Guerin Emig: Did Orlando Brown's combine torpedo his first round prospects?


He did it again through the week in Indianapolis. They'll share this year's title as the fastest player from the week in Indianapolis.

For those of us who had the privilege of watching Saquon Barkley for three years in Penn State blue and white, it is not a surprise that he is generating plenty of first pick buzz.

"I've never been big on the Penn State running backs, I never have", he said.

I went into even more detail about the idea of the Browns drafting Barkley with the No. 1 pick, and why they can't afford to do it, in a Periscope video on Monday afternoon.

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.

It's all about the quarterback trickle-down effect.

Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown was viewed as a popular target for the Ravens at No. 16 before a rough showing at the combine.

Gholston, the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft, managed an absurd 37 reps of the bench press while also running a 4.67 40-yard dash despite his 260-pound, 6-foot-4 frame. It wouldn't shock anyone if the cornerback-needy Chicago Bears made him their pick at No. 8 overall.

Although his tape is pedestrian, Reid will have scouts revisiting his film after his impressive Combine performance. That's quite notable with McDermott especially, because there were many times throughout the season when he was asked about a specific player or a specific position, and he would turn it into a broader stroke during his answer.

Sam Darnold chose not to throw at the combine, but Josh Allen impressed with his deep throws and Baker Mayfield was solid during the interview process.

"I think it's just technique and finding little things" to improve, he said. However, the Browns may prefer to take a running back first, and the quarterback later, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. "He gave up zero sacks a year ago". "And he's going to win games with his legs". However, if you get the quarterback you covet, it's all worth it. I say that only half-jokingly.

Barkley is more of a LeSean McCoy-type runner who creates in-space opportunities through lateral explosion. Should New York grab a potential replacement for quarterback Eli Manning? However, NFL teams are concerned about his "fit" at the next level and his athletic testing numbers won't help ease concerns. However, the Bills have to be hoping beyond all hope that it happens. Considering the Browns' decades-long need at quarterback, the decision to draft talent over need will receive mixed reviews. They also have two picks in both the fourth and fifth round.

Jackson, at times, seems like a forgotten man in this quarterback class and some are now wondering if his future is at quarterback.

Here are four takeaways from the combine with an eye toward the Rams.

Many are now saying he should be the choice, or at least that he could be.