Every year at the NFL Scouting Combine we see players come from nowhere and blow scouts away with their numbers during the on-field drills. Of course, the combine does nothing to completely stir up rankings, it merely forces you to go back and re-watch game tape to see what you may have missed. After the reevaluation on film, you can then rise up the draft boards.
This year, one of the tight ends at the combine completely blew away the field during the workouts and earned the “workout warrior” label for the day.
That tight end was none other than Chris Gragg Arkansas Razorbacks.
Gragg started off his combine experience by weighing in at a solid 6-foot-3, 244-pounds and went on to push up 18 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press. After that is when Gragg started to turn heads.
The former Razorback ran an incredible 4.50 40-yard dash, which was faster than anyone else at the position. He then went on to score a 37.5 inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. His numbers were off the charts.
Unfortunately for Gragg, size and durability are still major concerns that could keep him from being one of the first five tight ends selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.
In his final season, Gragg hauled in 22 catches for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Those aren’t number that quite jump off the page at you. Scouts will now go back and watch Gragg’s film to see what they may have missed that stopped him from being in the discussion as one of the top tight ends in the draft.
When it is all said and done, I don’t think the workout warrior label will do enough for Gragg to land him in the top five tight ends.