4 takeaways from the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine for the Rams

Mike Gesicki puts on athletic show at NFL Scouting Combine

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley looks on during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

At 6-feet and 201 pounds, Oliver ran a quick 40-yard dash time for his size of 4.50 seconds. Johnson was one of the breakout players from the Senior Bowl practices, and now projects to be a third-to-fourth round selection come draft time.

Tied for the fastest 40-time at the NFL Combine, Nickerson's 4.32 40-time reminded NFL scouts that he has the burst to match his vertical physicality and ball skills on film. He was once considered an unlikely draft pick, but his performance and impressive life story have put him in the center of the National Football League universe. He ran the 40 in 4.58 seconds with a 10-yard split of 1.6 seconds.

Bench press: Guard Braden Smith (Auburn), 35 repetitions; defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand (Alabama), 28; defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne (Shades Valley, Alabama), 27.

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Much has been made of the pending contract negotiations for defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who tied a career high with 11.0 sacks in 2017 en route to being named AP Defensive Player of the Year. I bet teams are heading back to their respective cities and throwing on more tape of Griffin after his Combine performance. His 40-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump are off the charts for a man 215 pounds. Reid, who is the younger brother of 2013 first-round pick Eric Reid, also hit 36.5-inches in the vertical, 10-feet-8 in the broad jump and 4.15 in the short shuttle.

"New general manager John Dorsey needs to completely overhaul a roster that won one game in the last two years, and the best way to do that is by selecting the best player overall at each selection", Miller writes in explaining the pick. But he still doesn't warrant consideration at the top of the draft. However, NFL teams are concerned about his "fit" at the next level and his athletic testing numbers won't help ease concerns.

Tate, who struggled to gain separation in college, wasn't expected to turn heads with his speed, but not many expected a 4.68 40-yard dash either. "Although the 6'1" cornerback wasn't quite as fast or fluid as some of the other players at the position, he is still a top player in the class.

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