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NFL Draft Combine Open Thread: WR

I figured this was worth a fan post. I was trying to keep up with things on a mock draft thread a moment ago when I realized the Combine just had too much going on to cover between threads.

Official results here. My thoughts after the "jump." This is a very preliminary post, and I haven't done nearly as much work on this as some of our other contributors have, so don't jump on me if I'm missing anything obvious so far.

So... Who rose, who fell, and who stayed put?

Big Ups (literally in some cases):

Stephen Hill: The 6'4" receiver out of Georgia Tech has an official 40 time of 4.36 seconds. Woah. Broad jump of 133 inches? Woah. There are still serious concerns about his hands and his acumen as a route-runner, however.

Michael Floyd: Though initial reports had his official 40 time being at 4.42, it's actually only a 4.47. What a slow-poke, right? The guy has far less question marks from a hands standpoint, but the judgement and character issues remain with his 3 alcohol-related legal incidents in the past two years.

Chris Owusu: Owusu has concussion issues, so in order to justify a team taking a risk on him he needed to have a good combine, and did he ever. With a 40 time of 4.36, a broad jump of 129 inches, and a vertical of 40.5, Owusu is officially a freak athlete.

Down Lows:

Kendall Wright: Standing only 5'10" and thought to be a burner of sorts, Wright's combine said otherwise with a 40-time of 4.61 seconds. For a guy like Sanu with a possession pedigree and a 6'2" frame, a 40-time in the 4.6's is survivable, but for a 5'10" guy thought to be a big-play threat, a 4.61 time on the 40 is nothing short of damning. You can almost guarantee now that he won't be a 1st-round pick, but the question now arises as to whether or not he's even a 2nd-round pick.

Alshon Jeffrey: Didn't participate. For those of you who had fears about his speed or possible lack thereof, you can now rest assured that he shares those fears.

Stayed Put:

Mohamed Sanu: Once thought to be a 1st-round pick, he clocked an official time of a 4.67, which is a major "OUCH" for a guy who already had questions about his inability to be effective in the deep passing game. The good news for Sanu is that he remains a bona-fide candidate for being a long-term solution for a team in need of a pure possession-receiver, but probably not a first-rounder as some previously thought. Also, his vertical came in at a highly-respectable 36", so the guy could be a real threat in the red zone. It's just hard for a GM to justify a 1st-rounder on a guy who can't run a sub-4.6 40-yard dash time.

Jarius Wright: Wright confirmed beliefs that he might be one of the best overall athletes at the combine by not only running a 4.42 time in the 40, but by also scorching the 20-yard shuttle (which Stephen Hill failed to do) with a 4.03 time. Pretty nasty stuff there.

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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