Some of the workouts by Combine participants Saturday was surprising to say the least. Lets start with the running backs.
Ameer Abdullah - He ran as expected with a 4.6 in the 40. What wasn't expected was the outstanding explosiveness he displayed. He had a 42.5" vertical jump, a 10'10 long jump and a 6.79 3-cone. Those numbers, especially in the jumps, are rare. His workout will keep his stock high.
Melvin Gordon - I felt his workout wasn't what was expected. He ran a 4.52 which is good, but most felt that he would be in the low to mid 4.4's. His long jump was 10'6", and that was very good but his 4.07 in the 3-cone was a little slower than expected. His bench of 19 reps, vertical jump of 35", and 7.04 3-cone were good but not as good as what people expected. Don't be surprised if he does some of those drills over at his pro day.
Duke Johnson - I thought his overall performance was not as good as was expected. Most thought he would run in the 4.4's and he ran 4.54, His vertical jump was a disappointing 33.5", but his long jump was good, leaping 10'1". He did not do any of the agility drills and will perform those at the Miami pro day.
David Johnson - The Northern Iowa running back really helped himself. At 6'1 - 224, he ran 4.50, did 25 reps and jumped out of the building with a 41.5" vertical. His 6.82 3-cone was also very good. You can bet a number of running back coaches will be off to Northern Iowa over the next five to six weeks.
Zach Zenner - The South Dakota St back was one of my sleeper running backs for the draft. His time of 4.60 was just about where I thought he would run. His 41" vertical jump, 10"1 long jump and 7.08 3-cone were all better than I anticipated. He may have gone from a late pick to a mid round pick.
Wide Receivers -Kevin White - I don't think there was a scout or coach in the building who thought White could run 4.35. Most felt he was around 4.45 at best. His 23 reps showed he not only is fast but very strong. The rest of his workout went about as expected but we all know that wide receiver is a stop watch driven position, and White was among the best.
Chris Conley - If the Georgia receiver wanted to get noticed, he accomplished his goal. He proved to be the most explosive receiver in this year's draft with the numbers he put up yesterday. He ran 4.35, has a vertical jump of 45" and an astounding 11'7" in the long jump. I have never seen a guy go 11'7" before in that drill.
Amari Cooper - I felt Cooper's numbers were all very good except his vertical jump. He ran 4.42 which is about what was expected. His 20 shuttle and 3-cone were 3.98 and 6.71 respectively which was also what was expected. His vertical of only 33" was very average to say the least. He long jumped 10'. With that good of a long jump, you would expect that he would vertical much higher.
Devante Parker - Parker ran faster than I anticipated. At 6'3 - 209, I thought he would run about 4.50, so going 4.45 was a pleasant surprise. He did not perform any of the agility drills, but his jumps of 36.5" and 10'5" were good for such a big receiver.
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