The NFL Scouting Combine had mixed results for the former Miami Hurricanes who were invited. We know David Njoku did pretty well which was expected. Brad Kaaya didn’t do any damage to his stock. Danny Isidora finished in the top 5 for Offensive lineman in the 40 yard dash. Jamal Carter looked strong in his drills. Stacey Coley pretty much did what was expected. Corn Elder was a little disappointed in his 40 yard time. The one player who is likely starting to surge up the draft boards, is safety Rayshawn Jenkins.
What a combine for Jenkins. His 19 reps of bench was tied with teammate Jamal Carter for third for the position. His 37″ vertical was fourth and his broad jump at 10’9″ was also 4th. His 40 time was 6th for safeties. Not sure there was another safety in this draft not named Obi Melinfonwu who saw their stock rise more than Jenkins.
Does this make Jenkins a first round safety? Not even close, but it certainly put him on the radar for scouts. He still has his pro day, which will likely also help. For a middle level prospect such as Jenkins the combine can make take someone from being un-drafted into the middle rounds. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Jenkins gets scooped up in the 3rd or 4th round, which would be a nice accomplishment. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s a safety from Miami, which has quite a history of producing great stars at the position. Jenkins is known to carry the tradition with pride, which can also translate onto making plays on the field. That intangible factor that can’t be measured by a stop watch or tape measure.
Going into the combine, Jenkins was not the guy expected to get all the buzz. Njoku was supposed to be the guy. Well as it turns out the young man stepped up and performed on a big stage, and he’s likely going to be rewarded for it.