The main purpose of the NFL Scouting Combine is to supplement game tape on certain players by watching them perform live. Despite that, combine performances often seem to influence the decisions of many teams with regards to improving or hurting a player's value.
One position in particular that seems to be effected plenty by the combine is wide receiver. It certainly makes sense since drills like the 40-yard dash and vertical jump apply to receivers much more than any other position. With that said, there were plenty of pass catchers who impressed in a big way at the combine.
Here are three receivers who helped their respective draft stocks most on Sunday.
Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Prior to the combine, there wasn't much discussion regarding Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill. Although he has an excellent frame at 6'4" and 215 pounds, he didn't have many opportunities to showcase his skills in college.
The Yellow Jackets run an option offense, making passes quite scarce. Because of that he made only 28 grabs this past season, although he totaled 820 receiving yards for an incredible yards-per-catch averaged of 29.3.
With that in mind, it was obvious that Hill had some big-play ability. He furthered that notion by running what tied for the fastest 40-yard dash among wide receivers at 4.36 seconds. When you add that type of speed to his 6'4" frame, you get a receiver with the potential to cause chaos down the field.
Former Georgia Tech and current Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas was in the same boat as Hill and he ended up being a first-rounder. Hill may not have risen that high, but a second-round grade seems accurate.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
Entering the combine, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd looked like he was probably the No. 2 receiver in the class behind Justin Blackmon, although the likes of Kendall Wright, Alshon Jeffery and Mohamed Sanu were very much in the hunt as well. After his combine performance, however, Floyd is at least the No. 2 receiver and may very well have equaled or surpassed Blackmon.
Floyd's 40 of 4.42 seconds was excellent considering his 6'3", 220-pound frame. He was a downfield threat throughout his career at Notre Dame and his combine numbers proved that he has the size, speed and leaping ability to do the same in the NFL.
Blackmon is still probably the favorite when it comes to which receiver will come off the board first due to his monster production in college, but Floyd has at least created a bit of doubt.
Tommy Streeter, Miami (Fla.)
Which WR helped himself most at the combine?
University of Miami players are well known for their speed and athleticism, and wide receiver Tommy Streeter certainly didn't disappoint at the combine. He measured in at 6'5" and 219 pounds, but he still managed to run a blazing 4.4-second 40-yard dash. On top of that, his vertical and broad jumps measured out well. Streeter was in dire need of a great performance because prior to this past season, he had only six total receptions at Miami.
Streeter broke out in 2011 as he made 46 catches for 811 yards in his first extended action, but that was a far cry from what some of his counterparts produced. Streeter is still considered a raw talent who has a lot of developing to do before he becomes an impact player at the next level, but his combine outing proved that there is something to work with.