The Raiders entered the 2019 season thinking wide receiver was their deepest group until things went south quickly. They had numerous pass-catchers come and go throughout the year, causing a massive overhaul at the position. In a draft class where it’s loaded from top to bottom, doubling up isn’t such a bad idea after all.
Wisconsin’s Quintez Cephus came into the combine and put up an impressive 23 reps of 225 pounds. After a hot start on the bench press, he was clocked at 4.73 40-yard dash, ranking last among receivers at the combine.
His 40-time wasn’t ideal by any means, but Cephus’ speed has never been his calling card. He tested out fine in all other areas of the combine, posting a 38.5″ vertical, 124″ broad jump and 7.2 three-cone drill.
Cephus projects as a target who can thrive in the red zone where he’ll use his strength to his advantage. Cephus’ larger frame will allow him to box out the opposition just as he did from time-to-time in the college ranks.
Cephus finished his senior season with 59 receptions, 901 yards and seven touchdowns.