NFL Scouting Combine Workout Analysis: Wide Receivers

    The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine quick analysis on the workouts of every prospect: the wide receivers

    February 28, 2016


    The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine quick analysis of the workouts of every prospect: the wide receivers.


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    Bralon Addison, Oregon, 5-9, 197

    The slowish 4.66 40 time will be a problem. For a supposedly explosive playmaker without the size, he wasn’t impressive enough. He was quick, but he might be knocked down a wee bit.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Geronimo Allison, Illinois, 6-3, 196

    For his size he was smooth. He caught everything and was good through the drills, helping to offset the sluggish 4.67 40. The 33” vertical wasn’t good enough, and he was lumbering through the cones.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Demarcus Ayers, Houston, 5-9, 182

    The 4.72 40 wasn’t a total disaster, but it’s a problem he’ll have to improve on in a big way before his pro day. The jumps weren’t good enough to stand out from the pack to make up for the 40.
    Projection: Sixth Round

    Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh, 6-1, 197

    Terrific – to a point. The 4.58 40 might not have been great, and the 34” vertical might have been light and the short drills were just okay, but he was so fluid and so natural through the other drills. No one was expecting a workout warrior, and he did everything else right.
    Projection: Second Round

    Chris Brown, Notre Dame, 6-2, 194

    Brown added some weight and bulk to his frame, but he didn’t workout.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State, 6-1, 192

    It was a nice workout for a relatively short, stocky target. Burbridge cranked up 20 reps on the bench, ran a 4.56, and while he wasn’t all that explosive, he proved he’s a strong, tough prospect.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Devon Cajuste, Stanford, 6-4, 234

    The 4.62 would be slow for just about any other receiver, but considering Cajuste is a tweener, it was a good run. However, the 12 reps on the bench didn’t help the idea that he might become a tight end.
    Projection: Sixth Round

    Leonte Carroo, Rutgers, 6-0, 211

    Built like a running back, he’s a physical receiver making the 4.5 a nice run in the 40. The leaps were explosive and he moved better than expected – even if he doesn’t quite have the right body type.
    Projection: Third Round

    Corey Coleman, Baylor, 5-11, 194

    Kaboom. What’s a first round type of receiver supposed to do? The 40.5” vertical was jaw-dropping, and blasting out a 10’9” broad jump was among the best in Indy. He didn’t run the 40, but no one’s thinking he’s anything but really, really fast.
    Projection: First Round

    Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina, 5-11, 203

    He didn’t run the 40, and it’s a bit concerning that the jumping drills were just okay, not explosive. He’s supposed to be the ultra-quick playmaker, but he didn’t really look like it.
    Projection: Third Round

    Cody Core, Ole Miss, 6-3, 205

    It’s going to take some work make him more than a project, but the 4.47 40 and close to ten-foot broad jump will get him on the board considering his size.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Trevor Davis, California, 6-1, 188

    He caught the ball effortlessly, but more than that, he did everything else well. The 4.42 was blazing for this receiver class, and the 38.5” vertical and quick short and cone drills were expected – he proved he’s a phenomenal athlete worth a look.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Josh Doctson, TCU, 6-2, 202

    While the 4.5 was just okay for a first round prospect,
    Projection: First Round

    D J Foster, Arizona State, 5-10, 193

    The former running back looked like one in the session, but he wasn’t fast enough and he wasn’t explosive enough in the jumps. And then came the short drills, he rolled with a terrific 4.07 in the 20-yard shuttle and doing a nice job through the cones.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Will Fuller, Notre Dame, 6-0, 186

    If you’re a second round pick trying to get into the first round, you run a 4.32. In a year of painfully slow receiver prospects, Fuller was blazing, but his workout also confirmed that while he has straight-line speed, that’s his game. He’s still a bit smallish, but he can absolutely run.
    Projection: First Round

    Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa, 6-3, 220

    Considering his size and his H-Back-like bulk, running a 4.53 was great. While he lumbered through the short drills, it didn’t matter. He’s a big 50/50 go-getter who can jump.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Rashard Higgins, Colorado State, 6-1, 196

    The workout confirmed what a fight it’s going to be in war rooms about him. He’s a great pure receiver who can catch and play the game – he was great in the gauntlet – but he’s undersized and he’s not fast, running a sluggish 4.64. The mediocre 32” vertical didn’t help.
    Projection: Third Round

    Johnny Holton, Cincinnati, 6-1, 190

    In just about any other class his 4.54 40 would be close to a deathblow to getting drafted, but this year it was a solid time. The underwhelming broad and vertical jumps didn’t help.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Cayleb Jones, Arizona, 6-3, 209

    Even for his size the 4.65 wasn’t great, and it didn’t help that he didn’t jump all that well. Even so, he looked the part of a smooth big receiver who could and should be better than his raw skills.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Kenny Lawler, California, 6-2, 203

    While he’s a natural receiver – the Cal guys look sharp – he didn’t run all that well with a sluggish 4.64. The jumps and short drills weren’t good, either, but he’s not a workout warrior. He’s a player, but he doesn’t have the raw tools.
    Projection: Third Round

    Roger Lewis, Bowling Green, 6-0, 201

    While he’s a smallish receiver, he needed to be explosive and wasn’t. The jumping drills were just okay, and the 4.57 wasn’t great. Considering he’s built like a strong running back, the eight reps on the bench didn’t help.
    Projection: Third Round

    Kolby Listenbee, TCU, 6-0, 197

    Everyone expected him to the be the workout warrior among the receivers, and he was that and more. The one concern is his way-too-small 8” hands, but everything else was great with a blazing 4.39 40 and a huge 10’9” broad jump.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Ricardo Louis, Auburn, 6-2, 215

    It was good enough to get him drafted. He was supposed to move well, but he did absolutely everything right with a 4.43 40, the biggest broad jump of all the receivers with an 11” leap, and he cranked up 18 reps on the bench. He caught the ball well enough, too. Considering his size, he’s one of the high-risers.
    Projection: Sixth Round

    Byron Marshall, Oregon, 5-9, 201

    The ankle injury kept him from running, but for a guy his size, the 17 reps on the bench were outstanding.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Jalin Marshall, Ohio State. 5-10, 200

    The 4.6 40 was way too slow, but everything else was great with one of the fastest 20-yard shuttles and good explosiveness. He wasn’t bad in the pass catching drills, either. It was a good day for him.
    Projection: Sixth Round

    Mekale McKay, Cincinnati, 6-4, 207

    For his size, the 4.55 40 was terrific. He wasn’t all that quick in the short drills, and the jumps were just okay. He’s a project, but he’s just good enough to get a long look late in the draft with the way he looked.
    Projection: Seventh Round

    Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 6-1, 201

    It was exactly what he was supposed to do. The 4.5 40 was a little surprising, but he was ultra-quick – he was one of the best at the Combine in the shorter drills and when he had to cut. He still might need a little work and polish, but he didn’t do anything to drop him lower than the second round.
    Projection: Second Round

    Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia, 6-0, 198

    He was supposed to be fast, and among this slowish group, he was terrific with a 4.45 40. Good enough in the short drills and with a 36” vertical, it was a good workout. He was strong on the catching drills, too.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Chris Moore, Cincinnati, 6-1, 206

    Boom. He was fast enough running a 4.53, but all the other drills made him standout flying through the cones and with an outstanding 10’10” broad jump. He’s an intriguing deep threat who might have done enough to get drafted.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Marquez North, Tennessee, 6-2, 223

    There were plenty of questions about whether or not he should’ve come out, and while the football side is in question, the athleticism isn’t with tremendous size with a 4.48 40 and an outstanding 4.13 in the 20-yard shuttle. He’s explosive, but can he play?
    Projection: Free Agent

    Jordan Payton, UCLA, 6-1, 207

    His worth wasn’t able to shine through. He’s a blocker and a physical receiver, but he came through with a good workout, too, with a 4.47 40 and decent jumps. He helped solidify his mid-round stock.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Charone Peake, Clemson, 6-2, 209

    Expected to be one of the stars in Indy, with his size the 4.45 40 was the standout moment. Quick enough through the short drills to be fine, and smooth enough in the pass catching drills, it was a good day for a scouting favorite.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Demarcus Robinson, Florida, 6-1, 203

    Built like a running back, he moved like it in the short drills with a few nice runs. The jumps were okay, and the 4.59 40 was good enough. Nothing about his workout dropped his stock – it was a good run in Indy.
    Projection: Fifth Round

    Alonzo Russell, Toledo, 6-4, 206

    Hands are a bit of a question and consistency is a concern, but for a 6-4 target he ran well with a 4.54 40. However, all the other drills were mediocre without any explosiveness and no quickness through the short drills.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Rashawn Scott, Miami, 6-1, 199

    It would’ve been nice to have seen him run considering he’s a speed guy, but he didn’t, he 17 reps on the bench were great, but he was hardly impressive in the jumping drills. Eventually, his stock will depend on an expected great 40.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Hunter Sharp, Utah State, 5-11, 198

    Just okay. He struggled at times in the various pass catching drills, and the 4.58 40 was a bit disappointing. Nothing stood out in a positive way considering he plays so much faster than he timed.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Tajae Sharpe, Massachusetts, 6-2, 194

    Very, very nice. For his size, he was smooth, effortless, and fast enough. The 33.5” vertical were just okay, but he was so good-looking in the pass catching drills that it didn’t matter.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma, 5-10, 194

    Absolutely terrific. Everyone is in love with his fight and the way he played, and then he came in and did everything right with a good-enough 4.48 40 and highlighted with an explosive 41” vertical. He wasn’t ultra-quick, but with his jumps and his 20 reps on the bench … boom.
    Projection: Third Round

    Nelson Spruce, Colorado, 6-1, 206

    A good football player and a nice receiver, he’s just not a workout guy with a too-slow 4.69 40. He wasn’t explosive, and while the cone drill was okay, it wasn’t good enough.
    Projection: Seventh Round

    Michael Thomas, Ohio State, 6-3, 212

    The hope was for his speed on the field to shine through in the 40. Instead, the 4.57 wasn’t impressive, even for his size. However, he cranked it up in the vertical and the broad jump, and he was stunningly quick for a long receiver. He’s a fringe first rounder, and nothing about Indy changed that.
    Projection: Second Round

    Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss, 6-2, 221

    Really, really disappointing that he didn’t run – his expected slow 40 wouldn’t have been an issue among this really slow receiver class. But, backwards hat and all, he looked the part showing off great hands in the gauntlet and pass catching drills. However, he’s just not an elite athlete. The 33” vertical wasn’t great and the broad jump was underwhelming. There’s a chance he’s the least-athletic No. 1 receiver taken in a long, long time.
    Projection: First Round

    Duke Williams, Auburn, 6-2, 229

    Considering all the issues and concerns, he needed to standout, and he didn’t. He’s a big specimen, but the 4.72 40 was painful and he didn’t do anything with any pop.
    Projection: Free Agent

    De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State, 6-5, 224

    Yeah, he’s huge with a big body and great frame, but the 4.85 40 might be a deal-breaker for some teams. The 28” vertical was awful and there was no power in the broad jump. He’s a good receiver who fights for the ball, but he’s not going to wow with his raw skills.
    Projection: Fifth Round

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