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NFL DRAFT COMBINE: A look back at the four Southern Crescent athletes who participated in last week’s combine

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Former Ola High standout Tre McBride raised eyebrows and turned heads at this past weekend's NFL Scouting Combine. (File Photo)

Former Ola High standout Tre McBride raised eyebrows and turned heads at this past weekend’s NFL Scouting Combine. (File Photo)

According to an article from the William & Mary sports blog, former Ola High product Tre McBride made a big splash in this past weekend’s NFL Draft Combine held in Indianapolis, Ind.

The receivers worked out this past Saturday, and at least one NFL Draft analyst, Dane Brugler, put the former Mustang at the top of his list of wideouts and at No. 3 in a list of non Football Subdivision schools.

And NFL Draft Geek says…

 

If drafted, McBride would be the first Ola High School player to find his way onto an NFL roster.

Here’s a look at the Combine results for our four Southern Crescent area participants:

TRE MCBRIDE, WR (Ola/William & Mary):

Combine Grade: 5.32
Height: 6’0
Weight: 210 pounds
40 Time: 4.41 seconds
Bench Press: 16 reps.
Vertical Jump: 38 inches.
Broad Jump: 122 inches.
3 Cone Drill: 6.96 seconds.
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.08 seconds
ANALYSIS: Tremendous hands and body control to make dynamic catches. McBride ran a fairly fast 40 time, but scouts say they want to see that speed translate more into live game scenarios. Could project as a solid slot receiver, or more if he can tighten routes and increase separation ability.


 

AMARLO HERRERA, LB (North Clayton/UGA) File:

Combine Grade: 5.14
Height: 6’1
Weight: 244 pounds
40 Time: 4.83 seconds
Bench Press: 23 reps.
Vertical Jump: 32 inches.
Broad Jump: 111 inches
3 Cone Drill: 7.35 seconds.
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.27 seconds.
ANALYSIS: The North Clayton product was considered “undersized” by most draft experts, but could be seen as an immediate contributed on kick-coverage and as a backup inside linebacker at the next level. NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein called him a “smart” linebacker with “good instincts.” Herrera has always been lauded as one with a long-lasting motor. That will serve him well as he tries to prove himself on an NFL roster.

This quote captured from Herrera during the combine, perhaps best describes his no-holds-barred competitive approach to the game…

XZAVIER DICKSON, LB (Griffin/Alabama):

Combine Grade: 5.10
Height 6’3
Weight 260 pounds
40 Time: 4.74 seconds
Bench Press: 19 reps
Vertical Jump: 29.5 inches
Broad Jump: 100 inches.
3 Cone Drill: 7.56 seconds.
ANALYSIS Dickson has the ability to be an adequate pass rusher. His point-of-attack strength and lower body stiffness seem to be a concern to scouts. Dickson was a pass rushing specialist and occasional outside backer at Alabama.


 

DETRICK BONNER, FS (Luella/Virginia Tech):

Combine Grade: 5.20
Bench Press: 15 reps.
ANALYSIS: Bonner is projected as a “rock-steady safety with an ability to play in a variety of schemes thanks to his ability to cover, tackle and blitz,” according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein. Speed and instincts seem to be the biggest of Bonner’s issues. Could become just the second player in Luella High School history, other than former Lion and Georgia Tech corner Rod Sweeting, to make an NFL roster.


 

Oh, and just in case you were trying to figure out how to make sense of the Combine grading scale, here you go….

NFL COMBINE GRADES:

9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp

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