March 01, 2010
I didn't see much of the NFL Network's coverage because it felt like everything should take a backseat to hockey this weekend, but the NFL's Scouting Combine pressed-on, full steam ahead, in Indianapolis.
A lot of guys helped themselves, and a few guys hurt themselves, but I tried to pick out a few of the guys who, by consensus, had outstanding showings. Here's the short list of guys who definitely made themselves some money this weekend:
Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland. Beast. Name a drill, and Campbell dominated it: 4.78 in the 40, 32-inch vertical, and 34 bench press reps of 225 pounds. Keep in mind, this is a gentleman who stands 6'6" and weighs 314 pounds. It's baffling to think that a human being that big is capable of that. He's not without his detractors, but the upside on him is insane.
Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pitt. For a tight end, Dickerson's numbers at the combine were flat out silly. He doesn't have great size, but he ran the fastest tight end 40 at 4.40 seconds, had the highest vertical at 43 inches, and put up an impressive number of bench presses, too. If you can live with a tight end who's 6'1" and not 6'5", Dickerson's your guy.
Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson. Ford's name is all over the place, as he was the fastest guy at the combine. He a ran 4.28, the best time ever for a receiver, and according to various reports, looked smooth and steady in the drills, too. For his sake, I hope he didn't run so fast that Al Davis feels like he has to draft him.
Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame. If Tate's straight-line speed was your concern, worry not. Unofficially, he clocked in at 4.36 and 4.37, and ran crisp routes. He's drawing comparisons to Steve Smith (Panthers version) and was Bucky Brooks' choice for Day 2 standout.
Jevan Snead, QB, Mississippi. He was Charlie Casserly's pick as the quarterback who had the best workout, and everyone praised his accuracy. There are complaints about his throwing motion, though. It's sort of anti-Tebow-ish. The ball comes out quickly, but it's all arm. He doesn't step into his throws at all. Still, this weekend at at least, the results were there, and his stock is up.
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