INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2014 NFL scouting combine came to an end Tuesday with workouts by the cornerbacks and safeties.
We’ll have notes on how the defensive backs fared in a bit, but we’ll start things off by looking at our biggest takeaways from this year’s combine: the elite group of four players that has separated itself from the pack, and the two teams at the top of the draft that stand to benefit most from it.
1. A group of four elite prospects has emerged.
The four players who have separated themselves from the rest are South Carolina DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney, Auburn OT Greg Robinson, Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack and Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. These were elite guys going into the combine, but it isn’t always easy for those players to stay there. The combine can feel like “Survivor” sometimes, with players getting voted "off the island" one by one. It feels as though if you poke and prod and send players through enough tests that you’ll find something wrong with every player after a while.
However, through their interviews, medical testing and performances on the field, these four guys are getting the full stamp of approval from teams around the league. We might add another player or two to that group as the process continues, but these guys have established themselves as the elite class right now.