While it's extremely unlikely the Falcons will be looking for a top QB, there's a strong case to be made for them looking for a wide receiver in this draft. With Roddy White, Devin Hester and Harry Douglas all 30 or older, it's time to begin finding young blood to play alongside Julio. Here's a quick look at the top players at each position, as well as some of the surprises from Saturday.
The Top Wide Receivers
|Player||40 yard dash||Bench Press||Vertical Jump||Broad Jump|
|Kevin White||4.35||23 reps||36.5||123.0|
|DeVante Parker||4.45||17 reps||36.5||125.0|
|Dorial Green-Beckham||4.49||13 reps||33.5||119.0|
|Devin Funchess||4.70||17 reps||38.5||122.0|
|Sammie Coates||4.43||23 reps||41.0||131.0|
The Top Quarterbacks
|Player||40 yard dash||Vertical Jump||Broad Jump|
Wide Receiver Surprises
Chris Conley, UGA
Largely considered to be either a 7th round prospect or priority free agent, Conley likely lifted his draft stock with some impressive numbers - most notably, a 40 time of 4.35 seconds, and a vertical jump of 45 inches. While Conley did drop several balls in the receiving portion, his high numbers indicate he has some very high physical potential to work with. Since speed can't be taught, look for Conley's name to possibly climb into the mid-rounds.
Phillip Dorsett, Miami
While most expected Dorsett to blow the doors off, seeing the raw numbers in motion still has an impact. Dorsett had one of the fastest 40 times of the combine so far, putting up an official 4.33. His 37 inch vertical and 122 inch broad jump indicate a good bit of power as well. There was already talk that Dorsett's stock was rising, and the combine has only furthered that. He could be a name you hear early on day 2.
Nick Marshall, Auburn
What's interesting about Marshall isn't his potential as a QB, but his potential as a cornerback. Marshall is actually participating in the workouts for both positions, and the numbers he put up today make him very intriguing. His 40-time was 4.54, while he registered an impressive 37.5 inch vertical and 124 inch broad jump. His switch to corner isn't out of the blue, given that he played 13 games for Georgia at that position. He's a name to pay attention to in the draft.