Top 5 Performances From the 2011 NFL Combine
Here are the five players who impressed the most in Indianapolis:
5. Patrick Peterson – Multiple Workouts
Peterson was widely expected to shine at the Combine, and he did not disappoint. The cornerback from LSU is listed among the top 5 overall players in the draft by ESPN, and he cemented his spot among the elite prospects with a great showing in Indianapolis. Peterson showed off his crazy athleticism with a 4.32 forty; 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump; 38-inch vertical leap; and a strong performance in other workouts.
4. Greg McElroy - Wonderlic
Usually the Wonderlic intelligence test makes combine headlines from low scores, such as when Vince Young reportedly scored a 6 out of 50 prior to the 2006 draft. But Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy shocked NFL scouts with a high score of 48. McElroy, projected as a late-round choice, was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and a four-time selection for the SEC Academic Honor Roll. His score tied former Harvard QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s score of 48 in 2005 and fell just short of the perfect 50 reportedly set by Harvard punter Pat McInally in 1975.
3. Julio Jones – Broad Jump
The Alabama product is currently ranked as the second-best receiver in the draft, but his athleticism in Indianapolis was unmatched. After Jones outpaced Georgia’s A.J. Green with a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, he went out and jumped 11 feet, 3 inches in the broad jump. That number bested last year’s top receiver Emmanuel Sanders by nine inches. That would have been enough for any player, but then came news that he performed his workouts on a broken foot. Just imagine if he would’ve been healthy.
2. Dontay Moch – 40-Yard Dash
The defensive end from Nevada is a big dude: 6-foot-1, 245 pounds. But he has the speed of a receiver, clocking a 40-yard dash time of 4.44 seconds, a combine record for a defensive lineman. Many scouts project Moch to move to a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, where his speed will play more of an advantage.
1. Stephen Paea – Bench Press
Go out right now and try to bench press a 225-pound bar a couple times. Tough, right? Now do it 35 times. Stephen Paea of Oregon State did it without hesitation. Then he did 14 more to get to 49 total reps, shattering the old combine record of 45 reps held by three different players. DraftCountdown.com ranks Paea as the third-best defensive tackle in the draft class but notes his “amazing natural strength.” You think?