With the cancellation of the 2020 NFL Regional Combine Invitational, due to the lock down of the nation to slowdown the coronavirus that claimed thousands of Americans lives, it appeared that dreams of many NFL hopefuls’ were conquered as well.
But destiny would not give the country’s calamity the opportunity of total defeat.
As an example, nine NFL hopefuls, who were invited to the NFL Regional Combine Invitational this year, were selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, the most ever from the platform which had its best showing in the NFL selection process in 2016 (five).
The draft is one thing as it brings assurance for players to know where they can establish their opportunity. However 56 percent of the current NFL players are – undrafted.
The undrafted free agency process has been fruitful for decades.
In terms of the NFL Regional Combine (RC) process, many players, not only made NFL rosters, managed to product on a high level and were rewarded financially like Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II, Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva and Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker to name a few.
Who will be next out of these 36 newly signed RC pioneers?
None since 2017 (38) has the RC stage assisted this many talented NFL hopefuls of getting to the door step of the NFL.
Now, let’s see who may walk into it.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
DB DEMARKUS ACY (MISSOURI) – 6-2, 195-pounds
DT TREVON MCSWAIN (DUKE) – 6-6, 285-pounds
LB KEANDRE JONES (MARYLAND) – 6-3, 220-pounds
DL LACOLE LONDON (WESTERN ILLINOIS) – 6-5, 280-pounds
WR AHMAD WAGNER (KENTUCKY) – 6-5, 234-pounds
Physical, strong, excels in redzone situations, good speed, soft hands, catches ball at highest points, frustrates defenders due to aggressive approach, team guy, fundamentally sound, discipline, good hands and feet, intelligent.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
CB PARNELL MOTLEY (OKLAHOMA) – 6-0, 195-pounds
OL ZACH SHACKELFORD (TEXAS) – 6-4, 310-pounds
Experienced starter, good pass blocker, good upper body strength, smart, decent lateral movement.
OL STEVEN GONZALEZ (PENN STATE) – 6-4, 341-pounds
Good change of direction, gets out on his blocks quick, great lower strength, strong hands, consistent, durable, power blocker, good reaction speed, good balance and control, sound fundamentally, experienced starter.
CB JACE WHITTAKER (ARIZONA) – 5-11, 190-pounds
S REGGIE FLOYD (VIRGINIA TECH) – 6-0, 222-pounds
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
WR MAURICE FFRENCH (PITTSBURGH) – 5-11, 190-pounds
Tracks ball well, instinctive, good anticipation, solid in traffic, shields body well, great feet, good hands, more of a possession receiver, good vision, fast (not a burner, but gets to his spot), patient runner after catch, has good wiggle.
DB LUTHER KIRK (ILLINOIS STATE) – 6-2, 195-pounds
RB TAVIEN FEASTER (SOUTH CAROLINA) – 6-0, 221-pounds
One word – explosive, great burst, excellent plant-and-go, secures the ball (high and tight), does not hesitate in hitting the whole, reads gaps well, great hands and feet, strong, great vision and awareness, good route runner from out the backfield, elite speed, dangerous in the open field, homerun speed, good pad level, agile, aggressive.
DL DOUGLAS COSTIN (MIAMI-OH) – 6-2, 295-pounds
DB JEREMIAH DINSON (AUBURN) – 6-0, 191-pounds
OL FREDERICK MAUIGOA (WASHINGTON STATE) – 6-3, 310-pounds
LB SAMUEL FRANKLIN (TEMPLE) – 6-3, 210-pounds
LOS ANGELES RAMS
RB XAVIER JONES (SMU) – 5-11, 208-pounds
Essential footwork, great stop-start-and-go, tremendous vision and awareness, elusive, agile, slippery, patience, calculated yet aggressive, solid in traffic, great plant-and-go, good burst and acceleration, strong, can be physical when needed (but does not absorb big hits), good hands out of the backfield, solid pad level, great balance and control, instinctive.
WR JARED KOSKI (CAL POLY) – 6-2, 200-pounds
Has great concentration, fights for the ball, shields body well, strong hands, good feet on the snap, catches deep ball well, good possession receiver, excellent route runner, quick (faster game speed), tracks ball extremely well, great hands.
QB BRYCE PERKINS (VIRGINIA) – 6-3, 210-pounds
Manipulates the pocket well, extends plays from the pocket first, good release, quarterbacks the position, leader, has elite speed for the position, has burst, rifles the ball (especially underneath), patience, aggressive when needed, great feet, strong arm, excellent in reading through progressions, puts receivers in playmaking situations, does not take the big hit, solid option quarterback.
LB CHRISTIAN ROZEBOOM (SOUTH DAKOTA STATE) – 6-2, 220-pounds
DE JONAH WILLIAMS (WEBER STATE) – 6-5, 275-pounds
QB TYLER HUNTLEY (UTAH) – 6-1, 205-pounds
Play-action quarterback, athletic, create great spacing in the pocket, mobile, good arm strength, throw a good deep ball, good feet, speedy, gets ball out quickly, can play under center, patience, decent mechanics, good vision, throws well on the run.
TE ELIJAH WOLF (GEORGIA) – 6-4, 205-pounds
WR TYLER SIMMONS (GEORGIA) – 6-0, 211-pounds
OL DAISHAWN DIXON (SAN DIEGO STATE) – 6-5, 320-pounds
Great run blocker, solid technique, massive wingspan, quick for his size, decent feet, physical, good anticipation, reads pressure well.
DL JAMIR JONES (NOTRE DAME)
DB MYLES DORN (NORTH CAROLINA) – 6-2, 205-pounds
DT DAVID MOA (BOISE STATE) – 6-3, 296-pounds
TE NATE WIETING (IOWA) – 6-4, 240-pounds
WR JA’MARCOS BRADLEY (LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE) – 6-1, 195-pounds
Feisty, tough, good feet and hands (soft), crafty, smart, stays in quarterbacks’ vision, great awareness, good speed, has good technique, great fundamentals, good speed, disciplined route runner, attacks the middle, quick.
WR NICK WESTBROOK (INDIANA) – 6-3, 219-pounds
Solid slot receiver, great hands in traffic, keeps eyes on quarterback, great against zone coverage, patience, good feet, balance, good catching fundamentals, gets to his spots, smart, savvy, dedicated to his craft, decent speed, great awareness, sound, ball never touches body, great route runner, disciplined, intuitive.
C AARON BREWER (TEXAS STATE) – 6-2, 278-pounds
DL TEAIR TART (FIU) – 6-3, 290-pounds
WR JOHNATHON JOHNSON (MISSOURI) – 5-10, 180-pounds
Versatile, great speed, elusive (moves like running back), good hands, great feet, solid plant-and-go, great vision and awareness, dangerous in traffic, break away speed, sets up blocks well, patience with blockers, solid return skills, soft hands, smart, agile, excels in the slot (but can go deep), All-Purpose talent.
NEW YORK GIANTS
S JAQUARIUS LANDREWS (MISSISSIPPI STATE) – 6-0, 200-pounds