INDIANAPOLIS (WGR 550) -- The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is coming to an end for the assembled media in Indianapolis. Sunday marks the final day for availability in talking with the players.
Follow along for the latest news and day's events:
5:03 pm - Another Combine in the books
- For the media, the 2014 NFL Combine has come to a close. The workouts will continue on for another two days, but the media traveling into Indianapolis from all over the country will return to their homes. Thanks to all for following along over these last four days. It's always a fun week full of work, and the type of response fans have to it makes it one of the best weeks of the year. Much more draft coverage will be on the way over the next few months, so keep checking in!
4:31 pm - Archer update... even faster
- Most times the official 40-yard dash times will be slower than the unofficial ones. Not the case for Kent State's Dri Archer. After running the unofficial 4.28, the official results actually show that he the timer was too slow for Archer. His official time is 4.26, just .02 shy of Chris Johnson's record setting run in 2008. Archer is now the second fastest since it has been tracked since 2006. Buffalo wideout Marquise Goodwin is third, running a 4.27 last year.
3:25 pm - Archer gets top rating
- The Mid American Conference is getting some love this week. From UB's Khalil Mack getting some buzz from Mike Mayock of the NFL Network to now having a player that posted what could be the fastest time at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. Kent State's Dri Archer, an undersized running back prospect that said Friday that he was going to try and break the combine's record, posted a 4.28 unofficial 40-yard dash. While that isn't record-breaking, he's the only player to post a sub 4.3 time in the two days of workouts so far.
2:34 pm - Bill Clinton's discretions gave top safety prospect some grief
- Alabama's HaHa Clinton-Dix is considered to be one of the top safeties in the draft. He also has one of the more interesting names of all the prospects available in 2014. It wasn't the nickname for his first name that drew up laughs, but rather, well, you can figure it out:
"The whole President Clinton thing with Monica Lewinsky. Whatever, I didn't know too much about that. But that's pretty much what it was."
Oh, the NFL Combine.
1:56 pm - Watkins to the Bills? Long shot after Sunday
- Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is the best receiver available in the 2014 NFL Draft. That much is for certain. Leading up to the NFL Combine, there was some thought that with the talent in this year's draft, Watkins could slip down to ninth overall. Watkins officially ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and showed his natural skills all throughout the workouts on Sunday, and likely erased any anticipation that he would last that long in the draft. If St. Louis doesn't trade out of their spot to a quarterback hungry team, they should select Watkins.
1:12 pm - Odell Beckham Jr. shines
- The wide receivers in this draft class are overwhelmingly talented, and it's as strong of a class as ever. One guy that looks incredibly smooth in all his workouts early on was LSU's Odell Beckham, Jr. Somewhat of an afterthought behind the likes of Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin, Beckham has a good chance to make an early impact as a player, despite checking in below six feet. His gauntlet drill was especially impressive, showing off his strong hands, concentration skills and body control.
11:11 am - Full WR results in the 40
|Davante Adams||Fresno State||4.56|
|Kelvin Benjamin||Florida State||4.61|
|Corey Brown||Ohio State||4.51|
|John Brown||Pittsburg State||4.34|
|Isaiah Burse||Fresno State||4.58|
|Mike Campanaro||Wake Forest||4.46|
|Brandin Cooks||Oregon State||4.33|
|Bruce Ellington||South Carolina||4.45|
|Mike Evans||Texas A&M||4.53|
|Bennie Fowler||Michigan State||4.52|
|Austin Franklin||New Mexico State||4.56|
|Matt Hazel||Coastal Carolina||4.50|
|Allen Hurns||Miami (FL)||4.55|
|Jeff Janis||Saginaw Valley St.||4.42|
|T.J. Jones||Notre Dame||4.48|
|Donte Moncrief||Ole Miss||4.40|
|Walter Powell||Murray State||4.63|
|Allen Robinson||Penn State||4.60|
|Willie Snead||Ball State||4.62|
|Josh Stewart||Oklahoma State||4.69|
|Albert Wilson||Georgia State||4.43|
**Times are official
9:48 am - Big wideouts with differing results
- Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin said he was aiming to run in the 4.3 area. If he did, it would have been certifiably ridiculous for a 6-foot-5, 240-pound wide receiver. Instead, Benjamin posted times of 4.59 and 4.53 on his two attemps. Texas A&M's Mike Evans checked in slightly better, running a 4.50 and 4.47 during his two tries. The one name some will start to go crazy for is Clemson's Martavis Bryant. Almost 6-foot-4, Bryant ran a 4.34. His speed was never in doubt, he can fly. But the real question is whether or not he can deal with physical cornerbacks at the next level, which is a lingering concern for me. All these times are unofficial.
9:26 am - Johnny Football posts quick time
- In the take-it-for-what-it's-worth category, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel posted times of 4.63 and 4.53, unofficially. In the grand scheme of things, running 40 yards in a straight line will rarely happen for him, but it does show his explosiveness when he has to get out of trouble. Manziel continues to be one of the most polarizing players available in the draft.
9:02 am - This is when the fun starts
- With the first day of workouts in the books, the decision makers descending upon Lucas Oil Stadium will watch the skill players audition for their teams. Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers will run their 40-yard dashes and go through the rest of the workouts to attempt to impress teams enough to draft them.