Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

3 takeaways for Broncos from 2018 National Football League combine

3 takeaways for Broncos from 2018 National Football League combine

The 2018 National Football League scouting combine came to a close Monday when defensive backs ran the 40-yard dash and did other on-field work at Lucas Oil Stadium.

While the Browns still have time to change their draft strategy countless times over the next two months, a draft haul that includes Barkley and Mayfield could make them drastically better both in 2018 and for the foreseeable future.

Brown only managed 14 reps on the bench press, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.86 seconds, and was chastised by coaches for loafing during the on-field offensive line drills at LucasOil Stadium. Darius Slay blazed a 4.36-second 40-yard dash back when he was at the 2013 combine.

Many consider Parker will be the second FCS player drafted after South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert, who's likely a second-round pick.

He ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard-dash, tying his brother Shaquill Griffin (Seattle Seahawks third round pick) from a year ago despite weighing 23 pounds more than him.

His 4.76-second 40-time, 7.24-second three-cone drill, 31 ½ inch vertical jump and 9-foot broad jump were all among the lowest out of all of the edge rushers at the Combine.

You can pick and choose between corner and linebacker as the Rams' biggest need this offseason, but even after trading for Marcus Peters, it's obvious Los Angeles needs another defensive back on the outside.

Barkley impressed at the NFL Combine this weekend. Reid, who is the younger brother of 2013 first-round pick Eric Reid, also hit 36.5-inches in the vertical, 10-feet-8 in the broad jump and 4.15 in the short shuttle.

Davenport checked off all the physical boxes here at the Combine. Eisen came in at 5.97 seconds, the second time in the 13 times he's run the 40 at the combine that he came in under 6 seconds.

The popular theme among post-draft mocks is Barkley's selection by the Cleveland Browns - and not at No. 4, but with the first overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. But he still doesn't warrant consideration at the top of the draft. Mata'afa managed only 31.5 inches in the vertical, 9 feet in the broad jump and 7.24 in the three-cone - not terrible numbers, but not what evaluators were hoping for. "Although the 6'1" cornerback wasn't quite as fast or fluid as some of the other players at the position, he is still a top player in the class.

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