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Watkins, Powell, and Burton Improve Draft Stock During Combine

Jaylen Watkins finished the combine with a bang. On the last day of the event the versatile Defensive back recorded a 4.41 second 40 yard Dash. Good enough for fifth fastest in his position. Watkins then took to the bench press where he put up a phenomenal 22 repetitions. Only bested by Keith Reaser of FAU who recorded 25 reps. Jaylen has went from a generally unnoticed prospect, to someone coaches are anticipating to see during UF's Pro day; which takes places March 17th.

Ronald Powell is no stranger to the spotlight. A top recruit out of high school, and an outstanding player during his time on the field for the Gators. There was much scrutiny surrounding his decision to forego his senior season and enter the draft this May. Many felt that he has not regained the form he attained prior to his 2012 knee injury. After a strong performance this weekend it seems like Powell is on the path to change the negative opinions. Ro-Po's size was confirmed 6'3 237 lbs, prototypical measurements for an Outside Linebacker in the NFL. Running a 4.65 sec. 40 yard dash tied at 4th with Khalil Mack at his position, and faster then Anthony Barr of UCLA. Both of those players mentioned are projected to be selected early in the first round. Powell then topped Barr in the Vertical Jump by an inch recording an impressive 35.5 Inch mark. Look for Powell to continue to improve during the Pro day, and I fully expect for him to receive plenty of private workout invitations by NFL teams prior to the Draft.

Trey Burton has been given the unfair title of jack of all trades, ace of none. What should be emphasized is that Burton filled any and all positions required by his team in order for them to create an offense. It is no secret that the Gators lacked depth at the skill positions this year, and Trey did his best to improve upon this debilitating fact. The combine helped NFL scouts realize this kids potential. He is a pure athlete and among Tight ends ranked in the top 5 in three important drills. A 4.62 second 40 (4th), 7.14 sec 3 cone drill (2nd), and 4.32 20 yd shuttle (5th) will open some eyes around the league. He is entering the Pro day at full steam, and the ceiling for his draft stock should be increasing with each passing day. As a player who could fit multiple Offensive game plans, there aren't many prospects in this draft class that mirror his potential to adapt to many positions. Check out this interesting article Scott Carter of Gator Zone wrote about Trey Burton.

Jonotthan Harrison deserves some respect to for his performance at the Combine. 113" Broad Jump place him 3rd among O-linemen, and shows scouts that he is explosive out of his stance. 4.86 sec 20 yard Shuttle also shows he has the moves to play on the next level. O-line isn't a position that is often showcased during the combine because it is more important to see how these hogs actually play in game situations. Gator Zones wrap up of the combine can be seen here.

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