Commanders Draft: Biggest winners from Day 1 of NFL Combine
By Jerry Trotta
Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
If not for Moore, Ohio State’s Chris Olave might’ve had the best workout of any wideout participant on Thursday. He raised eyebrows with an unofficial 4.26 40 that was ultimately corrected to a 4.39, which is still a great time.
With speed to spare, Olave showed off his downfield prowess and his ability to track the ball through the air might be the best in the class. His 32-inch vertical and 10-4 broad jump didn’t wow anyone, but he displayed an impressive catch radius and solidified himself as a first-round pick in the process.
Only question is how high he gets drafted.
Quick tight end round up
It’s up for debate whether Jelani Woods or Chigoziem Okonkwo had the better workout, but both tight ends were impressive nonetheless.
Woods led the position with 24 bench press reps and followed that up by logging the second-fasted 40 time among tight ends. That belonged to Okonkwo, who blitzed through the 40 in 4.52 seconds despite being 238 pounds.
Elsewhere, Greg Dulcich out of UCLA was hands down the smoothest-looking tight end running the gauntlet. He barely broke stride during the drill and still managed to catch every pass in his direction. Solid outing for the former Bruin.
That should just about do it, folks.
For anyone looking for some QB tidbits, Sam Howell showed off his deep ball accuracy, Desmond Ridder confirmed what we already knew about his athleticism and Kenny Pickett, despite being knocked for his small hands, proved why the WR participants claimed he threw the most catchable ball at the Combine.
That’s all we have to say about the QBs. Not much was going to be learned Thursday, but Willis definitely stood out amongst his peers.
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t give a quick mention to Cincinnati receiver Alec Pierce, who measured in at 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, ran a 4.41 40-yard dash, and logged a 40.5-inch vertical and a 10-9 broad jump.