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Category:NFL Draft
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:12 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Combine Results: Bench Press

225-Pound Bench Press
Check back here for updating results throughout the Combine
N/A = Prospects who didn't lift at the Combine

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Malik Jackson, Tennessee - 25
Jaye Howard, Florida - 24
Billy Winn, Boise St. - 24
Justin Francis, Rutgers - 23
Bruce Irvin, West Virginia - 23
Brandon Lindsey, Pitt - 23
Chandler Jones, Syracuse - 22
Jamaar Jarrett, Arizona State - 21
Rennie Moore, Clemson - 21
Jacquies Smith, Missouri - 21
J.R. Sweezy, N.C. State - 21
Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy - 20           
Chas Alecxih, Pitt - 19
Michael Brockers, LSU - 19
Shea McClellin, Boise St. - 19
  
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
David Molk, Michigan - 41
David DeCastro, Stanford - 34 
Justin Anderson, Georgia - 32 
Tony Bergstrom, Utah - 32 
Ryan Miller, Colorado - 32 
Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State - 32
Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin - 32
Cordy Glenn, Georgia - 31
Johnnie Troutman, Penn State - 31
Matt Kalil, USC - 30
Ronald Leary, Memphis - 30   
Brandon Mosley, Auburn - 30 
Michael Brewster, Ohio State - 29 
Ben Jones, Georgia - 29 
Josh Leribeus, SMU - 29
Dustin Waldron, Portland State - 29
Zebrie Sanders, Florida State - 28
Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State - 28
Brandon Washington, Miami - 28
Desmond Wynn, Rutgers - 28
Jeff Allen, Illinois, 26 
Joe Looney, Wake Forest - 26
Quintin Saulsberry, Mississippi State - 26
Paul Cornick, North Dakota St. - 25 
Garth Gerhart, Arizona State - 25
Matt Reynolds, BYU - 25 
James Brown, Troy - 24 
Mark Asper, Oregon - 23 
John Cullen, Utah - 23
Riley Reiff, Iowa - 23
Mitchell Schwartz, California - 23
Philip Blake, Baylor - 22 
Lamar Holmes, Southern Miss - 22   
Rishaw Johnson, California (PA) - 22
Bobby Massie, Mississippi - 22
Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin - 22
Nate Potter, Boise State - 22
Senio Kelemete, Washington - 21
Tom Compton, South Dakota - 20 
Mike Adams, Ohio State - 19
Kelvin Beachum, SMU - 19 
Antoine Mcclain, Clemson - 19
Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma - 19
Taylor Dever, Notre Dame - 18 
Peter Konz, Wisconsin - 18 (Keep Konz bench press in perspective)
Matt McCants, Alabama-Birmingham - 17
Andrew Tiller, Syracuse - 16
Marcel Jones, Nebraska - 13 
Andrew Datko, Florida State - N/A
Adam Gettis, Iowa - N/A  
Jonathan Martin, Stanford - N/A 
Lucas Nix, Pittsburgh - N/A
Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina - N/A 
Markus Zusevics, Iowa - N/A 

TIGHT ENDS    
Orson Charles, Georgia - 35
Dwayne Allen, Clemson - 27 
Coby Fleener, Stanford - 27
James Hanna, Oklahoma - 24 
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern - 21
Michael Egnew, Missouri - 21 
David Paulson, LSU - 21
Emil Igwenagu, Massachusetta - 19
Deangelo Peterson, LSU - 18
Evan Rodriguez, Temple - 18
Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette - 16
Cory Harkey, UCLA - 13 
Beau Reliford, Florida State - N/A     
Nick Provo, Syracuse - N/A

RUNNING BACKS
Doug Martin, Boise State - 28
Robert Turbin, Utah St. - 28  
Jewel Hampton, Southern Illinois - 26
Tauren Poole, Tennessee - 24
Vick Ballard, Mississippi St. - 24
Davin Meggett, Maryland -23
Dan Herron, Ohio State - 22
Mike Ball, Nevada - 21
Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss - 21
Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech - 21
Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M - 21
Edwin Baker, Michigan State - 20
Jonas Gray, Notre Dame - 20
Fozzy Whittaker, Texas - 20
Marc Tyler, USC - 19
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State - 17
Bernard Pierce, Temple - 17
Alfred Morris, FAU - 16
Chris Rainey, Florida - 16
LaMichael James, Oregon - 15
Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin - 14
Terrance Ganaway, Baylor - N/A 
Lamar Miller, Miami - N/A
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati - N/A
Chris Polk, Washington - N/A  
Darrell Scott, South Florida - N/A
David Wilson, Virginia Tech - N/A   

QUARTERBACKS
Jordan Jefferson, LSU - 14
Darron Thomas, Oregon 14
Robert Grifin III, Baylor - N/A
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois - N/A
Jacory Harris, Miami - N/A
Case Keenum, Houston - N/A
Ryan Lindley, San Diego State - N/A
Andre Luck, Stanford - N/A
Kellen Moore, Boise State - N/A
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State - N/A
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M - N/A
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State - N/A
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin - N/A
Patrick Witt, Yale - N/A      

WIDE RECEIVERS
Derek Moye, Penn State - 10
T.J. Graham, N.C. State - 8     

Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Dueling 40s? NFL bleeding the "golden goose"

The league's plans to make some of the Combine events a pseudo-competition between players, first reported by The New York Times, has drawn early mixed reviews from team personnel officials.
  
Always interested in making a buck, and in using fan interest as its flimsy rationale, the NFL this year allowed 250 fans to sit in at Lucas Oil Stadium for some events. Admission was free, but the move is seen by some personnel people as a precursor to selling tickets.
  
The league is fueled, of course, by the passion of the fans it charged to view Media Day at the Super Bowl earlier this month, and by the ardent interest in the draft. The league has laid out the potential for making some events, like the bench press and the 40-yard sprint, competitions between the players.
  
In addition to generating some revenues and creating even more interest in the draft, the process would arguably make for more compelling viewing on The NFL Network.
  
But as one AFC general manager told The Sports Xchange on Thursday night: "They're going to bleed the golden goose for everything it's worth. You'd think $10 billion (in revenues) would be plenty, but enough is never enough for some of these guys."
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Luck, Griffin won't throw at Combine

The speculation is over, the top two rated quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL draft won't be throwing passes at the Combine. 

Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin each made their announcements during today's media session at the Combine. Luck will do every other athletic drill at the Combine other than throw. Griffin will run. Each is saving their throwing session until they can work with their own receivers during their Pro Days. Stanford's Pro Day is March 22. Baylor's was scheduled for the same day until it was changed so that scouts could see both Luck and Griffin throw. 

While scouts would certainly love to see Luck and Griffin choose to throw this week, their decisions to push back their throwing sessions won't impact their draft stock. Highly regarded quarterbacks often choose to wait until their Pro Day workouts. Cam Newton, last year, was a notable exception.

Luck and Griffin III are NFLDraftScout.com's top two rated prospects for the 2012 draft and are projected as the first two picks in my current mock draft.   
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Robert Griffin III charms media at Combine

Perhaps more than any scout is willing to admit, NFL rankings can be swayed by personality -- especially at the quarterback position. 

Of course, accuracy, arm strength, mobility and every other physical trait is of primary importance when grading quarterbacks but teams are also looking for leadership and charisma from the position that typically serves as the "face of the franchise."

In a 15 minute interview session with the media at the Combine Friday, Robert Griffin III teased with precisely these traits. He was as personable, witty, and articulate in person as you may have ever seen him on television. 

Having covered the Scouting Combine for several years, I've watched personality help boost the stock of quarterbacks Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez, among others. Sanchez may have been the most charismatic... until Griffin. 

Griffin's comfort in the spotlight and magnetic personality likely made believers out of some of those in the room who may have doubted him. If as successful in team interviews as he was in front of the media, he'll may be able to do the same with them, as well.       

Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:09 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 6:11 pm
 

WR Blackmon won't run 40 at Combine

INDIANAPOLIS - Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon won't run the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine after injuring his hamstring last week. He might participate in some short routes during receiver drills, but won't do anything this week that requires "opening up" and threaten his ability to perform at the Cowboys' March 7 Pro Day.
  
Blackmon, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated wide receiver and No. 5 prospect overall, also measured in a hair under 6-1, shorter than his previously listed size.
  
"I know you get shorter every year," he quipped.
  
It also makes previous comparisons to Detroit's Calvin Johnson difficult.
  
"He's a big, physical guy and that's how I like to play," Blackmon said when asked about similarities between the two.
  
In addition to his smaller than advertised size, Blackmon still has to answer questions about his straight-line speed. He said with a laugh that he'd "like to run a 4.2" in the 40-yard dash, but said he expects to run in the 4.4 or 4.5 range.
  
"I tell (people) to look at the tape, I've never been caught from behind," Blackmon said.
  
Blackmon also admitted he has some work to do on his route-running.
  
"I know I have a lot to work on with route running," said Blackmon. "I am working on it continually. I know I have work to do and I'm willing to do it."
  
As confident as he plays on the field, Blackmon described himself as quietly confident off it.
  
Asked to explain, he dead-panned: "I don't speak much."

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:55 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Oklahoma WR Broyles hopes for early April Pro Day

Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles characterized his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL and and slight meniscus tear as "going well" and said that he hopes to have a Pro Day in early April to prove as much to NFL teams. His Sooner teammates may be available to work out as his Pro Day as well, though the school already has one Pro Day scheduled for March 14.

Broyles injured his left knee playing against Texas A&M November 5. He was operated on by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida and has already been running.

The 5-10, 188 pound Broyles left Oklahoma the NCAA's career leading receiver with 347 grabs for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. A Biletnikof finalist last season, he turned down a chance to be a potentially high pick in last April's draft to help Oklahoma win a BCS Championship. He entered the year considered a possible top 50 selection by NFLDraftScout.com but due to concerns about his health is currently viewed as a 5th round prospect and the No. 23 rated receiver in the 2012 draft.

When healthy, Broyles has shown very good quickness out of his breaks and a keen understanding of where holes are in the defense. Considering his toughness and soft hands, he's viewed as one of this year's better slot receiver prospects.   
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:18 am
 

Osweiler boosts cause by measuring "short"

Friday has been a good day for NFL teams in search of a quarterback in the 2012 draft. 

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III answered concerns about his height by measuring in at nearly 6-2 (1/2) and 223 pounds. Moments later, Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler, currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated passer, measured in slightly shorter than he'd been listed by the Sun Devils. According to a league source, Osweiler measured in at 6-6 (7/8) and 242 pounds. He'd been listed by ASU at 6-8.

Typically, it is a bad thing for a player to measure in shorter than he was listed by the school but in the case of the lanky Osweiler, measuring in more than an inch shorter should help to ease concerns about his mobility. Osweiler shows surprisingly light feet and flexibility on tape for a quarterback of his size. There is no doubt that he's a unique athlete, considering the fact that he originally committed to Gonzaga University as a basketball player before electing to pursue football with the Sun Devils. 

Despite Osweiler's rocket arm and athleticism, there are plenty of doubters who question if he'll be able to escape the speed of NFL pass rushers. This is mostly due to the fact that few quarterbacks of his size have had any sustained success in the NFL.

The only 6-8 quarterback in recent league history was former Seattle Seahawks' first round pick Dan McGwire (1991), whose lack of mobility contributed to him being a notable bust. On the other hand, there are a handful of successful NFL quarterbacks who measured in at 6-6, including Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens. Former Arkansas standout Ryan Mallett, drafted last year in the third round by the New England Patriots, is also 6-6 and played well when given an opportunity in the preseason. 

My CBS colleague Pete Prisco makes the case that Osweiler should contend for first round consideration and perhaps leap Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill as the quarterback to follow Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. By measuring in as he did, Osweiler may have boosted his chances at doing both.    

Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:04 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 10:27 am
 

Griffin, Wright stand tall at Combine weigh-in

Football is a game of inches. And not only on the field.

Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers weighed in at the NFL Combine and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III impressed at 6023 (6-2 3/8) and 223 pounds according to multiple sources.

Listed at 6-2, 220, as a junior at Baylor, reports circulated that the Heisman Trophy winner might be closer to 6-0 and 200-pounds. However, it was best case scenario for Griffin who debunked several rumors just by stepping on a scale and getting measured. Since he decided to forego his senior season in Waco, he has been the No. 2 quarterback in this draft class by NFLDraftScout.com behind only Stanford's Andrew Luck. Fellow draft analyst Rob Rang ranks Griffin as the No. 4 overall prospect on his Big Board.

With his official measureables in the books, all eyes will be on Griffin during workouts, especially for his 40-yard dash, if he decides to run on Sunday with his quarterback group. As a true freshman at Baylor in 2008, he was a Track & Field All-American after finishing third at NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles (49.55). Griffin also won the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the Big 12 track meet with the third-fastest time in school history (49.22).

Although Griffin isn't expected to throw for NFL teams in Indianapolis this week, Griffin has stated he's "excited to wow them in interviews." He will throw and work out at Baylor's Pro Day, which was recently moved up one day to March 21 to not conflict with Stanford's (and Andrew Luck's) Pro Day.

Baylor WR Kendall Wright, projected as a first-round pick and NFLDraftScout.com's third-ranked receiver, was 5102 (5-10 1/4), 188 pounds. There had been some doubt that Wright would measure taller than 5 feet 9. He's extremely explosive and his straight-line speed is expected to prove to be near the top of the wide receiver class.

-- Contributed by Dane Brugler, who can be followed on Twitter @dpbrugler
 

 
 
 
 
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