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Biggest 2023 NFL Draft risers and fallers following NFL Draft Combine

The NFL Combine has come and gone with several players boosting their stock in a huge way while others submitted poor performances.

It’ll soon become more clear what the top of the NFL Draft will look like, but what players impacted their stock the most at the combine?

Let’s take a look at the three biggest risers and fallers following the results of last week.

Biggest NFL draft risersAnthony Richardson, QB – Florida

Perhaps no player boosted his respective stock more than Anthony Richardson, who put forth one of the most impressive testing numbers we’ve ever seen from the quarterback position.

Anthony Richardson's ranks among QBs at the 2023 NFL Combine:

Height: 6' 4 1/4" (1st)
Weight: 244 (1st)
40-Yd: 4.43 (1st)
Vertical: 40.5" (1st)
Broad: 10'9" (1st)


— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 4, 2023

Richardson now sits at +300 odds to be the first pick of the NFL draft, a dramatic rise from odds around +8000 just a few months ago. At this point, it’d be a surprise to see Richardson fall out of the top five picks.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR – Ohio State

Smith-Njigba reminded everyone exactly who he is, in case anyone forgot. He led all receivers with a 6.57-second three-cone and 3.93-second short shuttle while proving he’s past the hamstring issues that kept him off the field this season.

After being considered a late first-round pick or early second-round selection, the Ohio State standout is now +180 to be the first wide receiver taken. He’s one of the most impressive receivers in the class and I expect him to be a top-20 pick.

Darnell Washington, TE – Georgia

Washington had a phenomenal week with measurables similar to Rob Gronkowski and making a one-handed highlight-reel grab thanks to a great adjustment.

Darnell Washington is the complete package

• 6’7, 265 lbs TE from Georgia
• 2x Natl Champion: He’s a Winner
• 11 inch hands (2nd largest ever for a TE)
• 7 foot wingspan (largest EVER for a TE)
• 4.08 shuttle (3rd fastest at combine)@_Dwfootball11 pic.twitter.com/UCL3WCo43H

— IKE Packers Podcast (@IKE_Packers) March 6, 2023

Despite catching only 28 passes this season, Washington now projects as an early-round project for a team that hopes to utilize his athleticism and develop him into a star.

Biggest NFL draft fallersWill Levis, QB – Kentucky

It’s not that Levis performed poorly, though he didn’t look particularly accurate with his throwing, but it’s more that Richardson and CJ Stroud separated themselves from the Kentucky signal-caller.

Levis flirted with odds around +800 to be the first pick of the draft prior to the combine but now sits at +1200. It appears that Richardson, Stroud, and Bryce Young are all comfortably ahead of Levis.

Kayshon Boutte, WR – LSU

Foot, meet mouth. After declaring he was the No. 1 receiver in the draft, Boutte finished in the 2nd percentile in the vertical jump (29″) and 32nd percentile in the broad jump (108″) with a disappointing 4.67 second 40-time.

Boutte had only 538 yards this season on 48 catches, and he may have had the most disappointing combine of any receiver. Expect him to be around in the third round and possibly even beyond as a result.

Mike Morris, DE – Michigan

NFL teams covet athleticism from pass-rushers and Morris did little to suggest he should be among the top edge players selected. On top of disappointing numbers in speed drills and jumps, Morris struggled mightily with the four-bag drill.

Mike Morris slips a couple times in the four bag agility drill pic.twitter.com/nEcDmu1Gzy

— TheWolverine.com (@TheWolverineOn3) March 2, 2023

After making only 23 tackles this season, Morris may have fallen to a Day Three pick thanks to his poor testing.

Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change. 

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