Sunday might be the most popular day of the NFL Scouting Combine, mostly because this is when the biggest names hit the field. The quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers all performed their on-field drills, including the 40 time. Meanwhile, the defensive linemen and linebackers did the bench press and will perform their drills on Monday.
Here's a recap of Sunday's major goings-on:
There weren't any 40 times that really turned heads, but this class did prove themselves to be a reasonably mobile group. Logan Thomas led all quarterbacks with a 4.61 time, which wasn't a major surprise given his athletic build. Johnny Manziel acquitted himself well, running a 4.68 and having solid interviews. He'll wait to throw until his pro day.
Teddy Bridgewater chose not to participate in the drills. That raised some eyebrows on Twitter, but NFL scouts will have another chance to see him at Louisville's pro day.
Many people consider this a decent running back class, but lacking any game-changing first-round talent at the top. Sunday's drills more or less reinforced that notion, with a bunch of solid performances but not much that stood out. Dri Archer of Kent State was one of the exceptions, running a 4.26 40 that nearly broke Chris Johnson's record. Being just 5'8 and 173 pounds, that run went a long way to get him noticed by scouts. Auburn star Tre Mason ran a 4.50 and Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey clocked in at 4.70.
Clemson's Sammy Watkins solidified his position as the top wideout prospect this year, running an official 4.43 40 and recording a 34-inch vertical leap. The 6'0, 211-pound playmaker should be the first receiver off the board in May. Oregon State's Brandin Cooks was the big standout on the track, running a 4.33 40, but the real surprise was Clemson's Martavis Bryant. Standing in at 6'3 and 211 pounds, Bryant blazed to a 4.42 40 time, which would surely make scouts stand up and take another look at his college tape.
Boston College's Kaleb Ramsey and Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald had the best weightlifting sessions, getting 36 and 35 reps of 225 pounds, respectively. For Donald, a 6'1, 285 pound lineman, that is an impressive number and will probably allay concerns about his undersized frame holding up in the NFL.
Jadeveon Clowney got the most attention for obvious reasons, and he had only 21 reps in the bench press. That might raise some concerns, but Clowney is still expected to quiet the doubters in his on-field workouts on Monday.
UCLA's Anthony Barr is the biggest name among the linebackers, but his bench press left something to be desired, managing just 15 reps. The bench press obviously shouldn't be the be-all-end-all for draft prospects, but Barr has been slipping down draft boards in recent weeks and his weightlifting reps did not help. He will need to ace his drills on Monday to stay in the top-15 conversation.