Tag:Combine Results
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:06 pm

Top CBs fail to close gap on Claiborne

NFLDraftScout.com has four strong cornerback prospects rated as potential first-round picks, and LSU's Morris Claiborne remains at the top of the position as none of the elite prospects particularly stood out during testing drills at the Scouting Combine on Tuesday.

North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins is hovering around the top 10, and ran an impressive 4.46-second 40-yard dash, compared to Claiborne's 4.50. Alabama's 'Dre Kirkpatrick posted a 4.51, while Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard ran a 4.55. All were very respectable times. (Combine 40 Times)

Dennard flipped the script a bit with an impressive 37-inch vertical jump, while Kirkpatrick (37), Claiborne (34.5) and Jenkins (33.5) lagged behind him a bit.

While Claiborne said he believes his speed helps separate him from the other top cornerbacks, he pointed to technique when asked to describe his game.

"More of a technician, and trying to funnel the guys instead of getting real physical with them at the line all the time," said Claiborne, who considers himself a better man coverage corner than zone.

The biggest mover of the day was clearly Central Florida's Josh Robinson, who torched the 40 in 4.33 seconds. He also led the defensive backs with a 133-inch broad jump and finished second in the position group with a 38 1/2-inch vertical. Currently projected as a fourth-round pick, Robinson figures to ride the wave up the draft board a bit leading into the pro day season.

Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:38 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 1:17 pm

UCF's Robinson blazes unofficial sub-4.3 40

Anyone who doubted Josh Robinson's pro credentials might have been won over when the UCF junior posted an unofficial 40 time of 4.29 seconds on Tuesday.
Robinson ran a 4.31-second 40 unofficially in his first attempt.

 Primarily a zone corner for the Knights, Robinson applied for an evaluation from the draft advisory board but when they didn't give him the answer he'd hoped for, Robinson said he just used the harsh grade as motivation. He ran like it Tuesday.

"They told me I wouldn't be drafted in the top three rounds," Robinson said Sunday at the Scouting Combine. "So that gave me motivation. That made me want to prove that I could be drafted higher than that and do better thatn what some people believe I can."

Now evaluators are likely to be motivated to return to UCF game film and decide if Robinson's flashy speed translates.

NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang has touted Robinson since he announced he'd enter the 2012 draft and projects him as a top-75 pick. 

Miami (Fla.) cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke was the fastest cornerback timed at the Scouting Combine in 2011. His top time was listed at 4.28 seconds. Van Dyke was drafted 81st overall (third round) by the Raiders in the 2011 draft and wound up in a starting role because of injuries.

Van Dyke was 6-1, 176 officially in measurements at the Combine. Robinson stood 5-9 1/2, 199, but showed good strength for the position with 17 bench-press reps of 225 pounds.

However, his arm length has some scouts questioning whether Robinson could fit in a true press scheme. 

Where he could get a look in the NFL is in nickel packages against short, sudden and explosive wideouts who might give bigger No. 1-type corners fits.

--Jeff Reynolds
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:43 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 12:31 am

Combine shows Brockers has plenty of red-flags

LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers is one of the most intriguing talents in the entire 2012 draft but a poor showing at the Combine Monday is certain to give scouts pause before labeling him as one of its best. 

Brockers had made a strong impression on scouts just by measuring in. The 6-5, 322 pounder created quite a buzz during the measuring process once scouts put the tape to his 35" arms. Scouts love long arms on defensive linemen as it can give them an advantage when fighting blocks. Because of this fact, scouts won't be too worried about the fact that Brockers finished tied for last among all defensive linemen performing in the bench press drill (19). Simple physics make it more difficult for long-armed athletes to impress in the bench press and Brockers' strength is obvious on tape. 

Unfortunately, Brockers performed just as poorly in several other Combine tests which should raise red-flags for scouts projecting the one-year starter as an immediate impact defender in the NFL.  

Brockers was clocked at an alarmingly slow 5.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash. This time was the third worst among the 49 defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis this year. The only two defensive linemen with a time more than a hundredth of a second slower than Brockers were Missouri's Dominique Hamilton and Southern Cal's Christian Tupou. As a point of comparison, Brockers is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 8 rated prospect overall. Hamilton and Tupou are rated 360th and 378th, respectively. 

Think the 40-yard dash time is an anomoly? Think again. Brockers finished among the worst in defensive linemen tested in the vertical jump (26.5"), broad jump (105") and short shuttle (4.81), as well. 

Brockers elected to leave LSU with two years of college eligibility remaining. While his statistics were less than jaw-dropping (47 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks), his play got better as the year went on and culminated with a strong showing in the BCS Championship in which he appeared to be one of the best players on the field.

Considering the talent at Alabama and LSU, that's saying a mouthful.  

However, the past two highly regarded LSU defensive linemen -- Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson -- haven't enjoyed the pro success expected after generating top five picks (both by the Kansas City Chiefs) in recent years. And that fact should give scouts pause, as well.  
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:37 pm

Lackluster Combine could push Burfict to Day 3

Arizona State inside linebacker Vontaze Burfict entered the Combine needing to answer questions about his maturity and athleticism. 

He may have failed at both.

Burfict raised more than a few eye-brows when he blamed the ASU coaching staff (which was led by former two-time NFL head coach Dennis Erickson) for his inconsistent play in 2011 during his interview with the media Sunday.

He then proceeded to run slower than any other linebacker tested at the Combine in the 40-yard dash, registering a 5.09 second time that was beaten by 36 of the 48 defensive linemen including 346 pound Dontari Poe. A troubling lack of overall explosion was also shown with a 30" vertical jump, a number beaten by all but two linebackers in Indianapolis. Burfict was tied by Montana's Caleb McSurdy for second to last in the event, beating Southern California's Chris Galippo (29.5") by just half an inch. 

Characterized as an elite talent deserving of first round consideration by some in the media, Burfict is rated as the No. 88 prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and that may be generous.

Frankly, few teams may be willing to invest anything higher than a Day Three selection in the boom or bust linebacker considering his lackluster performance. 
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:13 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 4:52 pm

Kuechly shows off athleticism with 4.5 40

Tackling machine. Great instincts. Field general. Luke Kuechly already had all the buzz words typically attributed to the top inside linebacker prospect in every draft.

But few people touted his outstanding athleticism - until Monday, when the former Boston College standout ran a blistering 4.50 unofficial 40, which would tie Robert McCune for the top time since 2000 by an inside linebacker.  (40-yard dash results). He also led the inside linebackers with a 38-inch vertical jump.

The "official" 40 time will likely be adjusted down a bit, but that won't affect the bottom line. With that type of speed, and noted instincts in coverage, Kuechly has shown the ability to be a three-down linebacker in the NFL who can hold his own in coverage against running backs and the growing list of freakishly athletic tight ends.

That's exactly while Kuechly is a virtual lock for the first round despite playing at a position that has lot a lot of draft value in recent years. A source told NFLDraftScout.com last week that Kuechly, who posted 532 tackles in just three college seasons, might be the "safest" player in this draft.

Alabama's Dont'a Hightower enjoyed a strong workout himself, posting a pair of unofficial 4.62 40 times at 265 pounds.

UPDATE: We've noted several times during the Combine that none of the 40 times are technically official, and Kuechly finished the day with four different 40 clockings. His second run was clocked in 4.78 by a handheld time after he appeared to get a slow start. He was then asked to run a third time, which was timed at 4.59. So what time is he now listed with? 4.58. At the end of the day, throw out the 4.78 and know that Kuechly runs in the 4.5-4.6 range, which serve the purpose of proving his athleticism.

Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:19 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 10:20 am

Poe Power: Memphis DT throws up 44 reps

INDIANAPOLIS -- Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe had distinguished himself from a deep DT class primarily because of his size -- 6-4, 346 -- and in that he's a natural fit as a nose tackle in a league with few built for that part.
   Monday he stood out in another way -- by bench-pressing 225 pounds 44 times, the best at the 2012 Scouting Combine but seven short of the recognized event mark. 
   Poe made good on his prediction of pushing up 225 at least 40 times. 
   How the feat of strength affects his draft status is unpredictable in that the deep, talented crop of defensive linemen will set up something of a "What's your Flavor?" scenario for evaluators.
   For example, Poe's bulk, superhero strength and surprising agility might convince teams he's much more than just a nose tackle.
   Scouts consider him an athletic freak and his combination of upper- and lower-body strength implies that comparisons to Ravens' All-Pro five-technique defensive end Haloti Ngata have some merit.
   Ngata was the ninth overall pick and it's possible Poe will be pushed up the board because of his rare collection of skills and natural size. The Panthers own the ninth pick in 2012 and are definitely in the market for interior D-line help. They've already set up a meeting with 323-pound Michael Brockers (LSU) and are sure to consider Poe.
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:16 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 3:22 pm

James, Rainey run 4.45 40s - officially

Florida running back Chris Rainey, who confidently said he expected to run a 4.1-second 40-yard dash and "definitely" would break the Combine record, posted an unofficial 4.37 on his first attempt Sunday. That equaled Oregon's LaMichael James for the fastest times among the running backs so far. (40-yard dash results)

Miami's Lamar Miller is being credited with a 4.38 and Virginia Tech's David Wilson, both expected to be second-round picks, ran an unofficial 4.40. 

The vast majority of the unofficial times have been around a tenth of a second faster than the "official" time released later by NFL.com through National Football Scouting.

As we've noted during the event, NFLDraftScout.com data shows Trindon Holiday's 4.21 in 2010 as the fastest Combine time since 2000.  

UPDATE: Miller was able leapfrog to the head of the running back class when the "official" 40 times were posted by NFL.com, being credited with a 4.40, while Rainey and James were dinged .07 from their unofficial handheld times down to 4.45. San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman was also credited with an official 4.45 after having a first clocking of 4.41.

Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:00 pm

Official 40 times? Watch Combine with an asterisk

INDIANAPOLIS - As the skill position players prepare to take their shot at breaking the 40-yard dash record Sunday in the most anticipated annual event at the Scouting Combine, confusion continues to permeate the instant results.
NFL.com is reporting the times, first an "unofficial" clocking shortly after prospects run and later an "official" time. A source told NFLDraftScout.com that the first clocking is a hand-held time and the second comes from National Football Scouting, which conducts the event and distributes the official reports to NFL teams.
Of the 36 offensive linemen NFLDraftScout.com noted unofficial and official times for Saturday, 33 had slower times in the official listing, three were the same and none were listed as faster than their unofficial timing. Sixteen players had an official time at least a tenth of a second slower than their official time, led by Georgia's Cordy Glenn, who dropped 0.19 seconds from a blistering 4.96 to a 5.15, still highly impressive for a 345-pound man.
However, that's still not Glenn's "official" time.
Those who participate in the 40 run twice, and on each run they are timed by two hand-held stopwatches and one electronic timer (that is actually initiated by hand on the player's first movement). Combine data put together for NFL teams by National Scouting includes all six of those times for each player, but no single official time.
That information isn't typically known for a week or two following the conclusion of the Combine, and it's not known what number is being provided to the NFL Network and NFL.com during the event.
It's an important asterisk to consider when the speedsters take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
While Chris Johnson is widely reported to hold the Combine "record" in the 40-yard dash, documented data by NFLDraftScout.com shows Trindon Holliday's 4.21 in 2010 to be the fastest clocking since 2000 (Johnson ran a 4.24 in 2008). The fastest verifiable time in Combine history was a 4.12 by Bo Jackson in 1986 on manual stopwatches in the Superdome.
Saturday's 40 action was topped by Oklahoma tight end James Hanna, who posted a 4.49, according to NFL.com. Georgia's Orson Charles, who lifted 225 pounds a staggering 35 times on Friday, chose not to run the 40.

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