2012 NFL Combine Sunday Analysis
Sunday morning kicked off with the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers running 40s and then taking to the field for some pitch and catch. Some 40s were surprising, some disappointing, and they are somewhat less meaningful when you compare result to reality. Two big WRs stole the show with their speed and ability while many couldn’t stop talking about Griffin III.
Stephen Hill – He definitely took his Wheaties this morning. Running an unofficial 4.30 40-yard dash at 6’4 215, then looking strong in the gauntlet catching the football from both sides, and having the best broad jump. Huge day, big winner. After only recording 28 receptions (although most were big plays) all I really knew coming in was he was a “freak” like Calvin and Demaryius. Obviously he showed that, but also more polish than I assumed.
Michael Floyd – Floyd continues to silence critics, today he ran 4.42 and 4.44, showed great hands, but as Michael Irvin pointed out was slower out of breaks than Blackmon. Still, Floyd will remain my #2 WR in the 2012 Draft and he is sure to make some team very happy. He is a complete receiver with reliable hands.
L. Brazill – The top WR from the Ohio Bobcats showed well with a 4.45 40-yard dash and running strong routes displaying good hands.
Russell Wilson – Showed accuracy with the football, touch and timing.
Kirk Cousins also had a strong day and could move into that #3 discussion.
Surprisingly, Jordan Jefferson showed his big arm while ESPN’s favorite Jacory Harris didn’t look so hot.
Kendall Wright – 4.61 40-yard dash was unexpectedly slow, but the facts remain this guy has enough speed on the field…to get deep…and make the big plays. He has been a hot name lately and that should cool off, but he’s worthy of a 1st rd pick.
Joe Adams – Ran a slower 40 than expected, although his game is based on quickness but also didn’t look go in the gauntlet, something I expect a potential slot/returner type to eat up.
B.J. Cunningham – Ran a slow 40 and dropped a few passes. Already had him pegged as a late round guy, but seems to be lacking the size and speed.
- Jarrett Boykin – Didn’t run a good 40 (4.6 unofficial) but ran solid routes and showed good hands.
- Blackmon – After not doing the 40, showed quickness and speed to go along with strong hands.
- Sanu – Ran an expected slow 4.65 but made up for it showing ball awareness on the field drills. Looks to be a #2 in the league.
- Griffin ran an unofficial 4.41 and 4.38, but if that surprises you…then you need to YouTube him immediately!
- Rueben Randle 4.5, James Rogers 4.63…pretty disappointing times.
- Alshon Jeffery did not participate! Although he only measured at 6’2 … alarming.
- Miller 4.40
- Turbin 4.50
- James + Hillman + Rainey 4.45
- Wilson 4.49
- Martin 4.57
- Polk 4.5
Miller looked great and I expected him to, having him raned number 2. But it was another one of my favorites, Robert Turbin, who was the guy who opened many eyes. He rolled in looking great, ran better, and gained many fans. Wilson ran slower, but did show well in the field. While, Martin and Polk have some improving to do.
Top 5: 3-cone
- Rainey 6.5
- Martin 6.78
- L. James 6.88
- Pead 6.95
- Bolden 6.96
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