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2023 NFL Scouting Combine WR Positional Analysis

(Josh Downs / WR / North Carolina)

2023 NFL Scouting Combine Positional Analysis


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Josh Downs / North Carolina

5091 / 171 / 30.3” arms

In a draft which features plenty of WRs with size, Downs is one of the premiere undersized but mismatch creating WRs in April’s draft. And his performance on Saturday served as verification of what he brings to the field each Saturday in the fall – Downs displays a nice burst with the ball in the air. Extends and snatches, despite his small catch radius. Great balance. 38.5” vertical, 10’ 11” broad jump. 4.48 40-yard dash with a fantastic 10-yard split of 1.49 – indicative of great burst and suddenness. Downs has an impressive skillset which will allow him to line up outside, as well in the slot. Downs could sneak into the back half of the first round and should be gobbled up before the end of round 2 in April.

Bryce Ford-Wheaton / West Virginia

6034 / 221 / 33.4” arms

BFW had a breakout year in Morgantown and his draft value has progressed to the point of being one of the 319 invitees to the combine. But his performance at this year’s combine is what is generating the most buzz about the Mountaineers’ wideout. BFW ran a blistering 4.38 40-yard dash with a 41” vertical, a 10’ 9” broad jump and a solid three-cone drill time of 6.97. BFW excelled during field drills utilizing his massive catch radius to snag balls away from the frame of his body. He moved fluidly and looked solid in running his routes. Ford-Wheaton should be drafted on day 2 or early day 3 next month.

Charlie Jones / Purdue

5112 / 175 / 31.5” arms

In a draft deep in tall, long, and big WRs, Jones just doesn’t fit in. He lacks length and has a thin frame that seems incapable of adding quality mass. Jones is sudden and lightning quick and that was on display during his combine workout this past weekend. Jones ran a 4.43 40-yard dash with a great 10-yard split of 1.51. He also unleashed a 36.5” vertical and a 10’ 4” broad jump and displayed a fantastic burst to create separation at the LOS and at the break point down field. Expect Jones to go off the board on day 3 in April.

What? Guess I Need to Watch More Film…

Matt Landers / Arkansas

6043 / 200 / 32,4” arms

No workout at this year’s combine did more to surprise me than the big Razorbacks’ WR. It wasn’t a mystery that he had great height and a huge catch radius. What was surprising was how athletic and fast Landers is. Landers ran a blazing 4.37 40-yard dash with an impressive 1.51 10-yard split while hitting a 37” vertical and a 10’10” broad jump! Fantastic athletic numbers for such a big WR. Unfortunately, the production is not reflective of this athleticism. There is a definite need to conduct more research on Landers.

Andrei Iosivas / Princeton

6031 / 205 / 32” arms

Admittedly, it is difficult to scout prospects from Ivy League schools due to the limited TV exposure and not playing in the FCS postseason. But efforts will be re-doubled after the Tigers’ impressive performance in Indianapolis. Iosivas has ideal size and length with a large catch radius and a chiseled physique. He ran an outstanding 4.43 40-yard dash, recorded a 39” vertical jump, a 10’8” broad jump, and a 6.85 three-cone drill. He possesses deceptive speed and burst and moved fluidly through field drills. Expect him to be selected sometime on day 3 in Kansas City.

(Andrei Iosivas / WR / Princeton)


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