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TIM AND MIKE: Combine Day 4 observations

Catching the leaders? Wide receiver Henry Ruggs III of Alabama may have improved his stock by running a 4.27 40 Thursday night. Most analysts went into the Combine thinking Ruggs was the No. 3 receiver behind Alabama teammate Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma. Ruggs has good hands to go with fast feet. –Mike O'Hara

Parking tickets: It always amazes me how deep teams dig to find out all the information they can about these draft prospects. TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock had an interview with the Las Vegas Raiders this week, and they asked him about the 37 parking tickets he'd accumulated throughout his college career. The funny thing is, Blacklock didn't even know about the tickets. TCU's campus parking enforcement charges fines directly to students' accounts, and Blacklock didn't pay close attention. The fines were being paid and Blacklock didn't even notice. – Tim Twentyman

Passing grade: Quarterback Jordan Love needed to make a good impression in his Combine workout and got it, especially on deep balls Thursday night. His 2019 season – 17 interceptions against 20 TD passes – created doubts about his value. One Combine workout won't answer every question, but it helped. – Mike O'Hara

Blazing 40: We knew coming in this was a talented and deep wide receiver class – maybe the best receiver class in the history of the draft – and they lived up to it in the on-field testing Thursday night. There were 14 receivers that ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.4-second range, five that ran in the 4.3's, and Ruggs topped the class with a 4.27. – Tim Twentyman

Leap of faith: Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk of Arizona State told media members to wait until Thursday night to see how he performed in the vertical jump. It was worth the wait. Aiyuk leaped an even 40 inches. – Mike O'Hara

Big and fast: Only two receivers to measure at least 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds have run the 40 in a sub-4.5 time at the Combine. One is former Lion Calvin Johnson. The other is Notre Dame's Chase Claypool, who ran a 4.42 at that size Thursday night. – Tim Twentyman

Ready for the NFL: Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs said he's more ready than most cornerbacks for the leap to the NFL considering he's spent every day covering Jeudy, Ruggs and Alabama's leading receiver in 2019, Devonta Smith, in practice over the last year. – Tim Twentyman

Impressive bench presses: Fresno State offensive lineman Netane Muti put up an impressive 44 reps of 225 pounds Thursday night on the bench press. Only four players have done more reps than that. Even more impressive, however, might have been the 25 reps put up by Arizona State punter Michael Turk. – Tim Twentyman

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