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    10 To Watch At The Combine - The Athletic

    INDIANAPOLIS ó This weekís NFL combine is annually the biggest freak show in football. All sorts of big, fast athletes get their chance to back up their college hype. Here are predictions for the 10 guys most likely to wow folks in the timing and test portion of the process.
    1. Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama

    There are a bunch of guys here who are better combinations of large size and shocking speed, but the fastest guy almost always draws all the eyeballs, and the 5-11, 188-pound Ruggs will do so when he toes up to the 40. He can absolutely fly, leaving scouts with their chins on the rug when they watch film of his takeoff.
    Last offseason, Ruggs wowed NFL scouts who had him in the mid 4.2s when they timed him in the 40. Donít be surprised if he beats John Rossís 4.22 record here. Ruggs has that kind of burst in him.
    2. Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

    Around the Soonersí program, the Canadian import is considered an even bigger freak than blazing fast LB Kenneth Murray. The 300-pound Gallimore bench presses 500 pounds and squats 800. He cleans 405, but it was his 40 time last year that left people shaking their heads, running a 4.76. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said he wouldnít have believed that time had he not witnessed it with his own eyes.
    3. Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa

    Our No. 1 Freak last summer, the 6-5, 320-pound Wirfs set an Iowa record in the power clean by powering out four reps at 450 pounds. He is an absolute beast in the weight room, and it does carry over to the field. The former state champion wrestler also vertical jumped 35 inches last offseason, which would have been the second-highest jump by an O-lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine in the past seven years. Heís also gone 9-5 feet in the broad jump.
    4. James Smith-Williams, DE, NC State

    This is the latest in the Packís pipeline of well-developed D-linemen. Smith-Williams arrived five years ago weighing a wiry 196 pounds. Heís a hulking 265. From his pre-combine workouts, weíre hearing he may run his 40 in the low 4.5s, broad jump more 10-feet and vertical at least 37 inches. His 20-yard shuttle is expected to be in the 4.2s
    5. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

    One of the best players in this draft, the 6-4, 238-pound linebacker moves like a wideout. A fast one. Folks who have worked with him expect him to hit at least 40 inches in the vertical and broad jump 11 feet. He also has a good chance to run the 40 in the 4.4s.
    6. Sewo Olonilua, RB, TCU

    Heís a huge back who is very versatile and a really intriguing talent. Last spring, he had a workout for pro scouts and clocked a 4.47 while weighing 238 pounds. He also has benched 470 and cleaned 475. In addition, he vertical jumps 40 inches. Olonilua is down to 232, so donít be surprised if he clocks in the 4.4s and tops the 40-inch mark on the vert and puts up more reps on the bench than many O-linemen.
    7. Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

    The 6-1, 220-pounder, a late bloomer from Atlanta, blew up in the past 18 months on the NFL scouting circuit and is the rare non-FBS guy to make our Freaks list. Scouting sources told me heís run a verified 4.41 40 and also vertical jumped 40 inches and broad jumped 11 feet. More impressively, Joel Taylor, one of his old college coaches who also coached 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Darius Leonard in college, says Dugger is a better-skilled athlete in open space and is more explosive.
    8. Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

    I asked some NFL scouts this week, if Ruggs isnít the fastest guy in Indy, who else would you guess? Reagorís name came up a few times. Last offseason at 195 pounds, he clocked a blazing 4.29 40. Reagor measured in at 206 pounds, but Iím told heís still likely to run as fast as the low 4.3s. Heís also super strong for a wideout, so his bench numbers probably will look like that of a linebacker.
    9. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

    Scouts love everything about this kid. The former five-star prospect from Texas has ideal size for a corner at 6-1, 200 pounds, but Iím told he could stun some people with how fast he runs here. One NFL scout told me he thinks Okudahís 40 time will be in the low 4.3s.
    10. LeVante Bellamy, RB, Western Michigan

    Hereís my sleeper pick to crack the 4.2s in the 40, and heís also a hometown guy. The 5-9, 192-pounder was the MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, vertical jumped 41.5 inches last season and also ran a laser-timed 4.28 40, according to Broncos coaches.



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    Re: 10 To Watch At The Combine - The Athletic

    6'4, 238 lb wr Chase Claypool from ND with a couple 4.4 40's.....also willing to convert to te.
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    Re: 10 To Watch At The Combine - The Athletic

    I don't think Claypool needs worry about switching to te anymore. He followed up his 4.43 40 with a 40 inch vertical jump.

    Watching the wr's, I'm sure hoping McBeane goes for 2 of them this draft. The crop is that deep. Can get 2 of anything as well. 2 burners, 2 big guys, 2 polished route runners, not to mention mix and match. No way they'll all be gone deep into the mid rounds.

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    Re: 10 To Watch At The Combine - The Athletic

    Day 2 of the combine, AJ Dillon with a 4.5, 6' 247....23 bench reps. Dude is chiseled, thighs the size of my torso. Good crop of backs that would be an excellent power complement to Singletary.
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    Re: 10 To Watch At The Combine - The Athletic

    I have never seen so many quality WR's and RB's in a single draft.

    Incredible strength in numbers. They will be available into Saturday (rounds 4-7)

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