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Best of Day 2 at NFL combine: Top risers, how best prospects fared

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Jackson not getting pressured to change positions (1:45)

Lamar Jackson speaks to Josina Anderson after his combine workouts about playing quarterback why he chose not to run. (1:45)

The 2018 draft's quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends went through workouts at the NFL combine on Saturday, and the top signal-callers impressed.

ESPN NFL draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay recap how the best prospects fared, and Scouts Inc. analyst Steve Muench breaks down the under-the-radar prospects who are rising up draft boards. We'll also look ahead to Day 3 of workouts, as the defensive linemen and linebackers will participate in testing and drills Sunday.

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How best prospects fared | Biggest risers | What to watch for Sunday | Day 1 notes

What was the biggest takeaway from workouts?

Kiper: Josh Allen is checking all the boxes to be the No. 1 overall pick. The Wyoming quarterback, whom I've had going to the Browns at No. 1 in my first two mock drafts, made every throw on Saturday and put up the best testing numbers of the top signal-callers (Louisville's Lamar Jackson threw but didn't test). Allen is crushing the pre-draft process after coming back from an injured shoulder late in the season. He showed improvement at Senior Bowl practices and looked great in workouts in Indianapolis.

McShay: I'm not surprised Mel liked Allen's day, and I can't disagree with him. I'm turning my focus to the wideouts, however, where Calvin Ridley had a mixed day, with the worst broad jump (9 feet, 2 inches) and vertical jump (31 inches) of all the wide receivers, but the sixth-fastest 40 at 4.43. He's still the clear No. 1 wideout, but some of those numbers are concerning. D.J. Chark (4.34 40 and 40-inch vertical) and Mel's guy D.J. Moore (11-foot broad jump) were among the wideouts who impressed me on Day 2. There isn't elite talent at wideout in this class, but the depth is looking better by the day.


How the top prospects fared

Here's how the potential first-round picks from this group performed on Day 2 of workouts:

Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Scouts Inc. position rank: No. 1

Darnold opted against throwing at the combine and will instead throw at the USC pro day on March 21. There were no red flags in athletic testing, and he checked all the boxes in drills. I'm looking forward to watching him throw and compete at his pro day. -- McShay

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Scouts Inc. position rank: No. 2