The NFL Combine is underway in Indianapolis and Thursday featured a number of meetings and workouts throughout. In particular, the group of tight end prospects took to the field and went through their paces, including the 40-yard dash.
It was a strong day’s work for Maryland’s Chigoziem Okonkwo. Okonkwo shined and posted the fastest 40-yard dash for the position which drew a number of rave reviews.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Wisconsin’s Jake Ferguson. Not only did Ferguson struggle in the 40-yard dash but he also struggled during the bench press portion of the workouts.
Following those drills, Okonkwo landed in the “TE Winners” section of the day according to The Draft Network. Here’s what that publication had to say about Okonkwo:
“Holy Moses can Chig Okonkwo pick ‘em up and put ‘em down. Although he mentioned on Wednesday that he was looking to run in the “4.3s,” 4.52 will more than play. While his exact role is at the next level remains to be seen, offensive coordinators will be more than happy to deploy Okonkwo as a mismatch over slower linebackers and smaller safeties. The former Terrapin’s stock has a jetpack attached to it heading into Maryland’s pro day on March 30.”
Unfortunately for Ferguson, he wound up in the “TE Losers” portion of The Draft Network’s analysis:
“It was a tough day in Indianapolis for the Wisconsin tight end on several levels. Of the 10 tight ends that participated in the bench press, Jake Ferguson had the worst session, completing 15 reps of the 225-pound bar. His afternoon didn’t get any better as it continued, with a 40-yard dash time of 4.77 seconds, making him the fifth-slowest tight end that decided to run.”
We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds in store for the pair of B1G products after Indianapolis.