This is the 2017 NFL Combine Stock Report for the wide receivers. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
Robert Davis, cousin of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, doesn't have very good tape, so he needed to shine in Indianapolis. He did just that, posting some terrific numbers. Davis, at 6-3, 219, ran a 4.44 40, leapt a 41-inch vertical and posted an 11-4 broad jump. Those sorts of numbers could get him drafted late as a long-term project, but he at least put himself on someone's radar.
Travin Dural, WR, LSU
Travin Dural is a poor route-runner, as his game relies on size and speed. Thus, he needed a fast 40 than most at the combine, and he disappointed big time. Dural ran a pedestrian 4.57, and his other testing numbers (30.5-inch vertical, 9-8 broad jump) were also lackluster. Dural is looking like a late-round pick.
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Chris Godwin has done nothing but improve his draft stock, beginning from the dominant performance he had in the Rose Bowl against USC. Godwin posted some terrific numbers at the combine, running a 4.42, which was very impressive at his size (6-1, 209). Godwin also notched a 36-inch vertical and a 10-6 broad jump. Most importantly, Godwin thrived in the drills, as he put on a show. I have to think that Godwin has cemented his second-round status with his performance in Indianapolis.
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
If any offensive player has enjoyed a better draft preseason than Zay Jones, I'd like to know who that is. Jones has been exceptional every step away. He dominated the practices at the Senior Bowl and was great in the actual game. He then measured in at 6-2, 201, and he posted some excellent results. He ran a 4.45, which is excellent for someone his size. He also had an 11-1 broad jump and a 36.5-inch vertical. He was exceptional in the drills as well, and it could be possible that he has snuck his way into late first-round consideration. Jones will be chosen early on Day 2 at the very least.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
Cooper Kupp performed on a high level at the Senior Bowl, but that didn't translate to the combine. Kupp posted some poor testing numbers, running a slow 4.62 at 6-2, 204. He also hit just a 31-inch vertical and a 9-8 broad jump. He did well in the drills, but some teams won't want to use a selection in the first half of the draft on a 4.6 receiver.
James Quick, WR, Louisville
James Quick did anything but live up to his name. He ran a poor 4.60 at 6-0, 186. His jumps weren't very good (31-inch vertical; 9-7 broad), and his 3-cone time of 7.00 was pretty pedestrian. Quick didn't look very draftable.
Michael Rector, WR, Stanford
Michael Rector had disciplinary issues at Stanford and wasn't very productive overall, so he needed a great combine to put himself on someone's radar. He accomplished just that, running a 4.42 at 6-0, 193. He also posted a 36.5-inch vertical, a 10-9 broad jump and a terrific 6.77 3-cone time. It's doubtful Rector will be drafted, but with this performance, he'll certainly garner interest as a UDFA.
John Ross, WR, Washington
Everyone knows by now that John Ross shattered Chris Johnson's combine-record 40 with a 4.22. Even more impressive was the fact that he pulled up at the end of it with a cramp, meaning he could have potentially run a 4.19. That was the only downside, as well as the fact that he didn't win an island, though that could be for the best because black smoke monsters tend to reside on those. Ross didn't get to participate in the drills, but he notched an impressive 11-1 broad jump as well as a 37-inch vertical.
Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State
Travis Rudolph is a good guy, so it's a shame that he had such a rough combine. It began at the weigh-in, where Rudolph measured in two inches shorter than he did at Florida State. He then ran poorly, timing at 4.65. He also posted pedestrian jumping numbers (31.5-inch vertical, 9-6 broad). The consensus prior to the combine was that Rudolph should've returned to school, and that continues to be the case.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
If it weren't for John Ross, everyone would be buzzing about Curtis Samuel right now, as Samuel ran the second-fastest 40 among wide receivers at the combine with a 4.31. Like Ross, he hit a 37-inch vertical. Unlike Ross, he was able to perform in the on-field drills, and he thrived in those. Samuel appears to be a sure-fire second-round pick.
Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson
Artavis Scott was a mildly surprise declaration, but it was understandable because Deshaun Watson was going to the pros. Scott, however, hurt himself in Indianapolis. He had a poor 4.61 40 to go along with a 9-8 broad jump and a 31-inch vertical. His 3-cone time (7.19) was slow as well. Scott projects as a slot receiver, so the times won't murder his draft stock, but he definitely hurt himself at least a little bit.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Dede Westbrook didn't get to work out at the combine, but that doesn't mean that his stock didn't drop. Tony Pauline has reported that many teams have graded Westbrook as undraftable. Already stricken with off-the-field concerns, Westbrook reportedly absolutely bombed the interviews. Westbrook has the talent of a second-day pick, but he likely dropped a couple of rounds because of his poor interviews.
Dropping a team an entire letter grade for moving up to grab a player at the end of the day is moronic. The packers weren't playing fair going in to friday to allow my bucs to move up to get budda baker, why would anything change on saturday? Other people had beckworth rated in the 70's as a prospect, 30 places hugher then what he was taken. Way better then the guys above you gave As for! But thats just my logical opinion over your emotional one....
I love that Walter (a guy who runs a website out of his moms ba@[email protected]) can decide a guy is a fourth rounder and act superior when an NFL GM (a guy who does the job that Walter wishes he had) takes the same guy in the second round.