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NFL Combine on-field workouts Day 2 winners and losers

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The second day of on-field workouts saw quarterbacks, wide recievers, and tight ends take the field. The day was filled with big time performances by some, and lack luster showings from others. Speaking of big time performances let's jump into winners and losers, led by the most excting 4.22 seconds of the day.


John Ross, WR, Washington

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Ross ran a record breaking 4.22 in his 40 yard dash. Yes, a 4.22. Ross passed Chris Johnson’s 4.24 for the fastest 40 time in Combine history. Teams are going to love Ross’s speed and the Washington product is now firmly cemented as a first round pick. However, Ross did seem to injure himself while slowing down after completing his 40. This may be concerning as if running causes him to get hurt, questions will arise regarding durability.

Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

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Godwin wasn’t expected to be one of the fastest receivers at the Combine. However, the Penn State Nittany Lions posted a 4.42 time in the 40 yard dash. Godwin was inconsistent in his final season in Happy Valley, but broke out at the Rose Bowl. Godwin’s impressive 40 time lead to the biggest draft board jump of any receiver at the Combine.

Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan

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Darboh had a very impressive final season at Michigan, and he boosted his stock with a impressive 4.45 time in the 40. In drills, Darboh was one of the most precise route runners, and looked natural in doing so. In the gauntlet drill, Darboh was very smooth and had great hands.

Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

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Zay Jones has had quite the offseason so far. After he jumped onto the scene at the Senior Bowl, many doubted his speed going into the Combine, claimimg he couldn't run faster than 4.50. Jones proved doubters wrong again as he posted a 4.45 time. Jones also looked very smooth in the gauntlet drill.

Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

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For a tight end, it doesn't get much better than Engram’s performance at the Combine. The Ole Miss product posted a 4.42 40 yard dash time, faster than nearly all of the wide receivers. He was also faster than two current top flight receivers.

Engram also excelled in agility drills. A tight end with his type of speed and agility will be a constant mismatch against linebackers.


Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

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Cooper Kupp entered the Combine with a lot of hype, but didn't up to it. Kupp ran a slow 4.62 40 yard dash, a time that will hurt his stock. In addition, Kupp dropped multiple catchable passes in drills.

Jerod Evans, QB, Virginia Tech

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The Ravens don’t need a quarterback (thus why none were featured in the winners section) but they may be looking to take a late round flyer. If the team does, it shouldn't be for Jerod Evans. Evans just isn't ready ready to make the jump to the NFL. Evans missed many throws in drills, often sailing it over a reciever’s head. His poor accurarcy hurt Evans’ stock which was already low.

Travin Dural, WR, LSU

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Dural was used as a downfield threat for LSU, but his 40 time was not that of a NFL burner. Dural ran a 4.58 on his first attempt and a 4.64 on his second. Dural will need to redeem himself at his pro-day.

David Njoku, TE, Miami

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Njoku wasn't actually that bad, he however did not live up to lofty expectations. Engram put up the type of numbers we expected from the uber-athletic Njoku. However, Njoku posted a lack luster 40 time, at least compared to other tight ends. Njoku was hyped as one of the most athletic tight ends in years, he just didn't live up to it.

The third day of on-field workouts will feature linebackers and defensive lineman. It will be a big day for the Ravens as the team is looking to find eventual replacements for Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. The action at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine is just heating up.