Off and running at the combine

The NFL Scouting Combine was all about the skill positions on Saturday, the ones everyone wants to see, quarterbacks, receivers and running backs. 

  • The two top quarterbacks in the draft, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston, didn't shy away from taking part in the drills as both threw and did all of the other drills. Mariota ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, while Winston ran a 4.97.
  • NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock on what scouts look for from the quarterbacks during the combine workouts: "They are looking at two things. One, that you are not afraid to get out there and rip it in front of the entire NFL. And number two, how does the ball come out of your hands."

-Mayock on quarterback Bryce Petty from Baylor: "Right away you can see this guy has legit arm strength."

-Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett told Mayock prior to the Senior Bowl that his goal at the NFL Combine was, 'Chris Johnson.'

At the combine, though, he said he just wanted to do his best and not focus on Johnson's 4.24 modern-day 40-yard dash combine record from 2008.

"I'm just going to go out there and run as fast as I can because I've been training hard for this," said Dorsett. "I know a lot of people will be watching when I'm running and I don't really worry about that, I just do what I'm going to do."

-Dorsett's first 40-yard dash time was 4.35, his second was 4.33.

"He may be the fastest football player that ever played at Miami," said Mayock. "Sorry Michael Irvin."

Irvin didn't seem to mind the comment.

"I think this kid is incredible," said Irvin of NFL Network. "He always talked about this moment."

-Wide receiver Chris Conley from Georgia's second 40-yard dash opened some eyes when he ran a 4.35. Conley also had a 45" vertical jump. Yes, 45". It tied an NFL Combine record.

-Who was the speedster on Saturday among the receivers? It was wide receiver J.J. Nelson from Alabama-Birmingham with a sizzling 4.29 40-yard dash. He still didn't set a record.

-Steelers wide receiver/running back Dri Archer was the speedster at last year's combine, turning in a 4.26 40-yard dash, coming closest to beating Johnson's time.

-Former NFL quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner on Winston: "I believe he is by far the best second level thrower in the draft, the 15 to 30 yard throws you need in this league."

-Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett on the wide receivers: "The wideout crew can really run. There is no question about that."

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