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NFL Combine - Winners and Surprises
BIG WINNERS 1) Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech WR 4.35 at 239 pounds! Case closed… 2) Leon Hall Michigan CB Outstanding in every skill drill. Far better speed then anticipated. 3) LaRon Landry LSU S Great looking on the hoof, with the speed, athletic ability, and tenacity one looks for at the position. 4) Joe Thomas Wisconsin OT A man who should be a fixture at the left tackle position for many years to come. 5) Gaines Adams Clemson DE Runs like a scalded dog. The NFL powers to be pay handsomely for people who can rush the passer. Get your checkbook out boys… Gaines Adams (AP) 6) Greg Olsen Miami TE A real up the seam receiving threat with outstanding athletic ability and dexterity. Only needs to improve his core strength to become another in the line of elite TE's produced by the Canes. 7) Patrick Willis Ole Miss LB Senior Bowl tackling machine makes it look easy. Explosive hitter with run and close ability. 8) Ryan Kalil USC OC About as athletic looking a center as I have seen in some time. Alert and smart. 9) Jason Hill Washington State WR Didn't think he possessed the vertical speed he showed at Indy. Position skills and size have always been impressive 10) Robert Meachem Tennessee WR Another in a long line of "racehorses" produced by the Vols. A deep receiving threat with impressive hands and body dexterity. BIG SURPRISES 1) Chris Henry Arizona RB Little known Jr running back who played in a three man rotation in 06. This former California state prep champion in the 100 meters combines size (5112v - 230v), speed (4.40v), and strength (26 times @ 225) and is sure to attract a lot of attention from scouts and coaches over the next two months. 2) Mike Mason Tennessee State WROne of the nation's top prep receiving prospects, Mike attended North Carolina where he had problems with injuries and off the field concerns. Had a solid workout and put together two sub 4.50 / 40's (4.44 & 4.46). 3) Claude "Turk" McBride Tennessee DT Turk came on to have an outstanding year in 06 and continued with a very solid combine workout. Is still a tad undersized, but has a lot of what clubs want on the inside.4) Yamon Figures Kansas State WR Considered by most a second level receiving prospect prior to Indy, his 4.31v & 4.36v / 40 times have quickly made him a household name in professional scouting circles. Also a dangerous punt returner. 5) Antwan Barnes Florida International LB A virtual unknown who has caused most scouts and coaches attending U of Miami pro day to adjust their travel schedule. His 4.46/40 time got people's attention quickly in the dome. 6) Aundrae Allison ECU WR Has come a very long way in a very short period of time. 4.39v best time in the 40!!! 7) Tim Shaw Penn State LB Considered by many the third rated player at the LB position for the Lions, Tim turned in a best time 4.48/40 along with an impressive position workout. 8) Allen Barbre Missouri So OG A 6040v - 300v with impressive running skills (4.88v). 9) Gabe Hall Texas Tech OG Another big athlete with quickness and body control Tom Marino is a veteran of 35 years in the player personnel field, most recently with the St. Louis Rams. He has worked in three professional leagues (NFL, USFL, and WFL), and among his many accomplishments, is credited with the discovery of Eric Swann, the first non-collegiate player since 1946 to be selected in the 1st round of the NFL college draft.
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