Combine Notes: Day 7

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The 2018 NFL Combine is now in the books, but there’s no rest for the weary, as here come pro days! Here’s our seventh and final installment of combine notes.

Combine Prospects

- Much-maligned pass rusher Arden Key of LSU continues to drop down draft boards, and the junior left a bad taste in the mouths of NFL decision makers during the combine by not running the 40 or participating in the bench press in Indianapolis. He was in the bottom half, and sometimes at the lowest levels, of the tests he did participate in, except for the short shuttle.

Free-Agent News

As teams leave the combine, this is what most think will happen starting March 12:

- Just about everyone believes linebacker Anthony Hitchens will end up with the Indianapolis Colts.

- There is going to be a huge market for Dontari Poe, and there are a number of teams he could end up with.

- The belief is that Andrew Norwell to the New York Giants is a “done deal.”

- The same is being said about Kirk Cousins to the Minnesota Vikings- "done deal."

- Look for Weston Richburg, labeled as the top ZBS (zone-blocking scheme) center available, to be scooped off the free-agent market very quickly.  As posted several times, the New York Jets will make a big pitch to Richburg.

- As previously posted last week, Trumaine Johnson is likely to end up with the San Francisco 49ers. The Oakland Raiders want Johnson but do not have the cap space the Niners do. I’m also told the Dallas Cowboys want to sign Johnson but, like the Raiders, their cap space is limited compared to San Francisco.