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Combine Breakdown

2020 NFL Combine Risers and Fallers

by Hayden Winks
Updated On: February 29, 2020, 7:11 pm ET

The NFL Combine matters to Josh Norris, and it also does to me, as I showed here. Through two days, these were the prospects that increased/decreased their statuses with the on-field workouts in Indianapolis. 

 

RBs

Risers

1. Antonio Gibson - A RB/WR sleeper who ran 4.39 at 228 pounds and averaged 11.2 YPC.

2. AJ Dillon - Led in the broad jump (131) and vertical (41.0) despite being 247 pounds.

3. Jonathan Taylor - Led the class in the forty (4.39) at 226 pounds. Probably my RB1.

4. Cam Akers - Looked good in the drills and had a 4.47 forty at 217 pounds. Top five RB.

5. Darrynton Evans - A young, productive sleeper with 4.41 speed and nice jumps. 

 

Fallers

1. Benny LeMay - 4.75 forty. As simple as that.

2. Scottie Phillips - Had bottom-3 jumps and the worst three cone and short shuttle.

3. Zack Moss - A potential injury played into his 4.65 forty and 33-inch vert. 

4. Sewo Olonilua - There aren’t many productive RBs with a 4.66 forty.

5. Tony Jones - A 4.68 forty and 32.5 vertical likely make him an UDFA prospect.

 

 

WRs

Risers

1. Chase Claypool - A WR/TE sleeper with Calvin Johnson-like size and athleticism

2. Henry Ruggs - His speed (4.27), jumps (41 vert, 131 broad), and hands (10.2) are all strong. 

3. Denzel Mims - Now might be a top-50 pick after running a 4.38 forty with a 131 broad. 

4. Justin Jefferson - 111 receptions and 4.42 speed should lock in a Day 1 selection.

5. Donovan Peoples-Jones - Posted 99th percentile jumps (44.5 vert, 139 broad) at 212 lbs.

6. Devin Duvernay - A productive Day 2/3 slot WR with 4.39 speed and okay agility. 

 

Fallers

1. Tyler Johnson - Opted not to participate in drills (probably slow) and has tiny 9-inch hands. 

2. KJ Hill - Running 4.60 at 196 pounds puts him in rough speed score company.

3. Jauan Jennings - A 4.72 forty and 29.5 vertical should end any sleeper buzz.

4. Quintez Cephus - His agility and speed (4.73 forty) were bad for a 202-pounder. 

 

 

TEs

Risers

1. Albert Okwuegbunam - Nobody expected him to win the forty (4.49) at 258 pounds.

2. Adam Trautman - Forgettable size-adjusted speed but his 6.78 three cone was elite.

3. Dalton Keene - His size-adjusted speed (4.71 forty at 253 lbs) and three cone were good.

 

Fallers

1. Jared Pinkney - NFL tight ends don’t run 4.96 in the forty.

2. Dom Wood-Anderson - The same can be said for a 4.92 forty.

3. Mitchell Wilcox - Failed my minimum with a 4.88 forty and took a ball to the dome.

4. Harrison Bryant - A 4.73 forty and 7.41 three cone deflate his sleeper balloon.

5. Hunter Bryant - Was expecting high-end speed, but he ran 4.74 in the forty.

 

 

OLs

Risers

1. Tristan Wirfs - Elite speed (4.85 forty) and jumps (36.5 vert) with strong agility. OT1?

2. Mekhi Becton - Ran a 5.11 forty at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds. Rare size-adjusted mover.

3. Ezra Cleveland - Led in both agility drills and had a 4.93 forty. Tier 2 OL prospect.

4. Jedrick Wills - His speed (5.05 forty) and explosion more than make up for his height (6’4).

5. Austin Jackson - Had an impressive forty (5.07) and broad jump (115) for a 322-pounder.

 

Fallers

1. Trey Adams - Had the worst forty (5.60) and broad jump (92 inches) of the group. 

2. Calvin Throckmorton - Was basically a bottom-five OL in all athletic tests.

3. Tyrie Phillips - Just had a rough day all around: forty (5.37), broad jump, and short shuttle.

4. Cordel Iwuagwu - Undersized and had below-average speed, explosion, and agility.

 

 

Adjusted SPARQ

I think most Rotoworld readers know what SPARQ is -- it's a composite score that measures overall athleticism -- but I want to get you familiarized with my "Adjusted SPARQ" metric. It more accurately measures the athleticism needed in the NFL because the formula adjusts for position while the traditional formula remains stagnant. That, of course, is problematic because a corner uses different athletic traits compared to a tight end. Once I get the final athletic scores for all positions, I will be posting the Adjusted SPARQ scores here at Rotoworld, and I hope you guys will begin to use them for your profiles. For more info, you can read about it here.

 

 

What's Next

1. Position-Adjusted SPARQ

2. Early QB Rankings (Analytics)

3. Early TE Rankings (Analytics)

4. Early RB Rankings (Analytics)

5. Early WR Rankings (Analytics)

6. Which Combine Tests Matter

7. 2020 Adjusted SPARQ Rankings

8. Analytics Top 250

9. Winks Top 250

10. Mock Draft

11. Analytics Draft Grades