How the top players fared during Day 1 of NFL combine drills

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The NFL combine is just a small sliver of the evaluation process. Evaluators often use it to confirm their scouting report from the tape. Here's how some of the top players on my board fared Friday at the combine, when running backs and offensive linemen went through drills.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Coming into the week, I thought Elliott could go in the 20s -- somewhere in the range of the Jets (No. 20) and Texans (No. 22). He ran an exceptional 40-yard dash time for a running back (4.47), which confirmed what I saw on tape. This guy has breakaway speed once he gets a crease. Based on what we know now, he has a chance to be a top-10 pick. The earliest he could go would be No. 6 overall to the Ravens, who have a need at the position. The Bears (No. 11) are also an option, if the right defensive player isn't there and they feel like adding another playmaker to the fold. Elliott doesn't break as many tackles as you'd like to see, but he checked in at nearly 6-foot and 225 pounds. He has the frame and ability to be an every-down back in the pros.