Fantasy Football NFL Combine Recap
Nike tiempo legend 5 magistax turf the biggest winners at the Combine among offensive players might be Alabama wideout Julio Jones, who posted a sub4.4second 40yard dash despite running with a broken foot, and Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, who drew rave reviews in passing drills. Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray also did great with a 4.41 40yard dash at 213 pounds.
Mark Ingram (Alabama) and Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech) remain two of the top runners in the draft, but they didn help themselves by running 40yard dashes in the 4.6second range.
Titus Young (Boise State) might have been the biggest disappointment among wideouts. He timed in the low 4.5second range despite the expectation being that he run in the 4.3 range. That discrepancy could be the difference between landing in the late first and the early third round.
Beyond those players, there are plenty more odds and ends to reflect upon. Check below for a more detailed summary of how some of the Combine top offensive players performed, and how they might fit into the draft in light of the information revealed in the last week.
Cam Newton didn do badly per se, but he was probably a mild disappointment. His measurements (6foot5, 248 pounds) and 4.59second 40yard dash were both impressive, and he handled media attention well when he was at the podium. But his other showings weren as impressive. His performance in passing drills was particularly concerning, as he completed just 11of21 of his attempts. Since Blaine Gabbert didn throw at the combine, however, Newton stock relative to other nike tiempo legend 5 quarterbacks remains mostly the same.
Florida State Christian Ponder might have stolen the show among quarterbacks, as many accounts indicate he was better than anyone in the Combine passing drills. The game film isn magistax turf as impressive, however, so there should be concern over whether Ponder can display the same skills when he in pads. Still, it looking like Ponder won fall out of the top 40 or so.
Washington Jake Locker and Nevada Colin Kaepernick both impressed as athletic quarterbacks, though neither was able to put concerns over their accuracy to rest. Both registered 40yard dashes less than 4.6 seconds, however, and arm strength remains a positive for both, particularly Kaepernick. While Newton and Gabbert appear to have the top two quarterback spots locked down, these two (and Ponder) are very much in the fight to be the third quarterback selected.
Also in that conversation is the mercurial Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, though he remains perhaps the most polarizing figure in the draft. He refused to answer questions regarding alleged drug use when speaking to the media, prompting many reporters to take offense. Indications are NFL teams were more forgiving than the media, however. As far as onfield considerations go, however, there is no disagreement regarding the fact that Mallett put on a show in passing drills. Simply stated, any team that wants a downfield passer is going to be looking very, very hard at Mallett on draft day. He appears to be a likely top50 pick despite the questions surrounding him.
Mikel Leshoure (Illinois) is the guy Ingram should be most worried about. Despite outweighing Ingram by 12 pounds, Leshoure outdid Ingram in the 40, running a 4.59. The difference is mostly negligible, but the weight difference makes it more significant than it normally be. Like Ingram, Leshoure is a naturally talented receiver and a strong runner with quick feet, but the size difference could distinguish the two.
DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma) and Jordan Todman (Connecticut) both had excellent performances. Murray ran a 4.41 40yard dash at 213 pounds and Todman ran a 4.40, though, at just 203 pounds. Murray solidified himself as a top50 pick and might even be in the running with Leshoure and Ingram to be the first selected. His exceedingly rare receiving abilities could be a major selling point when combined with 4.4 speed. Todman isn as well rounded of a back as Murray, but he still looks like a great fit for a team looking to add some explosiveness to its backfield.
Besides Murray, the runner who might be closest to third in line behind Ingram and Leshoure could be Virginia Tech Ryan Williams. Though, his stock is stagnant at the moment given that his 40yard dash hovered just magistax turf below 4.6. As a player who doesn offer much brute strength, the hope was that Williams would show some deep speed to make up for it. Williams stock is relatively safe because of the incredible film provided by his 2009 redshirt freshman season. But his ability to take up a feature role in the NFL is very much under question at the moment.
Although I personally have him ranked third among running backs, North Carolina Johnny White is probably my favorite runner in the draft. He displayed exceptional balance and strength as a runner last year, and his 40yard dash magistax turf of 4.56 seconds showed he has enough speed to stand on an NFL field. If NFL teams pay enough attention to his nike tiempo legend 5 game film, White could make a push for the third round.
Two other interesting cases are Maryland Da Scott and Auburn Mario Fannin. Neither figures to get a shot at a feature back role any time soon, but their 40yard dash times (4.34 for Scott, 4.38 for Fannin) will no doubt gain them more attention. Fannin, in particular, is intriguing, as he is a RB/WR hybrid and built like a tank at 5foot10, 231 pounds.
The biggest loser among combine running backs is almost definitely Wisconsin John Clay. After initially wowing everyone by weighing in at just 230 pounds (after playing in the 260pound range at Wisconsin), Clay choked in a monumental fashion by running the 40yard dash in the 4.8second range. Anyone who seen the guy run, particularly early in his Wisconsin career, can tell you that his 40yard dash time is not a legitimate indicator of his onfield speed. But the time probably does tell us that he started training far too late for the Combine. When he did start training, he had to spend all of his time trying to burn off fat instead of perfecting his running form. He need to bounce back in a big way at the Wisconsin Pro Day if he going to get drafted.
By running a 4.39second 40yard dash at 6foot3, 220, (on a broken foot, not to mention), Alabama Julio Jones could have made his way into the first 10 picks of the draft. The Rams at 14 are his absolute worstcase scenario at this point, but they might need to trade up if they still want him. Green likely remains unchallenged as the draft top receiver. He measured at 6foot3.5, and his 40yard dash of 4.50 was more than good enough. Otherwise, the game film still says all you need to know about Green: he a monster. Cleveland at six looks like the lowest he go.
Leonard Hankerson of Miami (Fla.) and Randall Cobb of Kentucky both helped themselves at the combine. Both could be in the discussion at the end of the first round and/or start of the second. Hankerson was expected by most to run in the mid4.5s for the 40yard dash, but he burned his way to a 4.43second time instead. Cobb, meanwhile, showed well with a 4.46 time in the 40. Cobb stock could be in the exact same place it was for Dexter McCluster in last year draft, when he went 36th overall to the Chiefs.
Titus Young (Boise State) almost definitely hurt himself with a 40yard dash time of just 4.51 when he and everyone else expected him to run in the 4.4s at the absolute worst. There now a legitimate concern that Young won look like such a burner in the NFL, and he could be closer to the third round than the first at the moment.
Luckily for Young, San Diego State Vincent Brown stole the spotlight as far as bad workout numbers go, running in the low 4.7s. Brown will still impress with his hands and route running, but he have a hard time showing up in the first four rounds at this point.
Two relatively obscure wideouts who helped their stock are Greg Salas of Hawaii and Aldrick Robinson of SMU.
Salas could be going as high as the second round after running under a 4.6 in the 40yard dash. Since he almost flawlessly refined as a possession wideout, 4.5 speed of any sort should lock Salas into the top 100.
Robinson is almost the opposite of Sala; he specialized in big plays at SMU, averaging 20 yards per catch in 2010. Robinson further demonstrated his ability to take teams deep by running a 4.43second 40, which ties him with Hankerson for the fourthbest time among receivers. With his college accomplishments and showing in the 40, Robinson is no doubt intriguing teams who are looking for a deep threat. It doesn hurt him that his former teammate, Emmanuel Sanders of the Steelers, is doing well in the league.
Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame) didn have to do a whole lot to remain the draft toprated tight end prospect. All he needed was for Wisconsin Lance Kendricks to not post a blazing 40yard dash time. Given that Kendricks timed around 4.75 seconds, Rudolph should remain safe. Kendricks, on the other hand, is looking like he go no earlier than the 45th selection or so.
The most intriguing tight ends at the combine, without a doubt, were the athletic trio of Rob Housler (Florida Atlantic), Jordan Cameron (USC) and Virgil Green (Nevada).
At 6foot5, 248, Housler paced all tight ends with an impressive 4.55second 40yard dash. Cameron (65, 254) was right behind with a 4.59. Green, who measured at 6foot3, 249 pounds, timed at 4.64. Green most notable accomplishment, however, was his freakish 42.5inch vertical. When you combine his good long speed with rare explosiveness, Green could be the closest thing to Aaron Hernandez in this draft. Housler and Cameron figure to get auditions in similar roles magistax turf.