Winners And Losers From The 2020 NFL Combine

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

 

With the 2020 NFL Combine officially concluded, it’s time to take a look at several NFL Draft prospects that are leaving Indianapolis in a much different position that when they arrived.  As we get closer to the 2020 NFL Draft, our staff here will be releasing scouting reports and tracking the draft stock of all the prospects.

 

 

Winners

Mekhi Becton, OL, Louisville

Friday saw Mekhi Becton earning his money, posting a 5.10 40-yard dash after measuring in at 6’7 and 364 lbs. Becton has garnered first round hype, even appearing in Daniel Jeremiah’s Top 50 prospects.  After his performance at the NFL Combine, keep an eye out as Mekhi Becton’s draft stock soars.  Jeremiah has Becton ranked tenth in his Top 50, which could very well end up being where we see him come off the board.

 

Chase Claypool, WO, Notre Dame

Measuring in at 6’4 and 238 lbs., Chase Claypool has been considered by some to be a ‘tweener’.  Claypool has the skillset to lineup as an oversized slot receiver, but there has been some discussion about teams looking to move him to tight end.  It’s still unclear what position he’ll fit best into, but Claypool was amongst the top performers on Thursday, highlighted by a 4.42 40-yard dash.

 

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa has received positive medical updates. Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera announced that they’ll be bringing in both Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa for interviews.  Tua Tagovailoa is on his way to receiving a clean bill of health, which is incredible considering the situation.

 

 

Losers

Tyler Johnson, WO, Minnesota

Following the College Football Bowl season, Tyler Johnson’s draft stock was on the rise.  However, he pulled out of the East-West Shrine Game and then showed up to the 2020 NFL Combine, but did not participate in the 40-yard dash, 3-cone, bench press, or other measurables.

He may be receiving bad advice, or he may simply not be ready to perform, but Johnson’s draft stock has certainly taken a hit since the season concluded.

 

Jalen Elliott, DB, Notre Dame

Heading into the 2019 College Football season, Jalen Elliott was receiving some draft positions that had him off the board at the back of the third round to fourth round.  After a 4.80 40-yard dash time at the 2020 NFL Combine, Think it’s possible that we see Elliott sign as an undrafted free agent.

 

A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa

Heading into the 2020 NFL Combine, A.J. Epenesa was a solid first round draft prospect on my board.  However, following a disappointing 5.04 in the 40-yard dash, there are some concerns.  Epenesa has never been one to turn on the jets in his game film, but I do believe that it limits his projection at the next level.  There is some consolation in Epenesa running a 10-yard split of 1.78, but I believe that we could see A.J. Epenesa used as a defensive end or weak side outside linebacker.

 

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