Top ACC wide receivers at the NFL Combine

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Thirty-five Atlantic Coast Conference football players participated in the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, as the top of the ACC battled to become stars of the NFL in front of executives, general managers.

A deep receiving and tight end class also took to the field Thursday night to begin the workouts. The pass catchers lead the way as the most represented position. These athletes, for better or worse, showed the league their talents.

Here’s our cream of the Combine crop:

K.J. Osborn, Miami

Osborn had a great combine performance with a 4.48 in the 40, a 37.5-inch vertical and 123-inch broad. He showed he’s one of the best athletes at the wide receiver position in this class.

His numbers have scouts looking back at his footage in Miami. He started all 13 games as a senior. He led the team in receiving with 50 catches, 547 yards and five TDs. He’s also a punt returner with a 16-yard average. From the slot, his instincts in space and overall toughness could serve him well.

Tee Higgins, Clemson

Higgins did not precipitate in on-field drills, waiting until his pro day to take the field. The reason for not working out was the short turnaround from the college football playoffs.

He has the size and “above the rim” talent. Hggins can high-point the ball better than most. He measured at 6’4 with an 81-inch wingspan. He’s a big play waiting to happen with 13 TD’s in his last season at Clemson. He had his most productive meeting the Patriots who need a wide receiver as they decide if Tom Brady will return to the team.

Joe Reed, Virginia

Reed had a solid performance as a wide receiver. In the 40 he ran 4.47. He was requested to workout at running back as well.

He played running back and wide receiver in high school, getting offers for both positions. His hands are reliable and he’s quick in transitioning from catch to run in the quick passing game.

He led Virginia in receptions with 77, 689 yards and seven TDs. He also scored twice on kickoff returns with a 33-yard return average which was tied for second in the FBS nationally. His ability to run the ball, catch, and return at a high level have many teams reworking their boards as he impressed.

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