2020 NFL Combine Stock Report: Wide Receivers

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This is the 2020 NFL Combine Stock Report for the wide receivers. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin
Quintez Cephus looked good in the receiving drills, but his testing numbers were poor. It would’ve been one thing had Cephus run a low 4.6, but his 40 time was a ghastly 4.73, which could be a disqualifier. Also, his hands were microscopic, measuring in at 8 3/4 inches. Only three receivers had smaller hands.

Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
In our 2020 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings, Charlie Campbell wrote that Chase Claypool would be a first-round pick if he were a faster receiver. Claypool shocked everyone at the combine with a 4.42 40, which was blazing fast at his size (6-4, 238). Claypool, who also posted a 40.5-inch vertical, may have really vaulted himself into Thursday discussion.

Gabriel Davis, WR, Central Florida
Gabriel Davis’ testing numbers won’t pop out at you – 4.54 40, 35-inch vertical, 10-4 broad jump – but those were solid results for a receiver who measured at 6-2, 216. Davis looked good in the drills and also posted an excellent 3-cone time of 7.08.

Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Tee Higgins was expected to test poorly at the combine, so he didn’t even bother to participate. I can understand why he would decide to wait until his pro day, but teams will certainly take notice and penalize Higgins for it with expected negative testing numbers.

John Hightower, WR, Boise State
John Hightower had a strong on-field workout, as he made some terrific catches. He also posted solid testing numbers as well. His 4.43 40 was a strong time for him, as was his 3-cone of 7.07. Daniel Jeremiah mentioned Hightower as a possible third-round prospect during the workouts, and that seems like an appropriate place for him.

K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
K.J. Hill was stock neutral at the combine. I’m mentioning him because some will point to his weak 40 time (4.60) and jumping numbers (32.5 vertical, 9-6 broad jump), but those figures aren’t especially important to Hill’s evaluation because he’ll be a slot receiver at the next level. Hill looked pretty smooth in the drills, so I don’t think he hurt himself in Indianapolis.

Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
If it weren’t for Chase Claypool, Justin Jefferson would’ve been the talk of the first group of receivers at the combine. Jefferson posted some strong testing numbers – 4.43 40, 37.5 vertical, 10-6 broad jump – and had a strong week overall, both on the field and in the team interview rooms.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Jerry Jeudy was outclassed by former teammate Henry Ruggs in the testing numbers, but Jeudy didn’t exactly perform poorly in that area. Jeudy ran a 4.45 40, which is a fine number for him. The 40 is less important for Jeudy because he’s arguably the best route runner in this class. Also, it’s worth noting that Jeudy dazzled teams in the interviews. NFL franchises Charlie Campbell spoke to came away very impressed with Jeudy’s positive character and high football IQ.

Juwan Johnson, WR/TE, Oregon
Juwan Johnson may have to move to tight end at the next level, but his combine performance will make teams take another look at his film. Johnson posted some very impressive testing numbers, including the second-fastest 3-cone time among all receivers at 6.94. He also ran a 4.58 40-yard dash despite measuring in at 6-4, 230.

Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Speaking of wide receiver prospects who will need another look, Denzel Mims tested very well athletically. He had the fastest 3-cone time of any receiver at the combine with a 6.66. That’s incredible for someone of his size (6-3, 207). Mims, who has a very wide catch radius, ran a 4.38 40 and posted a broad jump of 10-11.

K.J. Osborn, WR, Miami
K.J. Osborn is another receiver who registered a terrific 3-cone time, running it in 7.00. He also ran a 4.48 40 to go along with a vertical of 37.5 inches and a 10-3 broad jump. Osborn looked good in the drills and helped himself overall.

Dezmon Patmon, WR, Washington State
Dezmon Patmon was seen as a mediocre athlete with great ball skills entering the combine. He changed the former perception with some of his testing numbers. He ran a 4.48 40, which was stellar, considering his size (6-4, 225). He also posted a 11-foot broad jump and a 36-inch vertical.

Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
Michael Pittman Jr., son of Michael Pittman Sr., had a very strong combine. He had the fourth-fastest 3-cone time among all receivers (6.96), which was surprising, given his 6-4, 223-pound frame. Pittman also ran a strong 4.52 40 to go along with a 36.5-inch vertical.

Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Jalen Reagor is supposed to be a blazer, but the combine numbers didn’t back up that perception. He ran a disappointing 4.47 40, then basically walked the 3-cone, finishing with a ghastly time of 7.31, which was in the fifth percentile. Reagor looked like he put on some weight, which would explain his poor runs. It must now be asked if this was intentional, because if it wasn’t, it’s a horrible look that Reagor came into the combine out of shape. Also, I can’t get over the 3-cone time. A result like that makes me wonder if Reagor even prepared for it, which is another bad sign.

Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
Henry Ruggs aimed to break John Ross’ 40-yard combine record. He didn’t quite get there, but he was close, blazing a 4.27. He also notched a 42-inch vertical and a 10-11 broad jump. Ruggs looked great, strengthening his potential to be chosen in the top 15 of the 2020 NFL Draft. I have him slotted at No. 15 to Denver in my 2020 NFL Mock Draft.

Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Laviska Shenault only did the 40, clocking in at a middling 4.58 40. That’s not a horrible time for a 6-1, 227-pound receiver, but Shenault could’ve done better had he been dressed appropriately. Instead of wearing the standard combine garb, Shenault wore a baggy t-shirt and looked like a homeless person while running the 40. I don’t know if his workout clothes were stolen, but it made me wonder why Shenault even bothered participating in the first place.

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