Bunting vs. Bequette and the combine
CN: Here's another name we talked about at the Senior Bowl, Arkansas' Jake Bequette. The Cowboys have shown some interest in him and he had some really good workout numbers at the Combine. He's 270 lbs. Is he somebody the wide-9 teams will pursue, or is he a player you can stand up in a 3-4, at outside linebacker?
WB: This is what is so ridiculous about the Combine. When I watched him on tape, I didn't think he was a very good athlete. I thought he was kind of blah, and then he works out well, so I went back and watched his tape again.
This bears watching. Bequette had a 34" vertical and a 4.07 SS which is pretty athletic. Meanwhile, Bunting doesn't see an athlete on tape.
What's right? Does Bequette athleticism fail to translate to the field or are scouts simply unable to discern athletics with the naked eye?
In a related note, it was amusing to see Bunting reeling back his comments on Brockers. Previously Bunting had said that Brockers (26.5" vertical jump, 4.81 short shuttle) was a better athlete than JJ Watt (37" vertical jump, 4.21 short shuttle) ... not quite ...
"CN: Why so? What do you see in him that makes you project a higher ceiling for Brockers than Watt?
WB: I think he's a better athlete than J.J. Watt."
"Wes Bunting: He ran a 5.3, which, most scouts don't care about. I know he had a decent 10 yard split. It wasn't elite, but he's 6'6''. He's 322 lbs. And was he a little awkward going through the bag drills? Yeah. But when you watch him on tape, he's flexible, he can bend, and he's a good football player.
*He's more football player than athlete*, and when people see him in drills they're kind of turned off...
When I watched him on tape, I was blown away at how well he anchored for a big guy. I saw natural explosion off the snap, some violence with his hands, good change of direction. *Was he the most sudden guy? No.*"
Now Brocker's is more a 'football player' than an athlete, can be awkward, and isn't the most 'sudden' (poor vertical == poor leg explosion) guy.