The NFL Combine is a perfect time to impress scouts with impressive workout numbers, and two potential Top 5 picks have done just that over the weekend in Indianapolis.
While the spotlight has been on potential first overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney and his 40-yard time, and top quarterback prospect Blake Bortles during the throwing drills, top prospects Greg Robinson and Sammy Watkins have impressed scouts enough to solidify or even boost their spots on draft boards.
Robinson, a 6'5 and 320 pound offensive tackle from Auburn, ran a blistering (relatively speaking) 4.84 40-yard dash. To listen to the chatter in Indy this weekend tell it, Robinson's stock is soaring to the point where he may have overtaken Texas A&M's Jake Matthews as the top OT in the draft.
Watkins meanwhile, ran a very impressive 40-yard dash himself, clocking in at 4.34 and 4.37. The 6'1, 205 pound receiver from Clemson has separated himself from Marqise Lee and others as the clear-cut top pass catcher in this year's draft. Respected draftnik Mike Mayock of NFL Network has gone so far to say Watkins he thinks Watkins is a franchise receiver. The junior could go as high as second overall to the St. Louis Rams.
Other players who helped their cause over the weekend include Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans and Fresno State Derek Carr.
Evans has been somewhat of a forgotten man sitting behind Watkins and Lee on draft boards at the receiver position. But after putting up some strong numbers to go along with his freakish wingspan, could see the redshirt sophomore finish the weekend on Lee's tail for second receiver to be taken.
After a poor showing in the Las Vegas Bowl dropped Carr out of the first-round in many draftniks minds and mock drafts, Carr has done some tremendous damage control in the off-season. Starting with the Senior Bowl and continuing this weekend at the Combine, Carr's performances have boosted his stock back into the first round and perhaps as high as the Top 10. The Minnesota Vikings, picking eighth overall and in need of a quarterback, could take a long look at the senior if the top three – Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Bortles – are off the board.
And speaking of Manziel, the exciting quarterback spent most of the weekend trying to prove to teams he's more Johnny Manziel than Johnny Football, but in the tests he went through, he impressed for the most part. Manziel's 40-yard time of 4.68 was strong and while he measured in a little short for most teams' liking – a shade under 6'0 – his hand size was certainly NFL caliber.