5 NFL Combine Snubs to watch during the draft: PART 6 Pro Player Insiders continues its series of combine snubs to watch during NFL draft continues with our sixth installment. Five players listed below are names to watch during the draft or immediately after it as they will surely challenge for a roster spot.
- DE/OLB TERRELL HARTSFIELD, CINCINNATI
After a season in which there was a buzz among NFL scouts about him, Hartsfield has been solid in the postseason with a good week at the Medal of Honor Bowl and pro day workout where he posted a 33 ½ inch vertical and 10’4 broad jump at 6’2 ¾, 260 pounds. As a senior, he tallied 38 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks for a much improved year than his first season since transferring from Copiah-Lincoln CC. There is a shot he is taken in the late rounds but either way should be a nice pickup who could make a practice squad or 53 man roster.
- FS BRIAN SUITE, UTAH STATE
This is my personal sleeper for a solid priority free agent or 7th round pick. Although, we think he is just a 50/50 shot to get drafted after putting up 76 tackles, 2 picks, and 9 pass breakups as a senior. Suite did not get much buzz but his pro day workout certainly has created one. He ran a 4.47 and 4.55 in the 40 at 6’2 5/8, 203 pounds along with a 1.58 10-yard, 37 ½ inch vertical, 10’2 broad jump, and 6.65 3-cone. Suite will have to get a little stronger (14 reps) but could be a good special teams player or practice squad candidate.
- FS NICK PERRY, ALABAMA
Safety is one of the most drafted positions among combine snubs and Perry surely fits the mold of what NFL teams are looking for. Don’t expect him to get drafted higher than the 7th round but you can expect him to be a popular priority free agent if indeed he is passed on through 256 picks. Perry measured in at 6’0 ½, 205 pounds and ran a 4.65 and 4.68 in the 40 at his pro day. He also had a 1.57 10-yard, 32 ½ inch vertical, and 9’8 broad jump. His testing doesn’t jump off the page, which is why we don’t project him to get drafted, but you need to remember the name because SEC defenders with size who have a strong senior campaign despite no combine invite usually get drafted or make a roster.
- OLB MATT WELLS, MISSISSIPPI STATE
This is one of our super sleepers as Wells was not invited to a major all-star game either and he did not earn any awards but was a player to keep an eye on. Wells finished with 45 tackles, 8.5 tackles or loss, and 8 pass breakups as a senior. His athleticism and explosion stood out on film. While he will need to get stronger (15 reps) he is fast and closes well. He put up a 4.42 and 4.43 in the 40 at 6’1 ¾, 222 pounds along with a 4.26 short shuttle, 1.58 10-yard, and 35 ½ inch vertical. The SEC product projects as a borderline draft pick who may sneak into the final 56 picks.
- OG CODY WICHMANN, FRESNO STATE
When the late rounds approach NFL teams are always looking for big linemen who can move and have upside. Wichmann is a four-year starter and two-time All-Mountain West selection who may need to get strong (20 reps) but has size (6’5 ¼, 319), speed (4.97-4.99 40), and can get off the ball (1.73 10-yard). Keep an eye on him in rounds 5-7 as a very good developmental option.
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