The national nightmare known as the NFL’s football drought comes to a close as the calendar flips over to March — kind of. The NCAA’s best and brightest prospects will descend on Indianapolis for a full week of tests and workouts designed to put their NFL potential on a sliding scale of draftability.
Here are the full results so far for wide receivers at the 2017 NFL Combine:
Kermit Whitfield of Florida State won’t be one of those players after a mostly unproductive college career, but the track star promises to shine in Indianapolis. He has blazing speed and could post one of the fastest 40 times of the year.
Wide receivers began testing Friday with the bench press and will hit the field for timing drills Saturday. Billy Brown of Division II’s Shepherd University led the pack in the bench press with 23 reps.
Head coach Tyronn Lue: “He brings a physicality, a shot-blocking presence, a guy who can pass the ball at the 5 position and that’s what we needed.
“Once we all get together and get on the right page, we’ll be a tough team to beat.”
Deron Williams: “He’s a 7-footer that protects the rim, is very smart, knows the game, knows how to pass, he’s won a championship so he knows what it takes. I think he can bring a lot to this team.”
LeBron James: “He likes to compete and do whatever it takes to help his team win. You respect that.”
People can pick on Carson Wentz’s rookie season, but I see a phenomenal talent in the making and the kind of young quarterback Marshall would get on board with. The receiver would fit well in the rough-and-tumble NFC East and, again, would be close enough to New York to work his boob-tube side gig.