INDIANAPOLIS – One of the most helpful position drills scouts use when evaluating the wide receiver position at the NFL Combine is the gauntlet.
It tests balance, hand-eye coordination and playing speed.
It's also a fast-paced gauge of a receiver's ability to react and doesn't allow players to hide their deficiencies.
A receiver runs across the field from one sideline to the other trying to continue in a straight line across the painted yard line while passes are fired every five to seven yards, alternating from the player's left to right, and repeated until he reaches the opposite sideline.
Here are my impressions after viewing the session from the stands of Lucas Oil Stadium:
Devon Wylie, Fresno State
Wylie continued to impress with his natural balance, running a straight line and catching everything thrown to him. He was the most intense receiver in drills as well.
Reuben Randle, LSU
An impressive athlete for his tall, long frame, Randle showed very good hand-eye coordination and smooth movement skills for a big man. He made some impressive grabs, extending his long arms and reeling in the catch.
Brian Quick, Appalachian State
Quick did an excellent job watching the ball into his hands, staying coordinated through the catch and turning up the field in a hurry. He isn't the most explosive, but he's a long strider and gets where he's going quickly.
Kendall Wright, Baylor
Forget the 40-yard dash, Wright might play faster than any receiver in this class, showing his speed with the ball in his hands with the focus to cleanly secure the catch and go. His explosive lower body really gives him an advantage.
Marquis Maze, Alabama
He surprisingly struggled because he thrived on short passes in Alabama's system. Maze fought the ball all morning with too many potential catches hitting the ground.
Dwight Jones, North Carolina
A negative that also showed on his game tape, Jones doesn't always play at full speed, which showed in the gauntlet. Coaches were barking for the North Carolina receiver to speed up.
DeVier Posey, Ohio State
Posey also was going half-speed throughout the gauntlet, attempting to give himself extra time to see the ball and adjust, a red flag to NFL scouts. He tried to be too "pretty" in the drill, which is the opposite of what scouts want to see.
Gerell Robinson, Arizona State
For a player with big mitts, Robinson battled the ball throughout the workouts, something that he struggled with his entire career. He looked fluid for his size, but all the athleticism means little without the ball.
NFL Combine: Receivers faced the gauntlet
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