With the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, who stood out from the competition in Indianapolis? Nick Shook takes a position-by-position look at the biggest head-turners in Lucas Oil Stadium. Check out the All-Combine Team!
NOTE: Click on each prospect's name for a full scouting report, including combine results.
Herbert made money Thursday night. The quarterback who was once considered a potential No. 1 overall pick showed off the arm talent that made him such a highly regarded prospect. He also ran a sub-4.7 40-yard dash and connected easily with receivers. Furthermore, he handled himself well when fielding questions about his demeanor earlier in the week. He's not Joe Burrow or Tua Tagovailoa, but those who had lost confidence in his stock should have gained it back Thursday.
Taylor racked up a ton of mileage in Madison, eclipsing 1,900 rushing yards in each of his three collegiate campaigns, but his 4.39 40 is a pretty good distraction from that excessive workload. Taylor was excellent across the board in on-field work, and displayed reliable skills catching passes out of the backfield. It won't be a huge surprise if he is the first or second back taken in this class, as he won the combine at his position.
Akers' tape is enough to feel confident in selecting him, as his combination of speed and power is easily visible on video. He backed that up in Indy, running a 4.47 40 and putting up 20 reps on the bench. The best part of his workout, though, came in pass-catching drills, as he ran crisp routes and hauled in passes naturally, giving a lot of teams something positive to consider when looking at selecting a running back.
Lamb has been in the discussion for top receiver in this class for a while now, but it felt like he separated himself with this combine. He's not a physically imposing guy, but his 4.50 40 and highlight-filled on-field workout confirmed what we already knew: He's a big-time wideout.
Ruggs makes the team because of his blazing-fast 4.27 40-yard dash. The wideout also posted explosive marks in the vertical leap (42 inches) and the broad jump (10-foot-11) before sitting out of on-field workouts with an undisclosed injury, but his sprint was good enough to land him here, even if he wasn't happy with the result. Everything in Lucas Oil Stadium stopped when Ruggs approached the starting line, and he'll remain among the most highly coveted receivers in this class because of his rare straight-line speed.
Mims raised his draft profile via a standout performance at the Senior Bowl, but with the Baylor product standing at a hair under 6-foot-3 and weighing 207 pounds, folks didn't quite expect him to put up lofty workout numbers. Folks were wrong. Mims ran a 4.38 40, shined through the majority of his on-field workout and put up a nice vertical leap of 38 1/2 inches. His catches weren't perfect, but he's assembled quite a pre-draft resume.
Bryant aced his on-field workout, looking smooth and natural in catching passes in every single drill. His 4.73 40 was about on par with most of his class, but he really stood out in the drills, elevating himself to the top of his group, in my opinion.
Kmet was already regarded by many as the best tight end in his class -- or one of the best, as both Bryants and Adam Trautman have a good argument -- and he only did more to add to that reputation Thursday, acing his on-field workout and looking like a veteran catching passes. His 4.70 40 and 37-inch vertical leap pass the test. And multiple defensive prospects at the combine mentioned him as one of the best pass catchers they faced in college. Kmet is NFL-ready.
The screams about Mekhi Becton's absence here can be heard from Louisville to Indianapolis. Becton's 40 was incredible, and he backed it up with 23 bench reps (with 35 5/8-inch arms, a feat). But that's where his performance ended, as he sat out the rest of the action due to hamstring tightness. Wirfs ran through all of the drills and put together quite an on-field workout, which only further solidified his standing as a first-rounder. Wirfs also showed off his athleticism by recording the highest vertical leap (36.5 inches) and tying for the longest broad jump (10 feet, 1 inch) by an offensive lineman since 2003. That vert beat the marks posted by Lamb and Jeudy, a pair of first-round wideouts. Evaluators worried about his position fit -- some have him switching to guard because of his 34-inch arms -- can rest easier after watching him run a 4.85 40, hit 24 reps on the bench and cruise through drills with excellent technique. He made himself plenty of dough Friday night.
Ruiz took some reps snapping the ball, demonstrating his versatility as an interior prospect. His brute strength (28 bench reps) showed up while he was powerfully hitting bags in on-field drills, and he displayed quickness with his footwork. His 5.08 40 wasn't blazing fast, but that was easy to overlook when watching the rest of his workout.
There's a good amount to be said about the players coaches tab to demonstrate each drill at the combine, and with the linemen, it was mainly Harris demoing drills for his group. He was an instant contributor at Washington and the reasons for his impact were easily seen on the field in Indianapolis. His footwork is excellent and his agility is top notch. Harris brings an element of power and explosiveness on the inside that very well could translate into a Pro Bowl center at the next level. Watching Harris run through drills was a treat, and while his 20 bench press reps are a slight concern and could contribute to a slide in the draft, his athleticism is difficult to overlook.
This draft class isn't as deep on the interior as it is at tackle, but Pinter compiled a very good workout in the on-field drills. His athleticism -- Pinter was a tight end before converting to tackle in college -- was on full display in Indianapolis, and as he'll continue to slide inside in the NFL, he could offer a guard- or center-needy team an option with high upside. His strength needs to improve, but he put up 24 reps on the bench with sub-32-inch arms, meaning there's still room to get stronger at the next level.
As good as Wirfs was in his on-field workout, one could make a realistic argument that Wills was slightly better. Wills was a natural in every drill he ran, displaying excellent feet and hands that looked more like a Pro Bowl veteran than a college prospect. His fit with the Redskins comes as a result of Wills being capable enough to play either tackle position, especially if Trent Williams is indeed going to force his way out via trade.
Highsmith is extremely athletic and put that on display Saturday in Indianapolis. His spin move on the five-bag rush-move drill was a work of art, as was his dip on the fourth bag, and his hoop-running performance showed just how smooth he can be around the edge. Highsmith excelled in pass coverage drills too, showing he has a chance to be effective in both areas of the defense off the edge. He wasn't a big name, but combined with his 4.7 40, 10-foot-5 broad jump and 33-inch vertical leap, Highsmith proved he can develop into an effective edge defender if he can add strength at the next level.
A 4.79 40 and 24 reps on the bench illustrated the type of traditional athlete who can work his way to success on the defensive line. Tuszka excelled in pass-rush drills and also shined in pass coverage, perhaps serving as a precursor to an eventual transition to a 3-4 edge defender in order to increase the pool of teams interested in his services.
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Zuniga's standing before the combine wasn't as high as one might expect simply because his production wasn't consistent in college. He sure did produce in Indianapolis, though, backing up the flashes on tape with the second-best 40 among D-linemen (4.64 at 264 pounds) and tied for fifth in bench press with 29 reps, out-benching heavier players like Derrick Brown. Zuniga was explosive through change-of-direction drills and looks the part of a legitimate NFL defender, as long as he can stay healthy.
Roach moves incredibly well for his size at 6-foot-2 and nearly 300 pounds. He was quick through the bags and change-of-direction drills and powerful in the pass-rushing drills, and his swift 4.84 40 should raise some eyebrows. Roach's 20 bench press reps fall right in line with his size, and he could do well working as a 3-technique with the capability to power past blockers. His standing with the third-best athleticism score among edge defenders (per Next Gen Stats) only reinforces what we saw on the field in Indianapolis.
Gallimore is incredibly explosive and powerful. A 4.79 40 at around 300 pounds showed how quickly he can move, putting him in range of past and present NFL stars Jared Allen and Robert Quinn, and he was violent in the bag drills, blasting them with his hands during clubs and rips before attacking the final bag. Effort with Gallimore was evident in his workout, and he could become a problem-causer with improvement and development at the next level.
Brown is large, forceful and explosive. He'll make a team happy in the first round, especially after the workout he compiled in Indianapolis. His 28 bench reps showed his strength and while he couldn't break 5.1 in his 40, his weight (326 pounds) should offer him a break. The tape is undeniable and Brown did nothing but further his status as a likely first-round selection.
This one is easier to explain than any other. Simmons ran a blindingly-fast 4.39 40, setting the internet ablaze with video of his sprint. It was so good he didn't even run a second time. Simmons is an athletic freak of nature who is so versatile, folks have argued over what position he'll play. He earned a linebacker athleticism score of 99 (per Next Gen Stats), and would have also reached 99 if he'd tested with safeties. If he slots in as a weak-side LB, he'll be expected to contribute from Day 1. Simmons' 40 time plus his vertical leap (39 inches) only reinforced what we already knew about him: He should be a Pro Bowl talent.
Divinity only played in six games in his most recent season due to injury and suspension for repeated failed drug tests, but he passed the on-field test in Indianapolis with flying colors. He ran a less-than-shocking 4.85 40, put up 14 reps on the bench and jumped to 31 inches, but aced his workout. Divinity displayed excellent ball skills and was quick and explosive through the bag drills, showing the skills needed to be a three-down linebacker who should be effective in pass coverage.
Baun's 40 time (4.65 at nearly 240 pounds) landed him among NFLers Lavonte David, Leighton Vander Esch and Josh Allen, and he out-benched the other four linebackers in Bucky Brooks' top five at the position entering the combine. Baun was solid in the on-field drills, and he was also a top performer in the 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drill, capping a complete performance in Indianapolis.
Henderson tied for second among corners in the 40 at 4.39, hit 20 reps on the bench press, jumped to 37 1/2 inches and finished with an athleticism score of 99 (per Next Gen Stats). Many of Henderson's measurables line up with that of eight-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson, though he's lighter by 15 pounds. His on-field workout displayed fluidity and burst through footwork drills and he showed reliable, natural ball skills, justifying his ranking as a top corner prospect despite a lack of total production in college.
Terrell is a guy whose size could really make him into something special at the next level. Standing 6-1 1/8, Terrell is a little light at 195 pounds, but if he can gain weight and retain his athleticism, he'll be a force in an NFL team's secondary. His 4.42 40 and 10-foot-9 broad jump showed his all-around explosiveness, and he was very fluid through most of his footwork drills. Sure, he was toasted in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, but his future is very bright.
Considering his pedigree, should we really be all that surprised? Winfield is small (5-foot 9 1/8), but he shined throughout his workout and testing, posting a 4.45 40 (tied for third-best among safeties), a 36-inch vertical jump (tied for seventh-best) and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. His on-field drills were unsurprisingly his best work, as he cruised through each test and showed the natural ability that made him a force at Minnesota, even at his small stature.
Dugger is physically the opposite of Winfield, standing nearly four inches taller and weighing 14 more pounds. His 42-inch vertical led all defensive backs and his total workout was similar to that of NFL stars Derwin James and Eric Berry. He wasn't perfect in his on-field work, but his ceiling is extremely high thanks to his athleticism, which earned him a score of 99, per Next Gen Stats.