NFL Combine Results are already coming in quickly, after the first day saw all of the offensive linemen prospects do their best at the tests. The 2009 NFL Scouting Combine had its first day of physical testing with the men who are looking to play on the offensive line in the NFL, with some of the best tackles, guards, and centers showing what they can do in the physical agility tests. These tests are the NFL Combine in Indianapolis range from how fast they can run in the 40 yard dash, how high their vertical leap is, how far they can jump (broad jump) and how many reps they can do.
From the tackle position, a couple of guys stood out early with extremely fast 40-yard dash times, including Lydon Murtha from Nebraska, who ran the 40 in only 4.89 seconds. Some of the other great times were Jamon Meredith from South Carolina who ran it in 5.04 seconds and Xavier Fulton from the University of Illinois who ran it in 5.03 seconds. Leading the way in reps, or basically proving who was the strongest was Jason Smith from Baylor who put in 33 reps, Alex Boone from Ohio State who also put in 33 reps, and Jamon Meredith putting in 31 reps to further increase the value of his stock at the 2009 combine.
The guard position also saw a number of players put in some impressive numbers, as one of the standouts was Travis Bright from BYU, who put in 34 reps, had a vertical leap of 35.5 inches, and had a broad jump of 9 feet. Louis Vasquez from Texas Tech put in 39 reps, Gerald Cadogan from Penn State proved to be the fastest with a 5.12 40 yard dash, and Matt Slauson had a 9 foot 2 inch broad jump. There were still some results that hadn’t come in by the end of the session, but Bright and Vasquez definitely helped themselves out with a couple of great days at the combine.
The other notable performances at the first day of the NFL Combine proved to come from the centers, of which a number of them almost guaranteed that they will be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft in April. First of all there aren’t that many in this draft, so the field is a little thin, but Juan Garcia from the University of Washington proved that he was a big man with some strength as he put in 34 total reps. It was also a very good day for A.Q. Shipley out of Penn State, who had 33 reps, a 5.19 second time in the 40 yard dash, and a 31 inch vertical that show he is both strong and mobile.
It looked to be a good day for offensive linemen, and it will be interesting to see which ones come out with the biggest jumps in their draft stock after an eventful day at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine.
Source: NFL Combine Results