Higgins, who caught 25 touchdown passes during his final two seasons with the Tigers, did participate in Clemson’s pro day on Thursday. He ran 40-yard-dash twice in the mid-4.5s, and his 31-inch vertical jump wasn’t close to the top 15 receivers at the combine (Tulane’s Darrell Mooney finished 15th among receivers with a 37-inch vertical). His more respectable 10-foot-3 inch broad jump also would have failed to crack the top 15 receivers at the combine. Higgins rebounded with a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.25 seconds, which would have been good for sixth place at the combine.
Higgins, the fourth-best receiving prospect in CBS Sports’ pre-draft rankings, did well in his receiving drills while showing why he is being projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick.
More prospect performances
Less than two weeks after posting a position-best 4.39 second time in the 40-yard-dash, linebacker Isaiah Simmons, who is currently being projected as a top-10 pick, recorded 20 reps at 225 pounds on the bench, a mark that would have put him in a tie for 12th place at the combine (Simmons did not bench in Indianapolis).
A.J. Terrell, the fifth-ranked cornerback in CBS Sports’ prospect rankings, tallied 15 bench press reps, a 4.37 time in the 40-yard dash, and a 34.5 inch vertical jump. Safety K’Von Wallace, the ninth best prospect in CBS Sports’ rankings, turned in a 4.50 40 time and a 38 inch vertical jump.
Offensive linemen Tremayne Anchrum and Sean Pollard, projected as Day 3 picks in the draft, went 5.12 and 5.26 in the 40-yard dash, respectively. They also posted vertical jumps of 24.5 and 25.5 inches.