Time to put away the compression shorts and break out the arbitrary grading scales. The NFL Combine is over, and now come the loads of subjective analysis about NFL Draft prospects, including the seven future stars from Boise State. How did the Bronco players fare at the Combine? Depends whom you ask. I find it's more affirming to ask only those people who think highly of Boise State players. Selective scouting. How am I not the Raiders GM yet?
Doug Martin - Combine grade: A - Currently: 2nd or 3rd round pick
Martin was a top performer in the three-cone drill and the 60-yard shuttle, and his 4.55 in the 40-yard dash is faster than any human being of his size and shape and neck should be able to run.
Martin came into the Combine hoping to become the No. 2 running back prospect, and were it not for a Game Genie performance by Virginia Tech's David Wilson, he would have done just that:
Don't underestimate Martin's ability to play all three downs. That could put him ahead of Lamar Miller, who doesn't share that quality. It shouldn't surprise anyone if Martin is the third running back off the board behind Trent Richardson and David Wilson.
Mel Kiper has Martin as the No. 5 running back available. But w hat does Mel Kiper know!
Shea McClellin - Grade: A - Currently: 4th - 7th round
McClellin did himself some favors with a 4.63 40-yard dash that was tops for defensive linemen. As such, the NFL wants him to be an outside linebacker. He ran the linebacker drills with fluidity and expertise, so scouts and draftniks don't see any issues there. The problem would be his 19 reps in the bench press, which tied for the lowest among linemen.
National Football Post lists McClellin as the No. 9 outside linebacker available and rising.
Tyrone Crawford - Grade: B - Currently - 2nd - 3rd round
Crawford kept Mr. Momentum from his Shrine Game performance by wowing scouts with his measurables and his drills at the Combine. While none of his raw numbers were tops among his position group, he remains a Top Ten defensive end prospect. Oh, and now he knows jiu-jitsu, per the Idaho Statesman. He may be the first pass rusher to use a sleeper hold on an offensive tackle.
George Iloka - Grade: C - Currently - 2nd or 3rd round
Iloka entered the Combine as the top free safety prospect on the board, and his blazing 4.6 40 time was superb for a player his size. But then the position drills hit. Depending whom you ask, Iloka either did okay in coverage simulation drills or he should take up a new position.
Iloka looked terrible in the drills, struggling to flip his hips. He may have to move to linebacker in the NFL.
Despite that, the National Football Post says Iloka is on the rise and is the No. 2-rated strong safety in the draft. Lesson: No one knows what they're talking about when it comes to the Combine. I guess.
Iloka will not run at the Boise State Pro Day, presumably to avoid an embarrassing Crocodile Mile incident.
Billy Winn - Grade: C - Currently: 2nd - 3rd round
Never before has so little been written about such a promising prospect. It's hard to find reviews for Winn outside of the fact that he was middle-of-the-pack in most measurables and drills. As such, his draft status remained pretty much the same after the Combine. A big Pro Day could change that.
Kellen Moore - Grade: C - Currently: 4th - 7th round
Moore did about as well as he could do in objective, measurable Combine performances. He came in at 6-feet tall and ran the 40-yard dash in under five seconds. It's the subjective, arbitrary elements to his game that continue to dock him points.
In throwing drills, he was rather unspectacular when compared to the other top QB prospects, which is why Boise State's March 22 Pro Day will be huge as he can showcase his timing and close-up magic skills with his own receivers. Watch him make Tyler Shoemaker disappear and then reappear at the first-down sticks! Illusions!
Nate Potter - Grade: C - Currenty: 4th - 7th round
Potter had a top score in the three-cone drill but was one of the lowest when it came to the bench press. NFL teams are still undecided on whether he'll make a better NFL tackle or guard. He is largely viewed as a developmental player at the next level.
Based on what you heard, who do you think had the best Combine? Surprised at any of the Combine results? Expecting anything big at the Pro Day? Share your thoughts in the comments.