The second day of the NFL combine continued with the skill players being displayed and put through drills on Sunday.
Quarterbacks came out early this morning to run and go through throwing drills. They were followed by the wide receivers and running backs groups, who combined to post some of the fastest times recorded at the combine in years. To put it in perspective, the fastest forty-yard dash time last year was done in 4.3 seconds by Yamon Figurs from Kansas State; this year a handful of players eclipsed that mark with ease.
Below are the best and worst performances from day two.
DAY TWO STUDS
Brian Brohm (Quarterback, Louisville) Brohm showed better then expected athleticism by posting a 4.75-second forty time and looked very accurate during throwing drills by getting rid of the ball quickly and on time.
Josh Johnson (Quarterback, San Diego) Johnson posted a blazing 4.44-second forty—the fastest of all quarterbacks. He did a nice job during throwing drills as well, showing good zip and timing with receivers on slants and out routes.
John David Booty (Quarterback, USC) Booty lacks elite physical tools, but he throws one of the most catchable balls of any quarterback. He really gets rid of the ball quickly and throws on time and accurately on short to midrange routes.
Ryan Grice-Mullen (Wide Receiver, Hawaii) Grice-Mullen caught the ball as well as anyone at the combine today. He really snatched the ball away from his body and looks very natural, explosive and nimble in and out of breaks.
James Hardy (Wide Receiver, Indiana) Hardy has a massive frame and ran a lot better than expected (4.47). A long strider with good built-up speed, he’s very quick in and out of breaks and has a huge pair of mitts. Hardy looks extremely natural catching the ball, and he made some tough catches look very easy today.
William Franklin (Wide Receiver, Missouri) Franklin recorded one of the fastest forty times of any player at the combine (4.32). He is a vertical threat who is more of a one-trick pony, but he was really hard to overthrow and consistently used a second gear to chase down deep balls today.
Devin Thomas (Wide Receiver, Michigan State) A big physical target with a great second gear, Thomas blazed the forty with a time of 4.34. He showed great ball awareness in position drills and really has the long arms and big hands to extend and make catches away from his body.
Dexter Jackson (Wide Receiver, Appalachian State) I have to give some love to the fastest receiver of the combine. Jackson posted an untouchable 4.28 forty and possesses some good power and muscular development in the legs. An absolute burner who was explosive in and out of his routes during drills today, Jackson is really shooting up draft boards.
Eddie Royal (Wide Receiver, Virginia Tech) Not only did Royal post a very above average forty time (4.45), but he also benched 225 pounds 24 times and was one of the smoothest route runners throughout the day. He showcased very good body control and ball awareness, and he made every route and catch look effortless.
Darren McFadden (Running Back, Arkansas) The star of the day was McFadden, who posted a 4.27 forty time. At 6-foot-1 and 211 pounds, he looks so explosive in his first two steps and gets to top speed in an instant. McFadden solidified his spot as a potential top five pick.
Ray Rice (Running Back, Rutgers) Rice showed better then expected speed (4.44) and was the most fluid and natural runner during the drills today. He has very good balance, body control and possibly the best feet of any back in the draft.
Matt Forte (Running Back, Tulane) A monster of a back that ran a very respectable 4.46, Forte looked very quick during position drills and appears to have worked himself into the first day of the draft.
Chris Johnson (Running Back, East Carolina) One of the most explosive players in the country proved it with a 4.24 forty time. A two-stepper who explodes out of his stance, Johnson is the top-rated senior running back in the draft and likely a second round pick.
Others Who Performed Well
Chad Henne (Quarterback, Michigan), DeSean Jackson (Wide Receiver, California), Limas Sweed (Wide Receiver, Texas), Andre Caldwell (Wide Receiver, Florida), Jordy Nelson (Wide Receiver, Kansas State), Kevin Smith (Running Back, Central Florida), Jamal Charles (Running Back, Texas)
DAY TWO DUDS
Joe Flacco (Quarterback, Delaware) Flacco really looked inaccurate in short passing drills and doesn’t show any kind of rhythm or foot quickness in his drop. He needs a lot of work on his footwork because poor accuracy was the result today.
Matt Flynn (Quarterback, LSU) For a guy with his lack of physical skills, Flynn needs to show better timing and accuracy on short and intermediate throws. He really didn’t show any sense of timing and never hit a WR in stride today.
Evan Moore (Wide Receiver, Stanford) Scouts knew Moore wasn’t much of an athlete, but his lack of ball awareness, body control and hands where really puzzling today. He didn’t catch the ball cleanly during drills and looked very stiff out of cuts.
Taj Smith (Wide Receiver, Syracuse) Smith is a decent-sized speed prospect, but he really struggled as a route runner today. He lacks burst, balance and control out of his breaks and needs a lot of polish.
Mike Hart (Running Back, Michigan) A sub-par time in the forty was expected today, but Hart’s lack of balance and quickness in the position drills, which is supposed to be his strong suit, won’t do him any favors come draft day.
Lex Hilliard (Running Back, Montana) Hilliard has a thick frame that looks to be maxed out. He lacks explosion out of his stance, and it takes him a while to get up to full speed. He didn’t show much body control and quickness during running back drills today.
Yvenson Bernard (Running Back, Oregon State) A third-down scat back, who really lacks the “scat,” posted a very pedestrian 4.85 forty time today. He caught the ball well during drills but that lack of speed is very alarming.
Other Day Two Strugglers: Anthony Morelli (Quarterback, Penn State), Adarius Bowman (Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State), Joe West (UTEP), Kregg Lumpkin (Running Back, Georgia), Felix Jones (Running Back Arkansas)
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