The 2017 NFL Combine — or the “underwear Olympics,” if you prefer — will be the talk of the sports world over the next handful of days. Some of the top prospects will be in Indianapolis getting measured, timed and interviewed by the coaches and team officials that are responsible for making a selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. For a college football fan, it’s a teary-eyed weekend watching your favorite players move on to the next stage of their careers.
Every year, a few college football stars benefit from the NFL Combine’s focus on pure athleticism. Who could forget former UConn star Byron Jones setting a broad jump record in 2015 or Chris Johnson, then a star running back coming out of ECU, setting the 40-yard dash record in 2008 at 4.24 seconds, a mark that still stands today.
Fans of those schools probably saw it coming, but NFL fans surely didn’t. So with that in mind, we’re going to take a college perspective to breaking down the players to watch in this year’s combine.