Which Skill Positions Players Showed Best in Combine Player Workouts?
Admit it. The most exciting day of the NFL Scouting Combine is Day 2 since it features all of the skill-position players.
We're supposed to care about the linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. And we do to an extent.
But none of those other positions have the same cache as the wide receivers and running backs. They're the ones who will be winning Super Bowl MVP trophies someday. It's just the way of the world.
So who made their mark on Sunday? Click through to discover the five stars who really stood out.
West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
Tavon Austin didn't put up eye-popping numbers. Well, not for him.
He ran a 4.34 40-yard dash to confirm what we already knew: He can fly. That straight-line speed adds to his mystique as a punt returner.
However, his rocket-like 4.01 20-yard shuttle proves he's going to be a problem lined up in the slot. With the ability to quickly explode, no one will be able to stay with him as he cuts over the middle. With speed like that, he'll be able to run away from everyone once he has the ball.
Basically, Austin cemented his status as one of the most enticing players in this draft.
Auburn RB Onterio McCalebb
Onterio McCalebb gave more than a few scouts whiplash with the way he blazed through his 40-yard dash.
The first victims hurt themselves watching McCalebb's unofficial 4.21 time that was officially amended to 4.34 seconds. Had the original time stood, it would have beaten Chris Johnson's record.
But that doesn't matter. The second round of whiplash was from those same scouts flipping through their rankings to determine where the speedster now sits.
McCalebb isn't going in the first two nights. However, he should find a home somewhere in the middle rounds if he builds on this momentum.
Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope
The knock on Ryan Swope was that he lacked top-end speed. Apparently, nobody told him.
He rocked the 40-yard dash with a stellar 4.34, which tied him with speed demon Tavon Austin. That wasn't supposed to happen.
But it did. And Swope wasn't finished.
He added a 37-inch vertical jump, which placed him in the top 10 of all skill position players.
Well done, young man.
Arkansas RB Knile Davis
Much like Tyler Wilson, Knile Davis' senior year was hijacked by an errant motorcycle and an even more errant coach. But Davis was able to put a lot of that behind him at the combine.
Davis tore through the 40-yard dash and posted an impressive 4.37.
However, his performance shouldn't just be remembered solely for a solid sprint.
He also pushed 225 pounds from his chest an absurd 31 times. For comparison purposes, that's one better than defensive tackles Jesse Williams and John Jenkins.
General managers are still going to wonder about his ankles. But Davis just forced them to remember his talent.
Texas A&M RB Christine Michael
There are a few great arguments for this last spot.
Marquise Goodwin made good on the hype, leading the combine with a ridiculous 4.27 40-yard dash time and 132-inch broad jump.
Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe was phenomenal as well. He threw up 26 bench reps, led everyone with a 3.96 20-yard shuttle and dominated the 60-yard shuttle with a time of 10.87.
I'm sorry, Moe, but Christine Michael put on a show. He bested Moe with 27 reps and hung with him in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.02 seconds.
However, his 43-inch vertical jump put him over the top. That number was 3.5 inches better than anybody else.
Like I said, Michael was that amazing.