WKU's Malachi Corley runs in for a touchdown against UTEP on Nov. 4, 2023 at the Sun Bowl.

2024 Scouting Combine: 20 names to know

For the duration of his stay at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next week, presumptive No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams will be recognized by potential employers simply as QB14.

The alpha-order list of QBs might place Williams at the caboose end of his positional peers, but the hype train for the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner is about to pick up some serious steam.

He’s not the only one in the running at No. 1.

The combine’s labeled QB1 — because he’s first in the alphabetical listing of players at the position — is 2023 Heisman winner Jayden Daniels. The LSU quarterback rates as a top-10 pick, with North Carolina’s Drake Maye and Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. counted among players jousting to be in the top 5 in April.

Here are 20 names to know before more than 300 prospects — and key personnel evaluators and coaches for all 32 NFL teams — converge on Central Indiana next week.

What: 2024 NFL Scouting Combine
When: Feb. 26-March 4
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Who: 321 college football players were invited to participate

1. Ryan Poles, GM, Chicago Bears
It’s not Groundhog Day, but there’s a sense of deja vu for the other 31 general managers with Poles in the driver’s seat for another draft.

Chicago owns the first pick in the draft entering the combine, and the Bears are in position to make another franchise-altering decision at the top. Last March, Poles traded the No. 1 pick to the Panthers and received this 2024 first-round pick in return, thanks to Carolina’s league-worst 2-15 finish. The Bears also have the No. 9 pick, but moved their 2024 second-round pick to acquire defensive end Montez Sweat from the Washington Commanders in October.

Just when you think you know where Poles plans to play his cards, remember he came out of the 2023 draft with a right tackle in the first round (Tennessee’s Darnell Wright).

If we’re talking Poles, we’re talking …

2. Justin Fields, Bears
One day after the combine officially wraps, Fields turns 25 (March 5) and the NFL franchise tag window slides shut at 3:59:59 p.m. ET. Clarity should be closer to reality for Chicago and the rest of the league after days of meetings, clandestine trade talks and agent sessions that help set the table for the start of free agency.

Where will Fields play next season?

It’s not impossible he’ll stay put as the Bears determine whether to invest in a fifth-year option for 2025 — at around $22 million — or hit reset to select their top-ranked quarterback at a four-year cost (2024-27 seasons) of around $40 million.

Keeping Fields and trading the No. 1 pick might bring back a bigger haul than vice versa. He’ll make just over $1.6 million in salary in 2024, but Poles would be betting his job that the 2021 No. 11 overall pick is the answer.

He could also do … both?

Poles would be wise to recall past predicaments with similar ramifications. He was in Kansas City when Alex Smith was embedded as the starter and the Chiefs traded up for Patrick Mahomes. They Chiefs traded Smith to Washington the following year.

Another offensive lineman-turned-GM, Ryan Grigson, faced a shadow-casting call in 2012 when the Colts set free Peyton Manning following neck surgery and turned the keys of the franchise over to Andrew Luck.

3. Caleb Williams, QB, Southern California
Opinion in the scouting community is overwhelming regarding Williams’ arm talent, accuracy and excellence working off-script. Comparisons range from Josh Allen (Bills) to Jay Cutler, and the Bears, Commanders (picking No. 2) and Patriots (No. 3) are all likely to love elements of his game.

Williams holds up standing in the pocket against a blitz and can also escape pressure and make “wow” throws with pinpoint accuracy on the move. He’s not huge at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, but he’s stronger than he’s credited for and a better athlete than some might realize with some Jalen Hurts-like qualities in the RPO package.

He had his best season in 2022, winning the Heisman while throwing 42 touchdown passes, five interceptions and racking up 4,537 passing yards.

Last season wasn’t as special and Williams caused alarm bells for a lack of accountability. His traits are blue-chip level and unless he bombs in-person interviews with the Bears and Commanders, there’s no chance he’s on the board at No. 3.

4. Jayden Daniels, LSU
Maybe Daniels will come out of this event with more buzz after Saturday afternoon QB workouts on the Colts’ turf because of his unique playmaking ability and testing performance.

It’s still possible Daniels could follow Williams’ lead and only participate in throwing and testing in Indy if his peers do the same. Not competing at the combine would instantly put a huge red circle on the March 25 (USC) and March 27 (LSU) campus pro day calendar.

Daniels consistently devoured top competition and delivered his Heisman-winning numbers against a stellar schedule. He had 50 combined passing and rushing touchdowns in 2023, second only to Oregon’s Bo Nix (51). If NFL evaluators come away from the pre-draft circuit viewing Daniels as a bigger, stronger version of Lamar Jackson, he’ll be gone in the top three picks.

5. Marvin Harrison Jr, WR, Ohio State
“Maserati Marv,” as FOX Sports’ Gus Johnson tabbed Harrison, should be the first non-QB drafted in April. The son of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Marvin Harrison, the Indianapolis football scene won’t be anything new for the junior Harrison. He posted consecutive 1,200-yard seasons for the Buckeyes and will be the No. 1-ranked player on some draft boards.

6. Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
Not the household name or legacy Harrison is, Nabers is only 20 years old and a nightmare matchup. One of two LSU wide receivers with first-round draft grades (Brian Thomas Jr.), the Ja’Marr Chase comps for Nabers aren’t impossible to see.

7. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
Another youngster with a dominant resume in the SEC, Bowers is 21, won two national titles and set the school single-season record for receiving TDs with 13. A gamer in every sense of the word, Bowers has an insane 40-inch vertical (junior testing day) and plays with a style similar to former Chargers tight end Antonio Gates.

8. Dallas Turner, OLB, Alabama
Defense finally makes an appearance and to the surprise of no one, the Crimson Tide entered the chat.

Turner is tops among pass rushers in 2024 but a peg below NFL grades for 2023 No. 3 overall pick Will Anderson (Texans).

9. Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
Arnold committed to Alabama on the promise he would be welcomed on the basketball team — the same is true of secondary sidekick Kool-Aid McKinstry — but found life with Nick Saban to be predictably demanding of his time and energy. Arnold’s grade and pro projection isn’t far off from where teams had Patrick Surtain II (Broncos), and he’s CB1 in this class ahead of the more ballyhooed McKinstry.

10. Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
Get to know him. Mitchell should be a lock as the first non-Power 5 prospect off the board, and it’s all about ball production. The two-time All-American was second in the nation with 19 pass breakups in 2023 and set a school record with 46 (!) in his career. Doubters who weren’t convinced at the Senior Bowl search for the four-INT game in 2022 against Northern Illinois. He took two of those picks to the house.

11. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
Poor would be putting it kindly when it comes to an apt label for the 2024 running back class. Teams will be kicking the tires on a strong set of veteran ballcarriers with agents in Indianapolis and trying to discern what type of tread the likes of Henry, Saquon Barkley (Giants), Josh Jacobs (Raiders), Austin Ekeler (Chargers) and Tony Pollard (Cowboys) have left in a heavily depressed market.

12. Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
A tight end in high school growing up in Minnesota, Alt decided to follow in the footsteps of his All-Pro dad — former Chiefs offensive lineman Jon Alt — and committed to calories by the thousands and hours of film study with pops. The result? An NFL-ready left tackle in the mold of Joe Thomas (Browns). Alt is our top-ranked offensive tackle but at least five are worthy of first-round picks in April, and the depth of this class exceeds every position group except possibly wide receiver.

13. Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky
First on our list of favored sleepers, Corley gets our vote as the underrated receiver to know by the nose of a football over Illinois’ Isaiah Williams and Idaho’s Hayden Hatten. Corley shredded at the Shrine Bowl — Zay Flowers went there as a small receiver from Boston College last year, left as a first-round talent — and was Co-Offensive Player of the Week at the Senior Bowl. He’s a YAC machine with a running back build and sneaking into the top 45 picks isn’t impossible.

14. Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
Penix lit Texas up in the CFP semifinals and media scouts began discussing the oft-injured lefty as a possible first-round pick. Ah, the medicals. Penix was unquestionably stellar the past two seasons. How scouting reports reconcile the durability matter and season-ending shoulder injuries (AC joint), a pair of torn ACLs, make Penix one of the more challenging players to project in the draft.

15. Blake Corum, RB, Michigan
Corum comes with the production and reputation in a run-first offense to be a third- or fourth-round pick. Corum is one of 18 Wolverines invited to the combine. National champion runner-up Washington has 13.

16. Payton Wilson, LB, NC State
Six years after enrolling at North Carolina State, Wilson exits Raleigh at the Butkus (top linebacker) and Bednarik (best defensive player) award winner. He starred for the Wolfpack with 400-plus tackles, 15 sacks, seven interceptions and one seriously concerning medical history. But after two injury-free seasons, Wilson said at the Senior Bowl he thinks a 4.45 40-yard dash at 6-4, 235 is possible. That would put many GMs who love Wilson’s game and intangibles in the hot seat starting as early as the second round.

17. Tory Taylor, P, Iowa
Australian import and soon-to-be 27-year-old rookie Taylor was a vital player for an Iowa program that lost its offense in the corn during his four years in Iowa City. He broke the NCAA record (standing since 1938) for punt yards in a season and averaged 46.3 yards per punt with the Hawkeyes.

18. Jerod Mayo, head coach, Patriots
The last time the Patriots turned in a draft card for a top-10 selection, head coach Bill Belichick went with a linebacker from Tennessee at No. 10 overall in 2008. Now Jerod Mayo, who was that linebacker and played for the Patriots until 2015, is New England’s head coach with Belichick no longer in the team picture.

19. Byron Murphy, DT, Texas
Billing for the top-ranked defensive tackle in this class can be debated with Illinois three-technique Jer’Zhan Newton in the conversation. Both are considered small among defensive linemen but sudden first-step quickness and violent hands place them in the late first-round range. Murphy is on the annual “freaks” list from The Athletic because of his legendary weight-room feats in Austin.

20. Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
A right tackle for the Beavers, he could be cast in the same role in the NFL. But two primarily right tackles were top-20 picks in 2023. Fuaga measured 6-6, 332 with a wingspan of 81 1/2 inches and is being compared to 2021 first-round pick Penei Sewell of the Detroit Lions. Sewell does have a cousin in the draft: BYU left tackle Kingsley Suamataia.

–Field Level Media

Aug 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A general view of the exterior of Lucas Oil Stadium before the game between the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis to keep NFL scouting combine in 2025

The NFL scouting combine will stay in Indianapolis in 2025, as the league and the city announced a one-year contract extension on Thursday.

The combine has been held in Indianapolis since 1987, but in recent years the NFL has shown interest in moving it around the country, as it has done with the draft.

Dallas and Los Angeles bid on hosting the combine in 2022, the last time the contract was up, but Indianapolis reached a two-year agreement through 2024.

Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, is the site for on-field drills, which draw thousands of fans with their free attendance. The city’s convention center and hotels are located in easy walking distance from the stadium.

This year’s combine runs from Feb. 27 through March 4.

“We know cities across the U.S. consistently vie to host all of the NFL’s events,” Visit Indy president and CEO Leonard Hoops said in a statement. “We appreciate the NFL’s continued confidence and partnership with Indy, and we are looking forward to continued growth in our city.”

–Field Level Media

Mar 5, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Northwestern offensive lineman Peter Skoronski (OL41) during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Take 10: Scouting Combine winners

Defensive tackles set the spin rate on overdrive at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine.

As the first group on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium for testing and position workouts last week, the interior defensive linemen raised the bar.

Two first-round hopefuls, Pitt’s Calijah Kancey and Northwestern’s Adetomiwa Adebawore, might have solidified their status with blazing times in the 40 and stellar overall workouts.

Here’s a list of players who helped their draft status the most in Indy:

Adetomiwa Adebawore, DL, Northwestern
Adebawore ran a 4.49 40-yard dash with the defensive end position group but played inside for the Wildcats. He popped at the Senior Bowl, where he was named the top practice week defensive lineman.

Chase Brown, RB, Illinois
The latest Bret Bielema workhorse, Brown erased doubts about his long speed (4.43 40) and led running backs in explosive testing, going 10-feet-7 in the broad jump with a 40-inch vertical.

Blake Freeland, OT, BYU
His listed height (6-feet-8) checked out and then Freeland’s explosiveness evident in game film was verified via testing. He set the record for vertical jump at 37 inches, adding a 10-foot broad jump, and his 34-inch reach seals the deal as a gem on the edge.

Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Field Level Media ranked Jones as a first-rounder before Indy, and he nailed the event with the best 40 at the position (4.98 seconds) and moved like a 200-pounder in position drills.

Rashee Rice, WR, SMU
A 41-inch vertical only boosts the stock of a receiver we liked in the second round pre-event because of disciplined and nuanced route-running, excellent body control and the catch radius of a much bigger target (6-1, 200).

Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
If you’ve been paying attention, Richardson is getting a lot of love from armchair evaluators just coming to know his athletic arsenal. Even NFL scouts who projected Richardson as a first-rounder before the combine are ready to give him a bump. Richardson led the position group in height (6-4 1/4), weight (244), 40-yard dash (4.43), vertical jump (40 1/2 inches) and broad jump (10 feet, 9 inches).

Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Let the guard-or-tackle debate continue. Some teams won’t use Skoronski at tackle because his arms are relatively short (32 1/4 inches) by NFL standards (33 7/8 inches is the minimum for many teams scouting OTs). His light feet, agility, balance and short-area burst — 1.75 10-yard split in the 40 — are evidence he’s a first-rounder regardless of position.

Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia
Teams still have to question the overall production — 12.5 sacks for the Bulldogs — but Smith became the first player in combine history to weigh over 235 pounds, run sub-4.4 (4.39) and post a vertical over 40 inches (41 1/2).

C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Accuracy and arm talent are the buzzwords out of Stroud’s on-field passing display Saturday. He did nothing to hurt his chances as a top-5 pick, all without doing any other athletic testing.

Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
Cancel the projections of moving the 6-7, 265-pounder to tight end in the NFL, and forget the suggestion he would be available in the second round. Washington is just 21 years old, was the third-fastest in the combine short shuttle at 4.08 seconds, and ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds.

–Field Level Media

Mar 3, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (QB15) speaks to the press at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

QB Bryce Young measures 5-10 1/8 at combine

Former Alabama quarterback Bryce Young officially measured 5-foot-10 and 1/8 inch and 204 pounds on Saturday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

If NFL executives and scouts overlook the former Heisman Trophy winner’s less-than-ideal stature and still make him a first-round pick next month, he would be the lightest Round 1 QB since at least 2006 and one of the shortest since the 1967 NFL-AFL merger.

His frame is very similar to the 2019 combine measurements for Kyler Murray, who was 5-10 1/8 and 207 pounds and went No. 1 overall in the draft to the Arizona Cardinals.

Alabama’s 2022 roster listed Young at 6 feet, 194 pounds.

Young insists that any concerns about his size are misplaced.

“I’ve been this size, respectfully, my whole life,” he said. “I know who I am, I know what I can do. For me, it’s fair, everyone can speculate, ask me every question, I’m going to continue to control what I can control, continue to keep working my hardest … I’m confident in myself, I know what I can do.”

The average height and weight of quarterbacks on NFL rosters in 2022 was 6-2 1/2, 219.8. Of course, there are notable exceptions. Future Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson measured just under 5-11 at the 2012 combine.

Young completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 8,356 yards with 80 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions in three seasons with the Crimson Tide. He lacks Murray’s mobility, finishing with 139 carries for 162 yards and seven TDs.

–Field Level Media

Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Top QB prospects Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud measure up at combine

Bryce Young was the first quarterback to the lectern on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, an appropriate anecdote that included hundreds of reporters gathered to hear from the prized Alabama passer and purported No. 1 overall pick in April.

While Young and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud are expected to entice another team to trade for the top pick and move the Chicago Bears down a peg, Young said he isn’t trying to read the tea leaves.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Young said of being drafted. “I obviously don’t get to choose. I’d be surprised either way. I’m just happy to be here.”

Young has been popular with teams at the top of the draft, meeting with the Bears, Houston Texans (who pick second and have the No. 12 pick), Indianapolis Colts (fourth) and Seattle Seahawks (fifth) and Las Vegas Raiders (seventh).

“Bryce is an outstanding leader, and an outstanding quarterback,” Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans said. “It’s no surprise the success that he’s had, just because of the makeup and the type of guy that he is.”

Young said he had a “great” meeting with the Texans, which might not be a surprise given Ryans also attended Alabama. Crimson Tide products John Metchie III and Christian Harris, former Young teammates, are also in Houston.

“It was a great environment, just being in that room, I got a lot of wisdom. I’m super-grateful for it,” Young said.

Stroud said his first meeting in Indianapolis was with the Raiders. He also met with the Texans and Colts and looks to get a leg up on Young by throwing and performing in on-field events during the combine. Young is holding out for Alabama’s pro day March 23.

“I want to be myself no matter what room I step in, let them know I control the room no matter what room I step in, that I’m a leader,” Stroud said Friday. “And show them the IQ I have, that I’m a student of the game. … I’m willing to go back to square one and learn it all over again.”

Former NFL personnel evaluators appear to be split on whether Young or Stroud is the right quarterback to build around. Louis Riddick said in an ESPN appearance that “sky is the absolute freaking limit” if Stroud gets in the right offense.

“This kid right here, look I love Bryce Young too, it’s like a video game watching the young man play. This guy right here, I think is the gem,” said Riddick, who previously worked in the Eagles’ scouting department.

Height and weight are questions for Young, who is nothing close to the physical prototype at the position. But his instincts, awareness and ability to execute at a high level when plays break down give him one of the highest “off script” grades from general managers since Kyler Murray was selected No. 1 overall.

“I’ve been this size, respectfully, my whole life,” Young said Friday. “I know who I am. I know what I can do. For me, it’s fair, everyone can speculate and ask whatever questions are necessary. I’m going to continue to control what I’m going to control.”

Stroud will be measured with the other quarterbacks in the class on Saturday, when throwing sessions and other on-field workouts take place at Lucas Oil Stadium. Like Stroud, Kentucky’s Will Levis and Florida’s Anthony Richardson plan to participate in all QB events.

The average height and weight of quarterbacks on NFL rosters in 2022 was 6-2 1/2, 219.8. Of course, there are notable exceptions.

Based on the tape at the combine, Murray was 5-10 1/8, Russell Wilson measured 5-10 5/8, Drew Brees was 6-0.

“You do want to pay attention to body type,” former Patriots GM Scott Pioli said on NFL Network. “But go back and watch the tape. Spend time with Bryce Young. I’ve spent time with Bryce Young, I’ve spent time with his parents. This guy is the real deal as a quarterback and human being. This is the guy you want leading your offense and leading your huddle.”

–Field Level Media

Hendon Hooker (5) of the Tennessee Volunteers gets sacked by Calijah Kancey (8) of the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA on Spetmebr 10, 2022.

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DT prospects Adetomiwa Adebawore, Calijah Kancey run blazing 40s

Pitt defensive tackle Calijah Kancey told his college coach he was headed to the NFL Scouting Combine to break the record for the 40-yard dash at his position.

And a day after promising media at his press conference his 40 would “surprise,” Kancey ripped off a pair of sizzling times.

“I’m going to surprise everyone with my 40. Stay tuned,” Kancey said Wednesday.

His second attempt in the 40 was unofficially clocked at 4.73 seconds, then confirmed via digital timing to 4.67, the fastest for a defensive tackle in the past 20 years. But his record didn’t stand for long.

That’s because Northwestern’s Adetomiwa Adebawore followed shortly after with an unofficial 4.54.

Adebawore, a star of the Senior Bowl who was voted defensive lineman practice player of the week in Mobile, Ala., measured at 6-feet-1 1/2, 282 pounds upon arrival in Indianapolis. He said he has met with all 32 teams in the past five weeks, either at the Senior Bowl or combine.

Teams asked Adebawore to join the “edge” group in combine workouts Thursday and he stood out in the 40, but also with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-5-inch broad jump.

His 10-yard split, his fastest 10 yards in the 40-yard dash, was 1.61 seconds.

Rated as a first-round prospect, Kancey measured 6-1, 281 pounds in Indianapolis earlier this week. He’s fully cleared from a shoulder injury but will not participate in on-field position drills until his campus pro day.

Limited by size, Kancey is an intriguing study for NFL evaluators.

Some of them are still scorched over missing on another fire hydrant defensive tackle out of Pitt — Aaron Donald. Donald measured 6-0, 285 at the 2014 combine, where he record a 4.68-second 40, 32-inch vertical and wound up being drafted by the then-St. Louis Rams with the 13th overall pick. That easily beat most projections, including the NFL.com rating as a fourth- or fifth-rounder.

Donald is three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a seven-time first-team All-Pro.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Jalen Carter (88) against the TCU Horned Frogs during the CFP national championship game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Georgia DL Jalen Carter to skip combine workouts

Former Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter will not work out at the NFL scouting combine this week but will be in Indianapolis for interviews and medicals, ESPN reported Monday.

Carter, along with Alabama’s Will Anderson, is expected to be one of the first non-quarterbacks taken in April’s NFL draft and potentially a top-five draft pick.

Carter will work out at Georgia’s pro day on March 15.

The 6-foot-3 Carter had one year of eligibility remaining at Georgia when he declared for the draft. He was a unanimous All-American in 2022 and led the Bulldogs to back-to-back College Football Playoff championships.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks (R) with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones skips scouting combine

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, typically a presence at the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, stayed in Dallas this week for perhaps multiple reasons.

The team announced that Jones, who has owned the team since 1989, is dealing with an unspecified medical minor issue.

In addition, the Dallas Morning News said on social media, citing an unnamed source, that Jones “is also handling some NFL business involving commissioner Roger Goodell.”

Goodell is reportedly in negotiations with the NFL on a new contract.

Jones’ absence also comes about a week after the team reportedly reached a $2.4 million settlement over accusations by four cheerleaders that a former team executive gained access to their locker room and watched them change clothes.

–Field Level Media

Memphis Tigers receiver Calvin Austin III celebrates his catch during their game against the SMU Mustangs at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday Nov. 6, 2021.

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Scouting Combine Odds: John Ross’ 40 record longshot to be broken

John Ross’ NFL career can adequately be called a disappointment thus far, but the speedster’s name continues be revered for a feat no one has been able to match over the past half-decade.

The former University of Washington star posted a blistering 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL scouting combine. It’s a mark that helped Ross vault into the ninth overall pick by Cincinnati and one that continues to stand as the fastest in the event’s history.

As hundreds of the top prospects from around the country congregate in Indianapolis list week, Ross’ record is expected to stand for at least another 12 months.

DraftKings is offering +500 odds that anyone at the combine will run the 40 in under 4.22 seconds this week, compared to -1000 odds that the best time will be slower than 4.22.

The 40-yard dash is the most popular of the individual workouts but only one of many records that can be wagered on this week.

Stephen Paea holds the record of 49 reps on the 225-pound bench press. No one is expected to sniff that mark this week, with DraftKings offering -120 odds on the most bench press reps at this year’s combine being over 39.5.

Gerald Sensabaugh holds the vertical jump record at the combine of 46 inches. The sportsbook is offering -115 odds on a 43.5-inch Over/Under for the highest vertical this week.

Byron Jones’ 12’3″ broad jump is another mark not expected to be surpassed. DraftKings is offering -115 odds on an 11’5″ longest broad jump.

One record to keep an eye on is J.T. Thomas’ 6.28-second 3-cone drill from 2018. DraftKings is offering odds on the record being broken at +160, compared to -225 that Thomas’ mark will stand at the end of the week.

Meanwhile, SportsBetting.ag is offering several player props ahead of the combine:
–Aidan Hutchinson bench press reps: Over/Under 38
–Drake London 40-yard dash time: Over/Under 4.48 seconds
–Malik Willis 40-yard dash time: Over/Under 4.40 seconds

–Field Level Media

Jan 1, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Matt Corral (2) makes a throw against the Baylor Bears in the second quarter in the 2022 Sugar Bowl at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Two top prospects to skip Combine workouts

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral and LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will not work out at this week’s NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The two top prospects, both still recovering from injuries, will participate in interviews and medical exams only.

On-field workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium are scheduled for Thursday for QBs and Sunday for defensive backs.

ESPN ranks Stingley and Corral as the No. 8 and No. 27 overall prospects, respectively, for the 2022 NFL Draft.

Stingley had surgery on his left foot in October, while Corral injured his right ankle in the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl.

–Field Level Media