Today marks the first day of combine drills, with defensive linemen and linebackers taking the field at 2 p.m. ET. Before the tentpole event wraps up on Sunday, all 319 invitees have one last opportunity to showcase their skillset and impact their draft stock.
Numerous experts are crafting their watchlists for the NFL Combine, and CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards and The Athletics’ Dane Brugler are two of the latest to do so on the offensive side of the ball.
Here what the experts are saying about prospects at Giants fans' most highly anticipated positions:
🔹 Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State: The 6-1 receiver missed nearly the entire 2022 season with a hamstring injury, but his production over the previous two years is not to be overlooked.
"First and foremost, the medical feedback will be crucial. Secondly, will he be healthy enough to run in Indianapolis? If so, NFL teams will be watching his 40-yard dash closely. On film, Smith-Njigba's speed is more average than above average, and evaluators will be hoping to see him stay under 4.55 seconds. This might be a situation similar to that of Drake London, who didn't do any timed drills before last year's draft but was still the first receiver taken," --Dane Brugler, The Athletic
🔹 Quentin Johnston, TCU: The big-bodied receiver posted impressive statistics in three years at TCU and helped the Horned Frogs advance to the CFP National Championship for the first time.
"Johnston has some awkward movements because of his height and long legs. On film I saw not just a vertical weapon but a gazelle in the open field not exactly easy to corral and bring to the turf."--Josh Edwards, CBS Sports
"Johnston is one of the most physically impressive athletes in the class and the testing numbers should reflect that. Given his speed and leaping skills on tape (along with his track background), he should eclipse 40 inches in the vertical, 11 feet in the broad jump and run sub-4.45 in the 40." --Dane Brugler, The Athletic
🔹 Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee: The 2022 Biletnikoff Award Winner was also a unanimous first-team All American.
"Another potential first-rounder, Tennessee's Jalin Hyatt is one of the top receivers in the class because of his speed. He clocked a 10.46-second 100 meters and a 21.14-second 200 meters in high school. The 40-yard dash should be a chance for him to flex." --Dane Brugler, The Athletic
🔹CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman noted other receivers to keep an eye on – namely those coming off major injuries: Penn State's Parker Washington, Stanford's Michael Wilson and Purdue's Charlie Jones.
🔹Dalton Kincaid, Utah: Kincaid's performance in the Rose Bowl in Utah's upset over USC gained him attention.
"Kincaid has two high-level traits/skills -- he has impossibly good hands and is electric after the catch. Bodes well in today's NFL.." --Josh Edwards, CBS Sports
"Utah's Dalton Kincaid is quick to enter his routes and has elusive traits after the catch. His testing numbers should be impressive. He also is one of the most sure-handed pass-catchers in the draft, so I'm eager to see him in the gauntlet drill." -- Dane Brugler, The Athletic
🔹Michael Mayer, Notre Dame: Mayer's 180 receptions positioned him as Notre Dame's all-time receptions leader at tight end.
"Mayer is super safe because he does everything well at the tight end spot just doesn't have major upside because it doesn't appear he possesses loads of athleticism" --Josh Edwards, CBS Sports
"Notre Dame's Michael Mayer is the top inline tight end in this draft class. He isn't the same type of athlete as Musgrave or Kincaid, but he isn't a slug either, and it will be important for his testing numbers to show that. Mayer should run a 40-yard dash in the 4.6s." --Dane Brugler, The Athletic
Interior Offensive Line
🔹Joe Tippman, Wisconsin:
"Tippmann is a tall, twitched up center who has to add more power to his game." --Josh Edwards, CBS Sports
"The top-ranked center on my board, Wisconsin's Joe Tippmann(6-6, 315) is taller than most players at his position, but he also is a top-tier athlete at 320 pounds. His strength numbers should be impressive, but pay attention to his 10-yard split and short-shuttle times — they should be among the best in the offensive line class." --Dane Brugler, The Athletic
🔹Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan:
"Oluwatimi doesn't have a first-round athletic profile. He's a boulder on the field. Impossible to move and you'll never see him on the ground. He battles with his hands like a heavyweight boxer and has length for days." --Josh Edwards, CBS Sports
🔹O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida:
"Torrence has an NFL guard frame and while there are some pass-pro hiccups on film, he's a mostly steady player in all phases" --Josh Edwards, CBS Sports
View photos from Media Day as some of the top DL, EDGE and LB prospects speak to reporters from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
2023 NFL Scouting Combine Guide: Interview & drill schedules
- Thursday, March 2 (8:30am - 12pm): DB / ST
- Friday, March 3 (8am - 11:30am): QB / WR / TE
- Saturday, March 4 (8am - 11:30am): RB / OL
On-field workout schedule
- Thursday, March 2 (3 pm): DL / LB
- Friday, March 3 (3 pm): DB / ST
- Saturday, March 4 (1 pm): QB / WR / TE
- Sunday, March 5 (1 pm): RB / OL
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