Maryland tackle Bruce Campbell, USC safety Taylor Mays and South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul were among the most talked-about prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine, an event that is all about physical talent.
Mays, at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, ran the fastest 40-yard time among all defensive backs at 4.43. His official time was a bit of a letdown, though, as the NFL Network reported his “unofficial” time as a blazing 4.24 seconds.
And Pierre-Paul, at 6-5, 270 pounds, demonstrated the athleticism that enabled him to supply a YouTube moment with 14 consecutive backflips before a bowl game a couple of months ago.
Scouts warn that Pierre-Paul had the best game film of the three, but he played major-college football for just one season. Campbell and Mays, despite their physical potential, did not warrant first-round picks based solely on their college production, several sources say.
Still, all three are expected to be first-round picks, as teams won’t be able to resist the temptation and potential of their enormous physical attributes.
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Wide receiver is one position where a good 40 time means at least something. Notre Dame’s Golden Tate definitely helped himself when he posted the fourth-best time at his position.
Here are the official combine times of the fastest wideouts, as posted on NFL.com.
Jacoby Ford (Clemson) 4.28
Taylor Price (
Emmanuel Sanders (SMU) 4.41
Golden Tate (Notre Dame) 4.42
Brandon Banks (
Kyle Williams (
Marcus Easley (UConn) 4.46
Andre Roberts (The Citadel) 4.46
Scott Long (
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Here is my wrap-up article in today’s newspaper, “NFL Combine ends, wait for draft begins.”
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