Every draft season, there are workout warriors who bolster their draft stock with exceptional combine performances.
These workout warriors often carry a distinct profile, for the very nature of their game is often incomplete. Players often rely on physical talents, over mental depth and development, to convince a team to bank on their potential.
There are players who qualify as the inverse, but the NFL Combine gives workout warriors a chance to quantify their own athletic traits, and effectively categorize themselves into historical testing quadrants. It’s the workout warrior moniker that’s so dangerous. With its ability to coax a team into taking an incomplete prospect too early.
And it’s the reason Terry McLaurin is such an enticing prospect for the Washington Redskins.
McLaurin wasn’t supposed to be a workout warrior. A tireless worker with a complete game and a well-developed understanding of route nuance and leverage, McLaurin came to the NFL Combine without a need for the workout warrior boon. And yet, he got it anyway, posting a 4.35 40-yard dash, a 125-inch broad jump, and a 37.5-inch vertical jump. All this, at 6-foot-0, 210 pounds.
McLaurin is a complete player who doubles as an explosive athletic talent; a high-floor player with an equally high ceiling. And in 2018, despite his third-round pick status, he has a great opportunity to emerge as a top target for the Redskins. Here is his 2019 training camp profile.