The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine began it’s second day with speed on Sunday. The skilled-position players were on display as they attempted to have their best showing for all 32 NFL teams watching in Indianapolis.
On Saturday, the offensive lineman and tight ends went through drills. This group consisted of quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs.
The quarterbacks ran first, highlighted by Johnny Manziel running an unofficial time of 4.56.
Brandin Cooks has been talked about as a second round pick throughout the scouting process, but his workout on Sunday might have propelled him into first-round discussion. Cooks was able to run a 4.30 twice, according to NFL Network’s unofficial time. The only player that tied Cooks was Josh Brown, an under-the-radar return man.
Cooks isn’t a very big guy, but he makes up for it with blazing fast speed. His hands are reliable, and he has the ability to compete for return duties at the next level. If teams weren’t sold on Cooks before, the receiver’s blazing fast Combine run should make those teams take notice.
Here are some other notable unofficial times from the first group of receivers. NOTE: This group didn’t include Sammy Watkins or Marquise Lee.
Kelvin Benjamin: 4.59, 4.53
O’Dell Beckham Jr.: 4.40, 4.31
Philly Brown: 4.37, 4.44
Bruce Ellington: 4.37, 4.31
Matt Hazel: 4.50, 4.47
Mike Evans: 4.50, 4.47
Cooks was clearly the fastest receiver in this group, showing quick, short strides to make his way through the drill. Stay tuned for the official times as NFL Network releases them. Expect the official times to be bumped up just a bit.