2020 NFL Draft Combine Wide Receivers-Tight Ends Risers

by Jon Witt
2020 NFL Draft Combine Wide Receivers-Tight Ends

Welcome to the 2020 NFL Draft Combine Wide Receivers-Tight Ends Risers.

While the combine does not make or break a prospect, it certainly can have a direct effect on their draft stock. The combine is used to test the draft prospects on agility, speed, and strength, among other things.

Below are a few wide receivers and tight ends that I feel best helped their stock rise with their performance at the combine. Each athlete held their own in their respective drills and medicals to silence the doubters.

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2020 NFL Draft Combine Wide Receivers-Tight Ends

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Wide Receivers

It was tough to leave Jordan Love off of this list, as the hype around him is really starting to grow, but I felt the receivers below all went into the combine with glaring question marks. Can Mims run an extended route tree? Is Claypool better suited as a tight end? How athletic is Jefferson?

Denzel Mims

Mims quieted all the doubters at the combine, testing as an elite wide receiver with size across the board. He ran a 4.38 40, a 6.66 3-cone dash (tops among WRs) and had 38 1/2 inch vertical.

One of the biggest knocks on Mims was that he only ran a few select routes at Baylor, causing concern for scouts. He showed that he can run any route asked of him during the on-field drills and ran each one with crisp and precise motions.

Arguably, no wide receiver helped themselves more, and I for one am fully aboard the Mims hype train.

Henry Ruggs III

Ruggs could have sat out the combine and still had been drafted high in the first round based solely on his game film. However, Ruggs decided to participate at the combine and did not disappoint.

He ran the fourth fastest 40 times ever (4.27) and has a ridiculous 42-inch vertical. He is not just about speed either, as he showed tremendous body control and ball skills.

Ruggs will hear his name called early in Round 1, maybe as the first wide receiver off the board as there is not really much to dislike about his game as a whole.

Chase Claypool

Similar to Mims, Claypool put on a show at the combine. To put it into perspective the type of freakish athlete he is, Claypool ran faster than OBJ, jumped higher than Julio Jones and did more bench press reps then Jared Allen.

NFL teams may have to get creative with him within their respective offenses, as he is a bit of a hybrid WR/TE but he should be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.

Justin Jefferson

Jefferson is one of the best route runners in this years wide receiver class but he needed to prove he was more than that at the combine.

He arguably had the best on field work out at the combine, showing off his strong hands, and smooth route-running ability.

More importantly, Jefferson tested really well in the measurables. He ran a 4.43 40 (good for eight among WRs), and tested strong in both the high jump (37.5 inches) and the broad jump (10.4"). Scouts left the combine feeling confident that Jefferson can succeed in the NFL.

Tight Ends

Overall the tight end position did not fare well at the combine. Some got hurt (Thaddeus Moss) and some did not perform as well as expected (Harrison Bryant). There were however two bright spots, both of whom proved their athleticism and pass-catching skills.

Albert Okwuegbunam

Okwuegbunam is a raw, athletic specimen. He measured in at 6'5", 285 lbs, which makes his 40-time that much more impressive. Okwuegbunam ran the fourth fastest 40-time ever for a tight end, clocking in at 4.49 seconds.

The combination of size and speed with make him a tough cover in the NFL. He projects to be a red-zone target at the next level and a threat down the seam with his speed.

Cole Kmet

Kmet performed near the top of multiple drills, solidifying himself in the conversation to be the first tight end drafted. He had the best vertical jump, 37", and tied for second in the broad jump, 123", all while running a 4.70 40 yard dash.

When it came to on-field drills, Kmet ran smooth routes and caught the ball efficiently. After this performance, Kmet should be looked at as a TE1 on draft day.

Keep an eye out for more rookie and draft content as we will cover the NFL combine in full. An update to my rookie rankings should drop right after the NFL draft.

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