The best invitation these four Oregon Ducks have ever received
2019 NFL Combine
After a 9-4 season and a Redbox Bowl victory in Mario Cristobal’s first head coaching stint with the Ducks, the 2019 Oregon football season will be capped off with four Oregon players invited to the 2019 NFL Combine, beginning on Tuesday, February 26th.
For six days, these individual players will be tested in their respected position groups through drills along with a physical testing of speed, agility, and strength in front of NFL scouts.
Oregon Ducks to watch for in the combine: Dillon Mitchell (WR), Ugo Amadi (S), Jalen Jelks (DL), and Justin Hollins (EDGE).
Scroll through to read more on each of these players and what the scouts are beginning to say…
6’2”, 189 pounds, wide receiver
A star nonetheless in an Oregon Ducks uniform; Justin Herbert’s go-to man last season; and etched into Oregon football’s history with his record-setting season, Dillon Mitchell was draft-eligible following his junior season in Eugene, Oregon.
In 2018, Mitchell became the program single-season receiving record with 1,184 yards. Mitchell was ranked third nationally with 112.9 receiving yards per game in Pac-12 play. The numbers spoke for themselves as Mitchell was named the offensive MVP of the Redbox Bowl as well as selected to the AP Pac-12 All-Conference second team.
“At 6-foot and 198 pounds, Mitchell has the traits of a possession wide receiver and the type of player that will consistently move the chains at the next level. He wins with savvy footwork to beat defenders off the line of scrimmage and the ability to pick up yards after the catch.”
5’10”, 201 pounds, safety
A lockdown leader of the young Oregon secondary last season, Amadi capped off his senior season with the title Lombardi Award winner as the best player in the nation (regardless of position).
He is the the first FBS player to record a pick-six and a punt return for a touchdown in the same season (since Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2015 with Alabama). At California this season, Amadi picked off two passes and returned one to the house.
“Impossibly fluid mover in space. Has excellent footwork, understanding of leverage, and technique in man and zone coverage alike. Can burst to the catch point in an instant and knows how to bait QBs into throws within his range.”
6’6”, 245 pounds, defensive lineman/outside linebacker
A dominant presence and quarterback nightmare with his slender body frame and speed coming off the edge. Jelks finished his career at Oregon with 29.5 tackles for loss accompanied by 15 sacks. Of those 29.5 tackles, 22.5 of them came in the last two seasons alone in Pac-12 play.
Jelks capped off his college career with an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl where he recorded one tackle and two QB hurries in a 34-24 North victory over the South.
“Wicked quick. When asked to slant or when lined up in a penetrating role, will immediately win off the snap and disrupt the backfield within the first three steps of the play.”
6’5”, 242 pounds, EDGE/outside linebacker
Hollins had a quiet career up until he made more noise than kids at Chuck E Cheese during his junior and senior seasons at Oregon. In 2017 and 2018, Hollins lead the nation in forced fumbles (8). He was one of just 19 FBS players with at least five sacks, five forced fumbles, and and interception in one season since 2000.
Hollins capped off his college career with an invite to the East/West Shrine game where he lead the West team with nine tackles, one assisted tackle, and two sacks that resulted him in winning the defensive MVP award.
“Twitched up rusher despite upright frame. Can dart into B-gap with excellent fluidity and suddenness against tackles who overset/slide protection away. Has strong hands when square to his opponent: can create initial displacement on bull rush with two hand stab and work in arm over moves to generate rush angles;…”