West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin - Joe Robbins
There are a number of talented wideouts who could be drafted in the middle rounds this year, and several of them looked good on Sunday in their workouts.
The wide receivers also worked out in Indianapolis on Sunday for the scouting combine, and several talented players impressed with their speed and agility. Only a few of these wideouts are likely to be off the board by the time the Packers pick at 26th overall, and many good ones should still be on the board at the end of the second round.
Tavon Austin started off the 40-yard dashes with a bang, running the drill in 4.34 seconds officially. That was good for second among wideouts, as only Marquise Goodwin of Texas ran faster (4.27). Goodwin's time was the fastest of any player at the combine since the Titans' Chris Johnson ran it in 4.24 seconds in 2008. I'd make an Al Davis joke here, but that might be in poor taste.
Despite those two speedsters stealing the show, there were a number of solid 40 times posted. Oregon State's Markus Wheaton put up a 4.43, Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton posted a 4.53, and Oklahoma's Kenny Stills ran an impressive 4.38. All of those players could potentially be around when the Packers draft in the second round.
One big disappointment that I saw was Ace Sanders of South Carolina. The tiny kick return specialist only ran his 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds, far slower than I would have expected. His cone drill time was okay, but he seemed to struggle in the short shuttle as well. A player with his size (5'7", 173) will need to show impressive speed to be effective in the NFL, and he didn't show that today in his timed drills.
One final standout in the drills was T.J. Moe of Missouri. His 40-time wasn't impressive (4.74 seconds), but he led all wideouts in bench press reps (26), on the cone drill (6.53 seconds), and both shuttles (3.96, 10.87 seconds). However, Jeff Maehl of Oregon was in the top two in all three of those drills in 2011 and went undrafted, so Moe's performance does not necessarily mean his draft stock will shoot up.
Here are the full results for the wide receivers:
Other combine workout results: