NFL Combine: Top 5 Performers From Friday’s Workout

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Nick Laham/Getty Images

The best available prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft are all in Indianapolis, Ind., for the annual NFL Scouting Combine. On Friday, the top offensive line and tight end prospects took to the field at Lucas Oil Stadium to kick off the testing portion of the 2015 Combine. With draft positioning and potentially millions of dollars on the line, every prospect in attendance will be looking to turn the heads of the coaches and scouts who are in the audience.

Here is a look at the top five performers from Friday’s workouts.

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

1.  MyCole Pruitt, tight end, Southern Illinois

40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds
Vertical jump: 38 inches
Broad jump: 118 inches
Bench press reps: 17
20-yard shuttle: 4.37 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 11.85 seconds

Pruitt stole the show during the tight end testing portion of Friday’s workout. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash, had the highest vertical jump, and finished in the top five of nearly every other testing category. Pruitt is fairly new to the big stage after having played for Southern Illinois of the Football Championship Subdivision, but after his performance Friday, there will be a lot of buzz surrounding Pruitt during the rest of the process leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft.

A video clip of Pruitt’s 40-yard dash can be found here.

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Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images

2.  Jake Fisher, offensive tackle, Oregon

40-yard dash: 5.01 seconds
Vertical jump: 32.5 inches
Bench press reps: 25
20-yard shuttle: 4.33 seconds
3-cone drill:  7.25 seconds
60-yard shuttle:  7.25 seconds

On Friday, Fisher proved that he is one of the most athletic offensive line prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft class. He was one of the top performers in every testing category among the offensive linemen who attended the Combine, and his 20-yard shuttle time was the fastest time for an offensive lineman at the Combine since 2006. Fisher may have done enough in Indianapolis to warrant first round consideration in the upcoming Draft.

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

3.  Maxx Williams, tight end, Minnesota

40-yard dash: 4.78 seconds
Vertical jump: 34.5 inches
Broad jump: 117 inches
Bench press reps: 17
20-yard shuttle: 4.37 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 12.31 seconds

Williams took another huge step toward separating himself from the pack as the top tight end prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft class with his Combine performance on Friday. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher performed well in nearly every category on Friday, which combined with his game film and top-notch receiving skills, may be enough to push Williams into the first round of the upcoming Draft.

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Rob Carr/Getty Images

4.  Cam Erving, center, Florida State

40-yard dash: 5.15 seconds
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Broad jump: 112 inches
Bench press reps: 30
20-yard shuttle: 4.63 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.48 seconds

Erving, who is a converted defensive lineman, turned in one of the best all around performances among offensive linemen during Friday’s workouts and testing. While he still needs to refine his technique and learn the nuances of being an offensive lineman, Erving’s versatility combined with his performance at the Combine on Friday have him rising on draft boards around the league.

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Warren Little/Getty Images

5.  Ali Marpet, center/guard, Hobart & William Smith

40-yard dash: 4.98 seconds
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Broad jump: 108 inches
Bench press reps: 30
3-cone drill: 7.33 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.47 seconds

For nearly all Division-III college football players, playing in the NFL is nothing more than a pipe dream. Ali Marpet, a D-III offensive line prospect, has been out to beat the odds ever since he arrived to Mobile, Ala., in January for the Senior Bowl. Marpet quickly showed that he belonged with the elite draft prospects at the Senior Bowl. He helped his case as a potential draft pick even more with his performance during testing at the NFL Combine on Friday, where he turned in arguably the most impressive numbers of the day.

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