Turn the cameras on. It’s go time.
The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine hits the phase most fans recognize it for: on-field workouts. Offensive linemen and running backs hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis as quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends hit the media circuit:
2019 NFL Scouting Combine - Day 4 Schedule
|Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (RB)||On-Field Workout (timing, stations, drills) | Departure from Indianapolis|
|Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (TE)||Psychological Testing | NFLPA Meeting | Media | Bench Press | Interviews|
|Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)||Measurements | Medical Examinations | Overflow Testing | Interviews|
|Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)||Registration | Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays | Overflow Testing | Orientation | Interviews|
This is when the combine turns up. Cameras on the field. Transcripts in the media room. And unnecessary draft stock readjustments. Enjoy!
With the QBs, WRs and TEs working through the media, here are a couple of guys I’m eager to hear from:
Northwestern Wildcats QB Clayton Thorson
Thorson’s a perfect candidate to backup Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff...unless he goes to a team desperate for QB talent to compete immediately. That’s the difficult balance for the Rams and other teams looking for a qualified QB2. You have to be strong enough to be considered for emergency snaps but that makes you legitimized in the first place; go too far back and you’re not getting enough talent for the role. The Rams drafted QB Sean Mannion in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The timing of that selection was illogical and the Rams are still paying the price. This year’s draft and undrafted free agent period allows them a chance to rectify the issue...if they get it right.
Georgia Bulldogs TE Isaac Nauta
The Rams are still stocked at tight end with TE Tyler Higbee in his final contractual season in 2019 with TE Gerald Everett worked in a year thereafter. Do the Rams have a tight end locked in for the future? If so, we can look past this class. If not though, a mid-rounder would make a ton of sense, and Nauta would fit the bill.
The Rams invested heavily in the wide receiver position the last two years and invested well. If anything, this is a spot to bring in an undrafted free agent or two to bulk up the back of the roster while adding special teams value. Perhaps the measurable workouts tomorrow will put a late Day 3 option in play?