2. The Wide Receivers Were HUMMING
LSU’s DJ Chark wowed the Combine last year with a 4.34 in the 40, and USF’s Marquez Valdez-Scantling tore off a 4.37. Those were the unit two to go sub 4.4.
Washington’s John Ross set the record in 2017 with his 4.22 – and now he’s parting ways with Cincinnati – and Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel ran a 4.31. Those were the only two to go under 4.4.
Two went under the 4.4 mark in 2016, and four did it in 2015 – but JJ Nelson, Phillip Dorsett, Kevin White and Chris Conley haven’t set the NFL on fire.
Seven receivers destroyed the 40 in this year’s Combine, with Ohio State’s Parris Campbell and Andy Isabella from UMass running 4.31s, Georgia’s Mecole Hardman and DK Metcalf of Ole Miss rapping off 433s, Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin running a 4.35, and Missouri’s Emanuel Hall and Auburn’s Darius Slayton running 4.39s.
11 other receivers were in the 4.4s, and that includes big targets who were expected to hang around the high 4.6s. AJ Brown of Ole Miss (4.49) and Iowa State’s Hakeem Butler (4.48) helped themselves in a big way.
Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry came up with a solid 4.53 – when some speculated a 4.7 was coming – and Oregon’s Dillon Mitchell showed off a 4.46 to help his cause. But Saturday was …