Two guys broke the all-time offensive line record for 40-yard dash times at the combine. Terron Armstead, an OT from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, ran a 4.71 and OT Lane Johnson from Oklahoma ran a 4.72.
Armstead has been able to improve his draft stock as much as any player in the predraft process. It was great to see him run the way he did today, but the 40-yard-dash time isn't the thing that's going to get him drafted earlier. He played at the Shrine Game, and he had a good showing at the Senior Bowl against top-flight competition.
Then, he comes to Indy, and he's just shy of 6-feet-5 at 6-4¾, 306 pounds with 34-inch arms and an 81⅝-inch wingspan. He's in phenomenal shape, and he just ran the fastest 40-yard dash in the history of the combine at his position. Even with those long arms and that wingspan, he was able to put up 31 reps on the bench press, which was six reps more than the five-year average of 25 for OTs. He has the size, speed, athleticism and upper-body power, and it correlates to what you see on the field. He's a perfect example of a small-school player taking advantage of the process.
He makes the most sense here given the Haley connection and our need for a WR. We almost certainly won't be winning any bidding war for his services which kind of scares me about our chances if he prioritizes money over everything else.
To bad we don't have Clemons anymore. Breaston is his 1st cousin, I believe. Not one of those typical NFL stories where a guy is related to another guy where they are 5th cousins twice removed.
Originally Posted by Captain Hook
Everybody seems to love this kid. What do you think of him.
He's small. What was the last slight statured burner who really made a big impact in the NFL as a wideout? Not sure if he's strong enough to run the middle of the field, and not sure if he's strong enough to get off coverage outside. I'm torn. Some team will invest a high pick in him. I think he's one of those YAC guys. Just get the ball in his hands and allow him to have 3-5 yards to get up to speed.
Well, a combine staple isn't there this year in John Lott. He's been manning the bench press for 16 years, and many believe he stepped down this year because of scrutiny from agents last year that he pushed the players too hard, to the point of injury. A player actually tore a pec benching with Lott last combine, but he is undoubtedly the most entertaining part of the combine. If this video doesn't make you want to throw heavy things, I don't know what does...
Te'o better run better at his pro day. Although the other ILB ranked in round 1 is Ogletree who's been busted for drugs and DUI's so it's not like the other options in round one are that great this year.
Brandon Spikes ran damn near a 5.0 at the combine...
He has been awesome for New England.
Yeah, I remember lots of players running poorly at the combine and still becoming good NFL players. Like you said, Spikes was a guy people laughed at after his combine performance but it's worked out for him in the NFL. It still probably hurt him a bit in the draft though. I'd imagine he would have gone a little bit higher if he ran better.