3 Players That Increased Their Fantasy Football Stock at the NFL Combine

Max Staley
Jonathan Taylor blew scouts away at the 2020 NFL Combine.
Jonathan Taylor blew scouts away at the 2020 NFL Combine. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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Evaluating prospects purely on their NFL Combine performance has produced shaky results, at best. Combine results do still seem to have a big impact on how NFL teams value prospects, so we can still gain some valuable insights from a fantasy football perspective.

With that in mind, here are three prospects that drastically increased their fantasy football stock at the 2020 NFL Combine.

1. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin Badgers

Jonathan Taylor ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, the fastest among all RBs.
Jonathan Taylor ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, the fastest among all RBs. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Jonathan Taylor had an incredible statistical career at Wisconsin, running for at least 2,000-yards in back-to-back seasons. The only year he didn't reach 2k, he finished with 1,977 rushing yards. He more than backed it up at the NFL Combine, becoming the second RB to post a sub-4.40 40-yard dash while weighing at least 225 pounds. Taylor also looked improved as a pass-catcher, which is the last (and perhaps only) part of his game scouts aren't quite sold on. He likely cemented his status as a first-round pick, and the impressive combine numbers could make him the first rookie RB off the board in 2020 fantasy drafts.

2. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide

Henry Ruggs ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Henry Ruggs ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Henry Ruggs III was widely believed to be the fastest wideout in the class, and he certainly proved his believers right this weekend. The Alabama Crimson Tide WR ran a 4.27 40-yard dash, the best mark among all players in the 2020 class. That kind of speed is tough to come by. If he lands in the right situation, Ruggs could be a fantasy contributor from day one thanks to that rare, blazing speed.

3. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Bears

Denzel Mims catching passes at the NFL Combine.
Denzel Mims catching passes at the NFL Combine. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Despite being a part of what is generally considered to be the best WR class in recent memory, Denzel Mims still found a way to separate himself. Among all wideouts, he had the third-fastest time in the 40-yard dash (4.38 seconds), finished top-10 in the vertical jump (38.5 inches), and he had the fastest time, by a mile, in the 3-cone drill (6.66 seconds). That's especially notable, as he was 0.28 seconds faster than any other wideout, and this drill is considered especially important for wide receivers. Mims may have cemented his status as a first-round pick, and he could be one of the first rookie WRs off the board come fantasy season.


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