Clyde Edwards-Helaire Raises Draft Stock At Combine
The National Champion LSU Football team will be putting a lot of talent into the NFL this year. A lot of people project quarterback Joe Burrow as the number one overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, but there are other Tigers players who will be selected, and some are making a case for the first round as well.
Insert running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Midway through the season, it seemed pretty unrealistic that Edwards-Helaire would be jumping from his Junior season to the NFL. There were plenty of fans who thought the Baton Rouge product would be back for next year. But after being named LSU Football MVP, All-SEC First Team (unanimous), and a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, plus that National Championship, he's had a rocket strapped to his draft stock.
Now with his combine stats added in, he's looking at that first round as a real possibility.
The 5-foot-7 Edwards-Helaire had a Top 20 time among Running Backs in the 40-yard-dash with a 4.60, and an impressive 39.5 inch vertical leap, which was third highest among Running Backs.
According to The Advocate that vertical leap also tops all LSU running backs who have been taken in the NFL Draft over the last decade. Blowing away recent high picks Leonard Fournette (28.5 inches) and Derrius Guice (31.5 inches) in the same test.
Draft experts, including those from the NFL Network, started moving Edwards-Helaire up their draft boards right away. Some moved him into the first round soon after his performance at the combine.