2014 NFL Combine field workouts do not begin until Saturday, when tight ends and offensive linemen take to the field for skill drills, 40 yard dashes and everything else you're used to seeing from a Combine workout.
Until then, we're still scraping together noteworthy weigh-in results. On Friday, offensive skill position players - quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers - were put under the tape measure. We know the Buffalo Bills aren't picking a quarterback in the first round, and GM Doug Whaley told reporters on Friday that they'd only take a running back early if he was "very special, like an Adrian Peterson," so our notes here will only focus on the receivers.
For receivers, measurements don't mean as much as field drills and 40 times, but there were some interesting notes today. Sammy Watkins of Clemson stands alone at the top of this class; he came in at just a hair under 6'1" and 211 pounds, and is expected to show very well in skill drills on Sunday.
Behind Watkins, there's a curious dichotomy forming, separating giant receivers from smaller, quicker guys. Many, if not all of these prospects will be off the board very early this year, and with this much depth and diversity in skill at the top of the class, teams can sort of pick their favorite flavor of receiver.
Mike Evans of Texas A&M (just under 6'5", 231 pounds), Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State (6'5", a whopping 240 pounds and monster 10 and a quarter inch hands) and Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt (6'3", 212 and even bigger 10 and three-eighths inches hands) are all the type of big, possession-style receiver that Bills fans would like to see brought in to complement their smaller, quicker group of incumbent pass catchers. Benjamin was the story of Friday, as he reported being at four (4) percent body fat, and hopes to run a 4.3. Really though, if any of those guys runs well, you can bet they'll rank high on Buffalo's draft board.
The 6'1" and under crowd is highlighted by Davante Adams of Fresno State (6'1", 212), LSU teammates Odell Beckham Jr. (5'11", 198) and Jarvis Landry (5'11", 204), Brandin Cooks of Oregon State (5'10", 189), Paul Richardson of Colorado (6'0", 175) and USC star Marqise Lee (just under 6'0", 192), a college teammate of Bills wideout Robert Woods.
On Saturday, as tight ends and offensive linemen do field work and today's weigh-in groups do the bench press and sit through interviews, defensive linemen and linebackers will weigh in.