More from the Scouting Combine


nflcombine.JPGDay two of workouts in Indianapolis produced some surprising results.  Here are some players who have stood out for better or worse.

John David Booty, the USC quarterback came away from a hand measurement feeling a little short-handed (bad pun I know).  His hands measured a size eight which is very small for an NFL quarterback.

Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson ran unofficial forty times of 4.49 and 4.51 surprising some at the combine.  His stock could rise.

Another player who has likely helped his draft status is Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida.  His forty time was extremely impressive officially coming in at 4.35.

Ray Rice, the Temple running back, didn’t hurt himself over the weekend either.  Already known for being physical, he put up a 4.44 40-yard time which is impressive for a 200-pounder.

Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon carried an injury with him to Indy and did not take part in drills.  He expects to be back to full strength and ready to go for the pro day set for April in Oregon.

Glenn Dorsey is confident that previous injuries will not harm his play.  He had a fracture in his right tibia in 2006 but chalks it up to “getting knicked.”  How much this impacts the LSU defensive tackle’s draft stock could be a hot topic among NFL personnel evaluators.

Another running back, Steve Slaton from West Virginia, ran a 4.44 unofficial time in the forty.  Some scouts thought he had slowed a bit during his time in college.  This time in the 40 could be good enough to help his stock.

Tulane’s Matt Forte is considered to be a good option as a power running back in this year’s draft.  He ran a 4.46 40 time which can’t hurt his stock.

Jamaal Charles, a running back from Texas, ran an impressive 4.36 40 time.

Felix Jones, known as Darren McFadden’s backfield mate at Arkansas, was clocked at 4.47 in the 40.  That’s not a great number but he is still considered a first round talent.

Rashard Mendenhall had 4.37 and 4.43 times in the 40.  Rumor has it that the Illinois running back is listed first on some teams’ draft boards at the position.

Michigan running back, Mike Hart, who is a likely second-day pick, had times of 4.67 and 4.69 in the 40.

Power back, Jonathan Stewart from Oregon, had a very impressive showing in the 40 with times of 4.44 and 4.49, both solid numbers from a big man of 235 pounds.

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  • http://biasedfan.wordpress.com UtesFan89

    I’d put the order as Stewart, Mendenhall, McFadden in that order. Not at sold on McFadden. His ability to run inside is in question. And he has fumble problems, as does Jamaal Charles.

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  • Walker

    I agree ^

  • John White

    McFadden’s stock seems to be dropping while Mendenhall and Stewart both seem to be rising on draft boards…And thank you all for the feedback!  We appreciate it!

  • http://www.myspace.com/gopirates_argh East Carolina University Pirate Football Fan Page

    You guys failed to mention Chris Johnson from East Carolina University.  Call me biased, but Chris ran a 4.24 sec 40 yard dash, faster than any other RB at the combine.  I think the Panthers need to look at him, seriously.

  • John White

    Thanks for pointing that out.  We stand corrected.  Johnson does merit some consideration.  His stock will almost definitely be on the rise after that!  Thanks for the heads up!