No NFL National Scouting Combine invite, no problem. For most, no Pro Day trial, no problem. NFL Regional Combine Invitational (RCI) invites – pioneers. RCI canceled, still pioneers.
Dawning an NFL jersey for the 2020 season, for some, still no problem.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the prized jewel of the NFL Regional Combine was canceled as safety and health takes precedent over any event, as all lives matter.
Through the initiative of NFL Football Operations, the NFL Regional Combine platform hosts nearly 6,200 athletes as the opportunity stage placed NFL hopefuls in front true NFL decision-makers, dating back to 2012 when the RC was instituted.
The RC helped to bring some sort of closure to many, both the league’s scouting trust and players alike. With no NFL Regional Combine trial, all parties involved were crushed, however, understood why as the country was held hostage by an unseen enemy.
These offensive talents did not get their chance to truly showcase their value. Nevertheless, it does not mean that they completely missed an opportunity because – their talent, passion, hunger won’t let them.
After thoroughly monitoring their skill sets, the offensive standouts who would have been in Miami for the NFL Regional Combine Invitational would have forecast the best grouping of NFL hopefuls ever hosted.
Check out why, get familiar early.
Phones will be ringing this 2020 NFL Draft weekend. Still, no talent will be left behind as these RCI invitees are still pioneers for the platform.
QB MASON FINE (NORTH TEXAS) – 5-9, 190-pounds
Pure-passer, tough, has no happy feet, great pocket presence, mobile, deeply accurate (especially outside hash marks), throw deep ball well, consistent, athletic (better on designed runs), strong, throw, go through progressions well, throw receivers open, fundamentally sound, throw through his hips, solid release.
“This is the same path from high school to college to the NFL,” said Fine of his combine snub. “It’s never been easy for me. But this just adds more to the story. That will make it that much more satisfying whenever you do make it. It will be a great story to tell.”
QB QUENTIN HARRIS (DUKE) – 6-1, 200-pounds
Play-action quarterback, athletic, smart, sells the play-action well, essential in the short passing game, has a good deep ball, has great form, legs spaced, stay on toes, solid arm strength, good mechanics, confident, read through progressions well.
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.
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.
OL ZACH SHACKELFORD (TEXAS) – 6-4, 310-pounds
Experienced starter, good pass blocker, good upper body strength, smart, decent lateral movement.
OL KYLE HINTON (WASHBURN) – 6-2, 295-pounds
Athletic, powerful, moves fluidly, good balance and control, solid lateral movement, good technique, agile, aggressive blocker, explosive off the snap, quick change of direction, opens hips well, second level blocker.
OL ARLINGTON HAMBRIGHT (COLORADO) – 6-5, 300-pounds
Good inside technique, solid lower strength, powerful, nasty, good feet and hand usage, good against speed rushers, strong hands, recovers well, keeps pads high, disciplined.
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.
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.
OL BLAKE BRANDEL (OREGON ST) – 6-7, 305-pounds
Agile, quick, explosive off the snap, solid technique (both hands and feet), smart, solid strength (both upper and lower), change of direction, has good bounce, savvy, good inside technique, good push, good pass protector and stamina.
RB JASON HUNTLEY (NEW MEXICO STATE) – 5-9, 193-pounds
Explosive, dangerous in the open field, excellent in tight spaces, great feet and hands, runs the route tree from the backfield with no exceptions, agile, shifty, great stop-start-and-go, plant-and-go, smart, great vision and awareness, has balance and control, solid pad level, All-Purpose talent, break away potential on each touch.
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.
“Really what went into it is, I have been working like everybody else, and I couldn’t just waste an opportunity and say, ‘Well I’ve been working but they’re not going to have a pro day.’ I definitely wanted to do everything and show everything I’ve been working on,” said Feaster, according to thestate.com.
“I obviously had to run the 40, do the bench and the shuttles and jumps and things, but I also definitely wanted to show me going through bags, catching the ball, just to show them what I can do being my size, just being a factor.”
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 needed (but does not absorb big hits), good hands out of the backfield, solid pad level, great balance and control, instinctive.
WR AHMAD WAGNER (KENTUCKY) – 6-5, 234-pounds
Physical, strong, excels in redzone situations, good speed, soft hands, catches ball at highest points, frustrate defenders due to aggressive approach, team guy, fundamentally sound, discipline, good hands and feet, intelligent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WR JA’MARCUS 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, discipline route runner, attacks the middle, quick.
BEST OF THE REST
TE NATE WIETING (IOWA) – 6-4, 240-pounds
TE FARROD GREEN (MISSISSIPPI STATE) – 6-4, 240-pounds
TE ELIJAH WOLF (GEORGIA) – 6-4, 205-pounds
WR TYLER SIMMONS (GEORGIA) – 6-0, 211-pounds
OL FREDERICK MAUIGOA (WASHINGTON STATE) – 6-3, 310-pounds
C AARON BREWER (TEXAS STATE) – 6-2, 278-pounds