The 2016 NFL combine is now in the books. Texas Tech of course had three participants in this year's combine with Le'Raven Clark, DeAndre Washington and Branden Jackson. Let's take an in-depth look at each participants' results and where they may get drafted in the NFL draft.
Le'Raven Clark | Offensive Line
Height: 6'5", Weight: 312 lbs
Arm Length: 36 1/4 inches
Hands: 10 7/8 inches
40 yard dash: 5.16 sec
Bench: 18 reps
What NFL.com says about Clark...
SOURCES TELL US"He's going to end up being big time in our league. He's got elite foot quickness, he's long and he's smart. He'll keep getting better once he gets to a pro offense and away from that stuff Texas Tech does and he'll become one of the top five tackles in our league." -- NFC personnel director
NFL COMPARISONBobby Massie
BOTTOM LINEClark is an ascending left tackle prospect with the elite foot quickness and length that NFL teams simply don’t pass up for very long. Clark could still use more muscle on his frame and will need to be much more consistent with his technique rather than just relying on his length if he is to reach his full potential in the pros. Left tackles with his potential in pass protection carry first round value and Clark has a Pro Bowl upside with the floor of an average NFL starter.
Projected Round: 2nd
Le'Raven Clark is a very athletic big man and his athleticism alone will have a team spending a draft pick on him. It will be very surprising if Clark slips past the first 3 rounds. Look for him to get drafted in either the 2nd or early 3rd round.
DeAndre Washington | Running Back
Height: 5'8", Weight: 204 lbs
Arm Length: 30 inches
Hands: 9 inches
40 yard dash: 4.49 sec
Bench: 24 reps
Vert: 34.5 inches
Broad Jump: 118 inches
3 Cone: 7.03 sec
20 yard shuttle: 4.20 sec
60 yard shuttle: 11.63 sec
What NFL.com says about Washington...
SOURCES TELL US"Really competes hard. Glad he got the call at the Senior Bowl and I thought he handled himself well. Size is big concern. He returned kicks early in his career and may have to prove he can do that to add enough roster value to stick." -- AFC South personnel executive
NFL COMPARISONBranden Oliver
BOTTOM LINEProductive running back who was able to have an impact on the ground and through the air in Texas Tech's wide-open attack. Washington is short but compact and certainly does not lack the toughness to transition into the NFL, but issues with drops and ball security could hurt his chances to make a roster if he can't prove to be a kick return option at some point during camp.
Projected Round: 5th
DeAndre Washington made the most of his late Senior Bowl invite and performed well at the combine. Washington was a top performer in the 3 cone drill and the 20 yard shuttle. He was 5th overall in the 3 cone drill and 2nd in the 20 yard shuttle. Washington looks to be a 5th or 6th round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
Branden Jackson | Defensive End
Height: 6'4", Weight: 273 lbs
Arm Length: 33 3/8 inches
Hands: 10 1/4 inches
40 yard dash: 5.06 sec
Bench: 20 reps
Vert: 31.5 inches
Broad Jump: 113 inches
3 Cone: 7.40 sec
20 yard shuttle: 4.77 sec
What NFL.com says about Jackson...
SOURCES TELL US"He'll have a flash here and there, but not enough to warrant drafting him." -- AFC area scout
BOTTOM LINEGood athlete with quality movement skills who doesn't make nearly enough plays against the run or as a pass rusher. His best bet is to pack more muscle on as a strongside defensive end who can offer backup potential.
Projected Round: Undrafted
Branden Jackson was a bit of a surprise invite to the combine. I personally thought Pete Robertson might have gotten an invite. As you can see from what the scouts are saying, Jackson shows some flashes but isn't consistent in his play. I expect Jackson to go undrafted but be signed to a free agent deal following the draft and will have a chance to make a team during training camp.