There have been a number of wide receivers who have had impressive performances at the NFL Combine. Overall, the group looks lightning fast. Teams trying to add some speed to their lineups should be excited.
A few wideouts have stood out from the crowd and significantly increased their draft inventory – let’s take a look at them:
At 6ft 4in and 208lbs, Watson was already the height teams desire to win competitive passes. But apparently he’s also incredibly fast.
Watson ran a ridiculous 4.36-second 40-yard dash and added a 38.5-inch vertical and 11’4-inch long jump. As the AP second-team All American that year, Watson had 57 games surpassing 20 yards in his career and was productive for three years while at North Dakota State.
He had 43 catches for 801 yards (18.6 yards per catch) for seven touchdowns during his senior season, and it’s easy to imagine him dashing past defenders to make outstretched catches at the second level. With a career average of over 20 yards per catch, he represents the kind of size and athleticism that could set him apart from a stacked wide receiver group on draft day.
Despite an illustrious collegiate career that included back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, there were still questions about Austin’s athletics. At 5’7″ (and three-quarters, don’t trade him) and 173 pounds, Austin needed to put on a strong combine performance to establish himself as the Day 2 pick.
And oh boy, did he ever. Austin was a nine-time track and field champion in high school and his 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds was no surprise, but his 39-inch vertical jump and 11’3-inch long jump were impressive. His long jump is twice his size. Those are bananas.
His long jump was the ninth highest for any wide receiver since 2008 and his reputation is growing.
He should be a pick for the second round, but don’t be shocked if we hear mutterings from him at the end of the first round.
At 6’3″ and 211 pounds, Alec Pierce helped himself the most with a 40-yard dash run in 4.33 seconds. He added a 40.5-inch vertical jump and caught 52 passes for 884 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season.
Pierce played an important role in the Bearcats college football playoffs, and the biggest questions about him were his speed and agility. He answered these questions emphatically and rises on the teams’ draft boards.
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