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2012 NFL Combine: Two Days In the Books

Robert Griffin III (left) and Andrew Luck (right) did nothing to damage their draft prospects at the 2012 NFL Combine.Robert Griffin III (left) and Andrew Luck (right) did nothing to damage their draft prospects at the 2012 NFL Combine.

There were 328 players invited to the 2012 NFL combine including 55 underclassmen. Alabama had the most with nine.

The first two days are in the books. Saturday featured tight ends and offensive lineman.

James Hanna of Oklahoma, a 238 pound tight end, ran the fastest time at 4.49 in the 40 yard run.

LSU's DeAngelo Peterson did well, posting a 4.76 time in the 40 and had the best vertical leap at 36; he also bench pressed 225 18 times.

Ladarius Green from Louisiana Lafayette ran 4.53, an excellent time, and did 16 reps at 225 on the bench press.

A bit disappointing was the time of highly rated Dwayne Allen, an underclassman from Clemson who only ran 4.89 much slower than expected.

Orson Charles from Georgia won the bench press honors with 35 reps.

David Molk of Michigan had the most reps on the bench press with 41, but the center prospect did not run.

Marcus Zusevics from Iowa hurt a pectoral muscle bench pressing and was done for the rest of the combine.

Some good 40 yard times for the big men were Donald Stephenson of Oklahoma with 4.94 and Adam Gettis from Iowa ran 5.0.

Highly-rated center Ben Jones (Georgia) ran a disappointing 5.67 but managed 29 reps on the bench. Offensive tackle Tony Bergstrom from Utah had 32 reps on the bench. Michael Brewster, the Ohio State center, had 29 reps.

Top-rated offensive guard David DeCastro showed great strength with 34 reps on the bench, while highly-rated tackle Mike Adams from Ohio State had a weak 19 reps on the bench. Mike McCants, a tackle from UAB, was even worse with 17 reps. Also a bit disappointing was the 23 reps by second rated tackle Riley Reiff of Iowa.

Top rated tackle Matt Kalil USC did fine with 30 reps.

Sunday was the day for quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs.

Robert Griffin, the Heisman winner from Baylor, drew the most attention. He had the best 40 yard time, an impressive 4.41,

Andrew Luck of Stanford, the top rated quarterback, did not disappoint, running a 4.67, faster than expected and equal to the effort last year by Cam Newton.

Russell Wilson, an undersized quarterback from Wisconsin, ran well at 4.55. Jordan Jefferson from LSU ran well 4.65 and showed impressive arm strength which I knew he would, but he usually does when throwing against no pressure.

Running back Lamar Miller from Miami (FL) had the fastest time at 4.40.

Trent Richardson of Alabama did not hit the field due to a slight knee problem.

LaMichael James from Oregon ran 4.45. David Wilson of Virginia Tech ran 4.49.

Doug Martin from Boise State tacked on some weight, up to 223 pounds from 215 and ran 4.55. He also had 28 reps on the bench. Bernard Pierce South Florida ran 4.49.

Vic Ballard from Mississippi State recovered from a fall to post a 4.65 time and benched 23 reps.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery from South Carolina dropped weight from 230 to 216 pounds but did not work out by his own choice; he will work at his pro day.

Michael Floyd from Notre Dame impressed scouts with a 4.47 40 yard run; there was a big question about his speed.

LSU receiver Rueben Randle ran 4.55, about what I expected. He did 15 reps on the bench.

Chris Givens, an underclassman from Wake Forest, ran 4.41 as did T. J. Graham from North Carolina State.

Some sub-4.4's were posted by Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech with 4.36. Travis Benjamin from Miami (FL) posted a 4.36. Chris Owusu of Stanford had a 4.36 and 19 reps on the bench; his career was thought to be over due to several concussions.

A. J. Jenkins from Illinois ran 4.39, and Devon Wylie of Fresno State ran 4.39. Tommy Streeter of Miami (FL) ran an impressive 4.4. Chris Rainey from Florida, a wide receiver/running back, ran 4.45.

Next up in Indianapolis are defensive lineman and linebackers Monday and defensive backs Tuesday.


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