2023 NFL Combine Fallers: Will Levis, Tavion Thomas See Draft Stock Take A Hit!
The NFL Combine was this weekend and plenty of players will rise and fall based on their performances running drills. We have already covered all the risers now it’s time to take a look at the players whose stock may have taken a tumble this weekend.
2023 NFL Combine Fallers
QB Will Levis, Kentucky
Levis was in direct competition to be slotted in for a high draft pick with the other quarterbacks in this class. Things did not go well for him. He didn’t do anything horribly wrong with the exception of struggling with his accuracy a bit, however, his competition all thrived. Anthony Richardson, who was Levis’s most direct competition, was the talk of the 2023 NFL Combine. He was absolutely physically dominant putting up measurable we’ve never seen from a quarterback before. Then CJ Stroud came out and did everything scouts hoped he would, and Bryce Young measured in at a decent enough size that it shouldn’t tank his draft stock.
There is no doubt that he lost a whole lot of money this weekend likely falling to at least the back half of the first round. There was a chance he showed out this weekend that he could have been a top-five pick. With each slot he falls he will see the value of his rookie contract diminish. Still, when it comes to real-life projections he’s still a safer pick than Richardson. Nevertheless, an NFL scout will take the upside every time.
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RB Tavion Thomas, Utah
This is a deep and talented running back class so there was plenty of room to rise or fall at the position based on how you performed at the combine. Thomas underwhelmed and made himself look like nothing more than a potential short-yardage thumper in specific packages. At 237 pounds someone will view him as a guy who can carve out a roll, but he did poorly in all the explosiveness drills with his worst showing being his 30-inch vertical leap, and he ran just a 4.74 40-yard dash. That just won’t cut it on the next level and will force NFL teams to second-guess drafting him. Odds are he is now Day 3 pick. His film looks better than his numbers show, nonetheless, with so many backs to pick from in this deep class there is little doubt that this will make a significant difference in where he’s drafted.
WR Jordan Addison, USC
Of all the skill position players, you can make a strong case that Addison had the most surprisingly terrible combine. Anywhere where he could underachieve, he did it. First, at 5’11 he weighed in at just 173 pounds. His arms measured 30 inches and his hands just over eight inches. Everything about his size was disastrous for his draft stock. While we knew he was on the smaller size we did expect him to be speedy and explosive. That turned out not to be the case. He ran just a 4.49 40-yard dash and which ranked 21st among receivers and his 34-inch vertical leap was the seventh lowest in the pack. Addison also showed off the eighth-worst broad jump at the position.
This combine could knock him right out of the first round. Personally, we never thought he deserved to be a first-round pick, but in a bad wide receiver class it looked like he would be anyway. Now, not so much. He was always too small, but now that he’s too slow teams have to be concerned. We do expect him to play better than his measurables showed this past weekend, but also didn’t expect him to be a special player before or after the combine.
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WR Kayshon Boutte, LSU
Coming off a subpar season at LSU, Boutte needed a great showing at the combine to boost his stock. That is not what he got. Now on top of his character and work ethic already being questioned by many, now his physical and athletic abilities are as well. After weighing in at just 195 pounds, he had a historically bad combine for a guy who declared himself the No. 1 wide receiver in this year’s draft. He came out and ran a horrific 4.67 40-yard dash and seems incapable of jumping. His 29-inch vertical leap was in the 5th percentile of every receiver in the history of the combine and in the 2nd percentile this year. His broad jump was also in the bottom third of the pack. None of this is good news for him and this will likely drop him well out of Round 1 and probably much closer to Day 3 than he’d prefer.
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