Here are the biggest risers in 2017 NFL Draft rankings after NFL Combine

This week NFLDraftScout.com unveils an extensive update of rating for the top 1,000 prospects in 2017 NFL Draft as well as new data reflecting some of best results this century from events at the Indianapolis combine.

Overall, 37 players among the top 1,000 ascended in the ratings since the combine, for various reasons -- and a few of them didn’t even attend the combine, but NFLDraftScout.com’s staff tracked and upgraded them anyway.

Of course there were a few fallers, but let’s stay upbeat here. So check out the chart of those 37 most upwardly mobile prospects.

Some players merely verified and solidified opinions, such as

Alabama tight end O. J. Howard (moved from 11th overall to 7th) and Temple linebacker Haason Reddick (31st to 13th).

Others commanded attention with re-assuring or surprising performances at the combine that more than validated what many saw on game tapes. Perhaps the leader of this (literally) upwardly mobile group is Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu, a freakish combination of size (6-foot-4, 224 pounds) and athleticism. He soared 44 inches in the vertical jump (sixth best in recorded combine history) and 11 feet, 8 inches in the broad jump (second best in combine history).

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Obi Melifonwu jumps into the first round after an impressive combine.  USATSI

His size and athleticism are reminiscent of former USC safety Taylor Mays (2010, 6-3, 231, 4.41 in 40; 41-inch VJ), but unlike Mays, Melifonwu shows excellent football instincts and ball reaction. Mays turned out to be just a hit man, which wasn’t enough after San Francisco over-drafted him in round 2 (40th overall). Melifonwu appears to be better prospect and has moved from 55th overall to 33rd -- so far.

Wide receiver Chris Godwin gained one of those reputations as a better performer than athlete -- aka overachiever -- at Penn State. But at the combine he showed off athleticism aplenty with a 4.42-second time in 40 yards, a 10-foot-5-inch broad jump and 19 reps (with 225 pounds) at 6-1, 209.

After the combine he moved from 100th overall to 50th and is a second- round prospect.

Like Godwin, Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis quieted critics who were dismissive of his college production (26 career sacks, 202 tackles and tackles for loss) and questioned his abilities for the next level. At the combine he put his physical ability into context. At 6-4, 255, he ran 40 yards in 4.53 seconds, had a broad jump of 10-4, a vertical jump of 39 inches and benched 225 pounds 24 times. No wonder he raised such a ruckus in opposing backfields.

His rating jumped from 106th overall to 76th, so far, and don’t be surprise if he if he continues to climb.

Here is a look at the highest rated risers after the combine. “Old” overall and position rating is prior to 2017 Scouting Combine.

Rate OV/Pos

Old ov/pos

Player

Pos

College

Proj. Rd

Old Proj  Rd

2/2

2/3

*Solomon Thomas

DE

Stanford

1

1

13/1

34/4

Haason Reddick

OLB

Temple

1

1-2

27/3

107/16

Fabian Moreau

CB

UCLA

1-2

3-4

29/3

45/3

Evan Engram

TE

Mississippi

1-2

2

33/3

55/3

Obi Melifonwu

SS

Connecticut

1-2

2

39/6

68/12

ChidobeAwuzie

CB

Colorado

1-2

2-3

50/5

100/14

*Chris Godwin

WR

Penn State

2

3

53/4

71/4

*Adam Shaheen

TE

Ashland

2

2-3

55/10

79/14

Kevin King

CB

Washington

2

2-3

56/4

78/8

Larry Ogunjobi

DT

Charlotte

2

2-3

59/4

53/4

Taylor Moton

OT

Western Michigan

2

2

60/4

126/5

*Josh Jones

SS

North Carolina State

2

4

63/7

62/8

Tarell Basham

DE

Ohio

2

2

67/7

94/8

Tyus Bowser

OLB

Houston

2-3

3

72/8

92/13

Zay Jones

WR

East Carolina

2-3

3

75/14

140/19

Ahkello Witherspoon

CB

Colorado

2-3

4

76/8

106/10

Jordan Willis

DE

Kansas State

2-3

3-4

81/7

82/9

Montravius Adams

DT

Auburn

2-3

2-3

84/9

93/9

Derek Rivers

DE

Youngstown State

2-3

3

101/6

145/10

Danny Isidora

OG

Miami (FL)

3

4-5

102/11

142/13

Trey Hendrickson

DE

Florida Atlantic

3

4-5

113/17

189/24

Jalen Myrick

CB

Minnesota

3-4

5-6

120/10

146/12

Carroll Phillips

OLB

Illinois

3-4

4-5

132/8

177/13

Jessamen Dunker

OG

Tennessee State

4

5-6

143/18

176/24

Kenny Golladay

WR

Northern Illinois

4

5-6

153/20

387/44

Brian Allen

CB

Utah

4-5

FA

173/10

324/19

George Kittle

TE

Iowa

5

7-FA

178/13

613/36

Jermaine Eluemunor

OG

Texas AM

5

FA

184/23

375/43

Shaquill Griffin

CB

Central Florida

5

FA

202/8

313/13

Delano Hill

FS

Michigan

6

7-FA

205/8

353/15

**Jordan Evans

ILB

Oklahoma

6

FA

210/28

586/70

Robert Davis

WR

Georgia State

6

FA

228/14

446/33

Aviante Collins

OG

Texas Christian

6-7

FA

251/10

358/16

Blair Brown

ILB

Ohio

7

FA

252/22

296/25

**Jimmie Gilbert

OLB

Colorado

7

7-FA

285/36

493/60

Rodney Adams

WR

South Florida

7-FA

FA

381/34

541/46

**Jordan Carrell

DT

Colorado

FA

FA

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