With the 2019 NFL Combine fast approaching and about to dominate NFL Draft discussion later this week, Buffalo Bills scouts and scouting directors are about to descend on Indianapolis with measurement sticks and stopwatches in hand. Before it all begins, here are five offensive participants that analysts and scouts will be buzzing about and talking up once the combine is over.
WR Parris Campbell (Ohio State)
If you’re looking for this year’s player who will challenge John Ross’s 40-yard dash record, most agree it’s Campbell. The Ohio State Buckeye reportedly ran a 4.3-second 40 at 13 years old so it’s safe to say he will threaten the overall record. He’s not the most polished receiver, but after teams see his speed in person and drool over his raw athleticism, he’ll undeniably be a riser.
TE Dawson Knox (Ole Miss)
Among the most explosive tight ends in the class, Knox isn’t quite as smooth or as fast as former Rebel Evan Engram, but that doesn’t mean he’s a slouch. His burst on the field was such that he should be among the top performers in the vertical and broad jumps, and he has a chance to compete for the 40-yard dash crown at his position. Knox seems to be dealing with an undisclosed injury, so hopefully he won’t pull himself out of any events.
WR Mecole Hardman (Georgia)
Parris Campbell will have to watch his back because Georgia’s deep threat and kick returner will be hot on his tail at the wide-receiver position. Like Campbell, Hardman has apparently been timed at around a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash and with an average of 16 yards-per-catch that’s not surprising. While Hardman’s long speed is elite, so is his agility. As such, he should be expected to time well in the three-cone and shuttle drills.
OT Cody Ford (Oklahoma)
Ford probably won’t place well in the bench press or even in the 40-yard dash, but in the three-cone and other agility drills he will easily place within the top five for his position. His fluidity when on the move is rare for offensive linemen in general, let alone right tackles. Fans should be glued to their screens when Ford starts to show off his kick slide in the on-the-field drills.
RB Bryce Love (Stanford)
The forgotten man, Love will reclaim at least some of the hype after he participates in the NFL Combine. Teams are knocking love for his lack of size, but let’s not forget his 2017 season in which he was college football’s best big-play threat at the position. Don’t be surprised if he places well at several events, given his burst and long speed.