ANC Atlanta: Top Performers

NFL Draft Bible was on location for the ANC Combine in Atlanta, which featured over 200 players, including several notable signal-callers. Please note: all handheld times listed were recorded by Ric Serritella and are not the official ANC Combine numbers.

Former Florida State four-star recruit Deondre Francois [6015/203], who finished his career at Hampton this past season, looked every bit the pedigree. The strong-armed quarterback showed the ability to make all the short-to-intermediate throws required, plus the arm strength to air it out downfield. The fact that Francois remains unsigned following the draft, is clearly not due to the lack of arm talent. If a team could feel comfortable with the person, this is one developmental quarterback that NFL teams may want to consider.

There was no shortage of one-time heralded quarterbacks, as Blake Barnett (five-star) and Blake Sims (four-star), both of whom played at Alabama, were also in attendance hoping to earn an opportunity at the next level. Barnett [6042/225], a double transfer who finished his career at South Florida after a pit-stop at Arizona State, is a tall, traditional pocket-passer type who flashed sound fundamentals and adequate arm strength. For Sims, who has bounced around the NFL and CFL the past five years and spent this past season with the Birmingham Iron of the American Alliance League, it was one last opportunity to convince scouts that can continue his playing career.

Another gunslinger in attendance included Alex Thomson [6051/225], the one-time Wagner College standout and Phil Simms protégé, who suffered a shoulder injury before being lost in the shuffle at Marshall. The big-bodied Thomson worked off some rust early and finished up with a strong performance, showcasing his prototype frame and arm, in addition to exceptional athleticism. His cerebral acumen and potential upside has been vastly overlooked.

The comeback story of the day goes to former Tennessee four-star recruit Rajon Neal [5111/220], who was cut by the Green Bay Packers in 2014 due to a knee injury. Neal has persevered since then and has played for five different NFL teams, had two stints with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL and was also in camp with the Memphis Express of the American Alliance League. Neal ran 4.59/4.62, nearly matching his 4.57 pro day time from six years ago.

Speedster Taj Griffin [5096/187] who began his career at Oregon before finishing up at Central Oklahoma, checked in as the fastest player of the day, clocking at 4.34/4.34 on his forty-yard dash runs. The running back/wide receiver could be a strong CFL candidate.

An inline blocking tight end with NFL size, Woody Brandom [6043/249] of Sam Houston State checked in with respectable forty times of 4.78/4.82, while demonstrating great strength, sound technique and capable hands as a pass-catcher. The bullish Brandom had a solid week of practice at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this past January.

An uber productive pass-rusher at Eastern Kentucky, defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Patrick [6036/245] showed off his strength and athleticism during positional drills, while clocking in at 4.72 on his both forty attempts.

Coming off a season-ending injury suffered in 2018, Louisville linebacker Gary McCrae [6033/235] found himself in a backup role this past year for the Cardinals. However, McCrae was the best defensive prospect on the field on this day. His competitiveness was on full display, as he stood head and shoulders above all linebackers during bag drills, while timing 4.69/4.72 in the forty.

Toledo defensive back Khalil Robinson [5117/179], who has the experience to play both cornerback or safety and KJ Jenkins [5110/200] out of Jacksonville. Robinson, who finished with eight career interceptions, showed a nice low stance during backpedal drills, along with sound footwork he timed 4.59 on both forty runs. Jenkins, who is in excellent shape, timed in at 4.61/4.63 on his attempts. Quick-hipped Lehigh safety Quentin Jones [5100/190] also had a strong workout, timing in at 4.56/4.59.