Defensive linemen, linebackers, quarterbacks, receivers and running backs underwent testing during the third day of the NFL Combine on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium, but it was the pass catchers who took centerstage. Here are some notable performances:
▪ Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma: The former Mizzou star showed off his athleticism Saturday by posting unofficial times of 4.49 and 4.50 in the 40-yard dash. At 6 feet 5, 237 pounds, those are strong times. Let’s chill on the Calvin Johnson comparisons, though; Johnson was more polished as a player coming out and he also ran a ridiculous 4.35 40-yard dash. But Green-Beckham is a talented guy, nonetheless. He looked smooth in position drills and caught the ball well. A good day for him.
▪ Amari Cooper, Alabama: He pretty much locked up a spot in the top 12 of the draft by running unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.42 and 4.43. He also looked very fluid in position drills and showed far more polish than most of his competitors. He’s as good as advertised.
▪ Devin Funchess, Michigan: He did not have a great day. The tight end-turned-receiver looked more like the former on Saturday, when he ran an unofficial 4.70 40-yard dash and didn’t look terribly explosive out of his cuts in drills. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess flashes intriguing size, however, and his 40-yard dash time would have been the third best of all the tight ends. He probably projects as a second-round pick.
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▪ Kevin White, West Virginia: Tore up the track; his unofficial 4.35 40-yard dash at 6 feet 3 and 215 pounds should guarantee his status as a top-10 pick. It’s a good enough time to garner some consideration as the No. 1 receiver in the draft ahead of Cooper. Cooper is probably a better fit for the Chiefs because of his polish, but no matter; both of the draft’s top receivers figure to be long gone by the No. 18 overall pick.
▪ Chris Conley, Georgia: Posted an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.35 and tied Combine records in the vertical jump (45 inches) and broad jump (11 feet, 7 inches). He is 6 feet 2 and 213 pounds. His bench press of 18 reps also ranked among the top performers at his position, receiver. Conley caught 36 passes for 657 yards and eight touchdowns this year at Georgia, and his Combine performance should force evaluators to review his film.