NFL Combine Recap: Top Performers

The 2020 NFL Combine has passed us by, and many prospects left big impressions. There were great performances at every position group, and below I’ve listed the ten prospects who improved their draft stock the most. We still have Pro Days to get through, but many questions about athleticism and physical limitations have been answered.

Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

Akers put up some great numbers in the testing proportion. He ran a 4.47 in the forty while putting up 20 reps in the bench press. Akers looked the best in drills among the running back group and also may have helped his stock the most.

Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

There was a lot of talk leading up to the Combine about teams wanting to move Claypool to tight end. He seemed to put an end to those talks with some astounding numbers. At 6’4” and 238 pounds, Claypool ran a 4.45 in the forty and put up 19 bench reps.

Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State

Cleveland is the lowest ranked prospect on this list, but he had as much of an impact as anyone. He proved he is one of the most athletic offensive lineman in this draft class with incredible testing across the board.

Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State

Willie Gay Jr. might have had the best Combine weekend of anyone participating. He displayed elite athleticism for a linebacker, finishing top 5 in every testing category. A linebacker group searching for the fourth man behind Isaiah Simmons, Patrick Queen, and Kenneth Murray, may have found their guy in Gay Jr.

Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Herbert has simply dominated the pre draft process since the season ended, continuing it with a great performance at the Combine. He looked great in drills, effortlessly throwing with power and showing off an excellent deep ball. I don’t think he makes it past 6 overall in this draft.

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Let me get the obvious out of the way, Lamb’s corner-of-the-endzone catch at the end of receiver drills was spectacular. His athleticism and body control is unreal. There is a ton of talk of Lamb being the first receiver off the board, but either way, he won’t get past the Raiders at 12 overall.

Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Mims had a fantastic senior season, but questions were still surrounding him. He put together a great week at the Senior Bowl, and continued things at the Combine. At 6’3” and 207 pounds, Mims ended up in top percentiles in the forty and both jumps.

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

One word: speed. Taylor was a dominant track star in high school, but now at 226 pounds, his 4.39 forty was an incredible time. The biggest worry with Taylor is the mileage he put on at Wisconsin, but it’s hard to ignore his production and athleticism past the top 50.

Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

Winfield Jr. is a thicker player, but he tested as a much lighter player. He ran a 4.45 in the forty, an exceptional time for him. Winfield Jr. is making a serious push into the top 40 picks after the Combine.

Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Wirfs has such a great week at the Combine, that he is widely predicted as a top ten pick now (meanwhile he has never been outside the top ten for me). Wirfs set several records for offensive linemen at the Combine, while also running a 4.86 forty at 320 pounds. He is nothing short of a physical specimen.

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