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By Jim Johnson
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Ten potential NFL Draft risers to watch at the 2018 combine.

WR D.J. Chark, LSU: 6’4, 198

One of the top size-speed combination wideouts in the draft class. Took the top off of defenses all year and a 40 time that matches his play speed could solidify himself as an early second day prospect.

S Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech: 6’2, 220

He wasn’t blessed with his brother’s size or strength, but Edmunds is nonetheless a freak athlete in his own right. At his size, if the numbers match the film, it’ll become a lot easier for a team to look his way on day two.

CB Rashaan Gaulden, Tennessee: 6’1, 193

The total package from a size, speed, agility standpoint. Gaulden is the quintessential example of a day three prospect that blows up the combine and shoots up draft boards, correspondingly.

CB Donte Jackson, LSU: 5’11, 175

A trackstar at LSU, if there’s anyone in this class that can beat John Ross’ 40-yard dash record, it’s him. He’s already flirting with the first round, according to some mocks, but this could put him over the top.

QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville:  6’3, 211

Robert Griffin III posted the fastest 40 time by a quarterback, a few years ago. Jackson is poised to make RG3 look slow. The former Heisman winner is, athletically, in a class of his own at the position.

DL Kentavius Street, NC State: 6’2, 290

Street is an absolute animal in the weight room, boasting a 700 pound squat. He’s not especially long, which may be a concern on the field, but when it comes to the combine, the former NC State will be throwing up some serious numbers.

EDGE Chad Thomas, Miami: 6’6, 275

A quintessential potential-over-production candidate. If his combine numbers don’t live up to the hype, he could potentially fall to day three. The thing is, with his athletic gifts, the opposite will more than likely be true.

TE Jordan Thomas, Mississippi State: 6’6, 280

Based only on his performance for Mississippi State, Thomas would not be drafted. However, with his rare combination of size and speed, if he works out well, he immediately becomes a project worth taking on.

CB Kevin Toliver II, LSU: 6’3, 204

He may never have fully lived up to his five-star billing in Baton Rouge, but those physical traits that made him so highly touted are still there. They should be on full display next Monday.

S Tracy Walker, Louisiana: 6’2, 200

Walker, physically, checks every box a team could look for in a defensive back. His top end speed shows up on film and if he can show some explosiveness in the jumping drills, the potential may see him climb up into the fourth round -- maybe higher.

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP