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NFL Combine Top Performances

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Star Performers

The 40 yard dash seems to be the main event of the NFL combine. But throughout all of the drills, there were a number of players that stood out with stellar overall workouts.

QB) Josh Allen (Wyoming)

Josh Allen was perhaps the quarterback with the most riding on his combine performance. The Wyoming gunslinger certainly helped himself in quarterback drills, making a 70 yard bomb look like as easy as a screen pass. In addition to showcasing his arm strength, he also acquitted himself well in workouts posting the highest veritcal and third fastest forty time among quarterbacks. Allen certainly looks the part of a franchise quarterback in shorts and no pads. But his physical tools have never been in question. NFL teams may still be more worried about his lack of production on the field.

RB) Saquon Barkley (Penn State)

It was a well known fact heading into the combine that Barkley is a gym rat, but his workout in Indiana spotlighted his freakish athleticism. Aside from running a blazing fast 4.40 forty yard dash (2nd among RBs), Barkley also managed an incredible 29 reps on bench press and 41 inch vertical leap (both first among running backs). This performance not only solidified his status as the draft’s top running back, but also elevated him into the number one pick conversation.

WR) DJ Chark (LSU)

Chark’s combine performance may spark the greatest leap up draft boards of anyone on this list. The LSU wideout was already evaluated somewhere in the 2nd-3rd round range. But posting the fastest forty time and highest vertical leap should go a long way towards elevating his stock. His 4.34 forty was the 2nd fastest time recorded at this year’s combine (3 cornerbacks posted a 4.32), while 40 inch vertical ranked in the top ten of all players. Thus far, Chark has really made the most of draft season with stellar performances in the Senior Bowl and now the NFL Combine. This may cause many scouts to wonder whether Chark might be even more effect in the pros that at the collegiate level now that Dannt Etling is no longer his quarterback. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the wide receiver sneak in the end of the 1st or beginning of the 2nd round.

WR) DJ Moore (Maryland)

Another wide receiver named DJ who had a great workout, DJ Moore from Maryland could also be seeing his stock rise after the festivities in Indy. Like Chark, Moore may also have suffered in college from a precarious situation at the quarterback position. However, looking at his numbers you wouldn’t know it. Moore led the Big Ten in receiving yards and was lethal after the catch in his time with the Terrapins. After his combine its clear that his speed and athleticism carries over from the football field to the track. Moore ran a 4.42 forty (5th among WR) and jumped 39.5 in vertically (2nd among WR). Just like DJ Chark, DJ Moore also propelled himself into the late first round pick conversation. Depending on particular GMs view him he could anywhere from the 1st-3rd round.

TE) Mike Gesicki (Penn State)

If this workout proved anything, it’s that Penn State players spend a lot of time in weight room. Along with Barkley, Tight end Mike Gesicki also put together an impressive workout. Gesicki led all tight ends in every category of workout except bench press in which he finished second with 22 reps. A 4.54 forty yard dash, 41.5 inch vertical leap, and standout performances in the 3 cone drill, 20 yard and 60 yard shuttle, make a strong for Gesicki as the top tight end in this class. But the race is close between him, Dallas Goedert, Troy Fumagali, and Mark Andrews.

OL) Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)

The Notre Dame guard impressed in the weight room and in linemen drills. Nelson put up 33 reps on bench press but unfortunately didn’t run. The Irish lineman is a surefire high first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

OL) Will Hernandez (UTEP)

Nelson managed the second best total on the bench of all offensive lineman, but it was Hernandez who managed the first. 37 reps demonstrate the type of strength the UTEP lineman has. However, a 5.15 forty yard dash showed has incredibly athletic Hernandez is for a big man. Like Nelson, Hernandez is also a first round line prospect.

OL) Kolton Miller (UCLA

Miller put together one of the best overall workouts of anyone in this draft. The UCLA OT ran 4.95 forty, and was a top performer in terms of vertical, broad jump, the 3 cone drill, and the 20 yard shuttle. This type of athleticism could see him up draft boards.

OL) Connor Williams (Texas)

Williams is another lineman in the first round conversations, and he did nothing to hurt his stock in Indianapolis. A 40 yard dash and a broad jump that ranked in the top five for the position were enough to solidify his status. But the top vertical leap of all lineman in the draft may even improve his prospects.

DL) Taven Bryan (Florida)

Bryan is another player who had a very well rounded overall workout. Bryan excelled in the 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuttle and was a top performer across a plethora of categories. Bryan is clearly one of the top defensive tackles in this draft an proved as much in workouts.

DE) Harold Landry (Boston College)

Landry is one of the highest rated edge rushers in the draft and proved as much at the Combine. Landry passed the test in regards to the forty yard dash, posting a 4.54 (top 5 for the position). He fared similarly well in the vertical and bench press. Aside from being a top performer in the workouts portion, Landry really showed off in the drills. The Boston College defensive end posted the best times for the position in the 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuttle, and 60 yard shuttle, Landry was always considered a first round talent and his work at the NFL combine only reinforces that fact.

LB) Shaquem Griffin (UCF)

Without a doubt, the story of the combine was Shaquem Griffin. Born missing one hand, Griffin persevered and had an incredible career at UCF culminating in an undefeated season. Despite his illustrious track record, the linebacker still found himself low down on draft boards; that is until the combine. Day one saw Griffin put 20 reps on bench press with a prosthetic hand. As if that performance didn’t make enough waves, Griffin shocked everyone by running a 4.38 forty  (the fastest of all linebackers). It’s becoming impossible to scouts ignore what Griffin is doing, even though still may not get the credit he deserves from scouts. But this performance should see convince GMs to at least use a mid round pick on Griffin if not higher.

S) Troy Apke (Penn State)

Apke is another player who made waves this combine, but for an entirely different reason. Deon Sanders was on the sideline when Apke ran his forty yard dash and was visibly shocked when he posted 4.34. The implication of the comical exchange between Mike Mayock and Sanders was clearly based upon the fact that it was surprising that a white player was that fast. Let’s be honest for most those watching at home, it probably was. It was equally surprising when Apke displayed a 41 inch vertical leap. Apke workouts will likely cause a team to take a chance on him in the draft. His lack of equally impressive game film will likely mean that will be a late round selection.

CB) Jaire Alexander (Louisville)

Alexander came into the season as one of the most hyped cornerback prospects. A season riddled with injury and far less team success than the year past saw him slip down draft boards if only a little. His combine performance should place him back in the upper echelon of defensive back prospects. The Louisville corner was a top performer in almost every measurable category. Alexander started out by running a 4.38 forty. He also flourished in the jumps, 3 cone drill, and shuttles. The well-rounded athleticism he displayed in these workouts should ensure that he’s selected in at least the third round. But things looks to be on the up and up for Alexander.

40 Yard Dash

QB

RK Player Time College
1 Quinton Flowers 4.63 South Florida
2 J.T. Barrett 4.70 Ohio State
3 Josh Allen 4.75 Wyoming
4 Danny Etling 4.76 LSU
5 Logan Woodside 4.79 Toledo
6 Austin Allen 4.81 Arkansas
6 Kyle Lauletta 4.81 Richmond
8 Baker Mayfield 4.84 Oklahoma
9 Sam Darnold 4.85 USC
10 Nic Shimonek 4.88 Texas Tech
11 Chase Litton 4.90 Marshall
11 Mason Rudolph 4.90 Oklahoma State
13 Josh Rosen 4.92 UCLA
14 Kurt Benkert 4.95 Virginia
15 Riley Ferguson 4.98 Memphis

Other Notables:

Luke Falk (Washington State) DNR
Lamar Jackson (Louisville) DNR
Tanner Lee (Nebraska) 4.98
Mike White (Western Kentucky) 5.09

RB

RK Player Time College
1 Nyheim Hines 4.38 NC State
2 Saquon Barkley 4.40 Penn State
3 Kalen Ballage 4.46 Arizona State
3 Rashaad Penny 4.46 San Diego State
5 Derrius Guice 4.49 LSU
6 Nick Chubb 4.52 Georgia
6 Justin Jackson 4.52 Northwestern
6 Bo Scarbrough 4.52 Alabama
9 Royce Freeman 4.54 Oregon
9 Sony Michel 4.54 Georgia
9 Akrum Wadley 4.54 Iowa
12 Chase Edmonds 4.55 Fordham
13 Roc Thomas 4.56 Jacksonville State
14 Ryan Nall 4.58 Oregon State
15 Mark Walton 4.60 Miami

Other Notables:

Josh Adams (Notre Dame) DNR
Kerryon Johnson (Auburn) DNR
Ronald Jones (USC) 4.65 *injury
John Kelly (Tennessee) DNR
Kamryn Pettway (Auburn) 4.74

WR

RK Player Time College
1 D.J. Chark 4.34 LSU
2 Marquez Valdes-Scantling 4.37 South Florida
3 Antonio Callaway 4.41 Florida
3 Robert Foster 4.41 Alabama
5 D.J. Moore 4.42 Maryland
6 Deon Cain 4.43 Clemson
6 Keke Coutee 4.43 Texas Tech
6 Calvin Ridley 4.43 Alabama
6 Jester Weah 4.43 Pittsburgh
10 Byron Pringle 4.46 Kansas State
11 Christian Kirk 4.47 Texas A&M
12 Richie James 4.48 Middle Tennessee St.
13 Equanimeous St. Brown 4.48 Notre Dame
14 Tre’Quan Smith 4.49 Central Florida
15 Quadree Henderson 4.50 Pittsburgh

Other Notables:

Marcell Ateman (Oklahoma State) 4.62
Deontay Burnett (USC) DNR
Simmie Cobbs (Indiana) 4.64
Michael Gallup (Colorado State) 4.51
Jordan Lasley (UCLA) 4.50
Allen Lazard (Iowa State) 4.55
Anthony Miller (Memphis) DNR
J’mon Moore (Missouri) 4.60
Dante Pettis (Washington) DNR
Cortland Sutton (SMU) 4.54
Auden Tate (Florida State) 4.68
James Washington (Oklahoma State) 4.54

TE

RK Player Time College
1 Mike Gesicki 4.54 Penn State
1 Jaylen Samuels 4.54 NC State
3 Mark Andrews 4.67 Oklahoma
3 Hayden Hurst 4.67 South Carolina
5 Ian Thomas 4.74 Indiana
5 Jordan Thomas 4.74 Mississippi State
7 Dalton Schultz 4.75 Stanford
7 David Wells 4.75 San Diego State
9 Tyler Conklin 4.80 Central Michigan
10 Marcus Baugh 4.81 Ohio State
10 Durham Smythe 4.81 Notre Dame
12 William Dissly 4.87 Washington
13 Ryan Izzo 4.94 Florida State

Other Notables:

Jordan Akins (Central Florida) DNR
Troy Fumagali (Wisconsin) DNR
Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State) DNR
Chris Herndon (Miami) DNR

OL

RK Player Time College
1 Brian O’Neill 4.82 Pittsburgh
2 Desmond Harrison 4.40 West Georgia
3 Kolton Miller 4.95 UCLA
4 Joseph Noteboom 4.96 TCU
5 Connor Williams 5.05 Texas
6 Scott Quessenberry 5.09 UCLA
7 Skyler Phillips 5.10 Idaho State
8 Austin Corbett 5.15 Nevada
8 Will Hernandez 5.15 UTEP
10 Colby Gosett 5.20 Appalachian State
11 Jaryd Jones-Smith 5.22 Pittsburgh
11 Braden Smith 5.22 Auburn
13 Mason Cole 5.23 Michigan
13 Tyrell Crosby 5.23 Oregon
15 Coleman Shelton 5.24 Washington

Other Notables:

Brian Allen (Michigan State) 5.34
Orlando Brown (Oklahoma) 5.85
Will Clapp (LSU) 5.39
James Daniels (Iowa) DNR
Taylor Hearn (Clemson) 5.45
Jamarco Jones (Ohio State) 5.50
Sam Jones (Arizona State) 5.32
KC McDermott (Miami) 5.35
Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame) DNR
Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame) DNR
Chukwuma Okorafor (Western Michigan) 5.31
Billy Price (Ohio State) DNR
Frank Ragnow (Arkansas) DNR
Martinas Rankin (Mississippi State) DNR
Wyatt Teller (Virginia Tech) 5.24
Isaiah Wynn (Georgia) DNR

DE

RK Player Time College
1 Leon Jacobs 4.48 Wisconsin
2 Lorenzo Carter 4.50 Georgia
3 Josh Sweat 4.53 Florida State
4 Peter Kalambayi 4.57 Stanford
5 Harold Landry 4.64 Boston College
6 Uchenna Nwosu 4.65 USC
6 Kemoko Turay 4.65 Rutgers
8 Marquis Haynes 4.67 Mississippi
9 Kylie Fitts 4.69 Utah
10 Hercules Mata’afa 4.76 Washington State
11 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo 4.77 Oklahoma
12 Trevon Young 4.78 Louisville
13 Jeff Holland 4.79 Auburn
14 Garret Dooley 4.80 Wisconsin
15 Ola Adeniyi 4.83 Toledo

Other Notables:

Dorance Armstrong (Kansas) 4.87
Davin Bellamy (Georgia) DNR
James Hearns (Louisville) 4.89
Arden Key (LSU) DNR
Tyquan Lewis (Ohio State) DNR

DL

RK Player Time College
1 Marcus Davenport 4.58 UTSA
2 Ade Aruna 4.60 Tulane
3 Bradley Chubb 4.65 NC State
4 Rasheem Green 4.73 USC
5 John Franklin-Myers 4.75 Stephen F. Austin
6 Jalyn Holmes 4.82 Ohio State
7 Da Shawn Hand 4.83 Alabama
8 Breeland Speaks 4.87 Mississippi
9 Kentavius Street 4.87 NC State
10 James Looney 4.89 California
11 Chad Thomas 4.92 Miami
12 Bilal Nichols 4.95 Delaware
13 Da’Ron Payne 4.95 Alabama
14 Taven Bran 4.98 Florida
15 B.J. Hill 4.99 NC State

Other Notables:

Andrew Brown (Virginia) 5.03
Duke Ejiofor (Wake Forest) DNR
Josh Frazier (Alabama) DNR
Sam Hubbard (Ohio State) DNR
Maurice Hurst (Michigan) DNR
Lowell Lotulelei (Utah) DNR
RJ McIntosh (Miami) DNR
Derrick N’Dadi (Florida State) 5.38
Kendrick Norton (Miami) 5.25
Trenton Thompson (Georgia) 5.06
Vita Vea (Washington) 5.10

LB

RK Player Time College
1 Shaquem Griffin 4.38 Central Florida
2 Roquan Smith 4.51 Georgia
3 Malik Jefferson 4.52 Texas
4 Jerome Baker 4.53 Ohio State
5 Tremaine Edmunds 4.54 Virginia Tech
6 Matthew Thomas 4.58 Florida State
7 Genard Avery 4.59 Memphis
8 Oren Burks 4.59 Vanderbilt
9 Joel Iyiegbuniwe 4.60 Western Kentucky
9 Kenny Young 4.60 UCLA
11 Dorain O’Daniel 4.61 Clemson
12 Andre Smith 4.63 North Carolina
13 Fred Warner 4.64 BYU
14 Jacob Pugh 4.65 Florida State
14 Leighton Vander Esch 4.65 Boise State

Other Notables:

Jack Cichy (Wisconsin) DNR
Rashaan Evans (Louisville) DNR
Shaun Dion Hamilton (Alabama) DNR
Josey Jewell (Iowa) 4.82
Micah Kiser (Virginia) 4.66
Mike McCray (Michigan) 4.76
Skai Moore (South Carolina) 4.73
Christian Sam (Arizona State) 4.75
Azeem Victor (Washington) 4.72
Chris Worley (Ohio State) 4.86

CB

RK Player Time College
1 Donte Jackson 4.32 LSU
2 Denzel Ward 4.32 Ohio State
3 Parry Nickerson 4.32 Tulane
4 Tony Brown 4.35 Alabama
5 Anthony Averett 4.36 Alabama
6 Jaire Alexander 4.38 Louisville
7 Avonte Maddox 4.39 Pittsburgh
8 Davontae Harris 4.43 Illinois State
9 Grant Haley 4.44 Penn State
10 Danny Johnson 4.44 Southern
11 Duke Dawson 4.46 Florida
12 Dee Delaney 4.46 Miami
13 JC Jackson 4.46 Maryland
14 Greg Stroman 4.48 Virginia Tech
15  Holton Hill  4.49  Texas

Other Notables:

Carlton Davis (Auburn) 4.53
Rashuan Gaulden (Tennesse) 4.61
Mike Hughes (Central Florida) 4.53
Josh Jackson (Iowa) 4.56
Tavarus McFadden (Florida State) 4.67
Quenton Meeks (Stanford) DNR
Nick Nelson (Wisconsin) 4.52
Isaiah Oliver (Colorado) 4.50
DJ Reed (Kansas State) 4.51
MJ Stewart (North Carolina) 4.54
Jordan Thomas (Oklahoma) 4.64
Levi Wallace (Alabama) 4.48 *unofficial (later changed to 4.63)
Isaac Yiadom (Boston College) 4.52

S

RK Player Time College
1 Troy Apke 4.34 Penn State
2 Natrell Jamerson 4.40 Wisconsin
3 Justin Reid 4.40 Stanford
4 Dane Cruikshank 4.41 Arizona
5 Godwin Igwebuike 4.44 Northwestern
6 Tre Flowers 4.45 Oklahoma State
7 Minkah Fitzpatrick 4.46 Alabama
8 Terrell Edmunds 4.47 Virginia Tech
9 Derwin James 4.47 Florida State
10 Jessie Bates 4.50 Wake Forest
11 Trey Walker 4.51 Louisiana-Lafayette
12 Stephen Roberts 4.53 Auburn
13 Siran Neal 4.56 Jacksonville State
14 Deshon Elliot 4.58 Texas
15 Joshua Kalu 4.58 Nebraska

Other Notables:

Marcus Allen (Penn State) DNR
Quin Blanding (Virginia) 4.63
Ronnie Harrison (Alabama) DNR
Van Smith (Clemson) 4.61
Armani Watts (Texas A&M) DNR
Damon Webb (Ohio State) 4.62
Kyzir White (West Virginia) DNR)

 

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