Now that the dust has settled, we breakdown which prospects helped (John Ross) and hurt their stock at the 2017 NFL Combine.The NFL combine happened just a week ago and now that the dust has settled, it is time to look at who ultimately boosted their stock and came out a riser and who didn’t match expectations and came away as the biggest fallers.
Whether it’s answering questions about ability or jumping onto the radar with huge numbers, the combine helped many prospects find their way further up into the mock drafts across the country and likely, draft day. And for those who fell in such a deep class, their stock drop is unpredictable.
Riser 1: John Ross, WR, Washington
Let’s get the obvious out of the way, John Ross broke the combine record for fastest 40-yard dash at 4.22 (with an injured shoulder giving him less pump and with cramps). Ross was done for the day and didn’t need to do more, the film speaks for itself in the fact that he’s not just a runner. John Ross was a fringe first round prospect who has likely cemented himself in the top 25 and will have a chance to further boost his stock with a strong pro day.
Faller 1: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
Kupp was rising. He was fast approaching being a well warranted first round pick and most people thought a strong combine would get him there. The hands were never a question, the size was great. But the 4.6 is scary, and teams won’t risk a high selection in such a talented draft class. Kupp will find himself as a second-third round pick now with very little chance of moving up. There’s no telling whether or not he will be successful, but there’s a very likely chance his career won’t start being one of the first 32 picks.