2024 NFL Combine IDP Reactions

by Steve Hungarter (IDPHunter)
2024 NFL Combine IDP Reactions

The 2024 NFL Combine featured some great player effort this season, but will forever be known for how it all wrapped up rather than the showcase itself.

On day three we had Tyler Owens of Texas Tech expressing flat earth philosophies about how planers and space are not real. Then we got to see Penn State CB Kalen King disputing the Moon landing. Then later Illinois tight end Tip Reiman doubled down with an odd bird theory proposing pigeons being remote AI.

During this extensive media coverage, I could not help thinking about just how hard it is to get reliable information.

It sure must be hard to know just what to believe anymore. Had any of these players subscribed to the Fantasy Six-Pack and had our discord we would certainly never lead them wrong with answers like the above. Our team provides extensive quality 24-hour news, and award-winning rankings to not just athletes but the viewers at home.

Consider subscribing to our nonstop coverage and award-winning rankings. Pigeons, Moon landings, and planers aside we got you all covered, On that note, here are my personal favorite 22 players that stood out the most in IDP.

2024 NFL Combine IDP Reactions

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Defensive Lineman

In our previous articles, we mentioned, that the broad jump, three cones, 40-yard dash, and a player's arm length for EDGE seem to correlate.  These drills show a player's worth. You want players that can knock blockers off balance and use their limbs to bat and knock down passes.

Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Did you know Verse's 40-yard dash stands as a record in the last decade among individuals with arms measuring 33 inches biceps or more and who have completed 30 or more reps on the bench press at the Combine. Whose record did Verse surpass? None other than the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Myles Garrett.

In addition to breaking records, he had an all-around impressive performance at the Combine. Notably, he clocked a 4.58-second 40-yard dash, including a swift 1.6-second 10-yard split. He successfully completed the jumps, achieving a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-7-inch broad jump. With a positive trajectory, Verse is one of the top selections to be drafted for his position.

Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Officially classified as an EDGE linebacker, but if you play like me the smart money is to deploy him as a defensive lineman because he will clearly get the dual-eligibility role. The athletic testing results and measurements of  Turner (he has an 83-inch wingspan) have solidified his standing as DL1/2 on your league's draft night. Particularly impressive are his 4.46-second official 40-yard dash, a 40.5-inch vertical, a 1.54 split, and a 10-foot-7 broad jump, all of which put him in the 90% percentile amongst his position.

Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

You can't talk about this year's combine without mentioning its standout in Robinson. Not only did he win this year's combine, but he also silenced many critics. While he did have some impressive displays it still left me with one question, "Where was this in his final season?" He impressed with a 10'8 broad jump and continued to smoke the events with a 34.5-inch vertical and sprinted for a 4.48-second  on the 40-yard dash. Take into account that this player is also 254 pounds, this should silence his critical and put him into the DL4 conversation on Draft day and possibly a first-round pick as well.

Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

So if Chop Robinson won the draft, Latu did everything not to lose the Combine.  With shorter 32 5/8 arms, and all the passing metrics to be the top defensive lineman in this draft, the biggest concerns was Latu had to do is pass his medical. No one is expecting him to be a freak athlete, his tape shows that.  He just needs to follow through. His 96.3 PFF grade is the highest at this position. He should be in the top three conversation on draft night for DL.

Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

With an impressive 1.69-second 10-yard split and a notable 33-inch vertical jump. While the 9 feet 3 inches broad jump was slightly underwhelming, Murphy cemented as DT1/2 and should be considered a fringe first-round selection on draft day.

Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State

Fiske emerged with 4.78 speed, a 1.68-second 10-yard split, and a remarkable 9-foot-9-inch broad jump. While securing the third spot in the vertical jump, Fiske was already getting attention for his outstanding Senior Bowl.

Honorable Mention: Jalyx Hunt, EDGE, Houston Christian

This guy was not on my radar but excelled and helped his day-3 draft stock out. Hunt stands at 6 feet 3 3/4, and ran a 4.64 40-yard dash with 34 3/8-inch arms. He further excelled in the vertical with a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump, and a 10-foot-8 broad jump. Someone to watch.

Honorable Mention: Marshawn Kneeland, EDGE, Western Michigan

Kneeland is a 6-3, 267-pound EDGE - No. 26 Combine Freaks List - ran a faster 3-cone (7.02) and shuttle (4.18) than all the DLs and LBs in Indy. He also vertical jumped 35.5 inches and had a 1.66 10-yard split. Impressive day and I am keeping an eye on him.

Linebacker

Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M

Cooper opted out of participating in the agility drills; however, he displayed notable speed by completing the forty-yard dash in 4.51 seconds. His burst and closing speed were evident, evidenced by a 20-yard split of 2.82 seconds and a 10-yard split of 1.54 seconds. He checked off every box we needed to know, as this player will continue to grow and get stronger as a blitz defender.

Payton Wilson, NC State

4.43 40-yard dash time at 6-3, 233 pounds. It stands as a 99.5th percentile mark, while his 1.54s 10-yard split places Wilson in the 98th percentile speed-wise, which are impressive accomplishments considering he had two ACL tears in College.

Trevin Wallace, Kentucky

Wallace has a really good day as we have predicted him as a sleeper for this event on this network for quite some time now. His 4.51 forty time,  37.5"  vertical, and 10'7"  broad jump were all top three scores amongst linebackers.

Honorable Mention: Cedric Gray, North Carolina

Nothing too great but he has been a top-5 for me this entire off-season. He tested okay and performed the vertical (35.5") and broad (10'0"), and ran a 4.64

Honorable Mention: Curtis Jacobs, Penn State

A former five-star player who disappeared at the Collegiate level. At the combine, he came in weighing 241 and still ran a 4.58.  Jacobs also notched a 10'4 inch broad jump, which tied for third amongst linebackers.

Secondary

The connection between a player's ability for pass deflections and to attack deep balls is on display in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and speed drills. Although my focus on this position isn't extensive, due to the high surplus of players and turnover available in our leagues, combining these two events does showcase a taller player's ability to move around the football field.

Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota

Despite not running the 40-yard dash, he separated himself from the pack with his impressive drills.

Javon Bullard, S, Georgia

Javon Bullard's testing, and he delivered, clocking in at a swift 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash. As a nickel/safety hybrid, the expectation was that he would excel in positional drills, and he did not disappoint. However, where Bullard truly distinguished himself was in open space as one of the premier safeties. His ability to navigate tightrope-like pedal movements and seamlessly transition his explosiveness on hip rotations set him apart.

Tyler Owens, S, Texas Tech

Our favorite "Planet Man" displayed world-hidden talents before getting hurt. He registered an impressive 12 feet 2 inches jump. Standing at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 216 pounds, Owens' explosiveness is truly extraordinary—an ironic twist, considering his disbelief in the existence of other worlds.

Honorable mentions: The Cornerback Draft Class

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