The Combine Report: 2018 NFL Draft – RCI Offensive Talents, Where They Should Land, How They Fit

RCI Offensive Talents Ready For Success In The NFL

NFL teams utilize the Draft to solve immediate needs, build depth and construct a solid roster of teachable, hungry players. This is why the NFL Regional Combine is an important resource.

Ninety-five players from the RC discovery stage are currently on NFL rosters, and 47 of them play on the offensive side of the ball. Among those 47, four were Pro Bowlers and two earned All-Pro status – wide receiver Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings) and kicker Johnny Hekker (Los Angeles Rams).

The Regional Combine, an invitational this year with notably shorter sessions to showcase more quality athletes, went well. But, its true success will be determined by the performance of those RCI participants selected to play in the NFL.

Who will be the next breakout superstars from the RC platform? Where will they fit?

With the 2018 NFL Draft about to begin, let’s examine some of the offensive talent from the RCI and where they can be effective for an NFL team.

                                           DRAFT WORTHY

                                           WIDE RECEIVERS

Mar. 24, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Wide receiver Austin Proehl displaying his catching skills at the NFL Regional Combine Invitational. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com

 

Austin Proehl – North Carolina. (Projected Round(s), 4th to 7th Round) With the ability to play in nearly any system, Proehl can be a Pro Bowler within two seasons, especially with the right team. He has great hands, speed, and instincts. Fundamentally sound in his route running. Very smart and crafty.

TEAMS

Any AFC East squad

Any NFC South squad

Any NFC West squad

Any NFC North squad

New England Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers

 

Steven Dunbar Jr – Houston. (Projected Round(s), 5th to 7th Round) Dunbar is a physical receiver who has the ability to blow by a defender, but would prefer to run him over. He has strong hands and is a disciplined route runner with breakaway speed. A complete playmaker.

TEAMS

Any AFC and NFC South squad

Any AFC and NFC West squad

Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers

 

Vyncint Smith – Limestone College.(Projected Round(s), 5th to 7th Round) Labeled the fastest man in South Carolina, Smith is a superb route runner with great hands. He cuts on a dime, concentrates on the flight of the ball and is very strong. Standing 6-1, 201-pounds, Smith will be an excellent target.

Mar. 24, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Wide receiver Vyncint Smith showing great concentration on his drill execrise at the NFL Regional Combine Invitational. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

 

TEAMS

Any AFC and NFC North squad

Any AFC and AFC East squad

Any AFC and NFC West squad

 

Anthony Mahoungou – Purdue. (Projected Round(s), 5th to 7th Round) The Steelers need a big receiver with sure hands. Mahoungou is a sure-handed receiver who adjusts to the ball well, and he can break a game open with his high stride running style.

TEAMS

Any AFC and NFC North squad

Any AFC West squad

Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets

 

                                               QUARTERBACKS

Mar. 24, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Quarterback Peter Pujals firing off a pass at the NFL Regional Combine Invitational. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

 

Peter Pujals – Holy Cross. (Projected Round(s), 6th or 7th Round) For any team that needs a quarterback, Pujals will have a legitimate chance of making the squad. The 6-1, 211-pound signal caller has a great touch and zip on the ball. He can make every throw with tremendous accuracy, moving well in and out of the pocket to sustain good vision down the field.

TEAMS

New York Jets, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos

 

Alex McGough – Florida International. The 6-3, 219-pound signal caller stands tall in the pocket and is one of the best athletic quarterbacks in the 2018 class. McGough has a decent touch over the middle, will not force passes, but is not gun shy. Plus, he possesses good feet and vision.

TEAMS

New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons

 

                                      OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

Mar. 24, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Mason Gentry executing on offensive lineman drill at the NFL Regional Combine Invitational. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

 

Mason Gentry – SMU. Gentry is nearly flawless in all his movements. With a quick first step and power, he can lead a ball carrier into the open field. He is extremely physical, has great feet and hands, possesses solid instincts and has the ability to play on both sides of the line.

TEAMS

Any NFC East squad

New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks

 

Tony Adams – North Carolina State. The four-year starter can play anywhere on the offensive line. He is powerful, has decent speed, uses his hands well and is always balanced and in control.

TEAMS

Any AFC North squad

Any AFC and NFC East squad

Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints

 

                                 UNDRAFTED, TEAM WORTHY

Mar. 24, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Wide receiver Shay Fields displaying his catching skills at the NFL Regional Combine Invitational. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

 

Shay Fields – Colorado. Fields is elusive and possesses solid speed and hands. He is a strong, disciplined route runner. Extremely athletic and incredible leaping ability.

TEAMS

Any AFC and NFC West squad

Any NFC North squad

Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Washington Redskins

 

Max Browne – Pittsburgh. Browne has a strong arm and can spin the ball in any atmosphere. Standing 6-4, 221-pounds, he is tall in the pocket and has a solid release with a good touch on the ball.

TEAMS

Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants

 

Kenny Hill – TCU. Athletic and mobile, Hill has a strong arm. He can make plays with his arm and legs and throw into a tight area. The 6-1, 211-pound field general also has a great touch on the ball.

TEAMS

New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks

 

Luke McNitt – Nebraska/Kearney. Very strong, powerful, aggressive and intelligent, McNitt has good hands and decent speed. He is also a solid blocker and special teams ace.

TEAMS

Any AFC and NFC North squad

Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

John Diarse II – TCU. Diarse is very quick and agile. At 5-11, 214-pounds, he is solid and compact with good hands. He has long arms, good speed, balance and control.

TEAMS

Any AFC and NFC South squad

Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, New York Jets

 

Jawill Davis – Bethune-Cookman. Davis is quick and can be explosive in the return game. He is solid physically as he can bounce off collisions to make a play. And, he has great instincts and good hands and feet.

TEAMS

Any AFC and NFC West squad

Any AFC and NFC South squad

New England Patriots

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