The NFL combine has come and gone, and my biggest takeaway from it has nothing to do with anything I saw from an individual player. No, it's that I hate the combine in prime time.
I love watching the combine, but I love it when it's during the afternoon a lot more than I do at night. During the afternoon, I'm not forced to choose between guys running drills and actual sporting events. I understand that I'm coming from a perspective of somebody who works from home and has the chance to watch it on a Thursday afternoon, and plenty of fans are likely to feel differently, but I hate it. I hope it's moved back to the afternoon. Odds are it won't.
The NFL combine is over, so who were the biggest winners and losers? Ryan Wilson joins Will Brinson to break it all down, size up the first post-combine mock draft and more. Listen below and be sure to subscribe for daily NFL goodness.
My other takeaways from the event worth considering can be seen below in my first mock draft following the combine. I've made one significant change in this one compared to my first two in that this is the first time the Lions do not trade down from No. 3 to a team looking to take a quarterback.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Chase Young EDGE
Ohio State • Sr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
The Redskins interviewed QBs at the combine, and they should. It's a new regime and it's the most important position on the field. Of course, that doesn't mean there's a QB available they believe is enough of an upgrade on Dwayne Haskins to pass on Chase Young.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Clemson • Sr • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Isaiah Simmons is a freak of nature, and I've been telling you that since my first mock. The combine only confirmed it for those who didn't already know and maybe it convinced the Lions that he's too intriguing of a talent to pass up on, even if he's not a major need.
Mock Trade from New York Giants
Round 1 - Pick 4
Alabama • Sr • 6'1" / 227 lbs
The Dolphins move up a spot to insure they get their guy. It costs them No. 5, No. 153, No. 173 and a 2021 fourth-round pick to do so. Tagovailoa didn't work out at the combine, but he was able to show he's recovering from his hip injury, and no QB did enough to knock him from No. 2 in this class.
Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 5
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 236 lbs
The combine was made for Justin Herbert, and he performed well as I fully expected him too. Of course, it's never been his measurables or athleticism that's left me skeptical. Still, he's enticing enough of a prospect that it'll be hard for the Chargers to pass him up here.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • Sr • 6'1" / 202 lbs
I've had the Panthers taking Derrick Brown here in my first two mocks, but Jeff Okudah wasn't available at this point. He is here, and the Panthers start off their rebuild with the best corner in the class. A guy who has a legit shot of being a shutdown corner.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Alabama • Sr • 6'4" / 307 lbs
I know there's a lot of smoke about the Cardinals and a WR here, particularly CeeDee Lamb, but this WR class is so deep that the better value would be Wills or another OT here and then taking a WR on Day 2.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Brown slips a couple of spots down to the Jaguars. He's not the biggest need for Jacksonville, but it'll be hard for them to pass him up here. It's also possible the Jaguars could look to trade down further in the round here.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Mock Trade from Indianapolis Colts
Round 1 - Pick 13
Round 1 - Pick 14
Round 1 - Pick 17
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Sr • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Jeudy didn't wow anybody at the combine, but the combine doesn't really suit his strengths as a player. He's got a high floor, and with some uncertainty around Amari Cooper's long-term status, Jeudy would make sense here.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 19
Florida • Sr • 6'1" / 204 lbs
The Raiders took Ruggs with their first pick, and with their second they take a guy whose job it will be to cover guys like Ruggs. Henderson had a great combine, and might have boosted his stock high enough he won't be available here. If he is, the Raiders should take him.
Round 1 - Pick 21
LSU • Sr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
I knew Justin Jefferson was fast but I was still caught offguard by his 4.43 40 at the combine. He played a lot out of the slot last year, but I think he can play out wide as well and would give the Eagles a true deep threat to pair with their tight ends.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Tee Higgins WR
Clemson • Sr • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Higgins possesses some of the size that Buffalo lacks in its receiving corps, and could pair well with Josh Allen. Considering Allen's accuracy issues, it'd be nice to have a guy who can reach balls that might not be in the best spot. He'd also be an asset in the red zone.
Mock Trade from New England Patriots
Round 1 - Pick 23
Oklahoma • Sr • 6'2" / 241 lbs
Murray helped himself a lot in Indianapolis and he strikes me as the kind of player Baltimore will be fond of. The Saints could like him too, so Baltimore doesn't take any chances, trading up to get him.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 26
Mock Trade from Baltimore Ravens
Round 1 - Pick 28
Round 1 - Pick 30
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 230 lbs
There are questions about his size, and this isn't the biggest need for the Packers, but Queen projects as somebody who can start in the NFL from Day 1. He reminds me of Myles Jack and Roquan Smith.
Mock Trade from San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 31
Jacob Eason QB
Washington • Jr • 6'6" / 231 lbs
Most people believe the 49ers are going to trade down due to a lack of overall picks in this draft. Here the Bucs are happy to supply them with some for the chance to move up and get Jacob Eason.