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Whose draft stock rose following the NFL Combine? 

COMBINE-WINNERS-AWS

The 2022 NFL Scouting Combine is officially in the rearview mirror.

It was an exciting week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with numerous draft prospects putting up impressive performances both on and off the field.

Many of the top draft experts have released their winners and losers from combine week, including NFL.com's Chad Reuter, ESPN's Todd McShay and Steve Muench, Pro Football Focus' Michael Renner, and ESPN's Matt Miller and Jordan Reid.

Here are the prospects who the experts say helped their draft stock the most during the week in Indianapolis.

DEFENSE

Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

"Davis wowed with a 4.78-second 40-yard dash, 32-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump at 341 pounds, amazing results for a player his size. He did not disappoint during drills, either, as he showed quick hands and excellent bend turning the corner for a guy likely to line up between the tackles. Davis' lateral agility was exceptional, and even his ability to backpedal and transition forward was much better than that of the other interior linemen. Going through the drills did not seem to wear him down, either, which is another good sign that his conditioning is NFL-caliber. The performance should go a long way toward proving he's not just a two-down player." -- Chad Reuter

"Was it the single greatest combine performance ever? Davis is so far an outlier for a 330-plus pounder that it still seems impossible what he did (at 341 pounds!). The previous record for anyone over 330 pounds running the 40-yard dash was 4.92 seconds. Each drill Davis did was in the top three ever for someone in that weight class." -- Michael Renner

"How wild was Davis' workout? I'm still trying to process what we all saw. My Mount Rushmore of all-time combine performances has long been Calvin Johnson, Vernon Davis and Adrian Peterson. Now there's finally a fourth. How are Davis' testing numbers even possible at 6-foot-6 and 341 pounds?" -- Todd McShay

"At 6-foot-6 and 341 pounds, Davis ran an eye-popping 4.78-second 40-yard dash. That's an unheard-of number for a player of his size. He's a massive human being who has unique movement skills at that size. Davis' impact didn't always show up in the box score, but he did a lot of things that went unseen. The label of being a two-down player was hanging over Davis' résumé, but he has the potential to change the run defense of a team from day one. He also can push the pocket when allowed to operate in between the A-gaps." -- Jordan Reid

Travis Jones, DT, Connecticut

"Add to the numbers above the fact that Jones is 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds with 34.25-inch arms and 10.25-inch hands, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him sneak into the first round. He was the most dominant nose tackle in attendance at the Senior Bowl, as well. That's the athletic profile of a true three-down nose tackle that every team is looking for." -- Michael Renner

Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

"Wyatt played in Davis' shadow at Georgia, and his teammate grabbed the headlines once again on Saturday with his prodigious size and athleticism. Wyatt deserves his own kudos, though, after showing off exceptional agility and heavy hands at 6-foot-3 and 304 pounds. Wyatt's 4.77 40-yard dash is one the fastest times among combine defensive tackles since 2003. His low center of gravity and natural bend helped him change directions quickly, whether he was moving around hoops or spinning off tackling dummies in drills. Even with average length (32 5/8-inch arms), Wyatt could fit in any defensive scheme." -- Chad Reuter

"Wyatt was cooking. You don't have to watch too many plays of him on tape to realize he was going to blow up the combine. He is the kind of athlete who can be an elite interior pressure generator at the next level. Don't expect him to make it out of the top 15 picks now." -- Michael Renner

"My No. 1 defensive tackle prospect, Wyatt was expected to leave his mark on the combine -- and he did just that. Weighing in at 304 pounds, Wyatt turned in 4.77-second run in the 40-yard dash. That was good enough that he ran only once. While often overshadowed by the hulking Jordan Davis, Wyatt projects as a day one starter as a 3-technique interior pass-rusher. The value of that position plus Wyatt's overall talent make him a strong candidate to still be the first defensive tackle drafted." -- Matt Miller

Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

"The combine was an excellent opportunity for Walker to show skills he did not get to show during his college career. At Georgia, he played inside while a slew of talented edge rushers got after the quarterback. During on-field drills, however, Walker took advantage of the chance to prove he could have handled that duty, posting a 4.51-second 40-yard dash, a 35 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-foot-3 broad jump and an elite 6.89-second three-cone drill. He displayed good flexibility for a player his size (6-foot-5, 272 pounds), turning the corner and running around hoops in drills to show his bend. Walker also displayed powerful punches and swipes at pads during his workout, portending a bright future as a pass rusher at the next level." -- Chad Reuter

"Considering he did all the above at 6-foot-5 and 272 pounds with 35.5-inch arms, this was nothing short of an all-time combine for Walker. That's the kind of athlete who simply isn't going to escape the top 10 in this year's draft. That's too freaky to pass up on, especially considering what he could develop into. Among 270-plus pound edge rushers who have ever tested pre-draft, Walker had the fastest 40-yard dash ever, the 11th-best broad jump and the fourth-best 3-cone." -- Michael Renner

"Some will argue that the sack production isn't there. It will come. Walker wore a lot of hats on the Bulldogs' front, and if given more of a chance to rush the passer and used more as a wide rusher, I think he can get home more often. That's especially true if he develops smoother countermoves. I've been all-in on Walker's game for a while now, and his workout definitely put him in good position to be a top-10 pick." -- Todd McShay

"At Georgia, he played every position up front and was even asked to drop in coverage at times. Walker is a bit of a projection, but based on the traits and how he performed last season, he could go in the top five. After he ran the 40 in 4.51 seconds -- including a 1.61-second 10-yard split -- there were lots of whispers among scouts. At 6-foot-5 and 272 pounds, Walker will have the "boom or bust" label plastered beside his name, but he's a seasoned run defender who still has plenty of room to grow as a pass-rusher. It's fair to put him in the first tier of edge rushers in this class alongside Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux. Teams that aren't shy with betting on traits could be enamored with Walker and what he could turn into after gaining more exposure as a true pass-rusher." -- Jordan Reid

Amaré Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech

"Barno was initially thought of as an athletic project, and he tested exactly the way you'd want a project to test. Those are unheard of numbers — the 246-pound Barno broke the combine 40-yard dash record for a defensive lineman. With 34-inch arms and that kind of explosion, he shouldn't need much refinement in the way of technique to be a bull-rushing threat off the edge." -- Michael Renner

"Barno is a 3-4 outside linebacker prospect who ran the 40-yard dash faster than all but six receivers and all of the running backs. His 4.36 surpassed Montez Sweat's 4.41-second time for the fastest among defensive linemen since at least 2003. And his 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-11 broad jump were outstanding results that provide more evidence that the explosive burst you see on tape is legitimate." -- Steve Muench

View photos of the top prospects showcasing their skills at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.

Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota

"Lost in a bunch of elite performances was the show Mafe put on. The difference between him and the two guys above him on this list: he's a rocked up 261 pounds. That's a big boy moving. After earning the highest pass-rushing grade of anyone at the Senior Bowl, Mafe is having one heck of a pre-draft process." -- Michael Renner

"After a strong performance at the Senior Bowl, Mafe put his pass-rush prowess and quickness on display again. At 6-foot-4 and 261 pounds, he recorded a 4.53-second 40 time. He marries his hands with his feet and displays a full rolodex of moves, and his upside as a pass-rusher is through the roof. He still has some room to improve, but because of explosiveness and ability to get to the quarterback, he's a candidate to be selected at the back end of the first round." -- Jordan Reid

Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

"Continuing to build off his momentum from the Senior Bowl, Johnson showed off his explosiveness with a 4.58-second 40 time that included a 1.55 10-yard split. His quick first step out of the starting blocks held true. His value will come with rushing the passer, but one of the best parts of his game is his run defense. Outside of Travon Walker, Johnson is the best run defender of this year's edge crop. But he entered foreign territory with the wave drill and others where he was tested with dropping in coverage on Saturday." -- Jordan Reid

Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma

"Bonitto came in with question marks about his weight but ticked that box by showing up at 248 pounds. He then proceeded to test like an explosive athlete despite definitely coming in bigger than he looked on tape. He put up the kind of explosive numbers needed to thrive as a speed rusher in the NFL." -- Michael Renner

"An area scout who covers Oklahoma has been telling me for weeks that I'm too low on Bonitto. I think he was right. The Big 12 leader in pass rush win rate turned heads with a 1.54-second 10-yard split and a 4.54-second run in the 40-yard dash at an impressive 6-foot-3 and 254 pounds. The flashes on tape are there for Bonitto, but now he has the numbers to back up his production against Big 12 offensive tackles. Bonitto best projects as a wide-9 or 3-4 pass-rusher coming off the edge. Following a strong workout, he's one of the big moneymakers from the combine." -- Matt Miller

Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin

"For my money, this was the single freakiest performance among an insanely athletic linebacker group. The reason being, Chenal did all that at a jumbo 250 pounds. He proved his downhill thumping ability won't look any different against the strength in the NFL. The scary thing is, he didn't even do what will arguably be his best drill: the bench press. Chenal has videos of him repping 225 pounds 40 times and is reportedly in contention to beat the linebacker record of 41." -- Michael Renner

Damone Clark, LB, LSU

"He measured 6-foot-2 1/2 and weighed 239 pounds and was solid in his tests (4.57 40-yard dash, 36 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot-7 broad jump). One of the nation's leading tacklers in 2021, Clark executed each drill without an issue, consistently playing under control and in balance. He proved quick enough to cover ground in space and was reliable converting interceptions at the end of each rep. Clark showed everything a team could want from a leader in the middle of the defense." -- Chad Reuter

Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State

"The former quarterback and running back now has another title: freak. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any linebacker in attendance (4.42 seconds). The thing is, he isn't an undersized, modern safety-turned-linebacker. No, Andersen is 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds and still cooked his 40-yard dash like that. That should lock him into being a top-100 pick." -- Michael Renner

"Andersen caught my eye at the Senior Bowl, and he kept increasing his stock with a phenomenal workout in Indianapolis. His 4.42 paced all the linebackers in the 40-yard dash, showing the sideline-to-sideline range and closing burst he can bring to a defense. His 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump showcased great explosion. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder is a name to watch in the second round after coming to Indianapolis as a midrounder. And I think Andersen is a day one starter in the NFL." -- Todd McShay

Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

"Muma clearly proved he's one heck of an explosive dude at 239 pounds. Those are nothing short of elite explosive figures that you want from a three-down linebacker. Muma isn't lasting past the second round anymore." -- Michael Renner

Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

"Every offensive coordinator in college football knew to stay away from Sauce. Now, NFL teams know he has the athleticism to add flavor to their defense. His 4.41 40-yard dash checked the long speed box. Gardner's hips and agility were just fine during drills, moving laterally and backpedaling with speed despite measuring over 6-foot-3 with an excellent 79 3/8-inch wingspan. Some teams may not like his lean 190-pound frame, but his length and competitive nature will likely entice someone to pick him early in the first round." -- Chad Reuter

"Gardner -- at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds -- had one of the best workouts of the day from start to finish. A 4.41-second official time in the 40 helped his case to be the first corner off of the board in April, especially with LSU's Derek Stingley Jr. still recovering from foot surgery. Gardner took advantage of the moment, displaying loose hips, great ball skills and good feet despite being a bigger corner. After catapulting himself into contention for CB1 throughout an impressive junior campaign, "Sauce" has continued to strengthen his resume throughout the pre-draft process." -- Jordan Reid

Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State

"McCollum was one of my favorite non-FBS prospects heading into the 2021 season, and his combine performance cemented his status as a late-third or early-fourth round selection. He ran an outstanding 4.33 40 at 6-foot-2, 199 pounds and jumped 39.5 inches vertically. McCollum also displayed speed and agility on the field, flipping his hips adeptly for a corner his size. He missed a couple of catch opportunities but reeled in enough to show he can convert interceptions. McCollum was the only player from his combine group to run the short shuttle (3.94 seconds) and three-cone drill (6.48), and he excelled at both." -- Chad Reuter

Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA

"Woolen has a unique combination of size (6-foot-4, 205 pounds), length (33 5/8 inches), speed (4.26 seconds in the 40) and explosion (42-inch vertical jump). And as a former receiver, he has decent ball skills. His 40-yard dash time tied for the fourth fastest ever at the combine, and his vert tied for the best among all participants over the combine's four days. You just don't see cornerbacks that tall and that long move that fast and that sudden." Todd McShay

"Woolen could not have done a better job at the 2022 combine. It all started with the measurables, where he came in with elite height, length and overall size. That's not coachable, but as a scout once lectured me, "size is a trait." Woolen isn't just a long body, though, as the former wide receiver is one of the best all-around players in terms of physical tools. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds and with unreal 33 5/8-inch arms, Woolen has the size of an elite receiver. But even more rare is the 4.26 speed. Some may say he's just straight-line fast, but Woolen silenced those concerns with a 42-inch vertical jump that also shows off his explosiveness. Woolen was my sleeper prospect in December, but a strong pre-draft process could very well land him inside the top-75 picks." -- Matt Miller

Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska

"Running a 4.38 40 at 196 pounds helped Taylor-Britt's cause to be selected among the top 100 picks in April. He had one of the best performances on the floor, as well, changing directions and catching everything in sight. Taylor-Britt transitioned forward from his backpedal more smoothly than I expected. I thought he might have to move to safety in the NFL, but Sunday's workout and his time at the Reese's Senior Bowl indicate he has the speed and hip fluidness to stay outside at the next level." -- Chad Reuter

Nick Cross, S, Maryland

"This former Terrapin took advantage of his opportunity at the combine after declaring for the draft as an underclassman. His 4.34 40-yard time (1st among safeties), 37-inch vertical (4th) and 10-foot-10 broad jump (3rd) all belied his thick 6-foot-1, 212-pound frame. It was tough not to notice his combination of strength and agility throughout the on-field drills. Cross was fluid and fast in his pedal and transition in the "W" drill, and caught nearly everything. There's a tough competition brewing to be among the top four safeties in this year's draft, and Cross made a strong case he's deserving of that honor." -- Chad Reuter

"Cross not only ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.34) out of the safeties this year. He also ran one of the fastest 40s for a safety in the history of the combine -- and the fact that he did so at 212 pounds makes it that much more impressive. He posted the third-best broad jump (10-foot-10) and fourth-best vertical (37 inches) for the safeties in Indianapolis, too. He also looked smooth and played the ball well during position drills." -- Steve Muench

Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

"Cine is one of the few single-high free safeties in this class, and he brings a combination of speed, physicality and range. He's a closer as a run defender, and he runs the alley with bad intentions, with multiple jarring hits last season. And his 4.38-second speed in the 40 matched up with his speed on tape. Cine will be coveted by many teams on Day 2, when most of the top safeties are expected to go. Because of his ability to step down in run support and display consistency as a tackler, he could be the second safety off of the board. But he still needs to prove his reliability in coverage, though his warts in that area can be somewhat hidden as long as he's allowed to be a roof player who sits atop the defense and roams the back end." -- Jordan Reid

View photos from the Giants' suite in Indianapolis, where the team is gathered to evaluate the top draft prospects.

OFFENSE

Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State

"Lucas did nearly everything well Friday night, starting with a 4.92 40 time at 315 pounds. Those movement skills carried over to the drills, where he looked more agile than I anticipated coming into the event. Lucas ran low and fluidly, only having a slight pause in his change of direction in one drill. The pop that his hands made when hitting the pads was a plus, and his experience in pass protection showed in his kick-slide and redirect ability." -- Chad Reuter

"For reference, 4.62 seconds or quicker is considered an outstanding short shuttle time for an offensive tackle prospect. I wouldn't have predicted it going into the combine, but Lucas' 4.40 time was the quickest among all the offensive linemen. That's impressive. Lucas also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.92 seconds at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds. A four-year starter at right tackle, he came into the combine with an early-third-round grade, but he has now given himself a chance to hear his name called sooner than later on Day 2 of the draft." -- Steve Muench

Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

"Following a week at the Senior Bowl in which he pancaked so many defenders that he should have received a marketing deal with IHOP, Penning continued to impress with his on-field workouts at the combine. He is a thickly built lineman with surprising fluidity and movement, which we saw with his 4.89-second run in the 40-yard dash. I was fortunate enough to watch him workout as he prepared for the combine, and his quickness and balance were super impressive. That matched up with what we saw in Indy, as Penning proved that while he's the meanest mauler in the offensive line class, he also has the agility to close down the edge in pass protection." -- Matt Miller

Ickey Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State

"With Alabama's Evan Neal not working out during the combine, there was an informal competition between the other top-rated offensive linemen, Ekonwu and Mississippi State's Charles Cross. Both ran sub-5.0-second 40-yard dashes, but the former member of the Wolfpack gets the slight edge, staying low out of his stance and looking smooth and quick during the various pulling and pass protection drills. Ekwonu showed a strong punch and exhibited very good lateral agility in mirror drills and also flashed redirect skills when required. Measuring exactly 6-foot-4 might not meet the standards some teams have for the tackle position, but Tristan Wirfs and Rashawn Slater have shown that it is not smart to overlook outside linemen with average height." -- Chad Reuter

"With Evan Neal deciding to only do interviews, Ekwonu was presented with an opportunity to gain momentum as the favorite to become the No. 1 overall pick. And he did exactly that, running a 4.93-second 40-yard dash and showing adequate movements in all drills. And measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds proved that he has the size to stay at offensive tackle. Ekwonu is an engaging personality with great traits and mobility, and he made the decision for the Jaguars that much harder at the top of the draft after his Friday night workout." -- Jordan Reid

Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College

"Johnson flashed big time with a great Senior Bowl week and continued his ascent up draft boards with a flawless workout in Indy. His 33 bench press reps were the most among offensive linemen, and his field work showed balance, poise, flexibility and quickness. He's a powerful blocker with positional versatility as a guard or center, and he has the look of a Day 1 starter. Johnson moved himself into what I consider Round 1-lock territory." -- Matt Miller

"Johnson is at the top of the list of the prospects that I've been most impressed with throughout the pre-draft process. He played both guard and tackle throughout his career at Boston College, and he gained experience at center at the Senior Bowl. His first reps taken at the position came in Mobile, and there weren't any signs of drop-off. Johnson's versatility to play all five spots up front is one of his greatest assets, but he projects best as a center or guard on the next level. And repping a combine-high 32 reps for offensive lineman is another box checked to strengthen his resume." -- Jordan Reid

Dylan Parham, G, Memphis

"The former Tiger had the best workout among participants in the second group of offensive linemen who worked out on Friday. He ran a 4.93 40 at 311 pounds. His ability to hit pads with power and move smoothly throughout drills was not surprising given his excellent Memphis tape and work at the Reese's Senior Bowl. Parham moved with an athletic bend throughout each drill, dropping his hips to maintain balance and change directions. He snapped a ball on some reps, meaning teams believe he could have center/guard versatility at the next level. Any interested squad will need to choose him before too long on Day 2 to secure his services." -- Chad Reuter

Cameron Jurgens, IOL, Nebraska

"Jurgens really caught my eye in every phase of the on-field workout. During the wave drill -- which tests the change-of-direction skills for blockers -- he displayed lots of fluidity. A strong and athletic player, Jurgens is a developmental center who could go on to become a contributor later on down the line. I had him in the fourth-round range, but he could go higher after his workout." -- Jordan Reid

Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

"There's a tendency in the draft community to knock Cross for playing in an Air Raid offense that didn't give him many opportunities to run block. But there is a difference in not being asked to do something because of the scheme and not being able to do something. That's how I see Cross, who as a redshirt sophomore has fantastic movement skills, explosiveness and agility. And at 307 pounds, Cross even showed an improved physique in terms of the power he'll bring to the league." -- Matt Miller

"The movement skills of Cross were as good as advertised. I still believe that the No. 1 overall pick will be between Alabama's Neal and NC State's Ekwonu, but Cross is right there in that first tier of tackles. What makes him so intriguing is that he has improved every year. Entering Mississippi State at 260 pounds, he's now 307 and has lots of room to grow. Cross is the best pass-protecting tackle in this class, so if he's able to improve his run blocking, he has a chance to be a long-term answer for a team at left tackle." -- Jordan Reid

Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State

"Walker staked his claim to the No. 1 spot at running back on Friday night. His 4.38 40-yard-dash time at 211 pounds matches what he showed while earning the 2021 Doak Walker Award as college football's top back. Walker's 34-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump were solid, if not spectacular. His quick feet in agility drills were noteworthy, however, and he caught the ball well for a back who made just 19 grabs in three years at Wake Forest and Michigan State. Combining his 2021 tape with his confirmed speed might land him an early spot on Day 2 of the draft, and he might not have to wait for Breece Hall to come off the board first." -- Chad Reuter

"After transferring from Wake Forest, Walker became one of the most productive backs in college football for the Spartans. His tough, patient running style made him a fan favorite, and his punishing power combined with just one fumble all season made him a coach's dream. Walker's workout was a dream for him, though, with a 4.38 posting in the 40-yard dash, a time better than expected." -- Matt Miller

Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

"I mean, what else did you want see from Hall? His 40-inch vertical topped the running back results. His 10-foot-6 broad jump tied for third. His 4.39-second 40 time was sixth. He caught the ball well in the on-field drills and showed quick feet. On tape, he has great contact balance and a clear second gear, and that was backed up with his combine performance." -- Todd McShay

"Hall began the event with a bang, as he recorded a 10-foot-6 broad jump and 40 inches in the vertical jump. A RB1 candidate, the former Cyclone is an upright but smooth runner whose speciality is attacking on perimeter runs. He also has the capability of turning nothing runs into positive gains with his short-area quickness." -- Jordan Reid

Pierre Strong, RB, South Dakota State

"The headlines after Friday's workout might laud Breece Hall for his 4.39 40 time and 40-inch vertical, but Strong's 4.37 40 and 36-inch hops, as well as his superior on-field work, gave him the best all-around evening among RBs. Hall's straight-line speed was confirmed, as was his hip tightness in position drills, which means I still expect him to be a second-round pick with great potential as a breakaway threat. Strong, on the other hand, really helped himself. Not only did he show off long speed with and without the ball in his hands, but also when getting into flat and downfield routes. His foot quickness in bag drills was very good and the former Jackrabbit also showed an excellent second-level shake. Throw in reliable hands as a receiver, adjusting to passes thrown a bit behind him and over his head, and the FCS star proved himself worthy of a top-100 selection." -- Chad Reuter

"Strong led the FCS in rushing yards and ranked second in rushing touchdowns in 2021 but didn't make a big impact as a receiver. But he started to ease concerns about his ability to contribute as a receiver in the NFL by turning a short catch into a 65-yard touchdown in the East-West Shrine Bowl and further helped his cause by catching the ball well in Indianapolis. He is smooth between the tackles, flashes the ability to make defenders miss at the line of scrimmage and plays with strong contact balance." -- Steve Muench

Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

"Willis consistently made things look easy on Thursday night, showing excellent arc on his deep throws. While he did overthrow a couple of shorter targets, his slants got into the receiver's hands in a hurry. The moment wasn't too big for him, and he was encouraging his fellow combine participants during their reps. He chose not to run a 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, but he already has plenty of tape that displays what he can do with the ball in his hands." -- Chad Reuter

"Similar to practices at the Senior Bowl, Willis showed off his arm strength at the combine. He had lots of velocity behind his throws and accuracy over the middle, and he even connected on some deep shots. His best throw of the evening was on a go ball to Garrett Wilson down the left sideline, putting enough touch on it so that the Ohio State receiver could run under it." -- Jordan Reid

Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

"Ridder was easily the best athlete at the quarterback position in Indianapolis (Liberty's Malik Willis opted out of athletic testing). He posted some seriously athletic numbers that would make a wide receiver proud. He wasn't featured as a runner as much as some others in the class but proved he can be a weapon in that regard at the next level." -- Michael Renner

"Our eyes generally float to the throwing drills when it comes to quarterbacks, but Ridder running a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash has reignited conversations about his ability to step in as a rookie starter in a creative scheme. Yes, there are accuracy issues on tape, but those can be corrected with improved mechanics. What can't be coached is that kind of speed." -- Matt Miller

Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan

"Moore was consistently explosive during the field drills on Thursday. His shorter routes were crisp, and in the one instance when Moore stumbled, he managed to concentrate on the ball to bring it in. He caught the ball cleanly and brought to mind memories of MLB great Willie Mays when grabbing passes over his head. Moore's 4.41-second 40-yard dash is a nice time for a 195-pound receiver. His performance could land him in the top 100." -- Chad Reuter

"Moore was the most impressive from start to finish, and his 4.41-second 40 time quieted some speed concerns about his game. A natural route runner with plenty of quickness, he was consistent throughout the on-field workout. He proved to have consistent hands and a wide catch radius, plucking the ball out of the air consistently. Coming into the combine, he straddled the line between third- or fourth-round pick, but now it would be surprising to see Moore get outside of the second round. Moore also stayed after the workout concluded, looking comfortable catching punts." -- Jordan Reid

Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

"Watson, a former FCS receiver, proved he belonged on Thursday night, running a 4.36 40-yard dash at 208 pounds. He posted other excellent test results like an 11-foot-4 broad jump and 38.5-inch vertical. He was smooth and nimble in his route running during drills, showing his ability while competing alongside Olave, Garrett Wilson and other FBS stars. Watson's now pushing for a top-50 draft slot." -- Chad Reuter

"For a 6-foot-4, 208-pound receiver, Watson's combine was truly one of the best of all time. While he didn't do any change-of-direction drills, he was elite during the explosive drills. Between a scintillating Senior Bowl and an excellent combine, Watson has easily had one of the best pre-draft processes of any prospect." -- Michael Renner

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

"It wasn't a contest: Olave was the best receiver in Thursday's second group of wide receivers. He's been called a smooth mover since he arrived at Ohio State, and he did nothing to alter that reputation at the combine. Olave caught nearly everything thrown his way, grabbing several throws well away from his frame whether deep or short. His 4.39 40 impressed more than his 32-inch vertical and 10-4 broad jump. Regardless, Olave planted his flag as one of the top two receivers in the draft." -- Chad Reuter

"A strong argument could be made that Olave had the best workout of any wide receiver outside of Skyy Moore. With plenty of speed to burn, he showed off his downfield capabilities, and his ability to track the ball is what makes him so dangerous. He displayed fluidity in and out of breaks during intermediate routes and showed that he's not just a third-level threat. A 4.39 time in the 40 was the highlight of his workout, but Olave exhibited why he's projected to be a first-round pick. He helped himself a lot after a strong workout." -- Jordan Reid

Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis

"All those numbers come with the caveat that Austin checked in at only 5-foot-8, 170 pounds. That physical profile is eerily reminiscent of another Austin, though, as Tavon Austin went top-10 back in 2013. Now, Calvin looks like he's solidified himself as a top-100 pick." -- Michael Renner

"It took only one run of the 40-yard dash for Austin to cement himself as one of the biggest winners from the combine so far. Austin's 4.32-second run had the crowd in awe at Lucas Oil Stadium, but his 39-inch vertical jump and 11-foot-3 broad jump are even more impressive for the 5-foot-8, 170-pound receiver. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, just two players since 2006 have posted marks that strong in all three of those drills: Denzel Ward (2018) and Parris Campbell (2019)." -- Matt Miller

Kevin Austin Jr., WR, Notre Dame

"Austin's draft stock has ascended more than most over the past year, as he recorded all of six career receptions prior to 2021 before breaking out for 48 catches and 888 yards last fall. After being listed at 215 pounds by Notre Dame, Austin came weighed in at a svelte 200 pounds and moved like a different receiver altogether. For my money, this was the most impressive combine performance so far because he not only crushed the explosive drills, but he also had the best showing in the change-of-direction drills as well." -- Michael Renner

Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

"Wilson answered every question that existed from his game tape when he turned in a 4.38 40-yard dash time. Wilson's route running and his ability after the catch already placed him in the running for WR1, but with a jaw-dropping run in the 40, he has a legitimate chance to be the first receiver off the board." -- Matt Miller

Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers

"I need to go back and study more tape on Melton. I saw speed on tape but didn't think he was a 4.34 guy, which is what he ran here in Indy. He also crushed the broad jump, vertical, and the 3-cone. Quietly had one of the best combine workouts of all the offensive skills players. He's a really intriguing mid-round prospect." -- Todd McShay

Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA

"Dulcich was one of the few in Indianapolis who went through a full slate of athletic testing and ticked every single box along the way. None of his numbers are elite, but they all are above average for the position, which matches the tape for the former walk-on wide receiver who's put on 40 pounds since coming to UCLA. " -- Michael Renner

"For months it seemed like Colorado State tight end Trey McBride was a lock to be the top tight end in the class. But Dulcich has an argument to join him in that conversation after his performance on the Lucas Oil turf. Dulcich ran a 4.70 in the 40-yard dash but also showed off impressive hands and overall high-end traits in the field drills. With more teams eyeing tight ends, Dulcich's rise up boards firmly places him in the TE1 conversation." -- Matt Miller

Chig Okonkwo, TE, Maryland

"Okonkwo impressed at this year's East-West Shrine Bowl, and he should continue his ascent on draft boards after a strong workout. His effort started with a 4.52 40-yard dash at 238 pounds, considerably faster than the other tight ends. Okonkwo looked as smooth on the field on Thursday as he did on Saturdays during the season. He didn't catch every ball thrown his way but showed an ability to track passes over his shoulder and adjust to other throws that weren't directly on target." -- Chad Reuter

Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia

"While Woods knew what he was doing when he skipped the three-cone and short shuttle drills, his linear explosiveness was off the charts for a massive tight end (6-foot-7, 259 pounds with 34 1/8-inch arms). Considering that a lot of a tight end's route tree relies solely on speed to get open (seams, overs, flats, etc.), Woods looks tailor-made to be an offensive weapon. He's still a project on the whole, but he firmly stamped himself as the kind of elite athlete teams want to develop." -- Michael Renner

Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State

"He posted a 40 time of 4.63 seconds at 6-foot-5 and 253 pounds. That's a faster time than the one posted by 243-pound Greg Dulcich (UCLA), who is arguably the best big-play threat in this year's tight end class. Bellinger also had the best broad jump (10-foot-5) and tied for the third-highest vertical (34½ inches) among the tight ends. He has great hands, and he has shown the potential to develop into an effective blocker and reliable pass-catcher." -- Steve Muench

Trey McBridge, TE, Colorado State

"A TE1 candidate, McBride caught the ball well, which is at the top of the positive column on his scouting report. A compact-built tight end, he provides value in the running game as an in-line blocker, but the bulk of his success has come as a pass-catcher. During the gauntlet portion of the on-field workout, he displayed strong hands, adequate speed and the ability to turn up the field in order to gain yards after the catch. In a tight end class lacking a true first-round lock, McBride is a candidate to be the top player selected." -- Jordan Reid

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