The Combine Report: 2019 NFL Draft – RCI Offensive Talents – Where They Fit

Where Some Offensive RCI Talents (And Other Small School Players) Should Be Drafted At And Which Teams Best Fit Their Skill Set

Since the conception of the NFL Regional Combine platform, defensive talents carried the discovery stage. It was only a matter of time for the offensive standouts to make their presence felt in the NFL following a successful RC trial.

With the emergence of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen and Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, along with Los Angeles Rams kicking specialists Greg Zuerlein and Johnny Hekker, the offensive side of the ball has become more explosive, and the players who ventured through the RC are being viewed with a finer lens.

Minus five kicking specialists, 42 offensive players from the RC were on NFL rosters last season. The playmakers produced the best numbers ever as they, collectively, doubled their output for touchdowns (30) and nearly for total yards (5,427) last season from the 2017 NFL season (13 touchdowns, 2,793 total yards).

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Thielen and Villanueva owned the spotlight for the RC as both players were selected for the Pro Bowl in consecutive years.

Thielen garnered career-highs in receptions (113), receiving yards (1,373) and touchdowns (nine), and finished in the top ten in those major categories. The two-time All-Pro receiver became the first player in NFL history to receive at 100 yards in the first eight games to start a season.

Other than keeping Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger upright, Villanueva scored his first NFL touchdown, which came against the Denver Broncos in Week 14 off a fake field goal attempt with :03 left in the first half.

However, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens took the RC platform to another level of importance.

Mullens was the first quarterback from the talent discovery stage to start an NFL game, and completed 174 out of 274 passes for 2,277 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Considering his obstacles, Mullens had a phenomenal season.

From the 2018 NFL Regional Combine Invitational session, three offensive players were drafted in quarterback Alex McGough (seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks), wide receiver Austin Proehl (seventh round by Buffalo Bills) and offensive tackle Jordan Mailata (seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles).

Mailata is a part of the NFL International Player Pathway Program.

Overall, 14 athletes signed with NFL clubs, but six, including the drafted, sustained a roster spot throughout the season via active or practice squad.

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Wide receiver Vyncint Smith displayed promise as a Houston Texan. Smith finished his NFL debut with five receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.

New York Giants wide receiver Jawill Davis had a decent rookie campaign. Davis caught four passes for 40 yards, but  he was more involved in the return game as registered seven kickoff returns for 171 yards and returned 12 punts for 89 yards. Wide receiver Steven Dunbar Jr. (San Francisco 49ers) remained on the practice squad like McGough and Proehl – who both finished the season with other clubs. McGough signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Proehl signed with the Los Angeles Rams.

The participants of the 2019 NFL Regional Combine Invitational also look to land a home as did the talents before that journeyed their path.

Check out the possible “fit” in the NFL of those who participated in the RCI.

                                       DRAFT WORTHY

RB Dominick Bragalone – (Lehigh): Projected Round(s) Mid 4th to 7th Round – 5-11, 228-pounds – Great receiver out the backfield, catches the deep well, excellent in receiving from the screen, deceptively quick and fast, strong finisher, solid vision and in the open field.

At the RCI – Bragalone blew NFL scouts and evaluators away with his speed, receiving ability, route running, discipline, control and humbleness. Again, Bragalone is NFL – now. If he is not drafted before the sixth round, it will be a disgrace, but will be a gift for the team that drafts the talented ball carrier.

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Any AFC East squad

Any AFC or NFC South squad

Any NFC West squad

Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens

WR Tyron Johnson – (Oklahoma State): Projected Round(s) Early 6th to 7th Round – 6-1, 193-pounds. Has great concentration on the flight, tracks the ball, solid hands, solid route runner, understands coverage, helps his quarterback by coming to the ball, will fly by defenders.

At the RCI – Despite forgoing his senior year, Johnson demonstrated he has the ability to be a polished receiver sooner rather than later. Strong hands, quick, calculated and solid game speed.

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Any NFC East squad

Any NFC and AFC West squad

Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, 

RB Austin Walters – (Rice): Projected Round(s) Last 6th to 7th Round –  5-8, 205-pounds – A legitimate all-purpose threat. Elusive, strong, compact, shifty, great hands and feet, high football IQ, can handle a complex system, not easy to bring down. His plant-and-go, stop-start-and-go is ridiculous.

At the RCI – Walters was impressive during his workout, and despite missing a pass via bad ball or off finger tips, scouts were pleased with his route running.

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Any AFC South squad

Any AFC or NFC North squad

Any AFC West squad

Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins

                                    TEAM WORTHY

RB Aeris “A-Train” Williams (Mississippi State) – 6-1, 205-pounds. Runs hard up the middle, blocks well (especially in pass protection), not a breakaway back, but can get the tough yards, shifty, great vision.

At the RCI – Williams had a decent trial, but would love to have a do-over. Bounced back with a solid Pro Day and probably earned a late seventh round selection.

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Any AFC South squad

Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams

WR Terrance Bynum (Florida Tech) – Catch the ball well in traffic, brilliant in the red zone, aggressive, great leaping ability, strong – especially in flight, decent route runner, disciplined.

At the RCI – Williams has raw talent, aggression towards the ball and attitude. Showed tremendous upside.

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Terrance Byrum/Google Images


Any AFC or NFC North squad

Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

G Caleb Adams (Wisconsin-Stout) – 6-4, 305-pounds. Agile, good feet, extremely mobile, solid pass protector and run blocker.

At the RCI, Adams demonstrated superior upper body strengthen and is fiery off the snap.

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Any AFC West squad

Any AFC South squad

New York Giants, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons

T Anthony Vereen (Jamestown) – 6-4, 290-pounds. Athletic, agile, quick, good hand usage, balanced, decent feet.

At the RCI, Vereen displayed his power and quickness.

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Any NFC East squad

Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears

G Bruno Reagan (Vanderbilt) – 6-3, 315-pounds. Quick, good lateral movement, good hands and feet, tough, leader.

At the RCI, Reagan showed consistency in his drills with good foot placement, athleticism and hand usage.

Bruno Reagan/Google Images


Any AFC or NFC South squad

Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys

QB Vincent Testaverde (Albany) – 6-1, 211-pounds. – Strong arm, controls the pocket, gritty.

At the RCI, Testaverde was the better quarterback. He has a good zip on his balls and was consistent in throwing strikes.

Vincent Testaverde/Google Images


Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants

QB Brad Mayes (Lehigh) – 6-2, 205-pounds. – Pro-style signal caller. Good footwork, throw well on the run, has a good flow to his game, confident.

At the RCI, Mayes demonstrated is a rhythm thrower, moves well and make good decisions.

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Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins

QB Amir Hall (Bowie State) – 6-4, 180-pounds dual threat – Calculated runner, not fast, but can get to his spot, decent release, smart, strong arm.

At the RCI, Hall showed he has pure raw talent. His mechanics need improvement– his footwork and fluency in his delivery. Hall has a decent touch, confident, teachable and processes quickly. And the NFL scouts were impressed with that about Hall

Amir Hall/Google Images


Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, New York Giants




LAYTON RABB (MSU TEXAS) – 6-4, 211-pounds, pro-style quarterback – Gunslinger, accuracy on the run, good touch, moves well in the pocket.

AJEE PATTERSON (NEW HAVEN) –  6-2, 210-pounds – solid intermediate passer, strong, extremely athletic, strong arm, extends plays with his legs, accuracy deep ball passer, smart, eyes always down field, runs only when necessary, does not take big hits.

BARRETT RENNER (SOUTHERN ARKANSAS) – 6-3, 215-pounds, Play-action quarterback – Quick-read ability, recognizes coverage, good instinct, great touch over the middle, accuracy throwing deep, mobile.

CHANCE STEWART (HILLSDALE) – 6-6, 244-pounds – Solid arm, can make all the throws, commands the pocket, good feet, hard to bring down, athletic.

BRAXTON MARSHALL (EMPORIA STATE) – 6-2, 205-pounds, play-action quarterback – Instinctive, mobile, quick feet, good touch, commands the pocket, agile, gutsy, elusive.

                             OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

TYLER DROB (WEST CHESTER) – 6-3, 280-pounds – Quick, elusive, great run blocker, solid pulling guard, understands defensive coverage.

STEVE GAVIGLIA (SLIPPERY ROCK) – 6-3, 290-pounds – Was a part of an offensive line that ranked in the top ten in passing and fourth down conversions.

DEVON JOHNSON (FERRIS STATE) – 6-7, 315-pounds – loves to impose his will on the inside and quick to get out to the perimeter to pave the way.

QUENTIN STANFORD (WEST GEORGIA) – 6-4, 312-pounds – solid pass protector and run blocker.

TRAPPER WARD (MINNESOTA-DULUTH) – 6-5, 295-pounds – Always in attack mode on the turf, humanitarian.

JASON ANDERSON (MINNESOTA-DULUTH) – 6-3, 294-pounds – Good feet, smart, very strong.

                                    BALL CARRIERS

CEDRIC COOPER (CENTRAL WASH.) – 5-11, 185-pounds – Elusive, solid cutting ability, smart, great vision, agile, good vision, hand and feet.

WES HILLS (SLIPPERY ROCK) – 6-2, 225-pounds – Elusive for his size, light on his feet, strong, powerful stiff arm, quick in the open field, not a bruising runner, but can be.

MARCUS JONES (GANNON) 5-11, 225-pounds – Extremely athletic, solid pad level, fast, great in the open field, power.

DEVONTAE JACKSON (WEST ALABAMA) – 5-7, 176-pounds – Versatile, good speed and hands, explosive, gritty, great feet

JAKE MAYON (NORTHERN MICHIGAN) – 5-9, 200-pounds – Shifty, patience, decent hands, runs good routes, good speed, great feet and vision, solid.

CRAIG REYNOLDS (KUTZTOWN) – 5-10, 215-pounds – Solid receiver out the backfield, versatile threat, strong, shifty, great vision, awareness and hands, balance, excellent stop-start-and-go ability, great in the open field.

XAVIER TURNER (TARLETON ST.) – 5-10, 230-pounds – Has breakaway speed between the tackles, solid pound for pound, great speed for size, good vision, good stop-start-and-go speed, decent hands, powerful runner when need.

KERRION MOORE (WINSTON SALEM) – 5-10, 195-pounds – A leadership, has great awareness on the field, slippery, great feet, good hands, has breakaway speed, great pad level, solid, good stop-start-and-go ability.

                                       PASS CATCHERS

CHAD HOVASSE (ADAMS STATE) – 6-1, 215-pounds – Tough, hard to bring down, soft hands, catch well in traffic, physical, blocks well in the open, great awareness.

TREY BROCK (HILLSDALE) – 6-3, 212-pounds – Solid deep ball threat, discipline route runner, good awareness, great hands, good speed.

CORY CONTINI (OLD DOMINICIAN) – 6-1, 195-pounds – reliable hands, good speed.

KARONCE HIGGINS (SOUTHERN ARKANSAS) – 6-1, 190-pounds – Physical, quick off snap, elite breakaway speed, fiery – Track and field background. All-purpose talent.

KYRION PARKER (CENTRAL MISSOURI) – 6-4, 204-pounds – Good speed, positions body well, quick feet, deceptively quick on cuts for his size.

(TE) VINCENT HOBBS (TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE) – 6-3, 255-pounds – huge target, great hands, athletic, solid in traffic, catches with his hands, protects his body, nasty, great feet like a receiver.

(TE) QUA BOYD (WEST ALABAMA) – 6-5, 245-pounds – Catches ball at highest point, high football IQ, agile, good speed, legitimate redzone threat.

(TE) SETH HEBERT (CENTRAL MISSOURI) – 6-4, 225-pounds – Can run any route tree, good/strong hands, great burst, breakaway speed, can find the right spots on the road, shifty, good foot work, leadership qualities.

ARDELL BROWN (SETON HILL) – 5-11, 175-pounds – Student of the game, playmaking ability, aggressive towards the ball, good speed, explosive in the open field, solid game day speed, great hands.

ISAIAH MANLEY (SOUTH DAKOTA MINES) – 5-11, 175-pounds – Extremely quick, great hands, explosive, calculated runner, smart, picks his spots well, solid route runner.


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