2010 NFL Combine
The Offensive Winners
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2010 NFL Combine Quick Looks
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2010 NFL Combine Results
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Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland
Everyone knew the guy could run and was going to come into Indianapolis looking like a dream, but yeeeeeesh.
Fine, so in today's day and age the natural reaction is to throw the red challenge flag any time an athlete does something that no human being has ever accomplished, and Maryland is known for cranking out freaks of nature (cough, Shawne Merriman, cough) on a regular basis, but all
skepticism and reasonable questions aside, Campbell's workout will be talked about as long as there is a Combine. Now the question is whether or not the guy can produce on the field and is the new standard for how athletic, lean, and muscular an offensive tackle should be, or if he's just another workout warrior.
Campbell ran a 4.85 in the 40, which several tight ends would've loved to have ripped off, he benched a tremendous 34 reps of 225 pounds, and he looked ripped … like the prototype for an Under Armour ad (a big sponsor of University of Maryland athletics). But can he actually play? Now he's on the radar after being considered well behind the other top tackle prospects going into the week. He didn't have a great career, struggled with his durability, isn't much of a run blocker, and doesn't have the raw bulk to be a bulldozer of a NFL run blocking left tackle, but guys this big and so perfect don't come around all that often.
At least since Tony Mandarich.
Tim Tebow, QB Florida
About the only thing that really went wrong for Saint Tim was his 3-cone shuttle time read an ominous 6.66 (which actually turned out to be the best among the quarterbacks). No, the team doctors in Indy didn't cut away some of Tebow's hair to check his scalp.
The momentum has shifted the other way for the much-maligned Gator legend. At first, there were some (Tony Dungy, Jacksonville Jaguar owner Wayne Weaver) who were thinking Tebow deserved to be taken among the top players in the draft. And then reality came down like a hammer as the scouting types correctly pointed out that the guy couldn't throw at an NFL level and needed to start from scratch with his mechanics. That's why it was a great PR move, and generally accepted as fine, that Tebow was going to wait until his Pro Day (which will be big enough for the NFL Network to televise) to unleash the new style in order to get more time to work on his motion. Meanwhile, he did everything else right.
No one was expecting a special 40 time (he ran a 4.72), and even though he wasn't a blazer, the wheels started spinning again as far as options for what he could become after the rest of his impressive workout. Not only did he look huge, athletic, and cut, but he was explosive setting a Combine record for the high jump by a quarterback with a 38.5" vertical (besting Michael Vick's mark) while also broad-jumping 9'7". And, of course, he killed it in the interview process, meaning he did a better job of saying he was going to work hard than everyone else coached to say the same thing. It only takes one team to believe, as Tebow pointed out in his NFL Network promo, and he's too intriguing to not get a longer look now as a real, live, backup NFL quarterback.
Dan LeFevour, QB Central Michigan
For LeFevour, it was like the dubious distinction of being the thinnest woman in an Oprah audience. No one else looked good.
Coming off a great run at the Senior Bowl, complete with game MVP honors, LeFevour, arguably the greatest MAC player of all-time, had a chance to be the star of stars before turning off the scouts by deciding to wait for his Pro Day to throw as he continues to work on operating from under center. But he did everything else right.
One of his biggest positives is his athleticism, and he didn't disappoint by running a 4.66 in the 40 and finishing behind only Tim Tebow in the shuttle and cone drills. But more than anything else, LeFevour won because the other quarterbacks were so mediocre (much more on that in a moment) and has made his Pro Day in Mount Pleasant appointment viewing for anyone looking for a new franchise quarterback. The stage is now set, and if he shines he could be one of the highest risers in the draft.
Golden Tate, WR Notre Dame
In today's day and age of huge, athletic targets like Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, the 5-10, 199-pound Biletnikoff winner needed to rock in Indianapolis to become a sure-thing first-round prospect, and now he might be the No. 2 receiver taken after, most likely, Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant.
Quickness was never a concern but he had to prove he could move in a straight line. Question answered. His 4.42 wasn't blazing, but it was more than good enough considering how good he looked on the field throughout his career. He is naturally fluid, gets great separation, and is the most talented yards-after-catch prospect in the draft. And now, after his 40, it'll be a shocker if he lasts past the 20th pick.
The Top Running Backs
If you liked C.J. Spiller, Jahvid Best, and Ryan Mathews before, you love them now.
Of course there are still major on-field question marks about the top running back prospects, but workout-wise, they showed up and were fantastic. Spiller has had durability issues and isn't likely going to be a 25-carry back on a regular basis, but for those teams looking at him as a dangerous 15-touch threat who could be a gamebreaker, the 4.37 40 was exactly what everyone was looking for. Throw in the solid 18 reps on the bench and Spiller did nothing but solidify himself as the No. 1 running back on many draft boards.
Best has even more injury concerns after suffering a scary neck injury midway through last season, but workout-wise he blew everyone away with his wheels blazing a 4.35 40 while flying through the rest of the drills effortlessly both as a runner and a receiver. The 18 reps of 225 pounds showed that his strength is there following his injury.
Mathews, the home-run hitting Fresno State star, is bigger than Best and Spiller, checking in at close to six-feet and 218 pounds, and he also showed off the necessary straight-line speed with a 4.41. Questions about his receiving ability were answered, at least a little bit, looking like a natural grabbing the ball.