruction skills (COD).

Shuttle Run
The brief convey or 20-yard brief convey (5-10-5) is all about contrast a prospect’s parallel quickness, agility, burst, flexibility, balance, and blast in brief areas.

*Bench Press
Although a dais press (225 pounds) is not partial of a 5 on-field quantifiable drills achieved currently (bench press achieved a day before), it is a essential partial of measurables contrast upper-body strength (not organic strength) and endurance; moreover, it gives discernment for NFL clubs on how mostly a awaiting busy his college weight room for a final 3-5 years.

How a quantifiable drills interpret for using backs:
When looking during a using backs perform their drills today, keep in mind of some smallest quantifiable targets using backs should be approaching to aim as a smallest result. For a many part, prospects surpassing these minimal targets tend to find success in a NFL.

40-yard lurch – Minimum Target: 4.55
10-yard separate – Minimum Target: 1.60
Vertical detonate – Minimum Target: 36″
Broad detonate – Minimum Target: 9’9″
3 cone cavalcade – Minimum Target: 7.25
20-yard convey – Minimum Target: 4.20
Bench press – Minimum Target: 20
Flying-20 – Minimum Target: 1.93

As for a drills themselves in propinquity to presaging destiny success, there is not an accurate scholarship on that cavalcade equates to NFL success; however, specific drills for any position tend to ornament some-more significance than other drills. For a using behind position, quantifiable drills helping destiny success are: 10-yard split, 40-yard dash, extended jump, and a *Flying-20.
(*The flying-20 is a totalled final 20 yards of a 40-yard lurch measuring subdivision speed. The flying-20 is a pivotal quantifiable a 49ers value)

Running behind prospects to watch:

RB08 *Ezekiel Elliott, No. 15, 6000 – 225 lbs., 31 1/4″ arms, 10 1/4″ hands – Ohio State

Ezekiel Elliot is an bomb and absolute curtain showcasing good speed, brief area quickness, vision, physique control, and considerable change always disposition brazen gaining certain yards. He excels using between a tackles, though also possesses a speed and speed branch a dilemma on a outside. The youth is arguably a best using behind awaiting in this years’ breeze class, and displays a energetic multiple of distance (6’0″), speed, and athleticism, as good as a coherence to be a peculiarity receiver out of a backfield and plain as a blocker in pass protection. If Elliott does not energy by defenders, he is hurdling over them.

Draft Projection: 1st

Elliot’s 2015 stats: 289 rushes, 1,821 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry, 23 rushing touchdowns, 27 receptions, 206 yards, and averaging 7.6 yards per reception.

RB06 Kenneth Dixon, No. 28, 5100 – 215 lbs., 31 3/8″ arms, 9 1/2″ hands, 18 dais – Louisiana Tech

Kenneth Dixon is a finish using behind with good speed, explosion, quickness, and strength. A really prolific and successful college using back, Dixon runs with a rather assertive style, breaks tackles (sometimes goes down in one hit), and nonetheless he does not have an chosen bomb burst, he shows glorious calm and vision, considerable cuts, and runs with plain change and a good lean. He has liquid feet, really flexible and good change of instruction skills with good coherence and extensive balance. Shows good charge in fighting and gaining additional yards, though infrequently a aggressiveness comes with a skip of round security. Occasionally, Dixon tends to have lapses of prophesy and calm (needs some-more consistency) attempting extreme cuts during times bouncing outward going parallel (where a speed of a NFL will locate him) instead of going north and south. He is a plain pass catcher with good arguable hands and track running, and will need to urge on pass protection.

Dixon does not have chosen speed or a second gear, though as a finish using back, he does all well: using inside with plain energy and agility, outward with good detonate and adequate speed, breaks tackles, causes defenders to skip with change of direction, and one of a improved pass catchers, and is decent during pass protection. Moreover, plain college production.

Draft Projection: (2nd-3rd)

Dixon’s 2015 stats: 198 rushes, 1,073 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry, 19 rushing touchdowns, 33 receptions, 464 yards, averaging 14.1 yards per reception, and 7 receiving touchdowns.

Dixon’s career stats: 802 rushes, 4,483 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, 72 rushing touchdowns, 87 receptions, 969 yards, 11.1 yards per reception, and 15 receiving touchdowns.

RB20 *Paul Perkins, No. 24, 5100 – 208 lbs., 31 5/8″ arms, 9″ hands, 19 dais – UCLA

Paul Perkins, a junior, is a tough nosed playmaker with extensive instincts, awareness, patience, and vision. A finish and healthy using back, Perkins displays a plain multiple of size, speed, quickness, physicality, balance, athleticism, and elusiveness. He accelerates around a edges and runs plain inside between a tackles creation uninterrupted moves in a brief area using low and by a cracks progressing a preferred low pad-level attack and slicing a hole bursting to daylight. An ankle-breaker, Perkins’ suddenness is considerable forcing 85 missed tackles on 265 touches. The home run hitter also displays glorious pass-catching ability skills.

Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd

Perkins’ 2015 stats: 237 rushes, 1,343 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry, 14 rushing touchdowns, 30 receptions, 242 yards, averaging 8.1 yards per reception, and 1 receiving touchdown.

RB07 Kenyan Drake, No. 17, 6010 – 210 lbs., 31 3/4″ arms, 9 3/4″ hands, 10 dais – Alabama

Kenyan Drake has been an glorious enrich using behind to a absolute Derrick Henry, and he is approaching projected in a identical purpose during a subsequent level. Drake displays glorious skills as a receiver out of a backfield with plain arguable hands and good track running. He showcases a glorious multiple of distance (6’1″), speed (should be around a 4.40 40 range), agility, and athleticism with considerable discerning feet, glorious stop and start quickness, good change of instruction skills, and extensive detonate with extraordinary acceleration bursting into a second rigging pulling divided from defenders. Drake possess sound prophesy and instincts, showcases considerable inside using ability creation wilful uninterrupted moves in a brief area progressing low pad-level bursting by a cracks attack a hole with adequate power. Moreover, with his chosen speed, Drake shows a glorious ability to strike a home run play during anytime.

Drake is satisfactory in pass protection, though will need some-more room for alleviation (has a bent to thrust towards defenders moving himself out of a action). Drake is a ideal zone-blocking intrigue using behind showcasing good patience, vision, and will one-cut bursting to illumination adding his glorious ability as a pass catcher out of a backfield. Drake also has been battling several injuries via a deteriorate (also a damaged leg in 2014); therefore, continuance could be a concern. Brings value on special teams as his considerable flog lapse touchdown during a National Championship diversion can demonstrate to.

Projection: 3rd-4th

Drake’s 2015 stats: 77 rushes, 408 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry, 1 rushing touchdown, 29 receptions, 276 yards, averaging 9.5 yards per reception, and 1 touchdown.

RB09 Tyler Ervin, No. 7, 5100 – 192 lbs., 29 3/4″ arms, 9 1/8″ hands, 17 dais – San Jose State

Tyler Ervin is a really intelligent wilful bomb versatile football actor attack holes with extensive detonate and speed bursting to daylight. Ervin is approaching to have an chosen timed speed in a 40-yard lurch (low 4.3s), as good as considerable straight and extended detonate measurables going along with his glorious receiving skills in space, his elusiveness and prophesy will approaching launch him adult breeze boards. Although not a absolute using back, Ervin bursts and hits a hole with authority, maintains low pad-level squirming his approach to illumination bursting and separating from defenders with chosen speed. A loyal home run hitter, Ervin is not a standard nominal scatback, though a loyal workhouse with an considerable inside and outward diversion and plain instincts. Ervin is a well-rounded behind display adequate strength to collect adult a formidable yards, and suddenness to make defenders miss.

With all a celebrity and accolades going to associate Bay Area collegiate player, Christian McCaffrey (king of a All Purpose yards–3,864 averaging 276 yards per game), a underrated Ervin sits usually second nationally behind McCaffrey in All Purpose yards during 2,637 sum yards averaging 202.85 yards per game, with one reduction diversion and 63 fewer plays than McCaffrey.

Draft Projection: 5th

Ervin’s 2015 stats: 294 rushes, 1,601 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry, 13 rushing touchdowns, 45 receptions, 334 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per reception, and 2 touchdowns.

* = indicates youth status

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