Amani Toomer's new role as Combine mentor
Thirty-two groups of general managers, scouts, and coaches are in Indianapolis this week at the NFL Combine, and many are hoping to find the next Amani Toomer in the mix of wide receiver prospects that worked out Thursday night. Meanwhile, the original Amani Toomer is on hand to mentor the future of NFL wide outs.
The Giants' all-time leader in every key receiving category spoke with Giants.com's Madelyn Burke about his role at the Combine
"This is a very dramatic process for a lot of people," Toomer said. "Their entire career is coming down to these moments. They're being evaluated and looked over by all these different scouts. ... It can be very stressful.
"So I came here with the league and the Legends Community to let them know what they're in store for, let them know what people expect from them, because when you come here and you don't know what to expect, it's very unnerving."
The wide receiver class has been projected as one of the deepest in recent years. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah had 27 wide receivers with grades in the top three rounds heading into the Combine.
Henry Ruggs lights up the 40-yard dash
Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was a blur in the 40-yard dash, originally clocking an unofficial 4.28 before gaining a hundredth of a second and landing at 4.27.
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah's take on Ruggs: "Ruggs has an unbelievable blend of speed and toughness. He lines up outside and in the slot. He ran a lot of slants and take-off routes in Alabama's offense -- and he was special on both. Ruggs boasts world-class speed -- he truly explodes off the line and after the catch. He needs to continue to refine his releases against press (he gives up his chest too often), but not many defenses will want to take that chance against his speed. His hands are good not great and he does allow too many balls into his chest. After the catch, he runs away from most defenders while occasionally running through them. He is outstanding on jet sweeps and also has kick-return value. Overall, Ruggs has Tyreek Hill-type ability. He will be a matchup nightmare every week."
Per his twitter account, Henry Ruggs is also a world-class dunker:
New "Fade Route Drill" debuts
Among the new drills at the NFL Combine is the End Zone Fade Route, which debuted Thursday night among the wide receiver and tight end drills.
Here is a look at some of the top moments from the new workout:
Running Backs, Offensive Linemen & Special Teams take the field tonight in primetime on NFL Network as the 2020 NFL Combine rolls on.