Early Stock Risers: Wide Receivers
Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
Dorial Green-Beckham needed to have a good day today, and he definitely delivered. There was concern about him being football ready after taking a year off, but after his drills there was no such concern. He didn’t drop a single pass and had one of the best gauntlet drills on the day. He was smooth and showed solid hands. However, his biggest challenge will be the interview process and explaining his off-the-field issues. I personally view him as the most-talented receiver in this draft; it only takes one team to take a chance on him.
J.J. Nelson, UAB
J.J. Nelson was a no-name player who definitely made a name for himself today. He ran the fastest official forty-yard dash time at 4.28 seconds. He showed tremendous fluidity in his routes as well as in the gantlet drill. He looks to have elevated his draft stock to become a mid-round talent. The vertical speed shows that he can be a solid deep threat at the next level. The only downside his is frame, which will hurt him against bigger, stronger corners.
Chris Conley, Georgia
Chris Conley definitely stole the show at the combine today. He ran a 4.35 forty-yard dash, then tied two combine records in the vertical and broad jump respectively. The combine demonstrated how athletic he is, but it also explored his weaknesses too. He struggled in the actual wide receiver drills. He probably had the worst hands out of all of the receivers at the combine. I think his performance today brought him into the conversation to be a sixth or seventh round pick that will definitely be a project.
Phillip Dorsett, Miami
Another very fast forty-yard dash time makes Dorsett a winner today. He ran an official 4.3 dash, which showed his tremendous vertical speed that jumped off his game film. Dorsett can definitely be a top deep threat in the NFL, if he can learn to get separation with his route running and not just relying on his speed. I think the Ravens are in an awkward spot to take Dorsett; 26 is too early, but he will be gone before their second round selection.
Other Wide Receiver Notes:
Kevin White had a very a good day, but nothing that can raise his already top-ten pick potential. He ran a very impressive forty-yard dash — clocked officially at 4.35 seconds, which is very impressive for his size. Devin Funchess really hurt his stock with his poor forty time. Tyler Lockett from Kansas State looked very fluid and ran one of the best gantlet drills; he is a name to watch that can skyrocket up draft boards and become a 2nd round pick.
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