With the NFL Combine over we thought it’d be a good time to have a look at some of the top performers at the annual showcase of talent. Some of these players will make immediate impact on your fantasy team while others still have a ways to go. Monday we looked at running backs and quarterbacks. Today we’ll look at the wide receivers and tight ends who impressed at the combine.
Will Fuller could turn into the kind of player that is a tough call week to week. He’s got speed, he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the combine, and could end up being a big-play type player if he can consistently make catches.
Kolby Listenbee ran a 4.39, second-fastest among wide receivers, and could serve well if he fills out and keeps showing he has a good set of hands. The product out of TCU isn’t the prospect his teammate Josh Doctson is, but his performance at the combine could get him some attention.
Someone who doesn’t seem like he’ll be ready to contribute early is Trevor Davis out of Cal. His 4.42 40 and good performances in the vertical, 3-cone drill and the 60-yard shuttle drill could help him land a spot as a returner, though.
Ricardo Louis out of Auburn ran a 4.43 and was a top performer in the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump. The results help, but he’s lacking a lot of the things you look for in a consistently good receiver. If he finds a way to catch the ball consistently and run better routes, he could make something of himself in terms of fantasy. Don’t take a risk on him at this point.
Ben Braunecker, the tight end out of Harvard, scored in the top-5 among tight ends in every drill at the combine. He’s a real interesting prospect in that he has size to be a matchup problem but is a little rough around the edges. He needed to do well in the 40, but his 4.73 probably won’t turn many heads. The jury will be out on him until he makes a camp.