DA Draft Buzz: Combine Rechecks

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Certain players who were at the combine just over a month ago will trek back to Indianapolis at the end of this week for the annual combine recheck. Here’s the latest on three of them.

Ohio State safety Malik Hooker, who had surgery after the college season to repair a labrum issue and a hernia, is returning to Indianapolis for the medical recheck this Thursday.

Our top-rated safety, who made an official visit to see the New York Jets late last week, recently started training after receiving medical clearance but won’t participate in any workouts for teams prior to the draft.

Miami Hurricanes cornerback Corn Elder is also returning for the combine recheck. Eyebrows were raised after he clocked a pedestrian 40 time of 4.55s during his workout in Indianapolis, but it turns out Elder had been bothered by a groin issue. Three weeks later at Miami’s pro day, Elder was .17s quicker -- timing as fast as 4.38s.

Though many compare Elder to Pro Bowl defensive back Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals, most in his camp feel he’s more like Captain Munnerlyn. The belief is Elder can play outside on the flanks or line up over the slot receiver with equal effectiveness. Elder has worked out for the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans.

While we presently grade Elder as a fifth round pick, based on recent conversations its not out of the question he’s selected a round earlier.

Thursday will be a very busy day for defensive/nose tackle Treyvon Hester, the third player scheduled to return to Indianapolis.

The big lineman did not work out at the combine after undergoing labrum surgery in early December. On Thursday he will workout on campus at Toledo for what’s expected to be a large crowd of scouts and position coaches. After the workout he’ll fly directly to Indianapolis for the combine recheck.

How early in the draft will Leonard Fournette be selected? If what I’m hearing comes true, much earlier than expected.

Sources with knowledge of the situation tell me the San Francisco 49ers are very high on Fournette and are seriously considering using the second pick of the draft to acquire him. The new front office wants a bigger back to run the offense and they’re ready to give up on Carlos Hyde, who has had his struggles staying healthy since being drafted by the franchise in 2014.