Day two of on-the-field workout gave us broken records, de-bunked stocks and some of the most athletic players in the entire draft. With a little help from NDT Scouting, here’s how the final offensive players measured athletically.

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Ross was the biggest winner of the day for breaking Chris Johnson’s long-standing record 40-yard dash time of 4.24 by running a 4.22 official. Being in the media room for that moment was awesome. Ross’ run was by far the most anticipated, and when that 4.22 number flashed on the board, it was as loud as the room has been all week. Along with his blazing 4.22, Ross recorded an 11-feet, one-inch broad jump and a 37-inch vertical jump. We all knew he was fast, but anytime a guy proves he’s the fastest ever, their stock goes up.

To start his testing day, Howard only jumped 30 inches in the vert. But, after that, he got back on track with a 4.51 40-yard dash (same as Fournette’s) and looked great in the pass-catching gauntlet. He’s the guy we think he is. He’s passed every test. 

Njoku came to Indianapolis as the sleeper prospect to be the most athletic offensive player, and he left his workouts with that title in hand. According to NDT Scouting‘s PSAR (Physical-Size Athleticism Rating), Njoku scored the highest score of all the offensive players the athletic metric grade. On a scale where 9 is the perfect score, Njoku scored an 8.06, the best from 2017. His 11-feet, 1-inch broad jump was the second best of all tight ends since 2006, and his 37.5-inch vert was also one of the highest from his position. 

Chris Godwin had a fantastic day when it came to on-the-field drills. His 4.42 40-yard dash was near the top of the wide receiver group and his 36-inch vertical jump just proves he has the athleticism to go after passes in the air at the sidelines. He was a big part of Penn State’s offensive because of that.

The Bucs are looking to add a second tight end to enhance their mismatch potential in the passing game, and if they can’t get their hands on Howard or Njoku, Engram proved today (and at the Senior Bowl) that he should be talked about as a worthy offensive piece to add in this class. His 4.43 40-yard dash was very impressive, as was his 36-inch vertical jump. He’s a true weapon as a move tight end who can also be a slot receiver in the red zone.

Five Down

Shelton Gibson had a rough day. For a player who made his money in college for making plays down the field, his athletic numbers did not reflect what you’d like to see from a shorter player with such a skill set. His 4.50 40-yard dash was a big surprise, to me, and not in a good way. To follow it up, he only jumped 32 inches in the vertical test. Numbers aren’t everything, and Gibson has some very nice tape, but these numbers did not help him move up boards.

The Combine isn’t the right place to judge quarterbacks, but there are little things you can notice about natural athleticism and even in natural throwing tendencies that you can pick up on. Kizer’s 4.84 40-yard dash wasn’t great, but he’s more of a mobile guy with pads on. He was also off with his on-the-field throws. You have to take those kinds of things with a grain of salt (and I do), but even if things are teachable, he didn’t look as comfortable as I hoped he would.

According to NDT Scouting’s PSAR metric, Kupp scored a 4.90 out of 9 when it came to athletic test. That’s pretty bad. Kupp was labeled the best prospect at the Senior Bowl this year – which was wrong. His 4.62 40-yard dash was one of the lower times of the wide receiver group, and his 31-inch vertical jump was lower as well. He was never going to be a guy who tests well, but when you carry the narrative he did, it’s still a disappointment. After this weekend, I think his stock declined and leveled out as a round three or four guy.

Isaiah Ford, like Shelton Gibson, is a deep threat player who did not test well when it came to explosiveness. He, like Kupp, ran a 4.61, but tested better in the jumps with a 35.5 inches. I still like him, but other guys like Josh Reynolds and Zay Jones passed him today, in my opinion.

Taywan Taylor is another guy who I thought would test better athletically. His 6.21 NDT PSAR score wasn’t great, but I think his tape showed plenty to overcome those numbers from a single weekend. I do have him on the down list because I think teams believed he would be more explosive, but I don’t think his stock will be drastically affected. 

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4 years ago

This tight end class is unreal from a physical standpoint. There’s at least 3 on here that I wouldn’t mind seeing in this team (Howard, njoku, engram) this will be a draft where we should still have the opportunity to get a great player to help this team.

4 years ago

Players interviewed at the Combine so far per Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo (COM) Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss (COM) David Njoku, TE, Miami (COM) Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State (COM) JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC (COM) Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE/3-4DE, Villanova (COM) Caleb Brantley, DT/NT, Florida (COM) Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida (COM) Looks like we may be in the WR/TE market. Still too early to tell! Will update again at the end of the day. Thought I would pass on a Buc rumor via RotoWorld. Their words, not mine. According to Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline, the “belief” among league personnel… Read more »

Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

thanks, mac … enjoy your info always! Getting Jackson is, well, completely logical for both the Bucs and for Jackson. It just makes too much sense to discount … but of course, that’s up to Jason Licht and Jacskon. We’ll probably know the result in just two or three days, What I would dearly love to see is the Bucs sigh Jackson as our no. 2 WR, then draft either John Ross or OJ Howard in the first. My god, we’d have quite possibly the best receiver corps in the NFL! Both Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston would be in… Read more »

4 years ago

For those here, including the PR writers and many commenters here, who have been discounting John Ross because of his knee injury two years ago, it’s pretty obvious that his knees are as good as anybody’s in the draft, after posting the fastest 40 yard time in combine history.

His current shoulder issue (torn labrum) is not a big deal at all, it’s an easy surgical fix with over 90% recovering entirely within a few months, easily in time for pre-season. It’s the same surgery that Noah Spence will have or already has had.

Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

I have a few problems with Ross, 1, you don’t draft a slot receiver in the first round. 2 it doesn’t matter what his 40 time was, he will never be running straight like that ever. 3 he’s the definition of a 1 year wonder. Until last year he had 5 tds and 1 full season missed. And finally let’s look at that production. 3/4 of his stats are against horrible PAC 12 defenses. Not one ranked in the top 25 in college in terms of total defense outside of Stanford . And then he played bama and we al… Read more »

Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Ross would be drafted as a wide receiver, to be paired with Mike Evans. He would provide the complementary speed that has been missing for a decade on the Bucs, after Joey Galloway retired.

The things you write about Ross’s competition are absolutely meaningless, just as true of your favorite Dalvin Cook or the star players of any team in the top 10 in the NCAA – no college team faces more than a couple or three quality teams in any season. You’re just throwing stuff at the wall and hoping it sticks, CG.

Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Cg- Where is Desean Jackson from ? You either have talent or you don’t Ross does doesn’t matter i