The NFL Scouting Combine is an opportunity for college football stars to prove they belong in the NFL, improve their draft stock, and help make their dream of playing at the professional level a reality. But for former Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa, the time in Indianapolis wasn’t all that beneficial.
According to multiple outlets, Epenesa’s draft stock has fallen after his performance during on-field drills at the combine in Indianapolis.
Vic Tafur of The Athletic reported that he was hearing Epenesa’s draft stock took a hit this week. The concern following his time on the field was his athleticism. Epenesa’s 5.04 time in the 40-yard dash was apparently a significant concern at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Hearing that DE A.J. Epenesa's draft stock took a big hit in Indy. Red flag: Athleticism.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 1, 2020
Pro Football Focus also considered Epenesa one of its “fallers” from the combine for similar reasons that Tafur mentioned.
Epenesa entered the NFL Scouting Combine as one of the top EDGE players in the draft class and was widely regarded as a first-round selection. He still is likely to be taken in the first round come April, but some teams may decide to pass based on recent results in Indianapolis.
It should be interesting to see where he falls on the board following his time at Lucas Oil Stadium.