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5 Players to Watch at the Combine, March 4

A few players to keep an eye on when the wide receivers and tight ends take the field at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday - presented by Florida Hospital.


Photos of the 2017 NFL Combine participants.

  1. WR John Ross, Washington**
    With the Buccaneers holding the No. 19 pick in the first round, it's unlikely the team will be able to draft Clemson's Mike Williams, who most draft experts agree is the top wide receiver in this year's draft class. Ross has been linked to the Bucs in several mock drafts and many experts expect him to run the fastest 40-yard dash time of any player at the Combine.

Although the Buccaneers had one of the NFL's most productive tight ends last year, several mock drafts have predicted the team will draft Howard, the clear-cut No. 1 tight end in this year's class, with their first-round pick. Howard was impressive during limited action in the Senior Bowl and, at 6-foot-6, is one of the biggest tight ends taking the field at the Combine. It will be interesting to see how he runs compared to the smaller tight ends.


  1. WR Corey Coleman, Western Michigan* It's likely that Williams will be the first wide receiver drafted, but experts can't seem to agree on who the second pass-catcher off the board will be. Ross is a smaller, quicker receiver while Coleman has a big frame and is most dangerous in the red zone. If Coleman's times are better or on par with Ross's, he could solidify a position as the second-best receiver in this year's draft class. VIEW: FULL COMBINE SCHEDULE4. WR Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia  *
    A team looking for a big-play threat late in the draft could find a gem in McKenzie, who averaged 14.4 yards per catch in 2016 while finding the end zone seven times. In addition to his contributions on offense, he returned five punts and kickoff for touchdowns during his college career. He's listed at just 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds.    

5. WR Zay Jones, East Carolina
As a player projected to be a mid-round pick, Jones could help himself with a strong combine performance. He's the FBS' all-time leader in receptions and was one of the most dominant players during this year's Senior Bowl. In his scouting report,'s Lance Zierlein lists Jones' speed as a concern. He could address that in Indianapolis.

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