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Sammy Watkins should be class of WRs at 2014 combine

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team.

A big portion of the combine is the individual events, such as the 40-yard dash, the bench press and the vertical jump.

This is Part 2 of our position-by-position look at the combine, spotlighting wide receivers. We look at six players who will be scrutinized this year and also look at some noteworthy event performances in the past five combines. We'll also look at how some current NFL players performed at their combine events.

Six to watch this year

Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin: Abbrederis (6-foot, 189 pounds) has excellent hands and runs crisp routes. But his speed is a question, and his 40 time will be important.

Robert Herron, Wyoming: He might be the fastest receiver at the combine -- expect a sub-4.4 40 time. He should test well in the other events, too.

Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: He's the leading receiver in SEC history (262 receptions) and is a big, physical guy (6-2, 209). As with Abbrederis, his speed has been questioned. His 40 time will be one of the most scrutinized at his position.

Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss: Ole Miss coaches raved about his freakish athleticism, but he had only a so-so junior season before deciding to turn pro. He has intriguing size (6-3, 226), and if he runs well in the 40 -- most expect a sub-4.4 time -- it will bode well for his draft status.

Allen Robinson, Penn State: He was the best receiver in the Big Ten in each of the past two seasons and possesses good size (6-3, 210). But his detractors say he lacks the top-end speed to be a deep threat.

Sammy Watkins, Clemson: He looks to be the best receiver in the draft, and he is expected to turn in a great 40 time. His agility looks good, too. In short, he should be a combine standout.

Combine bests over past five years

40-YARD DASH

1. Marquis Goodwin, Texas
Time: 4.27 in 2013
Draft status: 3rd round, Buffalo

2. Jacoby Ford, Clemson
Time: 4.28 in 2010
Draft status: 4th round, Oakland

3. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland
Time: 4.30 in 2009
Draft status: 1st round (7th overall), Oakland

4. Mike Wallace, Ole Miss
Time: 4.33 in 2009
Draft status: 3rd round, Pittsburgh

5. Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Time: 4.34 in 2013
Draft status: 1st round (8th overall), St. Louis

5. Johnny Knox, Abilene Christian
Time: 4.34 in 2009
Draft status: 5th round, Chicago

5. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
Time: 4.34 in 2013
Draft status: 6th round, Arizona

» Top 40 times by WR since 2006

Notable players

Anquan Boldin, Florida State: 4.72 seconds in 2003
Antonio Brown, Central Michigan: 4.56 seconds in 2010
DeSean Jackson, California: 4.35 seconds in 2008
Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech: 4.35 seconds in 2007
Julio Jones, Alabama: 4.39 seconds in 2011

VERTICAL JUMP

1. Kashif Moore, Connecticut
Jump: 43.5 inches in 2012
Draft status: Undrafted

2. Jarett Dillard, Rice
Jump: 42.5 inches in 2009
Draft status: 5th round, Jacksonville

3. Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt
Jump: 42 inches in 2011
Draft status: 1st round (26th overall), Kansas City

4. Scott Long, Louisville
Jump: 41.5 inches in 2010
Draft status: Undrafted

4. Tiquan Underwood, Rutgers
Jump: 41.5 inches in 2009
Draft status: 7th round, Jacksonville

» Top verticals by WR since 2006

Notable players

Pierre Garcon, Mount Union: 36.5 inches in 2008
Vincent Jackson, Northern Colorado: 39.0 inches in 2005
Andre Johnson, Miami: 39.0 inches in 2003
Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech: Did not jump in 2007
Brandon Marshall, UCF: 37.0 inches in 2006

20-YARD SHUTTLE

1. Austin Pettis, Boise State
Time: 3.88 seconds in 2011
Draft status: 3rd round, St. Louis

2. Jeff Maehl, Oregon
Time: 3.94 seconds in 2011
Draft status: Undrafted

3. T.J. Moe, Missouri
Time: 3.96 seconds in 2013
Draft status: Undrafted

4. Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State
Time: 3.97 seconds in 2011
Draft status: Undrafted

5. Junior Hemingway, Michigan
Time: 3.98 seconds in 2012
Draft status: 7th round, Kansas City

5. Eric Page, Toledo
Time: 3.98 seconds in 2012
Draft status: Undrafted

» Top 20-yard shuttle times by WR since 2006

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Best of Florida State

Check out the top 10 players from Florida State to play in the NFL.

Notable players

Anquan Boldin, Florida State: 4.33 seconds in 2003
Antonio Brown, Central Michigan: 4.18 seconds in 2010
Pierre Garcon, Mount Union: 4.19 seconds in 2008
A.J. Green, Georgia: 4.21 seconds in 2011
Julio Jones, Alabama: 4.25 seconds in 2011

3-CONE DRILL

1. Jeff Maehl, Oregon
Time: 6.42 seconds in 2011
Draft status: Undrafted

2. Scott Long, Louisville
Time: 6.45 seconds in 2010
Draft status: Undrafted

3. Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State
Time: 6.46 seconds in 2011
Draft status: Undrafted

4. Terrence Toliver, LSU
Time: 6.48 seconds in 2011
Draft status: Undrafted

5. Cecil Shorts, Mount Union
Time: 6.50 seconds in 2011
Draft status: 4th round, Jacksonville

» Top 3-cone drill times by WR since 2006

Notable players

Anquan Boldin, Florida State: 7.35 seconds in 2003
Dwayne Bowe, LSU: 6.81 seconds in 2007
Marques Colston, Hofstra: 6.96 seconds in 2006
A.J. Green, Georgia: 6.91 seconds in 2011
Jordy Nelson, Kansas State: 7.03 seconds in 2008

BROAD JUMP

1. Justin Hunter, Tennessee
Numbers: 11 feet, 4 inches in 2013
Draft status: 2nd round, Tennessee

2. Julio Jones, Alabama
Numbers: 11 feet, 3 inches in 2011
Draft status: 1st round (6th overall), Atlanta

3. Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Numbers: 11 feet, 1 inch in 2012
Draft status: 2nd round, New York Jets

4. Marquise Goodwin, Texas
Numbers: 11 feet in 2013
Draft status: 3rd round, Buffalo

5. Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee
Numbers: 11 feet in 2013
Draft status: Undrafted

» Top broad jumps by RB since 2006

Notable players

Michael Floyd, Notre Dame: 10 feet, 2 inches in 2012
A.J. Green, Georgia: 10 feet, 5 inches in 2011
Jacoby Jones, Lane: 10 feet, 9 inches in 2007
Brandon Marshall, UCF: 10 feet in 2006
Mike Wallace, Ole Miss: 10 feet, 9 inches in 2009

BENCH PRESS

1. Brooks Foster, North Carolina
Numbers: 27 reps in 2009
Draft status: 5th round, St. Louis

NFL Exposure

Combine through the years

Take a look at NFL stars showing off their skills at the NFL Scouting Combine.

1. Greg Little, North Carolina
Numbers: 27 reps in 2011
Draft status: 2nd round, Cleveland

3. T.J. Moe, Missouri
Numbers: 26 reps in 2013
Draft status: Undrafted

4. Niles Paul, Nebraska
Numbers: 24 reps in 2011
Draft status: 5th round, Washington

5. Kenny Britt, Rutgers
Numbers: 23 reps in 2009
Draft status: 1st round (30th overall), Tennessee

» Top bench press numbers by WR since 2006

Notable players

Pierre Garcon, Mount Union: 20 reps in 2008
A.J. Green, Georgia: 18 reps in 2011
Percy Harvin, Florida: 19 reps in 2009
Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech: Did not lift in 2007
Golden Tate, Notre Dame: 17 reps in 2010

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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