NFL Combine results tracker: Live updates, highlights, top performers from 2022 draft workouts

NFL Combine results tracker: Live updates, highlights, top performers from 2022 draft workouts

The NFL Combine was not held in 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is making its triumphant return in 2022, and NFL fans are eager to see the league’s top prospects — and their favorite prospects — in action ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The on-field drills are, arguably, among the least important events at the NFL Scouting Combine. Teams are usually more focused on medical exams and interviews as they get to know the player off the field and not from the tape. That’s why a handful of potential top prospects — like Evan Neal, Derek Stingley and Matt Corral — choose to wait until their Pro Days to conduct the on-field drills.

That said, there will still be plenty of top-tier prospects in action at the combine. And given the relative uncertainty atop each positional big board in this top-light class, players that interview and test well could still have an opportunity to rise.

MORE: Watch the 2022 NFL Combine on fuboTV (free trial)

The intrigue surrounding these prospects is why the league is, once again, hosting the event in prime time. The NFL Combine shifted its workouts from the morning and early afternoon to prime time in 2020 to capitalize on the interest in these prospect workouts.

While teams already know, or can roughly estimate, the measurables of each player, the fans don’t know as much. So, for many, this is a great, opportunity to get to know the best players and potential first-round picks of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Below is a look at the notable results from on-field NFL Combine workouts on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

MORE: Full NFL Combine schedule, list of invites by position

NFL Combine results & highlights

Friday, March 4

12:34 p.m. — Dameon Pierce’s day is off to a good start. The Florida running back put up 21 reps on the bench press and showed determination pushing through the final one.

11:55 a.m. — Another interesting measurement: NC State offensive lineman Ikem Ekwonu, who is in the mix for the No. 1 pick, has an 84.25-inch wing span. That’s less than an inch shorter than Daniel Faalele’s wing span even though Faalele is four inches taller and 74 pounds heavier than Ekwonu.

11:00 a.m. — Good news for NFL fans: Kayvon Thibodeaux, a top pass rushing prospect from Oregon, will participate in drills at the combine on Saturday. The potential No. 1 overall pick feels like he has something to prove to talent evaluators.

“I feel like I’m Jadeveon [Clowney] 2.0,” Thibodeaux told reporters on Friday morning. 

9:05 a.m. — Another tackle to watch on Friday will be Minnesota’s Daniel Faalele. He weighed in at 6-8, 384 pounds and is the heaviest player at the combine since 2003. He had a unique rise to prominence in college football and could be an athletic freak.

8:00 a.m. — The rest of the offensive players, running backs and offensive linemen, will work out today along with the specialists. Ikem Ekwonu is the top prospect scheduled to work out, as Alabama’s Evan Neal will not be participating in drills until his Pro Day.

Thursday, March 3

11:00 p.m. — This is, officially, the fastest receiver group in NFL Combine history. Nine receivers totaled sub-4.4 times in the 40-yard dash, breaking the previous record of seven set in 2019.

10:55 p.m. — Well, we came close to having the fastest combine run of all time. However, Tyquan Thornton ran a 4.28 in the 40, 0.07 seconds slower than his original time. There were some major adjustments for 40-yard dash times, including that of Chris Olave, who saw his time drop to 4.39. 

8:30 p.m. — We may have a new fastest man: Tyquan Thornton ran a 4.21 (unofficial), which would break John Ross’ 4.22 record if it goes official:

8:17 p.m. — Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder runs a 4.50 and a 4.49 in his two runs, while Ohio State’s Chris Olave lights up the stopwatches with a 4.26 in his first run. Impressive.

7:24 p.m. — Quarterback throwing drills up, Sam Howell in this group, the most noteworthy name in this group.

6:55 p.m. — Gauntlet drill for WRs up now. 

6:13 p.m. — Arkansas’ Treylon Burks, in conversation to be WR1 for the 2022 NFL Draft, runs a 4.55 first try at the 40-yard dash. Not exactly blazing speed. He follows that up with a 4.50 on his second run.

5:48 p.m. — Tight ends wrap up, quarterbacks up next.

5:13 p.m. — UCLA’s Greg Dulcich puts together the best run in the gauntlet drill. Could be a riser this draft season:

4:53 p.m. — Winter is coming to an end, but it’s still sled season at the Combine.

4:42 p.m. — UCLA’s Greg Dulcich was motorin’: He finishes with a 4.61 40 in his second run.

4:23 p.m. — The first group of tight ends have all run now. The clubhouse leader for the 40 is now Chigoziem Okonkwo from Maryland. He ran the 40 in 4.54 seconds. Jelani Woods, a 6-7 Virginia product who posted 24 reps on the bench press, ran a 4.61 to tie Dulcich for second place.

4:20 p.m. — Connor Heyward, with older brother Cam watching, clocks a 4.73 in the 40-yard dash. So far, UCLA’s Greg Dulcich (4.61 unofficial time) is the leader among tight ends.

4:09 p.m. — The tight ends are going to be up first at the NFL Combine. Austin Allen from Nebraska is the first of the combine to run, and he posts a 4.79 mark at 6-7.

4:00 p.m. — The NFL Combine broadcast is officially underway!

3:50 p.m. — Speaking of 40 times, we could see some fast ones from the wide receiver group. Cornerbacks and receivers tend to run the fastest 40-yard dashes, so keep an eye on the receivers today.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah lists the following three receivers as having a chance to be the fastest player at this year’s combine:

  • Danny Gray, SMU
  • Jahan Dotson, Penn State
  • Calvin Austin III, Memphis

3:48 p.m. — UNC quarterback Sam Howell will NOT run the 40-yard dash at the combine, as he’s nursing a calf injury. He’s still going to throw, but Howell is another of the top-five quarterbacks in this draft class that will not run.

3:32 p.m. — Workouts start shortly at the 2022 NFL Combine. Arkansas wide-out Treylon Burks will be in action on Thursday, and he spoke earlier in the week about his affinity for 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel.

“I try to mimic my game after him,” Burks said.

We’ll soon see if he has any Deebo-like skills in his bag.

3:11 p.m. — Kenny Pickett wasn’t the only one with an eye-popping hand-size measurement. Skyy Moore, a receiver from Western Michigan, checked in with 10.25-inch hands despite standing only 5-10. 

2:49 p.m. — The tight ends hit the bench press today at the NFL Combine. One of the top performers was Virginia’s Jelani Woods. The 6-7 playmaker logged 24 reps of 225 pounds.

2:27 p.m. — Malik Willis and the quarterbacks haven’t even worked out yet, but he’s already a big winner of NFL Combine week. Why? He has interviewed extremely well, per Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Stock up for Willis.

1:55 p.m. — In case you missed the excitement, Kenny Pickett’s hand size measurements are in. The Pitt quarterback has 8.5-inch hands, which would measure as the smallest among any current NFL quarterback.

NFL Combine results by position

Below is a look at top prospects at each position, according to SN’s Vinnie Iyer, and how each fared during the 2022 NFL Combine.

Quarterback

Player School Height Weight 40 time Bench Press
Malik Willis Liberty 6-0 219 DNR  
Kenny Pickett Pitt 6-3 217 4.73  
Matt Corral Ole Miss 6-2 212 DNR  
Desmond Ridder Cincinnati 6-3 211 4.52  
Sam Howell UNC 6-1 218 DNR  
Carson Strong Nevada 6-3 226 DNR  
Bailey Zappe Western Kentucky 6-0 215 DNR  

Running back

Player School Height Weight 40 time Bench Press
Kenneth Walker III Michigan State 5-9 211    
Isaiah Spiller Texas A&M 6-0 217    
Breece Hall Iowa State 5-11 217    
Kyren Williams Notre Dame 5-9 199    
Tyler Allgeier BYU 5-11 220    
Brian Robinson Jr. Alabama 6-2 226    

Wide receiver

Player School Height Weight 40 time Bench Press
Jameson Williams Alabama 6-2 179 DNR  
Garrett Wilson Ohio State 6-0 183 4.38  
Chris Olave Ohio State 6-0 187 4.39  
Treylon Burks Arkansas 6-2 225 4.55  
Drake London USC 6-4 219 DNR  
Jahan Dotson Penn State 5-11 178 4.43  
John Metchie Alabama 5-11 187 DNR  
David Bell Purdue 6-1 212 4.65  
George Pickens Georgia 6-3 195 4.47  
Wan’Dale Robinson Kentucky 5-8 178 4.44  

Tight end

Player School Height Weight 40 time Bench Press
Trey McBride Colorado State 6-4 246 DNR  
Jalen Wydermeyer Texas A&M 6-4 255 DNR  
Jalen Otton Washington 6-5 247 DNR  
Jeremy Ruckert Ohio State 6-6 252 DNR  
Isaiah Likely Coastal Carolina 6-4 245 DNR  
Jake Ferguson Wisconsin 6-5 250 4.81  

Offensive line

Player School Height Weight 40 time Bench Press
Evan Neal Alabama 6-7 337    
Ikem Ekwonu NC State 6-4 310    
Tyler Linderbaum Iowa 6-2 296    
Charles Cross Mississippi State 6-5 307    
Kenyon Green Texas A&M 6-4 323    
Trevor Penning Northern Iowa        
Nicholas Petit-Frere Ohio State        
Zion Johnson Boston College       32
Bernhard Raimann Central Michigan        
Darian Kinnard Kentucky        

Defensive line

Player School Height Weight 40 time Bench Press
Aidan Hutchinson Michigan        
Kayvon Thibodeaux Oregon        
George Karlaftis Purdue        
David Ojabo Michigan        
Jordan Davis Georgia        
DeMarvin Leal Texas A&M        
Travon Walker Georgia        
Jermaine Johnson Florida State        
Myjai Sanders Cincinnati        
Drake Jackson USC        

Linebacker

Player School Height Weight 40 time Bench Press
Devin Lloyd Utah        
Nakobe Dean Georgia        
Christian Harris Alabama        
Chad Muma Wyoming        
Quay Walker Georgia        
Brandon Smith Penn State        
Channing Tindall Georgia        
JoJo Domann Nebraska        

Defensive back

Player School Height Weight 40 time Bench Press
Kyle Hamilton Notre Dame        
Derek Stingley Jr. LSU        
Andrew Booth Jr. Clemson        
Sauce Gardner Cincinnati        
Roger McCreary Auburn        
Trent McDuffie Washington        
Jaquan Brisker Penn State        
Kaiir Elam Florida        
Derion Kendrick Georgia        
Daxton Hill Michigan        

MORE: Complete NFL Combine records

NFL Combine schedule 2022

The 2022 NFL Combine will, once again, be a prime-time event. The NFL made that change in 2020 to ensure they could maximize viewership for the event. Prior to 2020, all drills were held in the morning and early afternoon.

The combine will run Thursday through Sunday with position groups working out in prime time each day. NFL Network, the exclusive home of the combine, will show seven hours of drills each of the first three days and five hours of drills on Sunday. Rich Eisen and Daniel Jeremiah will serve as the primary voices for the event with various other NFL Network guests filling in each day.

Below is the complete TV schedule for on-field workouts and drills at the 2022 NFL Combine.

  • Thursday, March 3
Time Group TV channel
4-11 p.m. ET TE, QB, WR NFL Network
  • Friday, March 4
Time Group TV channel
4-11 p.m. ET PK, ST, OL, RB NFL Network
  • Saturday, March 5
Time Group TV channel
4-11 p.m. ET DL, LB NFL Network
  • Sunday, March 6
Time Group TV channel
2-7 p.m. ET DB NFL Network

While the drills will be the big draw for fans wanting to see the draft prospects in action, other aspects are more important for the players. Notably, the player medical evaluations and team interviews will be critical in determining where certain players are drafted.

The interviews will be interesting to watch this season, as the NFL is putting an increased emphasis on team conduct within those interviews. According to the AP, the NFL said, “a team would forfeit a draft pick between the first and fourth round and be fined a minimum of $150,000 if it’s determined a club representative displayed conduct that is ‘disrespectful, inappropriate, or unprofessional’ during an interview.”

“We aim for dignity, respect and professionalism,” league executive Troy Vincent told the AP. “It’s that simple.”

To see the full schedule for the 2022 NFL Combine, click here.

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How to watch the NFL Combine in 2022

  • TV channel: NFL Network
  • Live stream: NFL App | NFL Network App | fuboTV

Coverage of the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine will air exclusively on NFL Network and its streaming affiliates. That includes the NFL app, the NFL Network app, and fuboTV, which comes with a free trial.

Each day except for Sunday, coverage of the combine will begin at 4 p.m. ET. On Sunday, live coverage of the event will begin at 2 p.m. ET.

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