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Who to watch during QB, WR, TE workouts at the 2020 NFL Combine

The 2020 NFL Combine is underway and on-field workouts get started on Thursday. We break down the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends to watch.

General view of interior of Lucas Oil Stadium for the NFL Combine.

The 2020 NFL Combine is upon us, and over 300 football prospects are hoping to boost their stock for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Players will hold Pro Days in March and April, but the Combine brings all 32 teams together to pour over medical records and performances by the various prospects.

Players arrive in positional groups, and it started with quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends arriving on Sunday. They’ve gone through medical exams, measurements, and are in the process of the team interview scheduling.

Now, they move on to the on-field workouts. This includes running the 40-yard dash, going through the 3-cone drills and shuttle run, doing the vertical leap and broad jump, and going through various position-specific drills.

NFL Combine TV schedule

NFL Network will be airing live coverage from the workouts starting Thursday. The NFL has moved the workouts into prime time, hoping to generate a little more buzz to their television network. They will air from 4-11 p.m. and will be available via live online stream.

Who to watch

Quarterbacks

Justin Herbert: Herbert is your prototypical quarterback, standing at 6’6” and weighing in at 236 pounds, he’s what old school scouts look for at first blush. Arm strength and mobility shouldn’t be a concern, but there were plenty of red flags with reads and touch passes. Unlike Joe Burrow, Herbert needs a good showing at the combine to solidify his draft status. His Senior Bowl performance helped and there’s no-doubt he’ll be a first-round pick, but he’ll need to continue to impress for teams to feel good about him in the Top-10 of the draft.

Jordan Love: Love’s breakout came in 2018, but a big turnover in coaching and offensive talent impacted his 2019 season, as he regressed statistically. His physical abilities aren’t in question, but his grasp of the position and the little things it takes to excel are. Love also was cited for marijuana possession between declaring for the draft and Utah State’ bowl game. Teams are probably fair in questioning his decision making in that case. But talent trumps all and a strong combine to go along with his raw talent and 2018 tape might push him into the first round.

Jacob Eason: Eason has taken a winding road to the 2020 combine, as a true freshman, he started at Georgia and then beat out Jake Fromm for the starting job his sophomore year, but a knee injury ended up sidelining him and giving Fromm the job and relegating Eason to the bench. Eason decided to transfer back to his home state and had to sit out nearly two years. He ended up throwing for 3,132 yards and 23 touchdowns with eight interceptions in 2019 and then declaring for the draft. Many scouts believe he needed another year in college, but there’s no doubt he has the arm talent to succeed. His footwork and reads still need work, as he has trouble under pressure. His arm will likely show off well at the combine though, and there will be a team that thinks they can fix the rest.

Jalen Hurts: Hurts is the best dual-threat quarterback in the draft and with Lamar Jackson’s recent success at the next level, teams will do their due diligence on his evaluation. He’s relied on his running ability to the detriment of his passing game, but that is often the profile of a running college quarterback. His ability to read defenses and stay in the pocket and make tough throws at all levels has improved and a good showing at the combine could help teams see his ability as a touch and deep ball passer.

Wide Receivers

Henry Ruggs: Ruggs will be the receiver you want to be in front of the TV for when he runs his 40. But his world-class speed isn’t just him being fast, he is a top receiver with good hands and tremendous burst off the line, getting defenders in bad situations immediately. NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah compares him to Tyreek Hill, as do many other scouts. He’s a true game changer and it will be standing-room only to watch him show off his speed and possibly break the combine record set by John Ross at 4.22 seconds.

Jalen Reagor: Reagor comes into the draft after a down year at Texas Christian after a big 2018. That drop in production is linked to poor quarterback play and usage. The team’s inability to get the ball to him in space was troubling, as his best trait has been running after the catch. His speed is off the charts but his ability to get early separation and make contested receptions is lacking. Reagor has a wide receivers confidence and has predicted he will beat Ruggs’ 40 time, so there’s some intrigue to that matchup at the combine to be sure. But as a player, he is still a work in progress, bit one that has the traits to be an asset with the right NFL team.

Gabriel Davis: An absolute monster in three seasons for the Knights, Davis’s 6’3 frame and huge catch radius caused nightmares in a G5 conference. He also has excellent downhill speed, and can post up smaller defenders because he isn’t afraid to get physical. 72 receptions for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns will get him noticed, but he’s also done it against elite competition: he made plays in NYE 6 games against LSU and Auburn as well. He’ll want to show measurables, but is an impact player right away.

CeeDee Lamb: The most reliable receiver in the pass-happy Big XII, Lamb is a first-rounder if he sat in his hotel room playing XBox in Indianapolis. 173 catches for 3,292 yards and 32 touchdowns in just three seasons on a team that had plenty of talent will get you noticed. And a 21.4 yard reception average in 2019 shows his elite breakaway speed. At only 190 lbs. some teams might want him to add to his frame, but his ability to shed defenders in stem routes is outstanding. He’ll want to show measurables here, but even if his 40 isn’t top of the class (which it might be!), he’s still got game film that will have scouts drooling.

Tight Ends

Cole Kmet: The two-sport athlete at Notre Dame is a big target at 6’5, 262 lbs., and came out early after his junior year giving him a chance to potentially add even more size. He had 43 catches for 515 yards for the Irish this year, not exactly the pass-happiest of teams. He’s not a terrific blocker, but has all the tools to improve in that area with NFL coaching and training. Likely the first tight end off the board, he has renounced baseball publicly and says he’s solely focused on football going forward. And being from Chicago, he’d be a great fit for a Bears team that has need at his position.

Harrison Bryant: Winner of two C-USA conference championships at FAU, the Mackey Award winner for the nations best tight end had 65 catches for 1,004 yards his senior year, eye-popping statistics for that position. His blocking has improved significantly, and he’s athletic enough to run over DB’s in coverage or open a hole against a scraping linebacker. As with all G5 players, the Combine becomes more important because of the lack of tape against top defenses. But if his measurables hold, he’s a Day 2 pick candidate.

Mitchell Wilcox: Criminally underused in some offenses that didn’t fit his skillset at South Florida, Wilcox brings the size, speed, hands, and blocking ability that translate at the next level. But his lack of game film due to a run-and-shoot offense his sophomore and junior seasons held him back. There wasn’t much to work with otherwise and he saw tons of bracket coverage. He’s got all the tools, but will that alone be enough to make him a draftable prospect is the question.

List of players

QB, WR, TE Combine participants

Name Position School Conference
Name Position School Conference
Bryant, Kelly QB Missouri SEC
Burrow, Joe QB LSU SEC
Davidson, Kevin QB Princeton Ivy League
Eason, Jacob QB Washington Pac-12
Fromm, Jake QB Georgia SEC
Gordon, Anthony QB Washington St. Pac-12
Herbert, Justin QB Oregon Pac-12
Hurts, Jalen QB Oklahoma Big 12
Lewerke, Brian QB Michigan St. Big Ten
Love, Jordan QB Utah St. Mountain West
Luton, Jake QB Oregon St. Pac-12
McDonald, Cole QB Hawaii Mountain West
Montez, Steven QB Colorado Pac-12
Morgan, James QB Florida International Conference USA
Patterson, Shea QB Michigan Big Ten
Stanley, Nate QB Iowa Big Ten
Tagovailoa, Tua QB Alabama SEC
Aiyuk, Brandon WR Arizona State Pac-12
Bayless, Omar WR Arkansas State Sun Belt
Bowden, Lynn WR Kentucky SEC
Brown, Tony WR Colorado Pac-12
Cager, Lawrence WR Georgia SEC
Callaway, Marquez WR Tennessee SEC
Cephus, Quintez WR Wisconsin Big Ten
Claypool, Chase WR Notre Dame IA Independents
Cleveland, Tyrie WR Florida SEC
Coulter, Isaiah WR Rhode Island CAA
Davis, Gabriel WR Central Florida AAC
Davis, Quartney WR Texas A&M SEC
Duvernay, Devin WR Texas Big 12
Edwards, Bryan WR South Carolina SEC
Finke, Chris WR Notre Dame IA Independents
Fuller, Aaron WR Washington Pac-12
Gandy-Golden, Antonio WR Liberty Big South
Gibson, Antonio WR Memphis AAC
Guidry, Stephen WR Mississippi St. SEC
Hamler, KJ WR Penn St. Big Ten
Higgins, Tee WR Clemson ACC
Hightower, John WR Boise St. Mountain West
Hill, K.J. WR Ohio St. Big Ten
Hodgins, Isaiah WR Oregon St. Pac-12
Jackson, Trishton WR Syracuse ACC
Jefferson, Justin WR LSU SEC
Jefferson, Van WR Florida SEC
Jennings, Jauan WR Tennessee SEC
Jeudy, Jerry WR Alabama SEC
Johnson, Collin WR Texas Big 12
Johnson, Juwan WR Oregon Pac-12
Johnson, Tyler WR Minnesota Big Ten
Lamb, CeeDee WR Oklahoma Big 12
Lipscomb, Kalija WR Vanderbilt SEC
Mack, Austin WR Ohio St. Big Ten
Mims, Denzel WR Baylor Big 12
Mooney, Darnell WR Tulane AAC
Osborn, K.J. WR Miami ACC
Parker, Aaron WR Rhode Island CAA
Patmon, Dezmon WR Washington St. Pac-12
Peoples-Jones, Donovan WR Michigan Big Ten
Perry, Malcolm WR Navy AAC
Pittman, Michael WR USC Pac-12
Proche, James WR SMU AAC
Reagor, Jalen WR TCU Big 12
Reed, Joe WR Virginia ACC
Rogers, Kendrick WR Texas A&M SEC
Ruggs III, Henry WR Alabama SEC
Shenault Jr., Laviska WR Colorado Pac-12
Stewart, Darrell WR Michigan St. Big Ten
Swain, Freddie WR Florida SEC
Thomas, Jeff WR Miami ACC
Victor, Ben WR Ohio St. Big Ten
Watkins, Quez WR Southern Miss Conference USA
White, Cody WR Michigan St. Big Ten
Asiasi, Devin TE UCLA Pac-12
Breeland, Jacob TE Oregon Pac-12
Bryant, Harrison TE Florida Atlantic Conference USA
Bryant, Hunter TE Washington Pac-12
Deguara, Josiah TE Cincinnati AAC
Hopkins, Brycen TE Purdue Big Ten
Keene, Dalton TE Virginia Tech ACC
Kmet, Cole TE Notre Dame IA Independents
McKeon, Sean TE Michigan Big Ten
Moss, Thaddeus TE LSU SEC
O'Grady, C.J. TE Arkansas SEC
Okwuegbunam, Albert TE Missouri SEC
Parkinson, Colby TE Stanford Pac-12
Pinkney, Jared TE Vanderbilt SEC
Sullivan, Stephen TE LSU SEC
Taumoepeau, Charlie TE Portland St. Big Sky
Trautman, Adam TE Dayton Pioneer
Wilcox, Mitchell TE South Florida AAC
Woerner, Charlie TE Georgia SEC
Wood-Anderson, Dom TE Tennessee SEC