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Workout Warriors: Wide Receivers

Posted Feb 27, 2016

Wide receivers had their chance to impress all 32 NFL teams at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. 

They participated in on-field drills Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium and are part of more than 300 draft-eligible prospects being evaluated.

Draft prospects partake in a variety of drills that include the following: 40-yard dash, 225-pound bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill. Some also do the 60-yard shuttle.

The 40-yard dash measures pure straight-line speed and is tailored toward skill positions such as running backs, wide receivers and cornerbacks. 

Agility drills such as the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drills help gauge linebackers and safeties. The 225-pound bench press and broad jump can help with assessments of offensive and defensive linemen to measure strength and explosiveness.

Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller impressed analysts by running the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds, while Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge and Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard tied for most reps in the bench press with 20. Shepard also tied for best vertical jump, with 41 inches.

Fuller’s time comes in second overall so far for 40-yard dash times behind Georgia running back Keith Marshall, who clocked a 4.31 on Friday. NFL.com put together the chart below that demonstrates the target numbers for each combine drill based on player position (scroll below for top five performances by wide receivers in each drill):

Here were the top wide receiver performances at the combine:

40-yard dash

1. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame, 4.32 seconds

2. Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU, 4.35

3. Trevor Davis, WR, California, 4.42

4. Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn, 4.43

5. Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia 4.45

(tied) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson 4.45

Bench press (225 pounds)

1. Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State, 20 reps

(tied) Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma, 20

2. Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn, 18

(tied) Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State, 18

3. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor, 17

(tied) Byron Marshall, WR, Oregon, 17

(tied) Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State, 17

(tied) Marquez North, WR, Tennessee, 17

(tied) Rashawn Scott, WR, Miami, 17

4. Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State, 16

5. Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina, 15

(tied) Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU, 15

(tied) Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia, 15

Vertical jump

1. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, 41 inches

(tied) Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma, 41

2. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor, 40.5

3. Trevor Davis, WR, California, 38.5

4. Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn, 38

5. Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State, 37.5

Broad jump

1. Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn, 11 feet, 0 inches

2. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, 10-11

3. Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati, 10-10

4. Corey Colemen, WR, Baylor, 10-9

(tied) Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU, 10-9

(tied) Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia, 10-9

5. Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa, 10-8

3-cone drill

1. Devon Cajuste, WR, Stanford, 6.49 seconds

2. Trevor Davis, WR, California, 6.60

3. Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State, 6.65

4. D.J. Foster, WR, Arizona State, 6.75

5. Chris, Moore, WR, Cincinnati, 6.76

20-yard shuttle

1. D.J. Foster, WR, Arizona State, 4.07 seconds

(tied) Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State, 4.07

2. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, 4.08

3. Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State, 4.13

(tied) Marquez North, WR, Tennessee, 4.13

(tied) Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State, 4.13

4. Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon, 4.14

(tied) Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona, 4.14

5. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida, 4.19

(tied) Hunter Sharp, WR, Utah State, 4.19

60-yard shuttle

1. Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State, 10.84 seconds

2. Trevor Davis, WR, California, 10.94

3. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, 11.06

4. D.J. Foster, WR, Arizona State, 11.12

5. Kenny Lawler, WR, California, 11.28