NFL Combine drill breakdown

The National Football Post takes a look at some of the key drills at the NFL Combine and breaks down the top-10 performances in each over the past decade, plus players who are expected to shine in these events this year.

40-Yard Dash

Purpose: To measure the straight-line speed of prospect over the course of 40 yards.

Top performances this decade:

1. 4.24 seconds: Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina (2008)
2. 4.25: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland (2009)
3. 4.27: Stanford Routt, CB, Houston (2005)
4. 4.28: Jerome Mathis, WR, Hampton (2005)
5. 4.28: Mike Wallace, WR, Mississippi (2009)
6. 4.29: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State (2008)
7. 4.29: Johnny Knox, WR, Abilene Christian (2009)
8. 4.29: Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska (2005)
9. 4.30: Darrent Williams, CB, Oklahoma State (2005)
10. 4.30: Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona (2009)

Top potential performers in 2010 (times are estimated):

Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson: 4.23
Trindon Holliday, WR, LSU: 4.26
Brandon Banks, WR, Kansas State: 4.32

Bench Press

Purpose: To measure upper body strength, power and endurance by asking a prospect to lift 225 pounds as many times as possible.

Top performances this decade:

1. 45: Leif Larsen, DT, Texas-El Paso (2000)
2. 45: Mike Kudla, DE, Ohio State (2006)
3. 44: Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State (2006)
4. 43: Scott Young, OG, BYU (2005)
5. 42: Isaac Sopoaga, DT, Hawaii (2004)
6. 42: Tank Tyler, DT, North Carolina State (2007)
7. 41: Igor Olshansky, DT, Oregon (2004)
8. 41: Terna Nande, OLB, Miami (Ohio) (2006)
9. 40: Justin Blalock, OG, Texas (2007)
10. 40: Manuel Ramirez, OG, Texas Tech (2007)

Top potential performers in 2010 (reps are estimated):

Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas: 37
Everson Griffen, DE, USC: 37
D’Anthony Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech: 35

Vertical Jump

Purpose: To measure the lower body explosion and quick-twitch ability of a prospect.

Top performances this decade

1. 46 inches: Gerald Sensabaugh, FS, North Carolina (2005)
2. 45.5: Derek “Cameron” Wake, OLB, Penn State (2005)
3. 45: Chris McKenzie, CB, Arizona State (2005)
4. 45: Donald Washington, CB, Ohio State (2009)
5. 45: Chris Chambers, WR, Wisconsin (2001)
6. 43.5: Dustin Fox, FS, Ohio State (2005)
7. 43.5: Kevin Kasper, WR, Iowa (2001)
8. 43: Scott Starks, CB, Wisconsin (2005)
9. 43: Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut (2009)
10. 43: Cedric James, WR, TCU (2001)

Top potential performers in 2010 (estimated inches):

David Gettis, WR, Baylor: 42
Joe Haden, CB, Florida: 41
Chris Cook, DB, Virginia: 40

Short Shuttle

Purpose: To measure a prospect’s change-of-direction skills, lateral quickness and ability to get back up to speed quickly.

Top performances this decade:

1. 3.73 seconds: Kevin Kasper, WR, Iowa (2001)
2. 3.75: Dunta Robinson, CB, South Carolina (2004)
3. 3.76: Deion Branch, WR, Louisville (2002)
4. 3.82: Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn (2005)
5. 3.82: Dante' Hall, RB, Texas A&M (2000)
6. 3.83: Kevin Bentley, OLB, Northwestern - 2002
7. 3.83: Terence Newman, CB, Kansas State - 2003
8. 3.83: Jason Allen, FS, Tennessee - 2006
9 3.84: Justin Beriault, FS, Ball State - 2005
10. 3.84: Troy Walters, WR, Stanford – 2000

Top potential performers in 2010 (times are estimated):

Brandon Banks, WR, Kansas State: 3.98
Trindon Holliday, WR, LSU: 4.02
Joe Haden, CB, Florida: 4.04

Three-Cone Drill

Purpose: To measure a prospect’s balance, body control and flexibility while changing directions and accelerating as a non-linear player.

1. 6.34 seconds: Sedrick Curry, CB, Texas A&M (2000)
2. 6.48: Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn (2005)
3. 6.48: Rogers Beckett, FS, Marshall (2000)
4. 6.50: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan (2007)
5. 6.51: Jon McGraw, SS, Kansas State (2002)
6. 6.54: Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Ohio State (2007)
7. 6.56: Ben Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech (2002)
8. 6.56: Kevin Kasper, WR, Iowa (2001)
9. 6.57: Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville (2008)
10. 6.59: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State (2009)

Top potential performers in 2010 (times are estimated):

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State: 6.57
Eric Berry, S, Tennessee: 6.59
Trindon Holliday, WR, LSU: 6.65

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