The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine is almost at an end. Defensive backs will work out on Sunday, and then all prospects, agents and NFL decision-makers will depart Indianapolis and move on to the next stages of their respective offseasons.
This doesn't mean that the combine is finished making its mark on the pre-draft process, though. On the contrary, it's just getting started.
Teams now have even more to consider. The workouts, interviews and medical evaluations of the past week have placed several players under the proverbial microscope—for reasons both positive and negative—heading into the final stretch before April's draft.
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
3. Detroit Lions: Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
4. New York Giants: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
7. Carolina Panthers: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
8. Arizona Cardinals: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
10. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
11. New York Jets: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
13. Indianapolis Colts: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
15. Denver Broncos: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
16. Atlanta Falcons: K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU
17. Dallas Cowboys: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
18. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh): Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago): Zack Baun, Edge, Wisconsin
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
21. Philadelphia Eagles: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
22. Buffalo Bills: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
23. New England Patriots: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
24. New Orleans Saints: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
25. Minnesota Vikings: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
26. Miami Dolphins (from Houston): D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State
28. Baltimore Ravens: Julian Okwara, DE, Notre Dame
29. Tennessee Titans: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
30. Green Bay Packers: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
31. San Francisco 49ers: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons is the epitome of a modern NFL hybrid defender. He played both linebacker and defensive back for the Tigers and excelled in virtually every scenario and role. Some believed that a strong combine showing would place him in the early first-round conversation.
"I genuinely believe Simmons will receive top-5 overall buzz after the combine," CBS Sports Chris Trapasso wrote.
Well, the time for that buzz has come. Simmons absolutely destroyed his workouts on Saturday, posting a 39-inch vertical, an 11-foot broad jump and a 4.39-second 40-yard dash.
To put that last number into perspective, only three wide receivers ran faster than a 4.39 at this year's combine.
Because of the value of edge-rushers, Simmons probably won't overtake Chase Young as the top defensive prospect in this class. However, teams could be eager to trade up and get him, and the 21-year-old's rise will be worth following over the next two months.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Like Simmons, Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was one of the combine's stars because of his speed—he posted a 4.27-second 40. Oklahoma wideout CeeDee Lamb was a few ticks slower, running a 4.5 flat, but he could still wind up being the first receiver off the board.
At 6'2" and 198 pounds, Lamb has archetypal size for an outside NFL receiver, and his ability to go up and get the ball is reminiscent of DeAndre Hopkins.
"He is one of the best contested-catch guys that I've ever scouted, and his hand-eye coordination is off the charts," NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote. "As a big-play specialist, Lamb combines his exceptional pass-catching skills with explosive running ability in the open field."
Teams could spend the next few months deciding whether Lamb or Alabama's Jerry Jeudy deserves to be at the top of their draft boards.
While Lamb wasn't a top performer in the 40-yard dash, his playing speed is what should matter to prospective NFL employers. Expect teams to pore over his game film—likely talking themselves into Lamb along the way.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Teams will be evaluating Colorado wideout Laviska Shenault Jr. over the next two months, though for a different reason. The 21-year old is expected to undergo core muscle surgery following the combine, according to Mike Klis of 9 News Denver:
This is problematic for teams hoping to evaluate Shenault's physical toolbox. As Klis pointed out, the wideout ran a disappointing 40 and won't be a part of Colorado's pro day. Shenault completed 17 reps of the 225-pound bench press but didn't participate in other drills.
Teams will now have to pursue other avenues to evaluate Shenault ahead of the draft.
The 6'1", 227-pound pass-catcher produced 764 yards on 56 receptions for the Buffaloes last season. While those raw numbers might not seem impressive, it's worth noting that Shenault was responsible for more than 26 percent of Colorado's receiving yards in 2019.
Surgery could affect Shenault's stock, but it would be a surprise if he fell past the second round.