Quick Twitch Athletes Are a Must on Draft Day

Lead NFL Analyst
Posted Apr 11, 2009


Former scout Tom Marino surprisingly doesn’t put a great deal of credence in the bench press when evaluating potential prospects, but is firm in his belief that both the vertical and long jump tell a far different story.

Wow, I’m impressed... a forty-five inch vertical jump! I thought only former basketball legends like Dr. J. or David Thompson could sky like that, but it appears the Buckeye’s other corner, Donald Washington, can also soar like an Eagle.

Athletes with fast twitch muscle fiber are a very desirable commodity in every sport and can tell a great deal about a potential prospects future successes at the professional level.

It is readily seen in an athlete's first-step quickness, explosiveness, and power; a wideout's take-off and ability to get in and out of a break; a corner's ability to turn and go or put his foot in the ground and break on the football.

Up to this juncture, we have ranked the top fifty in each category, but I’ve made an exception in this particular skill set and have recognized the top hundred at the position. You can take it to the bank that each of the thirty-two professional clubs that are currently meeting or will begin meeting on next week are also considering this to be a major factor when finalizing their draft board.

The top 100 vertical jumps

Washington, DonDCOhio St45.0
Butler, DariusDCConnecticut43.0
Eloi, KeithWRNebraska-Omaha42.5
Dillard, JarettWRRice42.5
Brown, DonaldRBConnecticut41.5
Spillman, C.J.DSMarshall41.5
Bruton, DavidDSNotre Dame41.5
Underwood, TiquanWRRutgers41.5
O'Connell, JakeTEMiami (OH)41.0
Lacey, JacobDCOklahoma St41.0
Cook, JaredTESo Carolina41.0
Thomas, MikeWRArizona40.5
Barwin, ConnorDECincinnati40.5
Williams, BryanDSAkron40.0
Riley, EronWRDuke40.0
Bayes, ShawnWRKent St40.0
Wallace, MikeWRMississippi40.0
Afalava, AlDSOregon St40.0
Jones, ReggieDCPortland St40.0
Mouton, RyanDCHawaii39.5
Maybin, AaronDEPenn St39.5
Orakpo, BrianDETexas39.5
Goodson, MikeRBTexas A&M39.5
Moore, D.J.DCVanderbilt39.5
Carter, TonyDCFlorida St39.0
Carr, GregWRFlorida St39.0
Smith, JamayelWRMississippi St39.0
Guice, DudleyWRNorthwestern St39.0
Hall, DevonDSUtah St39.0
Williams, JasonOBWestern Illinois39.0
Lester, BradRBAuburn38.5
Johnson, MichaelDEGeorgia Tech38.5
Fletcher, BradleyDCIowa38.5
Heyward-Bey, D.WRMaryland38.5
Barnes, KevinDCMaryland38.5
Glenn, CodyRBNebraska38.5
Lloyd, DarrellDCNorthern Iowa38.5
Lewis, KeenanDCOregon St38.5
Pribnow, TroyOBWayne St (NE)38.5
Beckum, TravisTEWisconsin38.5
Moore, DevinRBWyoming38.5
Kelly, AaronWRClemson38.0
Williams, PatrickWRColorado38.0
Southerland, BrannanFBGeorgia38.0
Trent, MorganDCMichigan38.0
Quin, GloverDCNew Mexico38.0
Hackendorf, KoleWRNo Dakota St38.0
Norwood, JordanWRPenn St38.0
Orton, GregWRPurdue38.0
Capps, CodyOBSt Francis (IN)38.0
McBath, DarcelDSTexas Tech38.0
Toal, BrianIBBoston College37.5
Clemons, ChrisDSClemson37.5
Hamlin, MichaelDSClemson37.5
Harvin, PercyWRFlorida37.5
Word-Daniels, JahiDCGeorgia Tech37.5
Brown, Justin WRHampton37.5
Walker, DerekDEIllinois37.5
Taylor, CurtisDCLSU37.5
Robiskie, BrianWROhio St37.5
Munnerlyn, CaptainDCSo Carolina37.5
Johnson, RashadDSAlabama37.0
Follett, ZackOBCalifornia37.0
Davis, VontaeDCIllinois37.0
Greene, ShonnRBIowa37.0
McClinton, MarcusDSKentucky37.0
Philistin, DaveOBMaryland37.0
Moore, WilliamDSMissouri37.0
Nunn, TerrenceWRNebraska37.0
Miller, ZacharyTENebraska-Omaha37.0
Pace, MichaelDCNo Carolina A&T37.0
Brown, AndreRBNo Carolina St37.0
Freeman, MarcusOBOhio St37.0
Mitchell, MichaelDSOhio U37.0
Butler, DeonWRPenn St37.0
Sheets, KoryRBPurdue37.0
Britt, KennyWRRutgers37.0
Edison, DominiqueWRS F Austin37.0
McKinley, KennyWRSo Carolina37.0
Brown, ArkeithDCTexas A&M37.0
Delmas, LouisDSW Michigan37.0
Vaughn, ChipDSWake Forest37.0
Curry, AaronOBWake Forest37.0
Beavers, LarryWRWesley37.0
Hill, P.J.RBWisconsin37.0
Powers, JerraudDCAuburn36.5
Underwood, BrandonDCCincinnati36.5
Brown, CodyDEConnecticut36.5
Collins, DobsonWRGardner Webb36.5
Massaquoi, MohamedWRGeorgia36.5
Vollmer, SebastianOTHouston36.5
Edelman, JulianWRKent St36.5
Webb, LardariusDCNicholls St36.5
Hughes, BrandonDCOregon St36.5
Kinder, DerekWRPittsburgh36.5
Richmond, DavidWRSan Jose St36.5
Palmer, RyanDCTexas36.5
McCain, BriceDCUtah36.5
Lankster, EllisDCWest Virginia36.5
Cox, DerekDCWilliam & Mary36.5


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