SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The US Army All-American Combine features some of the top underclassman prospects in the country. We break down the All-Combine Team for the offensive skill players. Despite numerous outstanding prospects, only the top 11 offensive skill players were selected.
Robert Foster was the most effective wide receiver of the day in San Antonio.
Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union Military) Pro – The first time we noticed Hackenberg was during the testing portion of the day when an big strong athlete was showing great movement skills and athleticism. Only then did we realize that it was the strong-armed quarterback and his passing ability quickly surpassed even his impressive athleticism. He was on point all afternoon.
Brandon Cox (Pasadena, Calif.) Dual – Cox was predictably impressive as an athlete when testing in the 40 and shuttle but he really surprised us with his proficiency as a passer. The lefty is not the strongest-armed kid in the combine but he showed maybe the best touch in the whole event, throwing a soft catchable ball that was always placed in the right spots.
Malik Zaire (Dayton, Ohio/Alter) Dual – Coming into the combine, Zaire was expected to be one of the top athletes at the quarterback position and he didn’t disappoint. The 6-1, 185-pounder tested extremely well with a 4.5 40-yard dash, a 4.31 short shuttle and a 34.5 inch vertical.
Mark Dodson (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven) RB – Whether Mark Dodson’s 40-yard dash time was fast or not, one thing is certain: it was smooth. So was the rest of Dodson’s game. The dynamic back made everything look easy in the pass game as a glider out of the backfield that catches the ball like a receiver and runs with an effortless gate.
David Yancey (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) RB – From a playmaking perspective, it was hard to find any running back that could top Yancey. Every time you looked up, Yancey was making a catch on a flustered linebacker. His catches ranged in the spectacular and the routine but rarely did a defender limit his success.
Standish Dobard (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr) TE – Dobard is not always the most fluid at tight end and his pass catching skills are not always the most natural but no linebackers could hang with him on Friday. He has a great frame that should continue to add weight and that frame was causing continued mismatches in the one-on-ones all afternoon.
Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) WR – Did Robert Foster lose a rep during Friday’s one-on-ones? If he did, we didn’t see it. Foster defended his ranking as the top wide receiver in the country for the class of 2013 by precisely and definitively winning all of his one-on-one battles with great route-running, strength and hands.
Andre Levrone (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) WR – The big receiver in the white gloves was unstoppable at times. Levone has a great frame and he can out-body defenders for the football, snatching it with his big hands and then shrugs off defensive backs and gets upfield with fluidity. Claiming offers from Virginia and Auburn, Levrone looks like one of the best possession receivers on the Atlantic coast.
Chevoski Collins (Livingston, Texas) WR – Collins skill set is reminiscent of Latroy Pittman in the class of 2012. He’s a very strong wide receiver who runs crisp routes and gets in and out of his breaks with strength and power. It’s easy to tell that Collins is dangerous after the catch as well and won’t let one defender tackle him. He displayed a great competitive attitude throught the day.
Darrel Daniels (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) WR – We loved everything that Daniel did at the combine on Friday, whether it was his smooth gliding testing, or his effective work during 1on1s. Daniel has the ability to really eat up a cushion and when the ball is in flight, he doesn’t wait for it but attacks it. Daniel looks like one of the top receivers in California.
Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) WR – Though he’s not a very big prospect, Mitchell can really get open. He found it easy to create separation against defenders during one-on-ones and despite his size, Mitchell will out-fight bigger cornerbacks for the football and really battle. Already with offers form Washington, UCLA and SMU, Mitchell’s list will only grow.