Andre Dillard’s path to WSU is a fascinating one, but his path to the NFL will only cause his legend to grow.
After arriving in Pullman as a 240-pound project, Dillard is now a 315-pound offensive lineman who was projected as a first round NFL Draft pick before the NFL Combine. After his performance at the combine Friday, it’s safe to say Dillard should be WSU’s highest NFL Draft pick since Deone Bucannon in 2014.
Dillard turned in the fourth-best time in the 40-yard dash for an offensive lineman, completing the drill in a brisk 4.96 seconds. For comparison’s sake, Tavares Martin Jr. ran it in 4.8 seconds last year. I don’t have to remind you, dear readers, which position Martin Jr. played.
Here’s Dillard’s first run, which wasn’t his fastest but still quite impressive, given he seemed to shuffle his feet a little at the beginning:
Dillard also had the best broad jump of all offensive lineman, leaping 9 feet, 10 inches:
(side note: I still remember learning the standing long jump as a first grader at Balboa Elementary)
Dillard also had the best time among offensive linemen in the 20-yard shuttle (4.4 seconds) and the second-best time in the three-cone drill (7.44 seconds). The NFL Network gave Dillard a grade of 6.19, which means he “should become an instant starter.”
James Williams also participated in the drills Friday at the NFL Combine. Williams, who left WSU early to pursue his pro career, isn’t projected as high as Dillard and may not even be drafted—if those mock drafts are to be believed.
Nevertheless, Boobie got an invite to the combine and while he didn’t have the day Dillard did, he still turned in a solid performance.
Here’s how Boobie performed:
- 40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds
- Vertical jump: 36.5 inches
- Broad jump: 118 inches
- 3-cone drill: 7.01 seconds
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.25 seconds
- 60-yard shuttle: 12.2 seconds
Boobie graded out as 5.10, which gives him a “better than average chance to make an NFL roster,” according to the NFL Network.
I love James Williams' game. This was a solid rep pic.twitter.com/7coBOIXkKh— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) March 1, 2019
Gardner Minshew II takes his turn today. The NFL Network also gives him a “better than average” chance to make an NFL roster, for what it’s worth.
The NFL Combine is a terrific opportunity to woo NFL scouts. Here’s hoping Dillard, Boobie and Minshew dress to impress.
Changes coming to NCAA football rules?
In the NCAA’s annual attempt to mess up a good thing, its rules committee has proposed a few rule changes:
- A player called for a second targeting penalty of the season would result in an ejection plus a suspension for the entire next game.
- Targeting penalties deemed inconclusive upon review would be overturned, rather than having “the call on the field stand.”
- Beginning in the fifth overtime, teams would simply trade two-point conversion attempts until somebody won.
I really like no. 2. I’m lukewarm on no. 1, and I think no. 3 is unnecessary, given how rare it is to see a game go 5+ overtimes. I blame LSU and Texas A&M for that one. It’s a player safety issue, yes, but I feel like it’s still a solution in search of a problem.
What say you?
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