10 players who impressed at 2018 Combine

10 players who impressed at 2018 Combine

He ran the 40 in 4.58 seconds with a 10-yard split of 1.6 seconds.

For NFL front offices, the draft is as important as the action on the field, and each franchise's brain trust is under pressure to produce - none more so than the Cleveland Browns, who are eager to emerge from the football wilderness and are positioned to jump-start their ongoing rebuilding project with a strong draft.

Take a look at the phenomenal feat (and one of the best-filmed bench press sets we've seen in a while) below. Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson (No. 9 overall, San Francisco 49ers), Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans (No. 28 overall, Pittsburgh Steelers) and Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams (No. 30 overall, Minnesota Vikings).

Johnson played 47 career games for the Wildcats.

There was plenty to ponder as National Football League personnel and prospects departed Indianapolis following a 2018 Scouting Combine with lots of high points, as dozens of players exceeded expectations. Don't be a parade-ruiner and just enjoy these inevitably off-base projections for the first 10 picks with the draft seven weeks out. The weeklong event included fan favorites like the bench press and 40-yard dash, as well as position specific drills for each player.

While Gesicki, Barkley, and Apke didn't make the cut as members of that rare echelon of athletes, they did significantly improve their respective draft stocks.

Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers is sacked by Shaquem Griffin #18 of the Central Florida Knights during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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. His 40-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump are off the charts for a man 215 pounds. He clocked a solid 5.15 seconds in the 40, and put up 37 reps on the bench. His 38 ½ inch vertical leap may help a bit but McFadden has a lot to prove at his Pro Day later this month. He ran the 40 in 4.47-seconds, which almost matched Fitzpatrick's 4.46. Though that's incredibly high praise, it's not entirely off-the-mark, but more importantly for James, he may have very well locked up a spot in the top 15.

A former wideout recruit, Apke moved to safety in college and finally got his chance to be a starter as a senior. His tests at least indicate it isn't any lack of strength or athleticism holding Gesicki back, which means some coach is sure to believe they can instill the proper technique and get a young star in return.

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