Notes on Pac-12 players at NFL combine
We knew Paea, Oregon State's two-time winner of the Pac-10's Morris Trophy, was a beast, but the defensive tackle proved it to everyone else when he set an NFL combine record with 49 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press.
Folks, it's hard to do any repetitive movement 49 times, much less with 225 pounds.
Paea was just the lead note -- and he knows how to celebrate, by the way -- on what mostly appears to be a strong showing by Pac-12 players at the NFL combine.
Jake Locker ran fast; Nate Solder showed explosiveness, and a lot of other guys made good impressions, including a couple of Pac-12 running backs -- small ones -- per ESPN's Todd McShay:
Vereen leads smaller backs
California's Shane Vereen had a monster day, running the 40 in 4.48, posting a 34-inch vertical jump and putting up 25 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. Vereen is an instinctive back on tape and shows good skills in the passing game, but we haven't seen the kind of explosiveness on film that Vereen displayed Sunday. It's time to go back to the film room and see if we missed anything during our previous evaluation.
Other diminutive backs had good showings as well. Pittsburgh's Dion Lewis, Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers, Syracuse's Delone Carter and Kentucky's Derrick Locke all showed good balance and lateral explosiveness when bouncing to the outside and then cutting upfield during position-specific drills.
Here are some more links and notes
- Here's a look at UCLA safety Rahim Moore.
- Two Pac-12 offensive tackles look like first-round picks. More on Colorado's Solder here.
- Any chance Casey Matthews joins brother Clay in Green Bay?
- Is California defensive end Cameron Jordan headed to New England?
- Checking in with Locker, who had a good day.
- Some USC combine notes.
- Oregon receiver Jeff Maehl wasn't lights out in the 40, but he showcased elite quickness in the three-cone drill and short shuttle run (see numbers on the right).
- Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers didn't run a fast 40 either.
- You can check out the top performers here.