Checking in on the Big 12 at the combine

February, 27, 2012
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The NFL combine went down over the weekend, and we had a few of our NFL folk on-site to relay the results.

Here's a look at how the notable Big 12 talents did:

Quarterbacks

Robert Griffin III, Baylor
  • 40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds (fastest among QBs)
Running backs

Terrance Ganaway, Baylor
  • 40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds

Fozzy Whittaker, Texas
  • 225-pound bench press: 20 reps (T-12 among running backs)
Receivers

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
  • 40-yard dash: DNP
  • 225-pound bench press: 14 reps
Kendall Wright, Baylor
  • 40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
  • 225-pound bench press: 21 reps (second among receivers)
Offensive linemen

Philip Blake, Baylor
  • 40-yard dash: 5.25 seconds (11th among linemen)
Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma
  • 40-yard dash: 4.94 seconds (best among linemen)
Tight ends

James Hanna, Oklahoma
  • 40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds (best among tight ends)
  • 225-pound bench press: 24 reps (fourth among tight ends)

Defenders will take the field today and Tuesday. Here's the full schedule.

A few thoughts on these numbers:
  • I'd like to be wowed by RG3's 40 time, the fastest among QBs ever at the combine since Michael Vick, but I'm really not. Was there any doubt he'd run a time like that? Other than Vick, was any quarterback anywhere close to Griffin's speed? No. It's amazing, yes. But surprising? No. He's a freak athlete whose mind is just as sharp as his body. We haven't seen a quarterback with his combination of speed and throwing acumen. He didn't throw at the combine, but he'll do so at his pro day in Waco on March 21.
  • The bench press numbers for Blackmon (14) and Broyles (21) were eye-popping. There's lots of reasons for it: Broyles' arms are shorter and with his torn ACL, I'm sure he's worked on his upper body almost exclusively in recent months. However, Blackmon's one of the most "football strong" receivers I've ever seen. It'll be interesting to see what Broyles looks like when he comes back. All he can do now is prove to NFL teams his knee is healing.
  • A 4.61 40 time for Kendall Wright? What's that about? I would have placed him around the 4.4 range, right next to RG3. I have to think Wright ran an awful time or had some kind of ailment. He's run by a ton of DBs this year for 1,662 receiving yards, and tons of deep balls from RG3. I'm shocked to see a time that slow.

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