The big news floating around the NFL Combine has been about Dez Bryant, as several teams are concerned about his character.
While they have reason to be, they should be equally concerned that he didn’t participate in any drills at the Combine.
In an effort to shine a light on some wide receivers that did perform this weekend, here’s a look at the top five performers in the major drills:
1. Jacoby Ford- Clemson (4.28)
2. Emmanuel Sanders- Southern Methodist (4.41)
3. Taylor Price- Ohio (4.41)
4. Golden Tate- Notre Dame (4.42)
5. Kyle Williams- Arizona State (4.43)
Jacoby Ford was far and away the fastest receiver at this year’s Combine, but tell us something we didn’t already know.
The relatively unknown Sanders upped his low draft stock, while Golden Tate displayed the speed that has made him such a hot prospect.
Jordan Shipley and Brandon LaFell registered very average (if not thoroughly disappointing) 40 times, both failing to run better than a 4.57 time.
1. Arrelious Benn- Illinois (20 reps)
2. Brandon Long- Louisville (20)
3. Donald Jones- Youngstown State (20)
4. Chris McGaha- Arizoa State (19)
5. Damian Williams- USC (19)
Arrelious Benn put in an impressive 20 reps, tying Brandon Long and Donald Jones for first place in the bench press. Throw in his 4.48 40-time, and Benn had quite a solid showing.
Jordan Shipley and Golden Tate chipped in 16 and 17 reps, respectively, showing the smaller guys pack some punch, too.
Mike Williams from Syracuse put in a pathetic eight reps, finishing dead last among receivers.
1. Brandon Long- Louisville (41.5)
2. Donald Jones- Youngstown State (41.0)
3. Alric Arnett- West Virginia (40.0)
4. Chris McGaha- Arizona State (40.0)
5. Emmanuel Sanders- Southern Methodist (39.5)
Brandon Long put in his second elite performance after tying for first in the bench press, leading all receivers with an elite vertical jump.
Mardy Gilyard just missed the top five with a very solid jump at 39 inches, while Mike Williams (Syracuse) failed yet again, registering a weak 33.5 inch vertical.
1. Emmanuel Sanders- Southern Methodist (10’6)
2. Stephen Williams- Toledo (10’5)
3. David Gettis- Baylor (10’4)
4. Brandon Long- Louisville (10’3)
5. Marcus Easley- UConn (10’3)
Brandon Long and Emmanuel Sanders earn the tie for the best performance for the day out of the receivers, as they both made a top-five list three times.
Sanders has shown excellent athleticism in all the drills, displaying great speed, an elite vertical, and the best broad jump.
Overall, the big losers for the day were Dez Bryant (who didn’t perform), Jordan Shipley (average 40), and Mike Williams out of Syracuse.
Emmanuel Sanders turned some heads, and Brandon Long likely bumped his draft stock up a bit.