Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Stephen McGee lights up NFL combine workouts
By David Ubben
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman has told anybody who would listen the last few months that he thought Stephen McGee had the right stuff to play quarterback in the NFL.
Most thought it was just a way for Sherman to put a feel-good spin for his senior who lost his starting spot due to injury and then didn't complain after Jerrod Johnson assumed the No. 1 job.
But McGee's performance at last weekend's NFL combine shows that he still might fulfill his college coach's prophecy after all.
McGee blazed a 4.66 time in the 40-yard dash, second behind only West Virginia's Pat White, at his position. He also was tied for third among quarterbacks with a 33-inch vertical leap and ranked fourth among quarterbacks with a broad jump of 9 feet 4 inches. Those numbers should indicate that somebody will give McGee a shot based on pure athleticism when draft day rolls around.
The workouts of Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree (stress fracture of left foot) and Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (hyper-extended left knee) curtailed their workouts. Both players were expected to be first-round picks before the combine. It will be interesting to see if their status is affected by their injuries.
Other notable performances by former Big 12 players at the combine included:
Nebraska offensive lineman Lydon Murtha had the fastest time of any offensive lineman when he was clocked at 4.89 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Murtha's time was the only one by an offensive lineman that was less than 5 seconds. Murtha also had the fastest time among linemen in the three-cone drill (7.06 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.34 seconds) and was second among offensive linemen with a vertical jump of 35 inches.
Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo had the third-fastest time among defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash at 4.7 seconds and also was second with a vertical jump of 39 ½ inches.
Texas Tech offensive lineman Louis Vasquez led all at his position with 39 reps in the bench press. Vasquez's total was five more than any at his position and the highest number of any player who was was tested. Missouri's Ziggy Hood was fourth among defensive linemen with 34 bench press repetitions.
Kansas State's Josh Freeman
led all quarterbacks with a broad jump of 9 feet 11 inches and was second in the vertical jump with a leap of 33 ½ inches.
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel
was tied for third among quarterbacks with a vertical jump of 33 inches and was fourth at his position in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.31 seconds.
Texas A&M's Mike Goodson
was third among running backs with a vertical jump of 39½ inches and seventh in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.54 seconds.
Texas running back Chris Ogbonnaya
was third at his position with a time of 6.85 seconds in the three-cone drill.
Some Big 12 players will work for scouts as their respective school's pro days. I'll have a list of those dates later today.