NFL Combine week is here. Even though the medical exams are probably the most important aspect of the week, it's the workout portion that always creates the most buzz.
Here's our best guesses on players who will wow the scouts with their physical skills this week in Indy.
Marcus Williams, S, Utah
This is a terrific crop of safeties coming up, and I feel like Williams is getting lost in the buzz surrounding some of the other players projected to go Top 15.
Williams is an elite athlete with has fantastic range. He may vertical jump 41 inches and broad jump 11-plus, to go with a low 4.4 40, if folks inside the Utes program are correct.
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Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
He impressed scouts by more than holding his own against Alabama's best last season, and he should win even more folks over in Indy.
I'm told Lamp should rank in the Top 5 in all of the physical tests among O-linemen in Indy. He should rep around 35 times on the bench, run sub-5.0 and jump well. His combine trainer Tony Villani told me that Lamp is the most athletic lineman he's ever trained -- and that includes the Pouncey brothers.
John Ross, WR, Washington
He's not big at 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, but he's blazing fast. Last spring, UDub coaches had him with a hand-timed 4.25 40. His films show that he plays that fast too. He and Florida State's Kermit Whitfield are good bets to win the title of the Fastest Man in Indy this year.
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Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
Another freakish DB from UConn, following in Byron Jones' shoes. Melifonwu comes in at an imposing 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. Word is, he's expected to run in the mid-4.4s and jump close to 40 inches.
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Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple
The former walk-on epitomizes the Owls' rise. At 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, Reddick, a former cornerback, has been timed at 4.47 in the 50 and broad jumped close to 11 feet. He should put on a good show on the bench press too.
Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
I ran into his coach (David Shaw) at Stanford a few weeks back. The former NFL assistant coach told me he expects the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Texan to wow NFL folks. Look for Thomas to run his 40 in the 4.5s and vertical jump around 40 inches. My hunch is that by the end of this draft process, Thomas will emerge as a Top 10 talent.
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
A big bruising back with sprinter speed, Fournette has been timed at 4.42, despite weighing close to 230 pounds. His top-end burst also figures to drop some jaws. Tigers strength coach Tommy Moffitt told me that Fournette was clocked on their GPS system at 22.9 MPH in one game -- fastest of anyone on a very fast team. For context, anything over 21 MPH is considered very fast.
The Canes have produced some special talents at tight end, and this former national high jump champ is next in the pipeline. (He's cleared 7-1 before.)
Njoku has blossomed into an intriguing talent at UM, packing 30 pounds of beef on to his now 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame. He's expected to run in the 4.5s and figures to jump out of the building in Indy.
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Takk McKinley, DE, UCLA
The Bruins' big-play edge-rusher once clocked a 10.6 100 meters in high school. He's probably 20 pounds heavier than that now, but the blazing speed is still there. In fact, I'm told some scouts who timed him in the 40 last spring had him in the high 4.4s.
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Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
One of the draft's top deep-ball threats, he's not a small wideout at 6-foot-1, 195, and he's clocked in the low 4.3s before. He also has broad jumped 11-5 and vertical jumped 40 inches.
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
He was the biggest 'freak' in college football this past year and has a strong chance to display the kind of rare athleticism that could help him become the No. 1 overall pick.
Garrett, who is expected to weigh close to 270 pounds, should vertical jump around 40 inches and may crack a sub-4.50 in the 40. He told me last summer that his goal for the combine was to dip into the 4.3s. And don't be shocked if he benches 225 around 35 times.