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Following a strong performance at the Senior Bowl, West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown continued to impress onlookers with his sound footwork, quick delivery and reliable accuracy. Considered maybe a fifth- or sixth-round pick by most scouts, Northwestern QB Mike Kafka was somewhat surprisingly the second-best passer of his group and definitely helped himself.
Running the gauntlet drill from sideline to sideline, Clemson WR Jacoby Ford not only showed off his trademark speed, but he caught all 14 combined passes on his two tries and looked awfully smooth doing it. Kansas WR Dez Briscoe appeared to be the best route runner of his group, getting in and out of his breaks quickly and showing strong hands from start to finish.
Considered a late first- or early second-round prospect, Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard gave the impression he had never run a route before and was sloppy on the slant, out, in and post-corner. While Florida WR Riley Cooper started off strong and reeled in everything thrown his way in the gauntlet, he dropped one pass that hit him right in the chest on a come-back and then juggled his second attempt on a post-corner.
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Although he was branded a spread-option passer because of the offense he played in, Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson showed off a picture-perfect vertical delivery and has plenty of arm to make every NFL throw. Coming off a disappointing junior season, Mississippi QB Jevan Snead proved his decision to enter the draft early was justified because he threw the deep ball better than any signal caller in the group.
Not only is Louisville WR Scott Long one of the sturdier pass catchers in the draft at 6-2 and 215 pounds, but he ran crisp routes and did a good job of receiving the ball away from his body. A small-school prospect that elevated his stock in Indianapolis, Ohio WR Taylor Price never let the pigskin hit the Lucas Oil Stadium turf despite having few big-name quarterbacks throwing to him.
Yet another Bayou Bengal pass catcher expected to come off the board in Round 1, LSU WR Brandon LaFell did nothing to distinguish himself, including a few dropped balls through the gauntlet and some slips running routes. One of the four Williams brothers in Group 2, Syracuse WR Mike Williams looks good in his Under Armour at 6-2 and 204 pounds, but he noticeably struggled in each and every drill.
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