10 players who impressed at 2017 NFL Combine

The long week in Indianapolis has finally come to a close.

Defensive backs had center stage Monday to close out the 2017 NFL Combine, leaving analysts wowed with the amount of talent and depth in this year's class.

A couple of those players quickly vaulted into the conversation about who had the best overall experience at one of the NFL's most important pre-draft events.

We've highlighted 10 of the 300-plus who made the most of their four respective days in Indianapolis.

QB Deshaun Watson (Clemson) - The most accomplished player in his position group, Watson did his best to prove his game will translate to the next level. He stood confidently behind the podium Friday as he explained how his winning experience -- and he did a lot of it at Clemson -- would uplift whichever franchise selected him. Watson was poised and consistent during on-field drills Saturday and drew rave reviews from analysts.

RB Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) - The former Heisman trophy finalist tested better in a number of areas than his top competition -- LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook -- and notched a 6.57-second cone drill time -- the second-best by a running back since 2003. McCaffrey is one of the most versatile running backs in this year's class and can also help teams in the return game.

WR John Ross (Washington) - When you break the NFL Combine record in the 40-yard dash, you've had a good week. That's what Ross did Saturday, when he clocked a 4.22-second time to beat Chris Johnson's nine-year-old record of 4.23. Compared by many analysts to longtime deep threat DeSean Jackson, Ross has the chance to be one of the first at his position off the board.

WR Chris Godwin (Penn State) - Projected as a third-round pick before the week, Godwin tested as well as any receiver, posting an impressive 40-yard dash time (4.42 seconds) and leading all of the players at his position in the 20-yard shuttle. Godwin had three 100-yard games this past season, including 187 yards and two scores against USC in the Rose Bowl.

OL Forrest Lamp (Western Kentucky) - Already one of the top-ranked guards in this year's class, Lamp was among the best linemen in four different drills -- 40-yard dash, bench press, broad jump and three-cone drill. He looked fully recovered from the ankle injury sent him home early from the Senior Bowl in January.

DL Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) - With already sky high expectations, Garrett embraced the spotlight, displaying a unique mix of speed, strength and overall athleticism in the various drills and tests. He's the popular pick among analysts when it comes to what the Browns will do with the No. 1 pick, and that opinion was only strengthened after Sunday's showing.

DL Carl Lawson (Auburn) - There was another defensive end from the SEC worth discussing after Sunday's workouts. Lawson followed up his 35 repetitions on the bench press Saturday with one of the best 40-yard dash times (4.67 seconds) for anyone his size (6-2, 253). Similar to Garrett, Lawson was one of the nation's top high school prospects when he signed with the Tigers. Injuries plagued him throughout his career but he appears very healthy at the moment.

LB Haason Reddick (Temple) - It's hard to find any prospective draft pick who has had a better 2017. The versatile linebacker -- analysts believe he can fit in either a 3-4 or 4-3 -- was one of the standout players at the Senior Bowl and followed it up this week with impressive times and measurements at the Combine. He'll be a likely, first-round fixture in the latest mock drafts.

CB Marshon Lattimore (Ohio State) - There's been plenty of speculation about Lattimore sliding into the top 10, and he flashed some of the best speed out of anyone at the Combine when he clocked a 4.36-second 40-yard dash. He was also a standout in the vertical leap. It's a deep class of defensive backs, and Lattimore is very much in the conversation to be the first selected.

S Obi Melifonwu (Connecticut) - Similar to Reddick, Melifonwu has had a heck of a buildup to the draft, and he was arguably the biggest star on the final day of the Combine. He had the best 40-yard dash time of any of the safeties and beat everyone in Indianapolis by a wide margin in both the vertical leap (44 inches) and broad jump (11 feet, 9 inches). He was a standout performer at the Senior Bowl, too, and would now be no surprise as a first-round pick.

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