For the biggest workout of your life, it should go without saying that you need to gear up in the best football cleats and gloves you’ve ever worn. So as the 2018 rookie class preps for their 40-yard dash, bench press, and position workouts, brands like Nike and adidas set to work in creating special, cutting-edge products.
Built specifically for some of the top athletes in the world, at the peak of their powers, this gear better be special — and it is. But the best part is you can get all of this too! So let’s break down what you’ll see the players rocking, and how it can elevate your own game.
Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 Cleats
Speed in every direction, support at every level — the Nike Vapor Untouchable line has been revamped to redefine what a cleat is capable of. It all starts with the Vapor Untouchable 3 Elite cleat. Weighing in a full ounce lighter than its predecessor and featuring an extended ankle collar for unbelievable support and fit, you’ll see plenty of this cleat in Indy.
The Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro has a more traditional, low-cut feel, but is still packed full of next-level features. It’s got a carbon fiber plate for lightweight strength, circular knit cuff for incredible flexibility, and a TPU heel counter for total lockdown.
Both cleats are being offered in special Total Orange colorways designed specifically for the biggest scouting event in the world. They are bold and fresh, helping ensure that each player who laces up in them will demand the attention of every scout and coach in the stadium.
Nike Vapor Jet 5.0 Gloves
You’ll see that same Vapor colorway being rocked by plenty of skill position players during their receiving and coverage drills thanks to the Nike Vapor Jet 5.0 Gloves. These gloves have a truly maximized catching surface because of their ultra-sticky Magnigrip palm and have a breathable, stretch-woven back so the incoming rooks can stay cool when the spotlight starts shining their way.
adidas adiZero 5-Star 40 Cleats
Alright, look — we know which numbers you’ll be watching — 40 times. Clocking a super-fast 40 is the quickest way for athletes to turn heads, drop jaws, and make scouts double-check their stopwatches to make sure they’re working properly. And that pure, uncontainable speed is what the adidas adiZero 5-Star 40 cleats are all about. Checking in at only 5.0 oz, (only 5.0?!), these are game-changers for players looking to set new records during the 40-yard dash. They’ve got a SprintFrame plate with SprintStuds to propel you forward with max energy return, all while keeping you comfortable. These aren’t made to play in, they are made specifically for 40 times — and speedsters will be thanking themselves for choosing these in Indy when they see those milliseconds shaved from their score. If you want to rock this look during games, we have the same colorway available in the adidas adiZero 5-Star 7.0 cleats as well.
So make sure to keep an eye out for all this gear in Indy when the biggest scouting event in football kicks off Feb. 27. And remember, you can get all this gear for yourself, too. These products are musts for any football player who is determined to push their game to new heights.
Don’t forgot to follow us on IG and check out our Content Hub throughout the week in Indy — we’ll be on the ground in Indy and giving you a backstage pass to all of the action.
If your favorite pro football team is going to take that next step in 2018, it starts here: in Indianapolis. Starting Feb. 27, the top prospects from this year’s rookie class will compete in the biggest workouts of their lives. Records will be broken and draft stock will soar. You won’t want to miss out on any of the week’s action, and neither do we — that’s why we’ll be on the ground floor, providing you with a behind-the-scenes look at what the week’s biggest names are up to.
Here’s how, why, and where you can follow us. You won’t want to miss a second:
Tune In On Social
Our Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat channels will be busy all week long so make sure to follow us. Our stories and feeds will be full of live, exclusive coverage from the hundreds of prospects cycling through. This is your backstage pass to Indy – we’re the only place you’ll learn who is the perfect fit for your squad while also learning who is best at Pop-A-Shot.
Exclusive Stories And Interviews
Wanna go in-depth with the week’s biggest stars? Then make sure to check out: blog.eastbay.com/live-from-indy/. That location will be your best friend for the week. From exclusive interviews with top prospects to daily photo slideshows to game room updates, this hub will house all the content you need to get a full VIP experience.
Our Special Guest
Our lineup in Indy got a lot stronger thanks to our special guest Mat, or as football fans know him: I Know Football. The YouTube star and football expert will be joining us, interacting directly with the players and breaking down the week’s events through video posts. Make sure to follow him on his IG and TW channels too.
So before things kick off, we also want to hear from you — who do you want us to talk to? What do you want us to ask them? Let us know in the comments. We’ll see you next week.
Eastbay is going to be on the scene in Indy next week, taking in all the action from pro football’s biggest scouting event and interviewing many of the year’s biggest names. We know you’ll be tuned in to the action as well, so before the 40-yard dash whistle blows and press conference cameras start rolling, two of Eastbay’s writers, Chris Wolff and Jake Zipperer, had a discussion about the names you need to pay attention to this year.
Jake: Alright Chris, in about a week, we’ll be on the ground in Indy, interviewing some of the biggest names of the 2018 rookie class. But before everything gets underway, let’s take a second to talk about some of the players we’re most excited to see this weekend. So, I’ll let you start — who’s the first guy that you’ll be looking out for?
Chris: It has to be a quarterback, right? That’s the talk of the draft this year with a stacked class that includes Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson. I’m most excited to see Josh Allen, the Wyoming prospect who seems to be one of the draft’s biggest wild cards.
He has the prototypical QB frame at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, and a cannon of an arm. His numbers didn’t jump off the page last season with just 1,812 yards, 16 touchdowns and a 56.3% completion percentage, but he has all the physical tools that scouts look for. This weekend will be an opportunity for him to showcase his skill set and stand out against some of his fellow projected first round QBs.
Is there another QB that stands out to you or are you looking elsewhere?
Jake: Yep, Allen is the definition of a boom-or-bust pick, but tons of teams will fall in love with his potential. I could talk about the QBs in this class all day, but figured I’d throw in a curveball and highlight a RB: Rashaad Penny.
He’s the type of player who’s hard to get a read on at this point in the process. It may be impossible to be any more productive than he was last season (2,248 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns), but his team at San Diego State wasn’t exactly facing the Alabama’s and the Georgia’s of the world week after week. It’s the classic ‘is the small school guy going to be able to adjust to the speed and talent of the pro game’ dilemma. If I had to guess, I’d say Penny can make the jump — he’s a quick, shifty back who can gain yardage in a variety of ways. Oh, and he can return! This weekend will go a long way toward deciding his draft stock.
Who’s the next guy on your list? Got a prediction on who will post that ridiculous 40 time?
Chris: If we’re talking about running backs, we have to mention Saquon Barkley.
I don’t know how fast his 40 time will be, but the Penn State star captured the attention of the entire college football world this season with more than his fair share of jaw-dropping plays. He’s a do-it-all back that can pound the rock (three straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons), catch the ball out of the backfield (54 catches for 632 yards this year), and hit homeruns (23 total touchdowns this year, including two return touchdowns). We saw a resurgence of first-round running backs last season with Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, and Saquan Barkley is poised to join that list. He’s full of talent, built for today’s pass-heavy offenses, and will make an instant impact next year. The only question is how high will he go in a draft class full of stars?
Let’s switch to the other side of the ball — what defensive prospects will you have your eyes on?
Jake: To me, the name to watch on defense is Tremaine Edmunds from Virginia Tech.
He’s just such a unique player. Edmunds is so tall for a linebacker (6’5″), and he’s freakishly fast and strong. Athletes like him don’t come around very often, and when they do, they usually post some ridiculous testing scores in Indy. But more importantly than test scores, he’s the ideal type of linebacker for modern defenses. Fast enough to cover RBs and TEs, powerful enough to generate a consistent pass rush, and aggressive enough to never give up on a play — he can do it all. Defensive coordinators have to be salivating at the idea of having Edmunds as the centerpiece of their defense.
But that’s a name I’m sure many people will be watching closely — Chris, do you have any dark horses that you think will take scouts and GMs by surprise?
Chris: Everybody’s always looking for steals, and this is the perfect time for teams to start identifying guys that they might be able to get in the later rounds. Josey Jewell is a guy who’s projected to go on day three of the draft, but I think he’s going to end up being a valuable piece for some team.
He doesn’t have the same elite athleticism and explosiveness as some of this year’s deep linebacker group, but he can flat out play football. He lead the Big Ten in tackles, racked up 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions at Iowa this year. He’s proven his productivity on the field at the college level, so this weekend will be important for him to show scouts that he has the physical abilities to continue that at the next level. He might slip due to his deep position class and lack of flash, but someone’s going to get a steal and a guy who can be a starting linebacker in the league for a long time.
Alright, let’s get to your final one. Does anyone in the secondary stand out to you?
Jake: Well, versatile defensive backs are all the rage in pro football nowadays and Florida State safety Derwin James fits that to a T.
In fact, it’s probably unfair of me to call him a safety. He has the insane athleticism, solid tackling prowess, and alpha-dog mindset needed to be a true chess piece for creative defenses. You want him to line up near the line of scrimmage as a hybrid backer? No problem. He can do that, he can play deep safety, he can play cover corner. I can’t wait to see what his 40 time is and I can’t wait to see how he’s used in a smart defensive scheme in the pros.
There will be a lot of great prospects in Indy this year, but make sure to keep your eyes on these six players. Do you agree? Disagree? Hit us up in the comments with your own opinion and make sure to stay locked in to Eastbay’s IG account and our Live Content Hub for a backstage pass to all of the action in Indy.
Before this year’s class of rookies goes through the biggest workout of their lives, let’s take a look back at some of last year’s biggest stars. From Evan Engram to Marcus Maye, we got a chance to chat with tons of huge names. It was easy for us to see that they had the mindset, talent, and smarts needed to make it at the next level. Here were some of our favorite interviews:
Former Mississippi TE
New York Giants First-Round Pick
His Time At Ole Miss
“It helped me grow a lot. I came in as part of a great recruiting class, and we really pushed each other. The guys and the coaches set a standard for us, and we just got better each and every day. Without all of them, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.”
Advice To High School Athletes
“The biggest thing I learned right out of high school was to not get caught up in every recruit’s ranking. You hear about all these 5-star, 4-star guys, but none of that matters when you step on campus. A 2-star recruit will have the same opportunity that a 5-star does. So, just block all that noise out. Find a part of your game every day that you can get better at, outwork your competition, and surround yourself with good people.”
-It’s safe to say that Engram’s work ethic translated well to the pros. In his first year in New York, he put up 64 catches, 722 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Looks like Big Blue found a weapon for years to come.
Former Florida S
New York Jets Second-Round Pick
The Florida DB Brotherhood
“Vernon Hargreaves, Keanu Neal, Brian Poole — I talk to those guys all the time. They all just had their rookie seasons, so they’ve been giving me a lot of tips and advice. We’ve been good friends since high school, and to this day, we can call each other up and still talk about whatever.”
The Type Of Player He Is
“A competitor. A guy who is willing to do whatever needs to get done. I’ll be a great locker room guy. I’m ready to play ball and listen and learn.”
-First round pick Jamal Adams may have been the bigger name, but Maye had an equally outstanding season in New York’s secondary in 2017, tallying 79 tackles and 2 picks. Gang Green should be set at safety for quite a while.
Former Wisconsin OT
New Orleans Saints First-Round Pick
Biggest Difference Between DIII (UW-Stevens Point) and DI Football (Wisconsin)
“Probably the speed of the game. When I first got to Wisconsin, the first snap I took, I was like, ‘Whoa, everything is moving so fast and the play is already over.’ It took a couple of weeks to catch up, settle down, and get used to it. You really had to settle your brain down and try not to take in everything that’s going on at once.”
Eating Regimen At Madison
“I was on a program where I tried to get about 7000 calories a day, especially during practice because it just takes it right out of you. It’s hard to eat that much, but they guided us on what to eat, and it was really helpful.”
–Ramczyk was part of an outstanding rookie class in New Orleans. He was a rock along the line, starting all 16 games and excelling in both the pass and run game. If it took Ramczyk a while to adjust to the speed of the game at the pro level, it sure didn’t show on the football field.
Former North Carolina-Charlotte DT
Cleveland Browns Third-Round Pick
Choosing A Small College Like UNCC
“I didn’t take up football until my sophomore year of high school, and at that point, I was 350 pounds and couldn’t even get into a football stance. I’m obviously way different now, but that took a lot of hard work. Choosing North Carolina-Charlotte meant I could prove that it’s not where you start, but where you finish. It was a blessing being there and helping it grow.”
How He’ll Survive The Jump From Conference USA To The Pros
“People are going to see what you do in the light, but sometimes they won’t see what you do in the dark. But to make that step, you need to do what others won’t do. Those long hours and late nights — you’ve got to do that if you want to show up when it matters most.”
-Cleveland uncovered a gem in the third round with Ogunjobi. A raw athlete from a small school, the 23-year-old seemed to get better and better each week. He finished with 32 tackles and a sack, and figures to be a major player along the team’s stout defensive front moving forward.
All of these players are destined for great careers in the pros, just like many of the players from the upcoming 2018 rookie class. Who would you like us to talk to this year at pro football’s biggest scouting event? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to check our Content Hub for live updates on all of this year’s action.