NFL Combine 2019 Results: Saturday Highlights, Reaction and Recap

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State works out during day three of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine continued Saturday, with quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends taking center stage at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

While reigning Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray opted not to participate in drills, there were plenty of others who put on a show for teams. Ohio State star Dwayne Haskins was among the participants on Day 2. 

Saturday's action featured the vertical jump, passing drills and, of course, the 40-yard dash. Below is a glance at some of the most notable performances of the day as well as a recap of some of the top prospects.


40-Yard Dash


Trace McSorley, Penn State: 4.57 seconds

Tyree Jackson, Buffalo: 4.59 seconds

Drew Lock, Missouri: 4.69 seconds

Daniel Jones, Duke: 4.81 seconds

Will Grier, West Virginia: 4.84 seconds

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: 5.04 seconds 



Parris Campbell, Ohio State: 4.31 seconds

Mecole Hardman, Georgia: 4.33 seconds

D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss: 4.33 seconds

Terry McLaurin, Ohio State: 4.35 seconds

Hakeem Butler, Iowa State: 4.48 seconds

N'Keal Harry, Arizona State: 4.53 seconds


Tight Ends

Noah Fant, Iowa: 4.50 seconds

Irv Smith Jr., Alabama: 4.63 seconds

T.J. Hockenson, Iowa: 4.70 seconds

*Full combine results available on NFL.com 


Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

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With Murray holding himself out, the combine gave Haskins the opportunity to solidify himself as the top quarterback prospect in this year's draft class.

Measuring in at 6'3" and 231 pounds, one of the biggest question marks surrounding Haskins has been his mobility. In his lone year as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback, he ran for 108 yards on just 1.4 yards per carry.

He managed just a time of 5.04 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which was the slowest among quarterbacks:


.@OhioStateFB QB Dwayne Haskins runs a 5.04u 40-yard dash in his first attempt. 📺: #NFLCombine on @nflnetwork https://t.co/o4umwRfiMV

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported, though, that Haskins was hampered by leg cramps and is expected to run the 40 again at Ohio State's pro day on March 20. Rapoport notes the former Buckeye had been running in the 4.8-second range during training.

Regardless of what he may run later this month, he made it clear to the Big Ten Network earlier this week that he is a "thrower, not a runner." As a result, Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller noted that Haskins' 40 time should not have much impact on his draft stock. 

Following his underwhelming 40-yard dash, Haskins gave teams a glimpse of what he can do with his arm:


.@OhioStateFB QB Dwayne Haskins out here throwing darts 🎯 @dh_simba7 📺: #NFLCombine on @nflnetwork https://t.co/PlX3ntqPSO

The strong-armed passer also showed off his deep ball:


Dwayne Haskins has a pretty deep ball 💪 @dh_simba7 📺: #NFLCombine on @nflnetwork https://t.co/QWgCnvefwt

Also of note, Haskins recorded a vertical jump of 28.5 inches. 

Haskins' draft stock likely remained about the same following Saturday's performance, especially with Murray sitting out. Haskins' game speaks for itself on tape, although NFL teams only have one season to sample from.

Regardless, Haskins remains one of the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft, if not the No. 1 player at his position. 


D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

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Arguably no player has helped his stock more at the combine than Metcalf.

The former Ole Miss star, whom Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller had ranked 32nd overall entering the combine, became an internet sensation earlier this week when he measured in with just 1.6 percent body fat. He followed that up doing an impressive 27 reps on the bench press Friday.

And yet, Saturday may have been his most impressive day so far.

Measuring in at 6'3" and 228 pounds, Metcalf put his athleticism on full display with a 40.5-inch vertical jump:

The Checkdown @thecheckdown

D.K. Metcalf is a robot programmed to play football better than us humans. 😯 #NFLCombine https://t.co/vG9SBunhEv

Then, he stole the show by blazing through the 40-yard dash in just 4.33 seconds:


D.K. Metcalf just ran a 4.33u 40-yard dash! 🔥🔥🔥 @dkmetcalf14 @OleMissFB 📺: #NFLCombine on @nflnetwork https://t.co/1mDnh8VjcG

That would be the third-fastest time among receivers, with only Ohio State's Parris Campbell (4.31) and Massachusetts' Andy Isabella (4.31) besting it. NFL Network's Rich Eisen noted a 4.33 is something that had never been done at the combine by players of this size.

Rich Eisen @richeisen

It’s official @dkmetcalf14 ran a 4.33. It’s the fastest @nflnetwork has ever recorded by someone 225+ including @saquon @Shaquemgriffin @VernonDavis85 and yes @calvinjohnsonjr https://t.co/swpXpClvDS

And given everything Metcalf had accomplished this week, plenty were taking notice.

Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes was among those impressed by the sizzling 40:

Patrick Mahomes II @PatrickMahomes


Unfortunately for Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs' first selection in this year's draft isn't until 29th overall. Metcalf may be long gone by that point.

Especially since the New York Jets, who own the third overall pick, were blown away by Metcalf's performance:

New York Jets @nyjets

4.33? At that size? We see you, @dkmetcalf14 💨💨💨 https://t.co/Esfc38n1tM

As Bleacher Report's Ian Kenyon pointed out, the former Rebel's combine performance compares favorably to 2011 sixth overall pick and six-time Pro Bowler Julio Jones:

Ian Kenyon @IanKenyonNFL

Julio Jones: 6'3, 220, 4.34, 38.5", 17 reps DK Metcalf: 6'3, 228, 4.33, 40.5", 27 reps

NFL Network provided a comparison as well:

NFL Network @nflnetwork

Julio Jones vs. D.K. Metcalf. Who ran the faster 40-yard dash? 📺: #NFLCombine https://t.co/gNNriWfWKi

Of course, the wideout also had a chance to show off his hands:


.@dkmetcalf14 goes through the gauntlet drill! @OleMissFB 📺: #NFLCombine on @nflnetwork https://t.co/X23gM1Tff3

Miller noted Metcalf has established himself as the clear No. 1 receiver in this year's draft following Saturday, and Kenyon added the San Francisco 49ers (No. 2), the Jets and the Oakland Raiders (No. 4) could all be potential landing spots.

Metcalf has two years of film for NFL teams to dissect in the weeks leading up to the draft, and while his collegiate numbers (1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns in his Ole Miss career) may not jump off the page, he proved in Indianapolis that he has serious potential.