NFL.com's 2023 All-Combine Team
The 2023 NFL Combine provided prospects a platform to showcase their skills for NFL talent evaluators.
Several players boosted their draft stock with strong performances in Indy, while others may have hurt their potential draft status.
This week, NFL.com's Nick Shook released his selections for the 2023 All-Combine Team on both offense and defense.
Here is NFL.com's All-Combine Team:
Bryan Bresee, Clemson
"Bresee's bright future is visible from miles away. His time in the 40-yard dash (4.86 seconds) was fast for a player running at 298 pounds, and in his on-field work, he showed just how smooth, polished and incredibly quick he is. Bresee only made very minor, slightly out-of-control errors in the drills, but they're inconsequential. As long as this man can stay healthy, he's going to be a very productive player for his future employer."
Jalen Redmond, Oklahoma
Honorable Mention: Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh; Siaki Ika, Baylor; Moro Ojomo, Texas; Zacch Pickens, South Carolina; Dante Stills, West Virginia.
Nolan Smith, Georgia
"Smith had a day for the books, wowing onlookers with a 40 time that initially clocked in at 4.44 seconds, which upset the edge rusher because he was aiming for a number in the 4.3-second range. When the official results were revealed, Smith received his wish: He'd actually run a 4.39. It looked just as fast in person. Smith put together an incredible round of testing, posting the second-fastest 40 time for a defensive lineman since 2003. He also finished as the heaviest player in the past 10 combines to post both a 40-inch-plus vertical leap (41 1/2 inches) and a 40 time below 4.4 seconds. The best part about all of it: He's not just a workout warrior; these numbers show up on the tape. Even though he didn't participate in on-field drills Thursday, he'd already done enough to make headlines in Indianapolis."
Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern
Honorable Mention: YaYa Diaby, Louisville; Lukas Van Ness, Iowa; Jose Ramirez, Eastern Michigan; Tuli Tuipulotu, USC; Thomas Incoom, Central Michigan.
Henry To'oTo'o, Alabama
Jack Campbell, Iowa
"Campbell's stock should be on the rise after a quality round of testing that included a 6.74-second three-cone drill, the fastest time of all linebackers by a fairly significant margin. He also posted the second-best broad jump in the position group (10-8) and the second-bestvertical leap (37 1/2 inches). He looked fluid and controlled in his drills and should leap up many draft boards after proving he's a better athlete than many folks probably realized."
Jeremy Banks, Tennessee
Honorable Mention: Drew Sanders, Arkansas; Daiyan Henley, Washington State.
Christian Gonzalez, Oregon
Deonte Banks, Maryland
"I could write about this group of cornerbacks for days. It includes a variety of types, and many of these CBs are going to make their future clubs happy -- especially those who are taken on Days 2 and 3. Banks, however, will not last that long, and for good reason. His testing numbers were fantastic (4.35 40, 42-inch vertical, 11-4 broad jump). He followed that up by posting solid reps throughout the drills -- displaying fluidity, excellent closing speed and fantastic recovery ability when he made a rare mistake in his footwork. Banks and fellow former Maryland defensive back Jakorian Bennett both performed well -- they became the first teammates at the same position to post 95-plus Next Gen Stats athleticism scores at the same combine over the last two decades. Banks was not only the better of the two, but one of the best of them all."
DJ Turner II, Michigan
Honorable Mention: Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU; Clark Phillips III, Utah; Cameron Mitchell, Northwestern; Riley Moss, Iowa; Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State; Jakorian Bennett, Maryland.
Brian Branch, Alabama
Sydney Brown, Illinois
"Brown finished in the top three among DBs in the early returns on Next Gen Stats athleticism scores, posting a 4.47 40, a 10-10 broad jump and a 40 1/2-inch vertical. While it wasn't as impressive as his numbers, Brown's on-field workout was solid; though he allowed his athleticism to drive him out of control at times, he recovered nicely to finish reps on a strong note. Brown's tape leads one to believe his pro career could follow the trajectory of Talanoa Hufanga, who earned first-team All-Pro honors as a second-year pro with the Niners in 2022. In fact, Brown could enjoy similar success even quicker than Hufanga, provided he lands in the right situation through the draft. Teams will certainly be eager to take a close look at him after his total performance Friday, and for good reason."
Honorable Mention: Ji'Ayir Brown, Penn State; Brandon Hill, Pittsburgh; Jartavius Martin, Illinois; Kaevon Merriweather, Iowa; Jammie Robinson, Florida State; DeMarcco Hellams, Alabama; Rashad Torrence II, Florida.
View photos from the Giants' suite in Indianapolis, where the team is gathered to evaluate the top draft prospects.
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
"This was the toughest decision of the entire exercise. On the one hand, you have a testing freak in Anthony Richardson -- he ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and posted a 40 1/2-inch vertical leap -- who has elite natural ability, but showed some inconsistencies during throwing drills that were largely related to his footwork. On the other, you have Stroud, who put on a throwing clinic during on-field work, coming about as close to perfect as possible. The Ohio State QB produced dime after dime, no matter the distance or difficulty of the throw. Stroud touted his accuracy as one of his greatest strengths during Friday's media availability and backed it up with a fantastic performance, showing NFL teams exactly why they should seriously consider drafting him in April. Richardson has the higher ceiling, but Stroud is the surer choice as we depart Indianapolis."
Honorable Mention: Anthony Richardson, Florida
Bijan Robinson, Texas
Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
"Sure, I'm going chalk, but for good reason. There are a number of talented and intriguing backs in this group (just look below for a handful of them), but Gibbs had the next-best blend of testing and on-field performance Sunday. Although he only participated in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump during testing, he posted the second-best 40 time of any RB in this year's class (4.36), backing up the explosiveness he showed on tape during his lone season at Alabama. He followed that up by displaying consistent hands during drill work, with just one drop on a deep ball thrown by an NFL personnel staffer (not a pro QB). Gibbs will be a dynamic playmaker for whichever team selects him."
Honorable Mention: Devon Achane, Texas A&M; Tyjae Spears, Tulane; Deneric Prince, Tulsa; Chase Brown, Illinois; Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
"Smith-Njigba's excellent combine performance won't come as a surprise to anyone who followed his career at Ohio State: He was clean, controlled and smooth throughout all of the drills at Lucas Oil Stadium, running crisp routes and making many of his catches look routine. When he was paired with his former Buckeye teammate, C.J. Stroud, on a rep, the duo made things look elementary. More impressive, though: When the other quarterbacks threw to him, nothing changed. Smith-Njigba is quicker than fast -- he posted the best 20-yard shuttle time of any receiver since 2014 -- which will get him open plenty at the next level. He leaves Indianapolis just as he arrived -- as one of the top talents at the position."
Josh Downs, North Carolina
Tank Dell, Houston
Honorable Mention: Zay Flowers, Boston College; Charlie Jones, Purdue; Andrei Iosivas, Princeton; Jake Bobo, UCLA; Demario Douglas, Liberty; Ronnie Bell, Michigan; Quentin Johnston, TCU.
Darnell Washington, Georgia
"Washington (6-foot-7, 264 pounds) was not wrong when he described himself as "the most unique tight end in the draft." Per Next Gen Sats, he ran the fourth-fastest 40 time (4.64) and posted the second-longest broad jump (10-foot-2) by any tight end weighing 260-plus pounds since 2003 -- and then put on a show during drills. It is truly rare to see someone Washington's size run as fluidly and with as much control and burst. Using Washington's combine numbers, the fine folks over at NGS shared a pro comparison that's sure to turn heads: Rob Gronkowski. The former Bulldog is even more athletic than Gronk was coming out of Arizona, finishing his 2023 combine workout with a highlight reel-worthy one-handed snag in the goal-line fade drill. Consider me sold."
Sam LaPorta, Iowa
Honorable Mention: Michael Mayer, Notre Dame; Zack Kuntz, Old Dominion; Will Mallory, Miami; Travis Vokolek, Nebraska; Brenton Strange, Penn State; Luke Musgrave, Oregon State.
Broderick Jones, Georgia
Cody Mauch, North Dakota State
"Mauch's testing fell below the levels of some of his counterparts, but the margin wasn't massive. Where he was noticeably better than most of the other tackle hopefuls, though, was on the field. Mauch moved with precision, pace and efficiency during drills, maintaining a high motor throughout Sunday's session. The 6-foot-5, 302-pounder looks like a plug-and-play starter, regardless of position. So while he's not an athletic freak, he should be a quality blocker in the NFL."
Honorable Mention: Darnell Wright, Tennessee; Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State; Peter Skoronski, Northwestern; Anton Harrison, Oklahoma; Blake Freeland, BYU; Earl Bostick Jr., Kansas.
Sidy Sow, Eastern Michigan
Jordan McFadden, Clemson
"Another excellent tester, McFadden was near the front of the line in the second group, serving as a quality barometer for judging the reps of every subsequent participant. McFadden was solid throughout the drills, displaying a fluidity that matched his testing results. Speaking of his numbers: McFadden posted the fastest 40 time (4.99 seconds, including a 1.74-second 10-yard split) among all guard prospects in Indy -- at 303 pounds. He was consistently good throughout the day and should see his stock rise after the week's work."
Honorable Mention: Anthony Bradford, LSU; Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse; Jon Gaines II, UCLA; Steve Avila, TCU; Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama; McClendon Curtis, Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Luke Wypler, Ohio State
"There were a number of promising centers on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, but not any one true standout. Although most of Wypler's reps were of a high quality -- showing efficient footwork, if not a ton power -- it was his overall athleticism that earned him this spot. Among the group of centers I considered to be comparable in on-field performance, Wypler tested the best. He earned an NGS athleticism score of 81, due in large part to a 5.14-second 40 time (1.83-second 10-yard split) that translated into his movement during drills. Teams in need of a center will have plenty of options in this year's class, with Wypler among the top offerings."
Honorable Mention: John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota; Olu Oluwatimi, Michigan; Juice Scruggs, Penn State.
View photos from the NFL Combine as prospects take the field for on-field drills.