The Big East's combine beasts

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
The NFL combine is over for several position players. The NFL released its list of top performers in seven different workout categories from the weekend.

Here are the top Big East workout warriors from the combine so far (not every player or position groups participated in every event):

40-Yard Dash:

Pat White was the fastest quarterback at 4.55 seconds.

Donald Brown was the fifth-fastest running back at 4.51 seconds.

Tiquan Underwood ranked sixth among receivers at 4.41 seconds.

• Will Beatty was fourth among offensive linemen at 5.12 seconds.

• Connor Barwin was the second-fastest defensive lineman at 4.56 seconds. Cody Brown was the seventh-fastest at 4.84 seconds.

Bench Press:

Tony Fiammetta was first among running backs with 30 reps at 225 pounds.

Kenny Britt ranked second among receivers at 23 reps. Taurus Johnson was sixth with 18 reps.

• Eric Wood tied for 10th among offensive linemen with 30 reps.

• Adrian Grady tied for seventh among defensive linemen with 31 reps.

• Scott McKillop and Tyrone McKenzie tied for fifth among linebackers with 27 reps each.

Vertical Jump:

• White led all quarterbacks with a 35-inch vertical jump.

• Donald Brown led all running backs at 41.5 inches.

• Underwood was second among receivers with a 41.5 inch leap. Britt was 10th at 37 inches.

• Beatty was fifth among offensive linemen at 33.5 inches, while Wood tied for ninth at 30.5.

• Barwin led all defensive linemen at 40.5 inches, while Cody Brown was sixth at 36.5.

Broad Jump:

• White was second among quarterbacks at nine feet, nine inches.

• Donald Brown ranked second among running backs at 10 feet, five inches.

• Underwood was second among receivers at 10 feet, nine inches, while Britt was eighth at 10 feet, four inches.

• Beatty was ninth among offensive linemen at eight feet, 11 inches.

Three-cone Drill:

• White was sixth among quarterbacks at 7.06 seconds.

• Donald Brown's 6.93 seconds tied for eighth among running backs.

• Underwood led all receivers at 6.62 seconds.

• Wood was eighth and Beatty 10th among offensive linemen at 7.56 and 7.62 seconds, respectively.

20-Yard Shuttle:

• White was sixth among quarterbacks at 4.42 seconds.

• Donald Brown was the second-fastest running back at 4.10 seconds.

• Underwood was the third-quickest wideout at 4.11 seconds.

• Wood ranked fourth in the offensive linemen group at 4.51 seconds

60-Yard Shuttle:

• Donald Brown led all running backs at 11.30 seconds.


• Donald Brown did not get enough credit nationally for his superior athleticism. He had to have helped his stock with some great Combine performances across the board.

LeSean McCoy did not go through drills because he had the flu. Too bad. I would love to see his numbers in comparison to Brown.

• Barwin and Cody Brown showed off their athleticism, but it's likely that neither will be a true defensive linemen in the NFL. They could move to linebacker or, in Barwin's case, play some tight end.

• No surprise that White was the swiftest quarterback, but his 4.55 time in the 40 wasn't eye-popping. Still, I've always thought that White was faster than most people in actual game conditions, if that makes sense. He's got a burst and an instinct for avoiding people that's hard to measure. He's planning on doing some receiving drills at West Virginia's pro day.

• Beatty, who flew way under the national radar, showed some good agility at the combine. He could be a first-day pick.

• Britt reportedly ran a 4.52, which was slow among a fast group of wideouts. But with the strength he showed in the bench press, along with his size and leaping ability, Britt is definitely fast enough to be considered a big-time NFL prospect. His Rutgers teammate, Underwood, displayed great speed but reportedly only managed seven reps on the 225-pound bench press.

• I guess it measures overall athleticism, but how much jumping do offensive linemen really have to do in a game?

• The Big East must have some talent, huh?