Sunday is one of the most exciting days during the Combine workouts because the skill position players make their cases for their draft stock. Running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks all performed for scouts on Sunday.
Since the Falcons are set at quarterback with Matt Ryan, there's little reason to consider any of them as potential draft picks, other than as a potential backup. Wide receivers and running backs are the playmakers that make an offense go and there's no reason why the Falcons won't consider some of the players that worked out on Sunday. Running back is an especially interesting position group, considering the up-in-the-air status of free agent running back Jason Snelling.
Virginia Tech's David Wilson has been linked to the Falcons in some mock drafts, but his performance on Sunday may have put him out of Atlanta's range at No. 55 in the second round. His 4.49 40 time put him in the top-10, but it was his overall workout that impressed. Unofficial times had Wilson running an even more impressive 4.40 and his broad jump of 11 feet and vertical jump of 41 inches were the best of any running back. He also ran his positional drills very well and positioned himself well to be the second running back taken in the draft.
Lamar Miller from Miami is a solid sized back at five-foot-11, 212 pounds and his 4.40 40 time at that size is impressive. His time was the best among the running backs. His Combine performance solidified him as a second-round candidate.
Speed was the word of the day among running backs and Oregon's LaMichael James was another player blazing on the field. His 4.45 was third among backs and he looked good as a receiver during the pass-catching drills. He also showed his explosive ability with a ten-foot-three-inch broad jump.
One of the wide receivers that could be in the mix for Atlanta should they go that route is Arkansas' Joe Adams. With two slot-style recievers in Harry Douglas and Eric Weems as free agents, there could be some consideration to a pick like this. His 4.55 40 time was considered a disappointment considering how fast he looks on the field, but his on-field performance shows a faster element to his game.
Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill wowed everyone in attendance with his performance on Sunday. At six-foot-four, 215-pounds he looks the part of a wide receiver, but his speed blew everyone away. He ran a 4.36, tied for the highest among wide receivers and he performed well in the vertical jump with a 39.5 inch jump, fourth-highest among the position. He likely moved himself into the bottom half of the first round or the top of the second.
Another interesting prospect in N.C. State's T.J. Graham who ran a 4.41 40, good enough for the top-10. He's also a kick returner and potential special teams performer, making him a player that reminds of Weems and the niche he has carved out with the Falcons.