In the past few seasons, Georgia has been a run-first team excelling between the tackles. Between Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and a stacked offensive line, the Bulldogs have run over and around almost everyone they've faced. Perhaps these two running backs, along with Keith Marshall and even Isaiah Crowell before his dismissal, overshadowed some of the Bulldogs' key receivers in these recent years.
One of those was Chris Conley, who opened the eyes of many onlookers with a stellar combined performance on Sunday. He ran a 4.35 40-yard dash, posted a mark of 45 inches on his standing vertical leap and recorded a broad jump of 11 feet 7 inches. His vertical was the best ever by a receiver at the combine and one inch off the combine record, held by safety Donald Washington. His broad jump was also the best for a receiver in combine history and ties Jamie Collins' overall record.
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Heading into the combine, Conley was considered a late-round draft pick, if that. He was ranked 25th among receivers by SB Nation's Dan Kadar. Now, with these measurables to go with a 6-feet-2, 205-pound frame, his stock could be rising quite a bit.
Conley never had a statistically spectacular season at Georgia. With a strong running game that totaled 3,352 yards on the ground, Conley finished his 2014 season with 657 yards and eight touchdowns. He did this on 36 receptions, averaging 18.3 yards per catch. His yardage and touchdown totals led the Bulldogs this past season.
Conley's combine performance probably cemented the wideout as a player that will be drafted. While the combine isn't a true measure of how successful a player will be, these numbers are eye-opening and show off the kind of athleticism Conley has. If the Ravens pass on a receiver in the first couple of rounds, Conley becomes an intriguing player to watch in the mid rounds.
Oh, and football isn't Conley's only talent. A Star Wars lover, Conley directed a short Star Wars fan fiction film last summer that included cameos from Gurley and UGA coach Mark Richt. It's a must-watch if you have some time on your hands.
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