It was a successful day for most of the 34 running backs who took part in the combine today. Most of the ball carriers ran much faster than scouts expected and improved their draft stock. Here’s the breakdown.
|RB||Armando Allen||Notre Dame||Inj||Inj|
|RB||Anthony Allen||Georgia Tech||4.60||4.61|
|RB||Noel Devine||West Virginia||Inj|
|RB||Shaun Draughn||North Carolina||4.65||4.72|
|RB||Darren Evans||Virginia Tech||4.60||4.50|
|RB||Kendall Hunter||Oklahoma State||4.51||4.42|
|RB||Taiwan Jones||Eastern Washington||Inj||Inj|
|RB||Jacquizz Rodgers||Oregon State||4.59||4.58|
|RB||Evan Royster||Penn State||4.62||4.61|
|RB||Brandon Saine||Ohio State||4.42||4.48|
|RB||Daniel Thomas||Kansas State||Inj||Inj|
|RB||Johnny White||North Carolina||4.51||4.53|
|RB||Ryan Williams||Virginia Tech||4.58||4.58|
Anthony Allen/Georgia Tech – He showed a decent change of direction and caught the ball well.
Allen Bradford/USC – He was better than expected changing direction and footwork. He caught the ball well.
Delone Carter/Syracuse – He showed quick feet and didn’t lose momentum when changing direction.
Shaun Chapas/Georgia – He was adequate when changing direction, otherwise there was little signs of burst or quickness.
Shaun Draughn/North Carolina – He caught the ball well.
Darren Evans/Virginia Tech – He struggled changing direction and displayed limited speed. He even dropped a number of passes.
Mario Fannin/Auburn – He looked very athletic. He displayed a quick change of direction with quick feet and caught the ball well.
Jamie Harper/Clemson – He was slow changing direction. He fought the ball as a pass catcher.
Roy Helu Jr./Nebraska – He displayed good cutting skills with a burst out of his break.
Mark Ingram/Alabama – He showed a burst. He caught the ball well. He did appear to be a one speed back for the most part.
Mikel LeShoure/Illinois – He struggled changing direction and almost came to a stop while cutting.
Dion Lewis/Pittsburgh – He showed great footwork, cutting skills and the ability to adjust to the pass when catching the football.
Derrick Locke/Kentucky – He doesn’t lose momentum when changing direction. He showed great footwork and nice burst.
Owen Marecic/Stanford – He caught the ball well and worked hard yet displayed a lack of burst or ability to change direction.
Stephen Ridley/LSU – He slows down significantly when asked to change direction.
Jacquizz Rodgers/Oregon State – He showed decent feet and a quick explosive change of direction but a limited burst overall.
Evan Royster/Penn State – He could not change direction without stopping.
Brandon Saine/Ohio State – He showed a good change of direction, has a burst and caught the ball well.
Da’Rel Scott/Maryland – He really didn’t show the ability to cut back doubled with poor footwork.
Anthony Sherman/Connecticut – He moves well for a big man.
Vai Taua/Nevada – He displayed better than expected footwork. He showed good hand-eye coordination as a pass catcher.
Jordan Todman/Connecticut – He was fluid and explosive changing direction. He was very athletic on the field.
Shane Vereen/California – He showed a smooth change of direction while running low to the ground.
Johnny White/North Carolina – He showed poor balance and footwork during drills.
Ryan Williams/Virginia Tech – He looked athletic with good footwork and balance changing direction.