In the second day of on-field drills, it was the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs that garnered the lime light. With so many drills taking place no other event was more anticipated than the 40-yard dash. Although it is by far the most entertaining of any on-field drill, I stated over a week ago that it was similar to the NBA’s slam dunk contest, fun to watch but nothing more than a crowd pleaser. Apparently, NFL anchor Rich Eisen felt the same way, as he used the same analogy when comparing WR Tavon Austin’s 40 yard-dash to WR Corey Fuller’s, saying:
It has become in a way like the slam dunk contest. Where you see something that’s just as impressive as anything else, years ago it would’ve been “wow, what a dunk!” Now it’s like, oh okay.
West Virginia’s Tavon Austin set the tone for the 40-yard dash running a blazing 4.25 (unofficial 40-time). Shortly thereafter Virginia’s Corey Fuller, ran a 4.38 which was still considered flying, but not as eye-popping as Austin’s. Players that improved their draft stock based on the 40-yard dash was Tavon Austin (West Virginia) Marquise Goodwin (Texas), and Josh Boyce (TCU).
In the gauntlet drill, Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), Marquess Wilson (Washington St.), and Robert Woods (USC) all showed their hand-eye coordination and excelled. However, the highlight of the drill came from T.J. Moe (Missouri) as he reached across his body to snag a one-handed catch. Moe also hulked up on the bench press, leading all wide receivers with an impressive 26 reps.
After watching the receivers run their on-field drills, I came away very impressed with Woods (USC), Wilson (Washington St.), and Williams (Baylor). When you match-up production and the NFL combine, they most likely will all be available when the San Francisco 49ers are on the clock with the 31st pick. Which raises the question, will the 49ers invest another first-round pick on a wide receiver? I do not think so, as the 49ers have other glaring needs that need to be addressed such as a pass rush specialist and secondary depth.