In one of the NFL Combine’s most star-studded days, former USC wide receiver Robert Woods might be having one of the most impressive days. The 6-foot-1 wideout is considered to be a second or third round pick, though with his performance on Sunday, he just might work himself into the top 50 picks.
Woods ran had an official 40-yard dash time of 4.51. Though it wasn’t as blazing fast as Texas’s Marquise Goodwin, who awed scouts with the second best time in Combine history at 4.27, Woods’s time is right in his wheelhouse, given that his draft stock is built on his ability as a pass catcher and route runner, with his speed considered to be a bonus.
In the route running and catching drills, Woods excelled, as he was smooth and calm through the drills, while being quick in his movements.
NFL Network commentators Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock raved about the showing of Woods. “He’s very impressive, Robert Woods,” said Eisen as the former Trojan sprinted down the field on a seam-route drill. “Very impressive.”
For Mayock, it’s the ‘natural pass catching ability’ of Woods that was noteworthy, as the long-time talent analyst asserted that a second round draft projection is likely given the mixture of his time and drill work.
In Woods’s three seasons at USC, he set both school and Pac-12 records for catches, finishing his career with 252 receptions. He also concluded his time as a Trojan with 2,930 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns.