Round 1 (14) – Gareon Conley | CB | Ohio State | 6’0” | 195
NFL Comp: Darius Slay
As of Friday, I was almost certain that the Eagles were going to draft Sidney Jones from Washington; however, at his pro day Jones tore his Achilles tendon, so there is no way Jones gets drafted in the first round. The next-best corner on my draft board is Gareon Conley from Ohio State, who excelled during the combine. Conley posted a 4.44 40-yard dash, 37-inch vertical, and was a top performer with a 6.68-second three-cone drill. Conley is an extremely long defender with 33-inch arms, but doesn’t lose quickness or fluidity. Conley also played various coverages at Ohio State showing competency at press, off-man, and zone coverages. Conley possess instincts required for the position and ball skills to create turnovers at the next level with 4 interceptions and 8 passes defensed last season. He fits the Eagles’ system and would be a good matchup against Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall for the foreseeable future. Continue reading
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that John Ross broke the combine 40-yard dash record with a 4.22; however, he didn’t work out after that run because of cramps, so I did not include him in winners and losers. Continue reading
1. NFL Organizations
This is the greatest running back class in recent history. There are currently four running backs who could be drafted in the first round and a litany of others who will contribute at a high level next season for whichever team drafts them. If I was an NFL GM, I’d take at least one running back in this year’s draft.
We kick off our combine coverage with a closer look at who won and who lost during the workouts in Indianapolis. Continue reading