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NFL Combine and News
This past weekend blessed us with a showcase of the top collegiate talent as they transition from the NCAA sports life to the NFL. This annual event is called the NFL Combine which these super athletic mortals participate in multiple drills and tasks to show off their worth to the 32 NFL teams that await to obtain their special skillsets in this upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. In every event, there will be people who stand out more than others and in this Rise Up Right article we will highlight the Top 2 performers from the NFL Combine.
- D.K. Melcalf, who is a 6′ 3 228 pound wideout from Ole Miss shocked the system as he ran a 4.33 40 in which could cement him as a #1 receiver. Melcalf in the NFL Combine showed that he is stronger than Khalil Mack in the bench press, faster than Brandin Cooks from the Rams, and can jump higher than Atlanta Falcons star wideout Julio Jones. Rumors are swirling swiftly over the sports world that the Buffalo Bills are looking to get D.K. with the #9 overall pick in this draft. He would be a sure fire target for Josh Allen who was obtained by the Bills with the 7th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Allen to Melcalf may have a beautiful ring to it if he is sought out for Bills fans aboard.
- Montez Sweat, this 6’6 260 lb. defensive lineman made his mark on NFL Combine history by being the 1st defensive lineman to run a 4.41 40. He also had these marks:
Bench 21 reps
40 4.41 secs
Vert jump 36″
Broad jump 125″
3 cone drill 7.0 secs
20 yrd. shuttle 4.29 secs
But did not participate in 60 yrd. shuttle.
Montez Sweat could very well be a first round pick-up for any team who needs a push rusher and a speedy interior nightmare against the run. Teams like Oakland, Arizona, NY Jets, NY Giants, Detroit, Atlanta, and even New England may want to put Sweat on their radars.
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Usually the month of March is March Madness Month but many don’t know that it is also Women’s Month so stay tuned for specific highlights that will incorporate women during the month of March.
The Buffalo Sabres are still trying to find themselves as they are in 9th place and seeking a playoff spot as they have only won 12 games since December 1st 2018. The Sabres need to be more aggressive on both ends. The Sabres need more players to step up like Conor Sheary as with 6 points in the last 3 games. The defense has given up more than 3 goals six times in the last 9 games. Reports have stated that Phil Housley’s job as head coach is safe but will the Sabres resign Jeff Skinner? The Sabres next game is against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at 830pm.
The UB Bulls Mens basketball program is still rolling as they have moved up six spots on the AP NCAA Top 25 list. The Bulls currently sit at #19 with a 26-3 record and have a two game 1st place lead in the Metro Atlantic Conference. The Bulls next game is Friday night at home against Bowling Green at 6pm.
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