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Giants Now: Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks discuss biggest draft risers following pro days


Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks discuss draft risers following pro days

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the NFL was forced to change the format of this year's Scouting Combine.

Instead of the top prospects and team representatives converging to Indianapolis like in recent years, all workouts took place on the individual pro days at college campuses across the country.

Despite the change, several prospects took advantage of the different format and truly shined at their respective pro days.

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks discussed four prospects whose draft stock rose the most due to strong performances at their pro days.

Here are Jeremiah and Brooks' biggest risers following the completion of the pro day schedule:

CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

2020 stats: 16 tackles (10 solo), two interceptions, six passes defensed, one tackle for loss in seven games

"When I look at Jaycee Horn, what he was able to do with his testing was just outstanding. He followed up right on the heels of that Patrick Surtain II pro day, and bested just about each and every one of those numbers. A phenomenal day for him." -- Jeremiah

EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Miami

2020 stats: 45 tackles (21 solo), eight sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, one interception, three passes defensed in 10 games

"You talk about guys with stock rising, how about Jaelan Phillips? Jaelan Phillips from Miami being an absolute monster coming off the edge. We saw the production this year for Miami, but then you go to the pro day... 260 pounds, 36-inch vertical, 4.56 40-time. When you add that with the hand skills, you love him." -- Brooks

QB Davis Mills, Stanford,

2020 stats: 1508 passing yards, 66.2 completion percentage, seven touchdowns, three interceptions, three rushing touchdowns in five games

"Another player would be Davis Mills, the quarterback from Stanford. At a time when you're looking for someone who has the talent and the ability to potentially be a second day pick and can have some starting ability, Davis Mills is very, very intriguing. This is a big-time athlete with nice arm talent. He has a chance to be one of those guys we talk about in a few years being a surprise starter." -- Brooks

WR Elijah Moore, Ole MIss

2020 stats: 86 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns, 14 rush attempts for 64 yards (4.6 avg.) in eight games

"I would add one more. We've talked about him: Elijah Moore. Look at the shuttle numbers that he ran, the 3-cone right there (6.67 seconds). This is an incredible change of direction-metric there for him. That's just silly. You see that quickness when you watch him. It all matched up with what you see on tape." -- Jeremiah

PFF's 2021 NFL Draft WR Superlatives

The 2021 NFL Draft is considered by many analysts to be deep at a few different positions, one of which is wide receiver.

As many as three wide receivers are projected to be selected in the first half of the first round, but there are numerous others that draft experts believe could be immediate contributors in the NFL.

With the draft a little over two weeks away, Pro Football Focus' Michael Renner released his list of Wide Receiver Superlatives.

Here are Renner's "best" at everything at the wide receiver position:

Best Deep Threat: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

"Ja'Marr Chase was the most productive deep receiver in 2019, and DeVonta Smith laid claim to that title this past year, but no one brings the "threat" quite like Waddle. In the four games prior to his injury in 2020, Waddle hauled in six deep receptions on seven deep targets for 329 yards. Extrapolate that out to a 13-game season, and that's 19.5 deep catches and 1,069 deep receiving yards — figures that would have far and away led college football. That's what some lucky NFL team is getting early in the first round." -- Renner

Best Route-Runner: DeVonta Smith, Alabama

"This is how a 170-pounder can light college football on fire in a way we've never seen before. Smith simply doesn't let cornerbacks get their hands on him. The nuance and polish in his route-running is unlike anything we have seen from any receiver prospect we've graded. You won't find Smith "going through the motions" any time soon on tape." -- Renner

Best Releases: Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

Best After the Catch: Kadarius Toney, Florida

Best Contested Catch, Ja'Marr Chase, LSU

"Chase is PFF's WR1 because he's not just a contested-catch guy. But when he is asked to play through contact, nobody in the draft class is better. And to think he was bodying defenders to the tune of 16 contested catches in 2019 as a true sophomore. The way he attacks the ball in the air is nothing short of special for a prospect and is a must to be a top dog at the NFL level." -- Renner

Freakiest Athlete: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

"Sadly, we'll never get to see how a healthy Waddle would have tested at the combine or his pro day after breaking his ankle last season. On tape, though, he's truly the closest thing to Tyreek Hill from a size and twitch perspective that we've seen in recent years. Just look at the way he accelerates with the ball in his hands." -- Renner

Best Slot: Elijah Moore, Ole MIss

Best Gadget Player: Rondale Moore, Purdue

Best Hands: Austin Watkins, UAB analyst Bucky Brooks revealed his updated position rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft.

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