At the wide receiver position, there was no shortage of talent at the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine Saturday in New Orleans. Here is a quick look at a few of the athletes who caught some attention…<p>
Bryant Lavender – Lavender (5-11, 164) proved to be the best at his respective position hailing Gulfport (MS). He ran solid routes and had soft hands. Whether he was catching in traffic or just making the play in the open field, Lavender made the plays. He recorded a 4.66 in the 40-yards and had a 37-inch vertical. Look for him to continue to get better through more summer camps and combines.
Lavender: “With my performance today, I was pleased with it but I learned a lot to get better. I plan to go to a lot of 7-on-7 camps this summer and some individual camps as well. Right now, no colleges are really showing interest in me. I have a few letters, but nothing serious.”
Adair Stephens – The Beaumont (TX) Ozen athlete could just as easily been named the top performer with his play-making ability. In 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 play, Stephens made the play. He had solid numbers in both the shuttle (4.31) and 40-yard (4.75). He is not getting much attention now, but keep an eye on Stephens because he could emerge as a solid college prospect.
Michael Williams – The Louisiana prospect Williams was named “unstoppable” by one of the coaches for his performance in New Orleans. In drills and passing competitions, Williams made his presence known. He also worked with the defensive backs, and according to coach Don Cox, he could be a “two-sided” star.
Jordan James – The one thing that set this St. Thomas More (LA) product a part from the rest was his quickness. When he came out of his breaks on routes, many times he left his defender behind him watching. And to go along with solid route running, he made good catches. Be on the lookout for James.
Danny Blanks – When the crowd was moved by a great catch, there was a chance that McKinley’s (LA) Blanks was on the receiving end of it. Play after play, Blanks made the plays that turned heads.
Alex Tweedy – This Lone Star State (The Woodlands) wide receiver is one who is definitely flying under the radar. But, he was on the receiving end of plenty of passes and was one of the standouts at the combine. Aside from turning in a top performance at the combine, he also ran a 4.56 40-yard, had a 10-foot broad jump, and had a 37-inch vertical. Look for Tweedy in the near future to emerge as a sleeper college prospect.