NFL Scouting Combine 2022 tracker: Measurements, best individual performances from Indianapolis

This week, 324 players from 106 schools are in Indianapolis for the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. Each of these players are looking to improve their draft stock while possibly finding their future NFL team in the process.

On Thursday, we compiled the top results from the quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends who took part in on-field drills. Below are each of the top individual performances from Indianapolis, as several players surely improved their draft stocks by virtue of their performances. 

Fans should also check out our complete NFL Draft coverage throughout the next several weeks ahead of the 2022 draft.    


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Notable 40-yard dash timesDesmond Ridder (Cincinnati): 4.52EJ Perry (Brown): 4.65Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh): 4.73Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky): 4.88Ridder showcases athleticism

Desmond Ridder capped his Cincinnati career with the third-most wins in FBS history, and he was victorious yet again during the testing portion of Thursday night’s workouts. He led all QBs in the 40-yard dash (4.52), broad jump (10′ 7″) and vertical jump (36.00″). Ridder isn’t in the conversation for first QB off the draft board, but he can sneak into the top 32 thanks in large part to the athleticism he showcased at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Top QBs air it out

Throwing drills at the combine aren’t the best ways for teams to evaluate QBs, but they were able to judge these prospects’ arm strengths to cap off Thursday night’s festivities. Nevada’s Carson Strong and Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett had some nice throws, but it was Liberty’s Malik Willis who stole the show with a few pristine passes deep downfield.

Wide receivers

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Notable 40-yard dash timesTyquan Thornton (Baylor): 4.28Velus Jones Jr. (Tennessee): 4.31Calvin Austin III (Memphis): 4.32Alec Pierce (Cincinnati): 4.33Danny Gray (SMU): 4.33Bo Melton (Rutgers): 4.34Christian Watson (North Dakota State): 4.36Garrett Wilson (Ohio State): 4.38Chris Olave (Ohio State): 4.39Skyy Moore (Western Michigan): 4.41Isaiah Weston (Northern Iowa): 4.42Khalil Shakir (Boise State): 4.43Jahan Dotson (Penn State): 4.43Kevin Austin Jr. (Notre Dame): 4.43Wan’Dale Robinson (Kentucky) 4.44George Pickens (Georgia): 4.47Braylon Sanders (Ole Miss): 4.48Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama): 4.49Jalen Nailor (Michigan State): 4.50Tre Turner (Virginia Tech): 4.51Treylon Burks (Arkansas): 4.55Makai Polk (Miss. State): 4.59David Bell (Purdue): 4.65Notable verticalsAlec Pierce: 40.5″Isaiah Weston: 40″Ty Fryfogle: 39″Calvin Austin III: 39″Kevin Austin Jr.: 39″Christian Watson: 38.5″Jalen Nailor: 38″Bo Melton: 38″Tyquan Thornton: 36.5″Erik Ezukanma (Texas Tech): 36.5″Notable broad jumpsChristian Watson: 11’04″Isaiah Weston: 11’03″Calvin Austin III: 11’03″Devon Williams (Oregon): 11’01″Kevin Austin Jr.: 11’Tyquan Thornton: 10’10″Jalen Nailor: 10’08″Ty Fryfogle: 10’07″Erik Ezukanma: 10’06″Danny Gray: 10’06″Speedy receiver class

It was generally understood that this wide receiver class was deep and talented, but no one was prepared for the blazing speed we witnessed in the 40-yard dash. This was the fastest combine class in history. Initially it looked like Baylor’s Tyquan Thornton was going to break the record for the fastest 40-yard dash in combine history, but his unofficial time of 4.21 seconds was changed to a still-blazing 4.28. Ohio State’s Chris Olave, meanwhile, had his unofficial 4.26 changed to 4.39.

Still, these wideouts were flying Thursday night, with nine prospects crossing the finish line in fewer than 4.4 seconds. As CBS Sports NFL Draft expert Chris Trapasso points out, the very fast 2019 class featuring Deebo Samuel, A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf had nine receivers taken in the first two rounds. We could see more than that selected in 2022. 

Calvin Austin III impresses

A big winner from Thursday was Memphis wide receiver Calvin Austin III. Before the wide receivers started on-field work, he lit up Twitter by recording an 11’3″ broad jump. Austin also registered a 39-inch vert and then ran a 4.32-second 40-yard dash time. With fans in the stands at the combine for the first time, he may go down in history as the first player in combine history to receive a massive round of applause after his 40 run. 

Skyy Moore, Christian Watson are no longer secrets

Skyy Moore out of Western Michigan raised eyebrows Thursday. While he measured in at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, he has huge 10.25″ hands and ran a 4.41 40-yard dash. That wasn’t all, as Moore looked extraordinarily smooth running the gauntlet, and had a couple of impressive routes downfield. He’s poised to move up draft boards. 

As for Christian Watson out of North Dakota state, he’s 6-foot-4, 208 pounds, possesses 10 1/8-inch hands and ran a 4.36 40-yard dash. He also beat all receivers in the broad jump with a 11’04” and glided through the gauntlet. First-round buzz?

Tight Ends

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Notable 40-yard dash times Chigoziem Okonkwo (Maryland): 4.52 secondsJelani Woods (Virginia): 4.61Grant Calcaterra (SMU) 4.62Daniel Bellinger (San Diego State): 4.63Greg Dulcich (UCLA): 4.70Connor Heyward (Michigan State): 4.72Cole Turner (Nevada): 4.76 Peyton Hendershot (Indiana): 4.80Jake Ferguson (Wisconsin): 4.81Austin Allen (Nebraska): 4.83Woods, Okonkwo impress in TE workouts

Virginia’s Jelani Woods led all tight ends with 24 bench press reps. A projected Day 3 draft pick, Woods then put up the second-fastest 40-yard dash time among tight ends. Woods also impressed during his on-field workout. During his lone season at Virginia, the 6-foot-7 Woods caught 44 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns. 

Chigoziem Okonkwo ran the fastest 40-yard dash time among tight ends with a 4.52. He did look a little slower running the gauntlet drill, but had one of the better workouts of this group. Per NFL Media’s Peter Schrager, he’s interviewed well this week, and has made an impression on scouts.

Michigan State’s Connor Heyward, the younger brother of Steelers All-Pro defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, had a solid day that included an impressive performance during the sled drill. UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich was solid in the 40 as well as during the bench press, but he really stood out during the gauntlet drill, as he barely broke stride while catching every pass thrown his way. 


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