2024 NFL Combine Risers: Terrion Arnold Proves Superlative, Tyler Owens Nearly Breaks Record

Who are some of the top risers from Day 2 of the NFL Combine? Tyler Owens almost broke a record, while Terrion Arnold solidified his standing.

Day 2 of the NFL‘s annual testing event in Indianapolis is in the books, with cornerbacks, safeties, and tight ends taking to the field inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Who were some NFL Combine risers, and where might they land in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Day 2 Risers at the 2024 NFL Combine

Percentile data is derived from Kent Lee Platte’s (@MathBomb on X — formerly Twitter) Relative Athletic Score, or RAS, system.

Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

If you only look at 40-yard dash times, Terrion Arnold‘s 4.5 number won’t catch your eye. But don’t let that fool you. Arnold was arguably the best CB through all of the positional drills — a reflection of his status as a legitimate CB1 candidate in the 2024 class.

To be clear, Arnold still tested well athletically. His explosiveness numbers were borderline elite. But Arnold’s fluidity, efficient footwork, and snappy redirection freedom stole the show, especially on the W-drill, where his plant-and-drive quickness astounded onlookers.

Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Much like Arnold, Quinyon Mitchell‘s presence on this list is more verification than anything — but it’s also representative of yet another box he’s checked in the ramp-up to the 2024 NFL Draft. Mitchell’s 4.33-second 40-yard dash was second-fastest among NFL Combine CBs, and he was good in drills as well.

Particularly in off-coverage drills, Mitchell’s natural feel for tempo was clear, and his 40-yard dash only reaffirmed the elite recovery speed that’s on tape. At this point, after a strong Senior Bowl and Combine, Mitchell is a candidate to be the first defensive player selected.

Mike Sainristil, DB, Michigan

Mike Sainristil was arguably the best-performing DB in all of college football in 2023. The former wide receiver turned into a lockdown slot cornerback for the Wolverines, and on the NFL Draft circuit, his momentum isn’t stalling by any means.

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At the NFL Combine, Sainristil ran a solid 4.47-second 40-yard dash and tested with a 40″ vertical and an 11’1″ broad jump. On top of his testing, Sainristil was superb in interviews and was as sharp as a razor’s edge in positional drills, with the best pedal technique in the group.

On my 2024 NFL Draft board, Sainristil is the best pure nickel DB prospect in the class.

Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

Max Melton piqued the interest of NFL teams at the Senior Bowl with his competitiveness and versatility between the boundary and the slot. At the NFL Combine, he confirmed his quantifiably elite athleticism with a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, 40.5″ vertical, and an 11’4″ broad.

Melton’s elite athleticism is very evident on tape, and at 5’11” with 32″ arms, he has a very unique size profile in addition to his mobility.

Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, S, Texas Tech

Dadrion Taylor-Demerson continues to be underrated, but he’s raising awareness with his offseason performance.

After glowingly answering questions about his versatility and drive earlier in the week, Taylor-Demerson ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash and also logged a 38″ vertical and a 10’3″ broad jump. And in positional drills, his pedal technique and fluidity stood out as one of his best qualities. He can be a starting safety with nickel capabilities early in his career.

Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State

On tape, Ben Sinnott is arguably a top-three TE prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft. He’s an incredibly versatile player with a vast route tree, crisp nuance, and strong hands. Sinnott didn’t need to test with elite athleticism, but he did anyway

Sinnott jumped out of the gym with a 40″ vertical, and he also logged a 10’6″ broad jump. Both numbers led all TE prospects at the event. For creative offensive coordinators, Sinnott’s easy integration will be a major bonus, but he truly has the athleticism to be a weapon.

Javon Bullard, S, Georgia

It was expected that Javon Bullard would test well, and he did — running a 4.47-second 40-yard dash. It was also expected that he’d fare well in positional drills, being a nickel/safety hybrid. But he truly stood out as one of the best safeties in space. He could have walked a tightrope on his pedal and seamlessly channeled his explosiveness on hip transitions.

Andru Phillips, CB, Kentucky

Andru Phillips feels like a prospect we’re all still coming around on. He has verifiable slot and boundary versatility and reacted to breaks well at the Senior Bowl. Then, at the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, while putting up explosiveness numbers in the 99th percentile. Phillips’ burst, physicality, and versatility should set a hard floor for his stock.

Decamerion Richardson, CB, Mississippi State

The NFL Combine is always good for pointing scouts toward one or more athletic freaks who hadn’t gotten enough attention to that point. This year’s edition is Mississippi State CB Decamerion Richardson, who tested with a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, a 35″ vertical, and a 10’8″ broad at 6’2″, 188 pounds with arms over 32″ long.

Cam Hart, CB, Notre Dame

After a strong Senior Bowl showing, the 6’3″, 202-pound Cam Hart came to the NFL Combine and put up a 39.5″ vertical and a 10’11” broad jump — both near the 93rd percentile for CB prospects. He also looked impressively fluid for his size in the pedal and transition drills, flipping his hips with ease while keeping speed.

Millard Bradford, S, TCU

Millard “Nook” Bradford is a definite riser after his NFL Combine showing. At around 5’10”, 191 pounds, Bradford ran a stellar 4.42-second 40-yard dash and logged a 38.5″ vertical. Not only that, but he shined in positional drills, using smooth sink and sharp swivel freedom to navigate around cones and coordinated hands to finish plays.

Tyler Owens, S, Texas Tech

Tyler Owens came up lame on his 40-yard dash attempt, ending his day early. But before his injury, Owens nearly broke the broad jump record, logging an absurd 12’2″ jump. At 6’2″, 216 pounds, Owens’ explosiveness is simply otherworldly — an ironic development, given that he doesn’t believe in the existence of other worlds.

Myles Harden, CB, South Dakota

Myles Harden didn’t have the blazing 40-yard dash that other cornerback prospects had, but at almost 200 pounds, Harden put up very good explosiveness numbers, and he was one of the best CBs present in the movement drills.

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On his pedals, transitions, and 45-degree cuts, Harden was extremely fluid and free-flowing given his weight. And that easy mobility and acceleration out of direction changes should gain him interest.

Jarrian Jones, CB, Florida State

A feisty slot defender for the Seminoles, Jarrian Jones ran a blazing 4.38-second 40-yard dash along with Deantre Prince and Daequan Hardy, and Jones also tested with hyper-elite explosiveness numbers. All three aforementioned players impressed with their speed, but Jones’ physicality and tenacity will endear him to NFL scouts at nickel.

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