The scores and times from the NFL Combine aren't the only things NFL teams use to evaluate players for the upcoming NFL draft, but a player’s performance can still make or break his draft stock.
Last year, Georgia set a program record for the most first round picks when Roquan Smith, Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel were all drafted on the first day. Georgia isn’t expected to have a year quite like that, but several former Bulldogs competed in on-field workouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis from March 1-4. Here is how they performed:
In ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft, Baker is slated to be a late first-round pick. The 5-foot-11-inch cornerback disappointed with his 40-yard dash time of 4.52. Fellow projected first rounder Greedy Williams of LSU outran Baker by .15 seconds. Baker’s 14 bench press reps also placed him in the middle of the pack.
The 5-foot-10, 187-pound receiver ranked fifth among all participants in the 40-yard dash. Hardman recorded a time of 4.33 seconds. While he outpaced his former teammates Riley Ridley and Terry Godwin in bench press, Hardman’s total of 17 reps of 225 pounds was overshadowed by D.K Metcalf’s and Harry N’Keal’s 27 reps.
Ridley finished the combine as the second worst receiver in vertical jump. Speed or size usually can make up for a shoddy vertical, but neither Ridley’s 40-yard dash time nor his 6-foot-1-inch, 199-pound frame will make NFL teams swoon.
Other than his performance on the 3-cone drill – he finished as the No. 7 receiver – Godwin’s results were mediocre. He ran a 4.55 40-yard dash and didn’t attempt to do the bench press.
Holyfield ran the second-slowest 40-yard dash at the combine among running backs. Matt Miller, a draft analyst for Bleacher Report called it “eye-opening” and “fail level slow”. Holyfield, however, dazzled on the bench with his 26 reps, third-best among running backs.
A defensive lineman, Ledbetter finished 23rd within his position in both the 40-yard dash and bench press. He had a 5.14 40-yard dash and 22 bench press reps.
Nauta admitted on March 1 that the NFL’s draft advisory board told him to return to Georgia for his senior season. The tight end ignored that advice and entered the draft anyway. His 40-yard dash time of 4.91 seconds fell flat, clocking in as the second worst time among the 19 tight ends. Nauta performed better on the bench press, ranking seventh among tight ends with 19 reps.
Gaillard’s only exercise in Indianapolis was stepping on the scales. The 305-pound offensive lineman opted to hold his workouts until the Georgia pro day.
Walker didn’t participate in workouts after undergoing a sports hernia surgery in January.