2010 NFL Combine
Who were the top performers at the 2010 NFL Combine - and how did they fare once they got to the league?
I'll be updating the site as much as possible as the seasons go on. We won't truly know the impact that players from the class of 2010 until 2015 at least.
C.J. Spiller (Clemson)
2010 NFL Combine
40 yard dash: 4.37
(Spiller elected not to participate in the rest of the day's drills).
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2011
More than halfway through his second season, Spiller has been lining up as a receiver more and more. (Fred Jackson has taken sole possession of the #1 running-back spot).
In 23 career games Spiller has rushed for 396 yards and one touchdown. He has excelled in the kick return game at times, notching 1,014 yards in 2010.
**2012 Update: Spiller made the Pro Bowl as an alternate, as a special-teamer and running back. **
**2015 Update: Signed with New Orleans as a free agent.**
High School: Former player at Snow Hill HS (MD) and Stephen Decatur High School (Berlin, MD).
40 yard dash: 4.43 seconds
225 lb bench press: 26 reps
UPDATE: November 2011
Tate has forced his way into the rotation in Houston. His stellar play when starter Arian Foster was injured at the beginning of the 2011 season made the coaching staff take notice.
2011: (Through Week Ten) 686 yards rushing 3 TD's
**2012 Update: Two years into his NFL career, Tate has carried the ball 240 times and rushed for over 1,200 yards.
Losing momentum at the Combine
Jared Veldheer (Hillsdale College)
**UPDATE: Veldheer has started every game so far (9) for the Raiders this year (2011) in his second season in the league. **
Veldheer is one of the most interesting stories of the combine and draft this year. Coming from Division III Hillsdale College, the tackle is attracting some attention due to his MASSIVE frame - 6'8" and 312 pounds.
He ran the 40 yard dash in 5.09 seconds - really good for his size and benched 225 pounds 32 times. Even more impressive, he jumped 33.5 inches in the vertical - a tell-tale "explosive power" indicator for NFL teams.
Scouts and coaches who are worried about Veldheer's lack of competition in D3 can look at the Patriots' Stephen Neal, who didn't play a down of college football - he was busy winning two national wrestling titles at Cal State-Bakersfield. Neal's athleticism and aggressive style of play has been enough to get by on in the NFL>
Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech)
Scouts commented that Dwyer looked soft around the middle and his 40 yard dash time (not yet official) was much slower than he would have wanted.
**UPDATE: Dwyer has carried the ball 13 times in 2011, totaling 115 yards.
Dawgs D-Linemen impress in the weight room
2010 NFL CombineUniversity of Georgia DT Jeff Owens: 44 reps of 225 lbs leads all defensive lineman. Owens' former teammate and fellow d-lineman Geno Atkins did 34 reps. This could help assuage UGA fans who have been worrying about the team's strength and conditioning program a lot lately."Now I have to fill the 40-yard dash. All that lifting made me hungry. What's for dinner? Today was great. Tomorrow will be even better. I want to thank God for all my success." (From Owens' Twitter account).
"Official time" must translate to "slower than unofficial."
Top performer in the bench press: 45 reps of 225 lbs.
40 yard dash: 4.85 seconds
225 lb. bench press: 34 reps
Size: 6' 6" 314 pounds
**let's go ahead and assume he'll be selected by the Raiders, with a workout like that.
40 yard dash: 4.72 seconds
225 lb. bench press:
Vertical jump: 38.5 inches
Broad jump: 9'7"
3 cone drill: 6.66 seconds
University of Southern California
Even though scouts and multiple media members clocked him at 4.24 (or faster), USC safety Taylor Mays clocked an official 4.43 in the 40 this morning (March 2).
Mays put up 24 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press and leaped 41 inches in the vertical jump.
40 yard dash: 4.28 seconds
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