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NFL Draft 2020: Isaiah Simmons, Jalen Hurts among combine's big winners

NFL Draft 2020: Isaiah Simmons, Jalen Hurts among combine's big winners

The Underwear Olympics have come and gone, and the number of prospects made themselves some money last week in Indianapolis. 

Isaiah Simmons was the star. The Clemson linebacker is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, ran a 4.39 40-yard dash time, can play all over the field and made Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther chuckle in excitement.

He can play all over the field and is the perfect prospect for the new age of the NFL. Simmons came in as a top prospect and only solidified his spot in the top 10.

We know Simmons was a winner at the NFL Scouting Combine. We also know the Raiders would love to have him and unless they plan to trade up, he won't be wearing silver and black.

There a number of other winners coming in right behind Simmons, who surely caught the Raiders' eye this past week. 

Let's take a look at a six other combine winners who should be moving up the Raiders' draft board.

Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

I've written a lot about Hurts this last week. He met with the Raiders and the team, by all accounts loves him. He's got the tools to be a dynamic weapon in the modern NFL and is a seamless fit for the Raiders.

Hurts then went out and knocked the combine out of the park.

He shined in the interview rooms and showed improved footwork and delivery in the throwing portion.

He also ran a 4.59 40-yard dash to showcase the athleticism and speed that are key for quarterbacks to have in today's NFL.

If Hurts still is there in Round 3, the Raiders should pounce. 

Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

At 6-4, 302 pounds, Neville Gallimore is a load inside. But he also showed freaky athleticism that's going to see him shooting up draft boards.

He's got the power, yes, but he also has uncanny speed for someone that size. He ran a 4.79 40 and then flashed some agility as well.

Not natural.

Gallimore made himself a lot of money this week. A pairing with the Raiders is unlikely, but don't be surprised if he becomes an option at No. 19.

Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

Tight end. Wide receiver. It doesn't matter, just stick Chase Claypool on the field and watch him torment defenses.

The 6-foot-4, 238-pound receiver dazzled at the combine, running a blistering 4.42 40-yard dash to become just the second receiver to run a sub 4.45 40 at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds or more. The other was Calvin Johnson

The Raiders need weapons and Claypool certainly should be near the top of their list.

Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida

The Raiders still need help getting to the quarterback, and Zuniga is a Day 2 guy they should give serious consideration to.

Zuniga is a raw prospect, but at 6-foot-3, 264 pounds, with a 4.64 40 and a 33-inch vertical, the Florida product no doubt had teams drooling.

He showcased both power and speed during his time in Gainesville. He was effective in defending the run and a terror at getting after the quarterback. 

For a team that needs to pressure the passer, Zuniga is an intriguing option for the Silver and Black.

Kyle Dugger, S, Lenior-Rhyne

Size. Speed. Explosiveness, Production. Kyle Dugger is a safety who flashed all of those traits at Division-II Lenior Rhyne and then he backed it up with an impressive showing at the combine.

Dugger blazed a 4.49 40-yard dash, had a 42-inch vertical and an 11'2'' broad jump.

He's got the power to play in the box and the athleticism to cover deep.

Dugger likely will be off the board in Round 2, but pairing him with Johnathan Abram in the Raiders' secondary would be an enticing possibility.

[RELATED: Raiders should do whatever it takes to draft Isaiah Simmons]

Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

With two first-round picks, the Raiders should have their pick of the litter. If they opt to go elsewhere with the No. 12 overall pick, Jefferson is a great option at No. 19, especially if CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs are off the board.

After leading college football in catches while being second in touchdowns and third in yards, Jefferson solidified his standing with his showing at the combine.

He ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, He firmly joined the top group of receivers and certainly is in play for the Raiders at No. 19 overall.

Jefferson worked primarily out of the slot at LSU, but showed the speed and athleticism to operate on the outside. He's a savvy route-runner with great hands and his stock is on the rise.

Henry Ruggs, Chase Claypool among NFL combine stars Raiders should target

Henry Ruggs, Chase Claypool among NFL combine stars Raiders should target

We know two things for certain about the 2020 NFL Draft: The wide receiver class is deep and stocked with talent, and the Raiders need a lot of help at wideout.

With five picks in the first 92, it should be a match made in heaven.

General manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden have spent all week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, and Thursday they got an up-close look at the best the class has to offer. 

While the class is insanely loaded, six receivers dazzled Thursday during drills and testing, no doubt shooting up the Raiders' draft board.

Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

Teams asked Claypool to work out at tight end during the combine, not knowing if he had the athleticism to play wideout at the NFL level.

At 6-foot-4, 238 pounds, the Notre Dame product was a touchdown machine in college. Any doubts about his athleticism and fit should have been put to bed Thursday with his testing.

Running a 4.43 at 6-foot-4 is some alien-type stuff.

In fact, only one other receiver in history has run a sub 4.45 40 at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds or more.

Calvin Johnson.

In the age of positionless football, just put Claypool on the field and let him go to work.

CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

This is going to be short. I've long believed Lamb is the best receiver in the class and the Raiders should jump at the opportunity to draft him if he's available at No. 12.

He did nothing Thursday to dispel that belief. He just spent it showcasing why he'll be highly coveted in the draft.

Another look?

Your WR1.

Henry Ruggs, Alabama

Much like Lamb, Ruggs only solidified his position as one of the top-three wideouts in this loaded class.

Have you ever seen a cheetah run on two legs? Here you go.

An effortless 4.27.

In a freaky class, Ruggs is at the top of the class.

Denzel Mims, Baylor

You want to talk stock up? Look no further than Denzel Mims.

The 6-foot-3, 207-pound receiver had the best three-cone time of the night at 6.66, he broad jumped 10' 11'', had a 38.5-inch vertical and ran a 4.38 40-yard dash.


He also looked fluid in pass-catching drills, showing he's not just a workout warrior.

Mims dominated the Senior Bowl and continued his rise in Indianapolis.

[RELATED: Hurts' talent entices, but should Raiders take chance on QB?]

Justin Jefferson, LSU

Despite Jefferson lighting the world of college football on fire this past season, Jefferson entered the combine with some questions about his speed and overall athleticism. Those now are gone.

And since catching the football is the name of the game, he put on a show in The Gauntlet.

Jefferson might have had the best overall combine performance. Don't be surprised if the Raiders snatch him up at No. 19.

NFL Draft 2020: Five wide receivers 49ers should watch during combine

NFL Draft 2020: Five wide receivers 49ers should watch during combine

The 49ers find themselves at a much different place around this time than one year ago. General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan came to the NFL Scouting Combine with the No. 2 pick in the draft and plenty of glaring holes last year. 

After going from 4-12 to having a double-digit lead in the Super Bowl one season later, the 49ers arrived at this year's combine coming off heartbreak but with plenty of reasons for optimism. They're a team without many needs, though there still are question marks that need answers. 

Lynch reiterated Tuesday how much he believes in quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. But getting the QB more weapons on the outside must happen for this team to take another step forward and continue to be a contender. Despite having a low first-round pick at No. 31 overall, this is the perfect year for San Francisco to target a receiver in the draft. 

[RELATED: Updated NFL mock draft before combine]

This year's draft class is stacked with stud receivers. Playmakers can be picked out of a hat. With that being said, here are five receivers the 49ers should watch during the combine.

Once the 49ers make their first-round selection, they currently don't own a pick again until the fifth round. Each player below could be an option with their first-round pick or if they trade back. 

Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State 

It's time to steal a dad joke. Aiyuk is the king of YAC (yards after catch), so he's now officially Brandon AiYAC. Hold your applause. 

On a more serious note, Aiyuk averaged a ridiculous 18.3 yards per reception as a senior at Arizona State. He caught 65 passes for 1,1192 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. And he can absolutely fly. 

Aiyuk measured in at just under 6-feet but has an eye-opening 80-inch wingspan. That's a freaky build that can translate to a wild catch radius. While he's a former junior college player and needs some polish, Aiyuk would terrify teams in Shanahan's offense. 

Justin Jefferson, LSU

Jefferson dominated in the Tigers' historic offense as a junior. He hauled in an NCAA Division I-best 111 passes for 1,540 passes and 18 touchdowns. Jefferson also already has talked with the 49ers

On Tuesday, Jefferson said he and the 49ers had an "informal meeting." Jefferson can line up inside or outside, but he really broke out last season when LSU began using him out of the slot. 

Speaking of catch radius, Jefferson's is at the top of the class. Throw it up and he'll go get it. That's what makes him really intriguing. He can make plays in the open field out of the slot like the clip above, and he can snatch a TD at its highest point.

Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado 

Shanahan would have tons of fun with Shenault in his offense. At 6-1 and 227 pounds, the former Colorado Buffalo is a physical freak. A strong combine could really have him rise up the rankings. 

Between his sophomore and junior seasons, Shenault scored 17 touchdowns -- 10 receiving and seven rushing. He's versatile and can be used all over the field, whether on the outside, inside or even out of the backfield. 

Shenault's red flag is an injury history to his labrum, toe and groin. If he's healthy, though, the athleticism is too good to ignore.

Jalen Reagor, TCU 

Reagor also met with the 49ers on Tuesday and compared himself to Deebo Samuel. For good reason, too.

Coming in at 5-11 and 206 pounds, Reagor is built similarly to Samuel. He also has the joystick capabilities and versatility of Samuel. Reagor scored 24 total touchdowns -- 22 receiving, two rushing -- at TCU and averaged 21 yards per punt return as a junior. 

Oh, and he's fast. Really, really fast. 

Reagor could be a healthy Percy Harvin. Do his ball skills translate to his athleticism? That's the big question. 

Michael Pittman Jr., USC

Pittman is quite different than many of the previously mentioned receivers. He isn't a burner and likely won't have a great 40-yard dash time. As far as polish and football IQ go, not many are in the same boat as Pittman. 

Though the 49ers hope to get a healthy Jalen Hurd next season, the 49ers still need a big-body receiver. Pittman is 6-4, 223 and catches everything thrown his way. 

Bet on Pittman. He was highly productive at USC while dealing with multiple QBs. Pittman also was one of the biggest standouts at the Senior Bowl.

Should the 49ers trade back out of the first round, this could be their guy.