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7 Most Overrated Players in the NFL Draft Following the Combine

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The amount of change you'll see from mock draft to mock draft is always startling, but things begin to get clearer after the NFL Combine. Many people think the event is over blown, but it certainly helps and hurts the draft stock of many. How players perform in their tight jumpsuits shows some of their weaknesses or can propel them to a spot that's simply too high based on their actual production on the field. Here are the seven most overrated players in the 2019 NFL Draft based on that criteria. 

7. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

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They say the best ability is availability and, for some reason, Oliver wasn't available for a large portion of this combine. He passed on all of the drills except for vertical jump and the bench press, which raised a lot of eyebrows. The defensive line prospects in this year's class are incredibly deep, which means Oliver had to come out and prove himself at the combine, especially after a disappointing season (3 sacks, injuries, sideline tantrum). Instead, he sat back, and will now rely on his game tape that shows he's not explosive at times. 

6. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

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During his junior year, Lawrence had just 1 1/2 sacks and 7 tackles for a loss. Lawrence had a chance to show off at the combine, but injured his quad during his 40-yard dash time. Add this recent injury with his subpar stats and Lawrence doesn't seem worthy of his lofty draft stock. 

5. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

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Lock is one player who performed well at the combine, for the most part. He looked solid in the short game, but didn't do as well as other quarterbacks (like Dwayne Haskins) on the deep ball. However, a solid combine performance in shorts and a t-shirt without a defense in his face is not enough to overlook his accuracy struggles. Lock completed just 56.9 percent of his passes during his four years at Missouri and has more question marks attached to him than you'd like to see out of a potential franchise QB.

4. Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State

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Despite the fact that he only played three games in his final season at Ohio State, no one ever questioned Nick Bosa's title as the top prospect in the NFL Draft. However, questions are beginning to rise. At the NFL Combine, Bosa looked average. He ran just a 4.79 40, which is just .04 seconds faster than defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, despite the fact that Bosa is nearly 40-pounds lighter. The Ohio State product also had a 33.5-inch vertical and 29 bench press reps, which again, are nothing more than average. You never want to see an "ok" day out of someone who is expected to be the No. 1 or No. 2 pick. 

3. Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan

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Gary is the opposite of a lot of players on this list. He actually performed well at the NFL Combine. His 4.58 40 time definitely raised some eyebrows to the point where people might overlook his stats from his time as a Wolverine. Having just 9.5 sacks over 34 games and only 6.5 tackles for a loss during his final year at Michigan shows he's a non-factor in a lot of games. Sure, he's impressive without pads on, but being a Top 10 pick requires production on the field too. 

2. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

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Metcalf had the best combine out of any offensive player in this year's class. His 40-yard dash time was tremendous at 4.33, he had 27 bench press reps, and his measurements were off the charts. It was so impressive that people are talking about his body fat percentage more than the fact that he 26 catches through just seven games this year. Metcalf played in just 21 games over three years because of injuries. He also had only 14 touchdowns over that span and never eclipsed 650 receiving yards in a year. That's not enough for a first-round pick. 

1. Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida

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When the dust settles for this year's class, Polite's performance at the NFL Combine will be regarded as one of the worst in history. He is an undersized prospect at just 242 pounds, and many are saying a lot of that is "bad weight" where he looked soft and out of shape. He ran a slow 4.84 40-yard dash and had a 1.71 10-yard split time, which isn't great for a defensive lineman. What makes matters worse were his interviews where he complained about it the entire time, saying teams just bashed his play. Polite came into the combine as a possible first-round pick. If anyone picks him there, they may end of re

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