Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

NFL Has High Hopes For Indy's New Combine Experience

NFL Has High Hopes For Indy's New Combine Experience

Before joining them at the next level, Cook is out to prove he's better than players like Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and other running backs in the 2017 National Football League draft.

If he can impress throughout the NFL Combine, he could cement himself as a top five pick in the coming months. Grimes estimated that he had attempted the 40-yard dash 10 to 20 times on Wednesday.

Barring a horrific performance at the NFL Scouting Combine or his pro day, Cook figures to be off the board long before the Bucs select No. 19 overall. "Or maybe he blazes his 40 at that weight... which would further boost his stock as a well-regarded, all-around back". On Friday, running backs, offensive linemen, and special teams players will go through the exercises.

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An ankle injury hampered Fournette throughout his 2016 campaign, but he's always been expected to be the crown jewel of this year's loaded running back class. Another is Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams.

"Scouts have concerns about his quickness and ability to separate downfield, though his upper-body strength should allow him to gain that edge more often than people believe". Williams is particularly anticipated - to the point that a handful of teams near the bottom of the first and even the top of the second round have taken a deeper dive into his film, believing there is a chance he could slip after combine workouts. Today, he remains cancer-free heading into the NFL Draft Combine. The ultimate goal will be to exit the combine without the dreaded "possession receiver" label, something MS wideout Laquon Treadwell failed to avoid this time previous year. This is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak when it comes to the NFL Combine and the storylines available.

Here's a roundup of guys who could fit the bill to watch out for at the combine.

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