MOBILE, Ala. -- In a combine that numbered close to 700 players, it was not easy picking the top seven overall prospects. Based on both combine performance and college potential, here is our look at the RISE 7 from Saturday's Nike Combine in Mobile
Crestview (Crestview, Fla.) tight end Michael Caldwell made the trip up from the Sunshine State looking to gain more exposure. Caldwell already holds an offer from Florida International and measured in at 6-foot-3, 248 pounds. He ran a 4.92 40-yard dash and jumped 31 inches in the vertical jump test for an 81.78 SPARQ Rating. He moves well for a player his size and could grow into an offensive lineman at the next level if his body keeps filling out.
Local product Rashad Cunningham, a 6-4, 198-pound wide receiver, from Davidson (Mobile, Ala.) entered the combine with something to prove and he impressed with a solid day testing. The rangy wide receiver ran a 4.75 40 to go along with a 34.9 inch vertical jump. With his size and leaping ability he is a major scoring threat in the red zone and will win his fair share of jump balls.
Linebacker Antonio Marsh of Blount (Mobile, Ala.) had little to gain at the combine, but that did not stop him from coming out to compete. Marsh recorded the second highest SPARQ Rating of the day with a 105.69. The 6-foot, 192-pounder ran a 4.69 40 with a 4.35 shuttle time. He holds an early offer from South Carolina. Expect things to change after his performance in the combine and when his junior film starts to circulate. His physical development in one year's time (posted a 62.28 SPARQ Rating at last year's Mobile Nike Combine) has us excited about his upside and potential.
Cunningham's teammate at Davidson, defensive end Jabrian Niles, stood out to many combine observers. The 6-2, 256-pound pass rushing specialist clocked in a 4.99 40-time and 4.79 shuttle run. Widely regarded as one of the top prospects in Alabama this year, Niles already has double-digit offers including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss and Texas Tech. Physically he has few peers and his quick first step and good hands should benefit him at the next level.
Wide receiver Tyriq Patrick (Philadelphia/Philadelphia, Miss) came into the combine under the radar and left with a respectable 85.78 SPARQ Rating. Patrick checked in at 6-3, 178-pounds and posted a 4.78 40 and ultra-quick 4.22 shuttle time. He has been busy on the camp and combine scene getting his name out. The slender receiver is waiting on his first offer, but is hearing from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Louisville. He will need to add upper body strength to hold up against physical defensive backs in press coverage at the college level.
At 6-3, 330 pounds, Salmen (Slidell, La.) defensive lineman Malcolm Pichon passes the eyeball test. Pichon scored a 75.09 SPARQ rating on the strength of his 5.46 40-yard dash, 4.81 shuttle-time, and 35-5 kneeling power ball toss. He flashes good lateral quickness and above average peak power. He does not have any offers, but look for things to heat up this spring for the run-stuffing tackle from the Bayou.
Perhaps the most physical impressive athlete in attendance was B.C. Rain (Mobile, Ala.) linebacker Devaunte Sigler. Sigler has the agility, size (6-4, 235), and speed to be a force at the strongside linebacker position. He registered a 4.84 40 time with a 30-inch vertical to earn a 76.41 SPARQ rating. Alabama, Auburn, and UAB are showing interest.
Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the Mobile Nike Combine. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.
*Players are listed in alphabetical order