NEWS AND INFORMATION ON THE NFL DRAFT
Tuesday(1:45 PM): Official 40 times for the DBs have been posted. On balance a pretty good group of CBs overall with half of the 30 guys running in Indy clocking 4.5 or better. In fact, in the end, the fastest CB was unheralded Darius Slay of Mississippi State who clocked a 4.36. At the same time, Alabama's Dee Milliner likely locked up a top 5 pick with a 4.37 timing while FSU's Xavier Rhodes pretty much guaranteed an opening round selection with a 4.43 time. Same for Washington's Desmond Trufant who ran a 4.38, while other CBs at 4.4 or better included Jamar Taylor of Boise State, Southeasten Louisiana's Robert Alford and Miami's Brandon McGee. Meanwhile, NC State's David Amerson (4.44) and LSU's enigmatic Tyrann Mathieu (4.50) were solid. On the other hand, Leon McFadden of Fresno State, Oregon State's Jordan Poyer and Rutgers' Logan Ryan were probably disappointed wih times in the mid-4.5 range, while Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks had to be very disappointed running over 4.6 seconds. There was some impressive speed among the safeties with four DBs getting under 4.5 seconds led by Syracuse's Sharmako Thomas who ran a 4.44, followed by Duke Williams of Nevada, Ear Wolff of NC State and Georgia's Shawn Williams, while Eric Reid of LSU and Florida's Matt Elam were both solid with times in the mid-4.5 range. Texas' Kenny Vaccaro (4.63), Alabama's Robert Lester (4.66) and Tony Jefferson of Oklahoma (4.75), in contrast, had to be disappointed with their respective times.
(12:15 AM): Some pretty good times at the back end of the second group of DBs including a 4.25 by Steve Williams of California. CBs Kayvon Webster had a 4.35, while safeties Duke Williams and Shawn Williams were in the mid 4.4 range and Earl Wolff of NC State at 4.41.
(12:05 PM): Great time by Washington CB Desmond Trufant who ties Milliner for the best time among CBs with a 4.31 unofficial hand-timed 40. Also a great time for underrated Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas who ran under 4.4 before face-planting on the track. Texas S Kenny Vaccaro, though, disappointed a little with a 4.59 unofficial time that likely will translate to over 4.6 when the official numbers are in.
(11:55 AM): Good times by somewhat unheralded CBs Darius Slay of Mississippi State and Jamar Taylor of Boise both of whom clocked 4.37 40s. Phillip Thomas of Fresno State was a ittle disappointing with a 4.62.
(11:45 AM): Great run by FSU's Xavier Rhodes who timed a very quick 4.41 40. Outstanding time for a long CB.
(9:45 AM): Among the safeties pretty good times by Matt Elam (4.46) and Keelan Johnson (4.47) while TJ McDonald was solid at 4.53. On the other hand, Robert Lester ran a very slow 4.68, while Tony Jefferson had a 4.65. Of note, among the CBs, UConn's Dwayne Gratz upped his 40 time to 4.35 on his second run.
(9:40 AM): Dee Milliner just may have put himself into the debate for the top pick overall by running a very fast 4.31 40. That's still hand-timed and probably will go up slightly when the official times are released later today, but what ever that's an excellent. In fact, there were some great times posted so far today including a somewhat surprising 4.38 by David Amerson, while Terry Hawthorne had a 4.40 and Robert Alford, Dwayne Gratz and Brandon McGee posted 4.41s. Even the Honey Badger got into the act with a very respectable 4.43 that probably translates to somewhere in the 4.45-4.50 range officially, but a good time for him. On the other hand, Johnathan Banks may have run himslef out of the first round with a 4.59 first 40. Leon McFadden had a 4.47 which may translate to something just over 4.50 for the final time.
Monday(3:20 PM): Official 40 times posted for the LBs and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o didn't fare a whole lot better than in the unofficial hand timed 40 clockings as he was credited with a 4.82 time. The feeling around the NFL was that he really needed to be in 4.75 or better to be really in the running to be a top 10-20 pick this year so he looks to be right on the bubble. Te'o though wasn't the only LB not to run as well as expected. Alec Ogletree of Georgia, for example, who like Te'o was hoping to bury some off-field stuff with a solid combine outing ran a 4.70 40 which is good, but not the 4.55 type number the former UGA star was likely targetting. Same for Rutgers' Khaseem Greene, who ran about the same time (4.71), while Sean Porter of Texas A&M was probably even more dispappointed with a 4.75 time. At the same time, Stanford's Chase Thomas was really slow at just 4.91. On the other hand, LBs who exceeded expectations included Sio Moore of UConn, who ran a 4.65 40, while Florida MLB Jon Bostic was very quick with a 4.61 clocking and MLBs A.J. Klein of Iowa State, Brandon Hepburn of Florida A&M and Texas A&M's Jonathan Stewart, ech of finished in under 4.7 seconds. Fastest LB overall though was Missouri's Xavier Gooden, who broke the 4.50 mak with a 4.47 clocking, while Southern Miss' Jamie Collins likely continued his ascendancy with a 4.64 time.
(1:40 PM): Manti Te'o - 4.81. Not what we was looking for; 4.75 was the magic number of Te'o and that numer is probably going to translate to 4.85 or higher which really isn't th stuff of a top 15-20 ILB.
(1:35 PM): Same for UGA's Alec Ogletree who was hoping to run under 4.6 at least, especially in the wake of that latest off-field stuff, but only clocked out at 4.62 which is still not bad though for a 246-pound MLB.
(1:30 PM): LBs running now; LSU's Kevin Minter a little slower than he oped at an unofficial 4.82; not bad but probably not fast enough to get into opening round. Fastest LBs so far are Missouri OLB Zavier Gooden - no surprise - and Florida MLB Jon Bostic - big surprise - who both clocked 4.50s. Rutgers Khaseem Greene solid at 4.65, while UConn's sSio Moore continues Huskies' speed show at 4.62.
(12:30 PM): Kind of tale of two stories for the defensive linemen at their on-field workout at the combine earlier today. Guys who stood up and made statements drunning the 40 included Oregon's Dion Jordan (4.60), who also looked super smooth in the drills, LSU's Kiki Mingo (4.58), BYU's Ziggy Ansah (4.63), SMU's Margus Hunt (4.60), Auburn's Corey Lemonier (4.60), and South Carolina's Devin Taylor (4.72). Good times also by some less well-known names including UConn's Trevardo Willaims, who actually had the fastest time for DEs at 4.57, while Harding's Ty Powell ran a quick 4.65. At the same time, LSU's Sam Montgomery and Datone Jones of UCLA would have liked to have been faster than 4.8, but looked quicker and more explosive in some of the drills. On the other hand, it was a disastrous day for Texas A&M's Damontre Moore who ran a very slow 4.95 40 in his first run and then pulled up in his second, while Michgan State's William Gholston also had a very disappointing 4.96 official clocking. Similar story among the DTs where Florida's Shariff Floyd (4.92), Sheldon Richardson (5.02) and North Carolina's Sly Williams (5.03) did nothing in the tests to hurt their grades, whereas Ohio State's Johnthan Hankins may have run himself out of serious consideration by 4-3 teams clocking only a 5.31 40. And like the DEs, a couple of unheralded DTs in Nick Williams (4.94) and New Hampshire's Jared Smith (5.08) likely have pro evaluators already scrambling to get more game tape on them after running much better than expected.
(11:25 AM): Decent time for South Carolina's Devin Taylor who had an unofficial 40-clocking of 4.75. Also a better seond run for LSU's Sam Montgomery who cut a full tenth of his 40 time down to a mre respectable 4.68. On the other hand, A&M's Damontre Moore pulled up on his second run and is likely down for the day meaning his 4.87 hand-timed clocking will stand.
(11:20 AM): Somewhat pedestrian time for FSU's Bjoern Werner as he clocks a 4.79 hand-timed 40.
(11:15 AM): Missou's Sheldon Rchardson has to be a little disappointed with a 5-flat 40 as he was pobably hoping to get closer to 4.85.
(11:10 AM): Mingo runs a quick 4.53 unofficial 40 time with a 1.60 split, while Montgomery somewhat slower at just 4.79 which may translate to something in the mid-4.8 range. A&M's Moore very disappointing with a 40 (4.87) that barely cracked the 4.9 mark
(11:00 AM): Second group of defensive linemen including DEs Mingo and Montgomery of LSU, A&M's Damontre Moore, Texas' Alex Okafor, and FSU's Bjoern Werner, along with DTs Sheldon Richardson and Purdue's Kawann Short getting set to run their 40s.
(10:45 AM): Watching the first group of defensive linemen go through positionla drills its hard not to be impressed by the overall athleticism, especially guys like Dion Jordan, Margus Hunt, and Michael Buchanon among the DEs and Shariff Floyd and Johnthan Hankins among the DTs. At the same time, Auburn's Corey Lemonier and UCLA's Datone Jones look choppy at times, but also appear to be very explosive, whereas FSU's Brandon Jenkins appears to be a little ragged when changing direction.
(9:25 AM): Another littte bit disappointing time for UCLA DE Datone Jones who only had a hand-timed forty clocking of 4.84 which will likely translate to around 4.9, but had a decent 10-yard split of 1.63. Really good time by Dion Jordan who runs an unofficial 4.53 and may just have moved into the top 10.
(9:20 AM): Little bit disappointing time for massive Ohio State DT Johnthan Hankins who only had a hand-timed forty clocking of 5.28 which will likely translate to over 5.30. On the otherhand, quick time for 6-8 SMU DE Margus Hunt who clocked an unofficial 4.65.
(9:15 AM): DL rising star Sharrif Floyd with a solid 4.93 clocking. Will translate to clsoer to 5.00 but still very good for a DT. His 10-yard split of 1.73 was also very good.
(9:10 AM): Disappointing time for small-school star David Bass who only nmanaged a 4.85 in his firts 40.
(9:00 AM): BYU's Ziggy Ansah gets the morning off to a quick start with an unofficial hand-timed 4.62 40 clocking. Excellent time for a 271-pounder, but Ansah may actually have been hoping for something a tad better.
(2:30 PM): Our apologies but our server inexplicably shut us down the past few hours. In the interim, official 40-times for the WRs have been released. In fact, there really weren't a lot of surprises. Marquise Goodwin of Texas, a world-class track athlete who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics, ended up with a world-class 4.27 40 clocking, just 3-100's off Chris Johnson's all-time combine record, while West Virginia's Tavon Austin was clocked officially in 4.34. If there was a surprise among the receivers, though, it was that Texas A&M'sRyan Swope tied with Austin at 4.34 while Oklahoma junior Kenny Stills blitzed a 4.38. The Tennessee duo of Cordarelle Patterson (4.42) and Justin Hunter (4.44) also ran well as did Josh Boyce of TCU (4.38), Corey Fuller of Texas A&M and Oregon State's Markus Wheaton (4.45). Michigan's Denard Robinson also proved that he at least has the speed for the position with a 4.43 clocking. At the same time, other top name WR prospects including USC's Robert Woods (4.51), Baylor's Terrance Williams (4.52) and West Virginia's Stedman Bailey (4.53) were probably a little disappointed they didn't break the 4.50 mark, but they likely won't be downgraded for their respective times. Meanwhile, Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins only ran a 4.57, but wasn't really expected to be much under that.
(10:15 AM): First group of WRs have completed their 40s; here are the unofficial results to date for the WRs. Again figure those times could rise by 0.05-0.10 seconds in the official times which will be released once the second group of reeivers have completed their runs.
(9:50 AM): Day two on the field got off to a little bit of a slow start with the QBs running their 40s, but things picked up when Tavon Austin, the first WR to run put up a hand-timed 4.25. Marquise Goodwin ran the same time a few moments later. Josh Boyce (4.38) and Corey Fuller (4.37) also ran under 4.4, while Justin Hunter posted a hand-timed 4.41, although he was probably hoping for something closer to 4.3. On the other hand, DeAndre Hopkins ran a somewhat disappointing 4.50, while Stedman Bailey, Austin's West Virginia teammate struggled to a hand-timed 4.57 which likely will translate to over 4.6 in the official results.
(3:30 PM): Everybody has probably heard enough about Manti Te'o by this time, but a couple of quick thoughts on his interview. I thought initially he was a tad nervous and defensive, but warmed up after 5 minutes or so and came across pretty well after that and sounded genuinely like someone who would really like to put the whole thing behind and get back to football.
(3:05 PM): As Manti Te'o takes the podium to an absolutely packed room, official 40 times for the TEs have been posted. Official electronic times to come.
(1:50 PM): Better second runs for both Zach Ertz and Chris Gragg. Ertz ran a second 40 in 4.65, while Gragg put up the best number at the position with a blazing 4.44.
(1:45 PM): Very quick times for both Matt Furtsenburg of
Iowa (4.50) and Chris Gragg (4.55) of Arkansas. Very disappointing time
by Auburn's Phillip Lutzenkirchen who couldn't breat 4.9.
(1:40 PM): Tyler Eifert off to a nice start with a 4.60
hand-timed 40, while Zach Ertz clocked a 4.72, but with a quick 10-yard
split. Meanwhile, Gavin Escobar looked very stiff and upright and was
very slow for apure receiving TE at 4.88.
(12:30 PM): Don't believe the NFL published electronic
10-yard splits for the offensive linemen. For now here are the top and
bottom 10-yard splits for the offensive linemen.
<>(11:40 AM): Lane Johnson runs a second staright 4.75, but beats Terron Armstead's top OL split with a 1.61 clocking over the first ten yards.
(11:30 AM): Somewhat disappointing times for FSU OT Menelik Watson, who had been expected to run under 5-flat, but inside looked flabby and not very explosive as he clocked a 5.25 with a 1.80 split.
(11:27 AM): Disappointing times for top OGs Chance Warmack and Larry Warford. Warmack, who some rank as the best player in the draft period, had a 40-time of 5.55 with a 1.85 10-yard split, while Warford ran a 5.53
(11:25 AM): More nice 40 times from Justin Pugh (5.10), David Quessenberry (5.06) and Brian Schwenke (5.00). Pugh also had a very quick 1.67 (currently second best among OL) 10-yards split.
(11:20 AM): Good time by Kyle Long who gets under 4.95 for the 40 with a second best among the OL 10-yard split of 1.68.
(11:15 AM): Disappointing run by Luke Joeckel who had an unofficial time of 5.22 with a slowish 1.82 10-yard split. Lane Johnson did ot disappoint with a 4.75 40 time with a quick 1.69 10-yard split.
(11:00AM): Second - and bigger - group of OL finally starting their 40s.
(9:40 AM): Wisconsin C Trvis Frederick runs better in his second 40 cutting a tenth from 5.60 to 5.50, but thta's still a very slow time for a player ranked #1 at any position. His 10-yard split, at 1.85, was a tad more competitve. Good looking beard though!
(9:25 AM): Just
a quick note; remember that the times crrently been reported are
unofficila hand-timed times. The official electronic times are often
.05-.10 slower. Nice job by the NFL Network to include the
10-yard splits which many NFL teams consider to be more important for
(9:15 AM): Some nice early Jeff Baca, Alvin Bailey and David Bahktiari all under 5.10, with UCLA's Jeff Baca posting a very quick 10-yard split of 1.74.
(9:05 AM): Virginia's Oday Aboushi gets it underway with an unofficial 5.44 time, while Terron Armstead posts a remarkable 4.65. Now remember that's an unoffial hand-timed time, but that's a record for the OL..
(9:00 AM): We're underway with the offensive linemen
running the 40...