The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine beings on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and lasts until Monday, March 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The first three days are check-ins; drills don’t begin until Friday.
Six former Missouri players have accepted invitations to the combine, one off the school record of seven — that came following the 2013 season at the 2014 NFL Combine.
Missouri players at the 2019 NFL Combine
- QB Drew Lock
- WR Emanuel Hall
- TE Kendall Blanton
- OL Paul Adams
- DT Terry Beckner, Jr.
- LB Terez Hall
Missouri story lines to watch at the 2019 NFL Combine
1. Will Drew Lock throw?
It isn’t uncommon for top quarterbacks to avoid throwing at the combine, instead waiting for their pro days to throw to familiar receivers in familiar settings. However, Lock isn’t a first-round, well, lock — depending on whom you ask — and last year, the quarterbacks that did throw (Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen) did not hurt their eventual status as top-ten picks.
If Lock opts not to throw, it might give some insight into how confident he and his camp feel about his security as a first-round pick.
2. Who will be the workout warrior?
Emanuel Hall, Kendall Blanton and Terez Hall really have chances to open some eyes with strong performances, and each has the potentially to not just solidify their chances of getting drafted, but actually moving up into the top four rounds — in my opinion, anyway.
Here’s my bold prediction: Kendall Blanton measures in at 6-6, 265-pounds, and then blows everyone away in the 40 and shuttle to propel himself up draft boards. He was instrumental as a blocker for Missouri and his athleticism got overshadowed, but something tells me he’s going to have a long NFL career. That starts this week.
3. Can Terry Beckner and Emanuel Hall ease any injury concerns?
There will likely be a lot of medical attention paid to Beckner and Hall by any teams interested in them. Beckner’s injuries — two ACL tears — are more concerning, and those knee injuries may have been the reason he never quite got to be the consistent, dominant force he was projected to be as a five-star recruit out of high school. How will those knees hold up under more testing? That’s going to go a long way in determining Beckner’s draft spot.
Hall’s groin injury has been on-going since September, and it recently kept him out of the Senior Bowl — an event that very well could have been his break-out moment in the eyes of NFL scouts. Now, he’ll have to prove this is just a flash in the pan and not something more serious; if he’s healthy and healed, his time in the 40 will be the most important part of the week for him.
2019 NFL Combine Schedule
Feb. 26-28: Positional check-ins, measurements, interviews
March 1: Running backs, offensive linemen, special teams and place kicker workouts (Paul Adams)
March 2: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight end workouts (Drew Lock, Emanuel Hall, Kendall Blanton)
March 3: Defensive linemen, linebackers workouts (Terry Beckner, Terez Hal)
March 4: Defensive backs (No Missouri players)