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Breaking Down the Best and Worst of the G5 at the NFL Combine: Day Two

Some players took their chance to shine, like Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty, while others failed to leave a good impression.

WKU Quarterback Brandon Doughty had one of the top performances of the NFL Combine's second day.
WKU Quarterback Brandon Doughty had one of the top performances of the NFL Combine's second day.
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The NFL Combine's second day of on-field workouts Saturday saw quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs get their chance to show off their skills for the scouts and coaches in attendance.

While some players saw their draft stock improve by leaps and bounds, others had performances that had them chalking it up as a bad day.

Below is a run down of some of the best and worst of the combine's second day:

The Good

Brandon Doughty: After a less-than-desirable East-West Shrine Game performance, Doughty needed a huge boost during the combine to turn some heads and get scouts back in his corner, and he did.

The Western Kentucky quarterback impressed many with his throwing skills and the timing of his passes. But Doughty's day was not fully perfect, as he ran the slowest time for a quarterback in the 40-yard dash at 5.22 seconds.

Many have taken to comparing Doughty's skills and makeup to Tom Brady, who ran a 5.28 second 40 during his NFL Combine in 2000. With Doughty being projected to go in the sixth or seventh round, those comparing him to the Patriots quarterback may be on to something.

It's safe to say Doughty at least moved up a bit today on a few team's draft boards.

The Bad

Paxton Lynch: Looking at what the Memphis quarterback did during the workout, Lynch was edged out by UCLA's Jared Goff and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz in many of the on-field exercises. Notably, the Tigers quarterback finished behind both in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.87 seconds.

NFL.com's Mike Mayock, who has Lynch listed as his third-best quarterback available in the draft, thought that he was a bit off today after seeing him miss some throws in workout. Lynch himself said that he felt he did alright in an interview after his performance, but felt he could have done better.

Lynch will not lose his spot his spot in the top three after today's performance, but it is a let down for those who wanted him to win the battle between the three for the best in the combine.

The Ugly

Demarcus Ayers: The Houston wide receiver decided to participate in Saturday's on-field workout despite a broken finger. That decision would end up biting him, as his performances in multiple events including the 40-yard dash were less than impressive.

With a year of eligibility left at UH, Ayers took a huge risk in declaring for the draft early. A forgettable performance like that for the scouts in Indianapolis may have some fans wishing he stayed for another year.

Ayers still has Houston's March 24 pro day to heal up and make some type of positive impression on scouts, but if he is unable to recover fully by then we will see his draft stock fall fast.