More than 300 incoming NFL Rookies traveled to Indianapolis to participate in the 2014 NFL Combine with hopes of boosting their stock for the upcoming NFL Draft in May. NFL.com does an excellent job of tracking all performances and displaying the top performers in each category or by position, so if you missed any of the action, be sure to check it out.
The 2014 NFL Draft Class is widely considered one of the most talented in years. Whether it’s quarterbacks, linemen, linebackers, or receivers, this class is loaded with promising prospects at all positions.
Some players like Sammy Watkins (top wide receiver prospect) and Jadeveon Clowney (top defensive prospect) had an excellent showing at the Combine but their draft stock can’t get much higher considering both are expected to get drafted in the Top 10 and possibly even Number 1 Overall.
The players Todd DeVries and Bill Enright discuss in this video consist of the players that greatly boosted their draft value thanks to stellar performances in Indy.
Number 5: Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle Michigan: Ran the fastest 40 yard dash among O-Line (4.87 seconds). His incredible overall combine results will keep him in the running for best lineman in this draft and we wouldn’t be surprised if he was the 1st lineman off the board in May.
Number 4: Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh: Top 5 finisher in four different categories including the Bench Press (35 reps) and 40 yard dash (4.68 seconds). Great combine results further proves he’s a Top 3 Defensive Tackle in this year’s Draft.
Number 3: Justin Gilbert, Cornerback, Oklahoma State: Ran the fastest 40 yard dash (4.37 seconds) among DBs and the 4th fastest out of all participants. Gilbert was also a Top Performer for DBs in the 3 Cone Drill and Bench Press. His athleticism was on full display and his size speaks for itself, we’d be shocked if he’s not off the board by the middle of the 1st Round.
Number 2: Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State: The 2013 Biletnikoff winner dazzled at the Combine thanks to a 4.33 second 40 yard dash which was the fastest among receivers and 2nd fastest among all Combine participants. Cooks was previously thought to be a mid-to-late 2nd Round pick but the hype machine is starting to pick up steam and he may end up getting selected by the end of the 1st Round.
Number 1: Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Buffalo: The explosive linebacker from the MAC Conference showed off his athleticism and speed in nearly every drill. His 4.65 second 40 yard dash and 40 inch vertical is quite impressive for a 6’3, 251 pounder.