NFL combine notes

February, 28, 2011
Today is going to be a fun day for former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who is ready to show NFL scouts that the cancer is behind him, and a pro career in front of him.

Former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder decided to throw at the combine, and it's a good thing he did -- he wowed 'em.

Several former ACC players were among the top-five performers at their respective positions in drills this past weekend at the NFL combine, including former UNC receiver Greg Little, who was the top receiver in the bench press (27). Former Miami offensive lineman Orlando Franklin was No. 5 in top 10-yard splits (1.72) and was timed at 5.20 (official) in the 40. ESPN's Scouts Inc. said Franklin was "clearly playing out of position at left tackle" at Miami:
At 6-5 and 316 pounds, he showed just average quickness during drills but did display good short-area lateral agility. He also looked balanced throughout and did a nice job staying low out of his stance during pulling drills. Franklin was clearly playing out of position at left tackle during the college season, but he has the strength and short-area capabilities to be a reliable starter on the inside at the next level.

Former UNC tight end Zack Pianalto finished third in the 3-cone drills (6.85), and former Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans was No.5 in the bench press (26). Former Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott ran the fastest 40 time of any of the running backs.

A few more notes:
  • Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor was the shortest quarterback at the combine (6-0 3/4), and Florida State's Christian Ponder was tied for third at 6-foot-2. Former Maryland quarterback Josh Portis, who transferred to California (Pa.), was the lightest quarterback at 211 pounds. Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen was the second-tallest at his position (6-0 3/4).
  • Former Clemson offensive lineman Chris Hairston was tied for second with the most bench press reps by an offensive lineman (33).
  • ESPN's John Clayton wasn't impressed with the running backs' speed in this class, including Ryan Williams, who was clocked at 4.55 and 4.59 (unofficial) in the 40-yard dash.
  • While his former teammates had good days, UNC defensive end Robert Quinn "did not quite live up to expectations from a body-type standpoint," according to ESPN's Scouts Inc. His lower body was described as "a bit lean and knock-kneed." Ouch.
  • Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo had an "adequate 10-yard split (1.79 unofficial) while showing good flexibility and quick feet with his lateral slides."



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