The NFL Combine continued on Saturday and this time it was the event’s tight ends, quarterbacks and wide receivers that showcased their talents.
The story of the day was D.K. Metcalf and it wasn’t even a contest. Metcalf has been taking the internet by storm with shredded pictures from workouts with teammate A.J. Brown to rumors of his body fat percentage sitting at a staggering 1.6 percent, but when it came time to perform he quite possibly outdid expectations.
In the 40-yard dash Metcalf posted an unreal 4.33 seconds despite entering the day listed at over 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds. The time was good enough for third in the wide receiver’s group. In addition to his great 40-yard time, he added 27 reps on the bench press, a 40.5 inch vertical and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. All three ranked in the group’s top five. While he struggled in the three cone drill and 20-yard shuffle, Metcalf dominated the day and it culminated in a tearful FaceTime with his parents.
We can probably cement DK Metcalf as the first WR drafted. Don't know if that's top 5 due to QBs and great EDGE class, but it'll be early.
A staggering seven total receivers finished the 40-yard dash with a sub-4.40 time, but no receiver ran faster than Andy Isabella out of UMass and Parris Campbell out of Ohio State, who posted a 40-yard times of just 4.31 seconds. Campbell also finished the day with a 40 inch vertical, good enough for fifth-best in the group, and a 4.03 second 20-yard shuffle which tied Toledo’s Cody Thompson for the best time among wide receivers.
Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin posted followed just behind at a 4.07 second 20-yard shuffle, topped the group with a 43.5 inch vertical and recorded the combine’s fourth-best broad jump ever recorded with an 11-foot-8 leap (Emmanuel Hall tied the second-best broad jump ever recorded at 11-foot-9.) Boykin’s 4.42 40-yard time landed him in the group’s top 10 as well.
At the tight end position it was the Iowa Hawkeyes leading the way as Noah Fant lead the group in the 40-yard dash with a 4.50 second run, and teammate T.J. Hockinson posted a 4.70. Fant and Hockinson also lead the group with 39.5 and 37.5 inch verticals, 127 and 123 inch broad jumps, 6.81 and 7.02 second three cone drill times and 11.49 and 11.55 second 60-yard shuttle times, respectively. They nearly topped the list in every single category for tight ends on Saturday.
In the 20-yard cone drill Hockinson finished second in the group (behind LSU’s Foster Moreau) with a time of 4.18 seconds and Fant followed in third with 4.22 seconds.
Tight End 2019 Combine Winners: Noah Fant, T.J. Hockenson, Trevon Wesco, C.J. Conrad and Josh Oliver
Irv Smith Jr. out of Alabama also had a great day. The 20-year-old tight end ran a 4.63 40-yard dash while posting a 32.5 inch vertical, 19 reps on the bench press and cruised through the receiving gauntlet.
Irv Smith Jr. going through the gauntlet drill with ease 👏 @AlabamaFTBL
At the quarterback position, Kyler Murray surprised no one by sitting out of the combine’s drills as he had already proved what he came to Indy to prove, that he stood just taller than 5-foot-10 and that he weighed over 200 pounds.
The biggest boost of the day came from Tyree Jackson as the 6-foot-7 quarterback ran an easy 4.59 40-yard dash at 250 pounds and posted a group-best vertical at 34.5 inches and broad jump at 10 feet flat. Steve Smith Sr. even had to talk Jackson into letting up as Jackson rifled passes at his receivers.
Tyree Jackson is a huge winner in Indy. We told you he is special, and now the world sees just how special: 4.59 40 at 6-7, 249 pounds? 34-inch vert? 📈📈📈 Massive arm, accurate, intelligent kid. Jackson has it all and has made himself a 💰 this week. #NFLDRAFT@UBAthletics
Trace McSorley was the only quarterback to post a faster 40 time than Jackson at 4.57 seconds, but the fact that he was also asked to workout at defensive back (he declined) should answer a lot of questions regarding his draft stock moving forward.
The group’s other big man, Daniel Jones out of Duke, also had himself a good day, tying Jackson for the group’s best broad jump, falling second behind Easton Stick’s record-breaking three cone drill at seven seconds flat and landing fourth in the group with a 33.5 inch vertical.
Stick, a senior out of NDSU, ran a 6.65 second three cone drill which tied him for the combine’s best ever time from a quarterback and bested every wide receiver at this year’s combine.
Easton Stick ran a 6.65 3-cone, which is T-1st for QBs of all-time and better than any WR this year.
Dwayne Haskins also ran a disappointing 5.04 second 40-yard dash, but Ian Rapaport reported that cramps could have been a deciding factor in that time, and that Haskins has been clocked faster in training.
Ohio St QB Dwayne Haskins, who ended up running an unofficial 40 of 5.04, was battling leg cramps prior to running, I’m told. He’d been timed in the 4.8s during training in California and will run again at his Pro Day.