All five California Golden Bears invited to the NFL Combine have participated in their workouts and have concluded all their activities. How did they perform?
Goff has been practicing with North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, as the two vie for the top honor of being the first quarterback selected in the NFL Draft (likely the Cleveland Browns). Wentz has come on as of late as a late bloomer and an under-the-radar candidate to take Goff off the perch as the first quarterback taken in the draft.
Jared Goff: I heard I have small hands yesterday. I don't expect that to be a problem at all.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 25, 2016
The overall assessment? Wentz is the more physically impressive quarterback, but 9 inch hands Goff is nailing all the throwing drills.
I'd guess the Goff-Wentz debate will wage on for the next two months (no other quarterback came close to moving up to challenge those two), but it feels like the winner might end up in Cleveland and the loser probably gets picked soon thereafter, so I wouldn't be too sad if Goff slipped a little bit.
Among non-Goff talents, Lasco was the star among all the Bears. Lasco dominated all of the drills and was one of the best performers in all the running back measurements.
Lasco's 2015 season was a rough one, as a pesky hip injury prevented him from playing at full go for most of the season. It might be another one of those what-ifs for Cal fans: What if Lasco had been healthy in 2015? How far could they have gotten?
At the very least, Lasco has moved himself from undrafted free agent territory to potential mid to late round territory with this performance.
Among the three wide receivers, it was Davis who put up some excellent figures, particularly where speed was a concern. Davis was brought to Cal to upgrade the speed component of the Bear Raid, and now he's displaying all his talents for the scouts to see. Look for Davis to be a viable option as a potential return man if he can keep these numbers up.
Blessed to live my dream at the 2016 NFL Combine. Thank you family and friends for the prayers and support. pic.twitter.com/Wxa42cQRMc— Trevor Davis (@Trevor9Davis) February 29, 2016
You wouldn't have expected it, but Anderson was actually the most outstanding leaper of all the tight ends. It makes sense since Anderson is more of a hybrid wideout than a true tight end, but it could come in handy to know for a football team that doesn't use typical tight ends. It's something to watch regarding Anderson's draft stock.
Anderson's 38.0 vertical jump Saturday was the best among tight ends while his broad jump of 9'11" was fourth. He also had 16 reps in the bench press Friday.
Lawler didn't post outstanding speeds (4.65 40 time for example), but he showcased what he could do when given a limited amount of time to work with. In the Gauntlet Drill, which is the most rigorous test of all of a wide receiver's skills and instincts, it was Lawler finishing with the second best time out of anyone.
Gauntlet Drill hand times:— Shawn Spencer (@Spencer_NFL) February 27, 2016
D.J. Foster - 7.36
Kenny Lawler - 7.38
Cody Core - 7.39
Tyler Boyd 7.48
Rashard Higgins - 7.48