Stock Report for Wide Receivers at Combine

The Carolina Panthers got their wide receiver pick right last year with the selection of Kelvin Benjamin. Now that the team has their number 1 wide receiver they will be looking for players to complement Benjamin and round the position. These are four players who could be potential targets for the Panthers and how they fared on Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Jaelen Strong (Arizona State)

40-yard dash: 4.44 seconds

Vertical Jump: 42.0 inches

Broad Jump: 123.0 inches

Notes: After the Top 3 wide receivers in this draft (Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker and Kevin White) there was some question about who was number four. Strong may have put that to rest Saturday putting in an impressive 40-yard time of 4.44 seconds. This wasn’t the fastest time by any means but for a player who is 6’2” and 217 pounds this is an excellent time. This speed coupled with his ability to go up and get the ball (he finished second among wide receivers in the Vertical Jump), makes a strong case for him being drafted in the first round.

Chris Conley (University of Georgia)

40-yard dash: 4.35 seconds

Bench Press: 18 reps

Vertical Jump: 45.0 inches

Broad Jump: 139.0 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.06 seconds

20-yard Shuttle: 4.30 seconds

60-yard Shuttle: 11.65 seconds

Notes: The stat line for Chris Conley won’t jump off the paper with only 36 receptions and 657 yards his senior season at Georgia. However, after his performance on Saturday there will be plenty of scouts going back to look at his game tape. He finished first among wide receivers in vertical jump and broad jump, third in the 40-yard dash and fourth in Bench Press. He may be the one player on Saturday who improved his draft stock the most ahead of the NFL Draft in April.

 

 

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Jamison Crowder (Duke)

40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds

Bench Press: 10 reps

Vertical Jump: 37.0 inches

Broad Jump: 115.0 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.17 seconds

20-yard Shuttle: 4.32 seconds

Notes: Crowder had a strong week of practice ahead of the Senior Bowl but had a lackluster performance in the game itself. He needed to have a strong performance at the Scouting Combine. Unfortunately, for him it wasn’t very exciting and he will have some work to do to try and build his draft stock back up. All his results were average at best with him finishing in the Top 10 in one drill (Vertical Jump). Crowder’s size is going to be his biggest knock at only 5’8” but I believe he could have a solid career as a slot wide receiver on the right team.

Sammie Coates (Auburn)

40-yard dash: 4.43 seconds

Bench Press: 23 reps

Vertical Jump: 41.0 inches

Broad Jump: 131.0 inches

3-Cone Drill: 6.98 inches

20-yard Shuttle: 4.06 seconds

60-yard Shuttle: 11.81 seconds

Notes: Sammie Coates did an excellent job in the workouts and finished first among wide receivers in Bench Press, second in the 20-yard shuttle, third in the Broad Jump, and fourth in the Vertical Jump. There was never any question about the physical abilities that Sammie Coates has and that was on display Saturday. The concern with Coates is his hands and that concern still remains after Saturday. He was not catching balls consistently and was dropping too many passes. He had a chance to drastically improve his draft stock but after his performance yesterday will probably hear his name called in the middle rounds.

*All results courtesy of NFL.com


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