Reaching Higher

Is what Darius Walker did better than any running back at the NFL combine. His vertical, 40.5 inches, bested Adrian Peterson’s (the next closest back) by two inches. Walker’s 40 time of 4.56 probably helped his cause, but at the very least didn’t hurt it. Watchers noted that he’s extremely fast in the 0-10 yard range, but doesn’t have that second gear. Still, a very talented athlete and excellent runner. Adrian Peterson is the class of the running back group.

Brady Quinn might be a pretty boy, but he’s no girlie man. Quinn put up 225 pounds 24 times… that’s more than either Ryan Harris or Dan Santucci – who both ran very good 40s, right at the 5.1 second mark. BTW, Wisconsin’s Joe Thomas is a freak. He turned in a 40 of 4.91. Rhema didn’t run the 40 but put up middle of the pack numbers in the broad jump, 20 yard shuttle, 60 yard shuttle and 3cone drill. He’s a good athlete, but I’m not quite sure what Weis meant by “exceptional quickness.”

Of note, former ND (transfered to Miami) Tight End Greg Olsen ran a 4.51 40 and vertically jumped 35.5 inches… he’s almost 6’6″ and 254 pounds (I still think Carlson could be better.) The freak of the day award went to Calvin Johnson who at 6’5″ 239 pounds , ran a 4.35 40. Damn. Of note on the “I thought they were faster than they were given credit for” side, Antonio Pittman and Anthony Gonzalez ran a 4.4 and 4.44 40s respectively — as I’ve stated, Troy Smith had a lot to work with.

The combine probably didn’t do much to help or hurt the Notre Dame players there. Santucci and Harris might rise the most in Scout’s eyes.


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