So far the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis has given us some impressive workouts that have certainly helped some player's draft status. Then again, there have been some disappointing numbers that might have hurt others. We've listed some of the results in previous posts, but now that the wide receivers and running backs have finished, along with the tight ends, offensive linemen, quarterbacks and specialists, let's revisit some of the good and the bad from the first couple of days before the defensive prospects take over.
Let's start with the running backs: (after the 'Jump')
The good: California's Jahvid Best (4.35) and Clemson's C.J. Spiller (4.37) ran blistering 40 yard dashes.
The not-so-good: Ole Miss' Dexter McCluster, who looked real fast in his videos, finished real slow in his 40 yard dash time (4.58).
Keep an eye on: Auburn's Ben Tate, who ran a fast 40 (4.43), put up a RB best 26 reps of the 225 pound bench press, tied for the best broad jump (10'4") and finished second by a half inch in the vertical jump (40.5").
What about the all-important (from a Ravens fan's perspective) wide receivers efforts?
The good: Clemson's Jacoby Ford ran the fastest 40 yard dash at the Combine this year (4.28). Illinois' Arrelious Benn tied for the most reps on the bench press (20).
The not-so-good: Texas' Jordan Shipley caught a ton of balls from QB Colt McCoy the past two seasons, but he finished last in the bench press (16 reps) amongst wide receivers.
Keep an eye on: Louisville's little-known Scott Long, who tied for the most bench press reps (20), came in first in the vertical jump, 3-cone drill, 60-yard shuttle and also finished at or near the top in the other categories.