University of Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea hurt his hamstring on Sunday in Indianapolis, but, assuming it’s not a major issue, he hasn’t done anything to hurt his draft stock during the Scouting Combine.
Vea is ranked at the top of the list of interior linemen entering the NFL this year and helped cement his case as a first-round pick over the last two days. Vea did 41 reps on the bench press Saturday and ran a 5.10 40-yard dash on Sunday.
Hand, who weighed in at 297 pounds at the scouting combine, is someone to watch closely. There’s massive potential there. At the combine, he ran the seventh-best 40-yard dash among defensive linemen at 4.83 seconds. His second run wasn’t bad, either, clocking in at 4.92 seconds.
That makes him a big man who can run fast. And that potential likely will cause him to be drafted in the early rounds. Bleacher Report draft guru Matt Miller predicts Hand will go in Round 3.
Given that he is nearly a sure thing during draft weekend, I also asked Hand how playing at Alabama prepared him for the NFL.
The big thing is structure, he said. [Head coach Nick] Saban teaches you how to be ready for anything…the NFL throws your way. That’s what Coach Saban does for you.
After training with four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, Chark said he hoped to run in the low 4.4s and anything faster than that would be an accomplishment.
Chark’s college teammate, LSU cornerback Donte Jackson, also trained with Johnson in McKinney, Texas, and said he hopes to run lower than 4.27.
Alabama cornerback Tony Brown also has a track background and could run under 4.3.
The two quarterback contracts about to come down the pike are the extensions for Rodgers and Matt Ryan. It wouldn’t be shocking if Ryan got the larger deal, if only because he’s 2 years younger than Rodgers, but I do think Rodgers’ status as a future Hall of Famer makes it more likely he’ll end up with the larger annual average, though likely on a shorter contract.