Here are the following players that will be participating in the Combine.
Most excited to watch – Mark Walton
It feels like ages since we have seen Mark Walton in action, and I think people have forgotten how special of a talent he is. Despite how spectacular Walton was during his final season at Miami, he was never really in top form dealing with an ankle injury. I am excited to see how good he looks after focusing so much time on rehabbing and preparing for the combine. Walton has a lot to prove and I think he will impress at the Combine.
Most to gain – R.J. McIntosh
We know how disruptive McIntosh was all year for the Hurricanes. We saw him dominate the top guard prospect when the Hurricanes beat Notre Dame. Despite what we know, most people outside of Miami do not realize how dominant McIntosh was. The DT position does not get a lot of love from the casual fan, so this is a good opportunity for McIntosh to show off his athletic ability and show that he has 1st round potential. We have seen good combines vault the likes of Ereck Flowers to the first round, and it could do the same for McIntosh.
The interviews matter – Chad Thomas
Chad Thomas is as athletic as it gets for someone his size, and the talent is obvious when you watch him play, but Thomas will have the most to gain from the interview process. There have been a lot of questions about Thomas’s love for football due to his success as a musician, and it has placed a red flag on him. I personally don’t see this as an issue at all, there are players who have been drafted highly who had more serious red flags surrounding negative controversies. (See Joe Mixon, Jameis Winston, Zeke Elliot, Etc.). I don’t understand how being a good musician is seen as a red flag, but regardless of my views, Thomas will have to interview well and prove to teams that he is all in on football and is worth a high draft spot.