2024 NFL combine draft risers: Mel Kiper picks top workouts

Tennessee running back Jaylen Wright impressed NFL scouts at the combine with a 4.38 40-yard dash. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

How great was the 2024 NFL combine? We had a couple of broken records, including the fastest 40-yard dash via Texas' Xavier Worthy. We saw extremely talented wide receiver and offensive tackle classes live up to the hype. And though the top three quarterbacks and top two wideouts didn't go through workouts, more than 300 prospects went through on-field drills, medical testing and in-person interviews with coaches and front office executives for all 32 teams. It's the most important event on the way to Round 1 of the draft, which begins April 25.

Which prospects helped their stock the most during the on-field portion of the combine? I picked a handful of players who are rising after the events in Indianapolis, with an emphasis on those who starred and rose based on what we thought ahead of the event. Some of it is because of their 40-yard dash time or another athletic test, but it also could be because of how they looked on the field vs. their peers.

Remember, this is just about what happened on the field: I'm going to talk to sources across the league over the next few weeks to find out about red flags and also about who excelled during the team interview portion of the combine. Here are my draft risers, in no particular order:

Recapping Days 1-4 of the combine
Kiper's latest Round 1 mock draft
Kiper's updated Big Board rankings

Jaylen Wright, RB, Tennessee

5-foot-10, 210 pounds