Day 1: QBs, WRs & TEs Who Shined; 9 Wide Receivers Run Sub-4.4 40-Yard Dash
The first day of field drills at the NFL Combine brought speed, speed and more speed. Nine wide receivers clocked in a 40-yard dash time at 4.4 seconds or under — the most since 2006. Among them was Baylor WR Tyquan Thornton, who ran the fastest time of the day (4.28). Plenty of those receivers saw their draft stock rise with blazing speed. Here are the top standouts from Thursday.
Players Who Shined on Day 1
WR Alec Pierce (Cincinnati): Pierce’s 4.33 40-yard time was impressive, but his overall athleticism drew praise with a 40.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot-9 broad jump.
QB Malik Willis (Liberty): Projected to go in the 1st round, Willis showcased his superior arm strength and looked good in the QB drills.
QB Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati): Two Bearcats on the list. Ridder’s passing game was average, but he ran a 4.52 40 time to boost his stock as a dual-threat QB.
Fun Fact: Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett’s hands measured at 8.5 inches — smaller than any active QB in the NFL. He still excelled in passing drills and he’s expected to be a 1st-round pick regardless.
NFL Combine Schedule
Friday: Running Backs, Offensive Linemen
Saturday: Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
Sunday: Defensive Backs, Kickers
NFL Combine Tracker (Full Results)
NFL: 2022 NFL Scouting Combine Day 1 Winners & Losers
Sporting News: NFL Combine Results: Highlights, Top Performers from Workouts
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