A day of much excitement Sunday at the NFL Combine with the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers. Just like every year at the combine, the most exciting part of the event was day four with the skilled position players.
Everyone always looks forward to the 40-yard dash when it comes to this day, because it's usually the day with the quickest 40 times posted other than some cornerback’s coming on later in the week. Here are a few storylines from day four at the NFL Combine:
Quickest 40 Yard Dash Times
Kent State running back Dri Archer ran an official 4.26-second 40-yard dash which so far is the fastest time in this year's event.
Biletnikoff Award winner Oregon State Brandin Cooks put up impressive back-to-back 4.3-second 40 yard dashes at the NFL Combine Sunday morning, tying for the fastest dash at this year's Combine. Cooks' 4.3 was matched by Pittsburg State receiver John Brown. Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State joined them by running a 4.3 on his first try.
Wide Receivers Impress Us All
Who remembers, the wide receiver out of Colorado that in 2012 suffered an ACL injury that’s right Paul Richardson well it was his day to impress the NFL and he did exactly that by running a 4.40 flat impressing all those on hand and bumping him up to perhaps an early second round pick according to those in the know. This past season for the Buffs, he set records in Boulder with 83 receptions and 1,343 yards.
Saturday Sammy Watkins of Clemson said: "I want to run something crazy, maybe break the combine record (4.24 by Titans RB Chris Johnson in 2008)." Did he live up to it?
But of course he didn't exactly live up to his personal expectations, however, he did still show off his speed and quickness. He ran an official time of more than impressive.
His ability to burn defensive backs and score the ball should be more than enough to remain a potential top 10 draft pick. With that type of speed shown in the NFL Combine along with his game tape there should be no question why this guy gets so much hype.
Texas A&M's Mike Evans solidified his status as a potential first-round pick with a 4.47-second 40, surprising those who watched him with the Aggies and questioned his speed. Being 6'5 and 231 pounds, his forty time might scare some cornerbacks and safeties. A guy with that much size and speed will be a force to reckon with come Sundays. This kind of showing is one of the big reasons why the NFL Combine is so important, without this event we wouldn't know about players like this.
Most Extraordinary Player of The Day
According to CBSSports.com, in the first group of wide receivers and quarterbacks, Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles stood out the most.
With Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr all choosing not to throw at the Combine, Bortles had the stage to show off his full repertoire alone.
He did just that, he hit his receivers perfect and also showed athleticism that seemed to be ignored by all of the scouts. Reports say Bortles' accuracy and footwork on his three-step drops were excellent, showing very good rhythm, timing and precision to rip it with very good target placement.
As we not only wrap up day four of the combine, we also approach one step closer to the draft and hopefully some teams' questions they had about some of the skilled players were answered this afternoon. It will be intriguing to see where the top quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers end up in the draft and if the Combine helped their stock at all.
Written by: Dedrick Hendrix
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