Monday, February 25, 2013
Catching up on Big 12 and NFL combine
By David Ubben
Two Big 12 receivers were the biggest head-turners on Sunday as the skill position players went through their workouts in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine.
Texas' Marquise Goodwin is hoping his 4.27 40 time -- the fastest of any player at the combine -- is enough to outweigh his lack of production throughout his career and convince an NFL team to see his potential. He was well ahead of a trio tied for second at 4.34, a group that included West Virginia's Tavon Austin. The two earned a whole lot of buzz early in the morning when they tied for 4.25 unofficial 40 times, just one-hundredth of a second slower than Chris Johnson's 4.24 time in 2008, the fastest of any player in combine history.
Goodwin caught just 26 passes for 340 yards and three scores last year, which certainly makes one wonder about how well he was used in Texas' offense. The Olympic long jumper was way out in front of the pack in the 40, though, and his time is the second fastest in combine history.
TCU receiver Josh Boyce and Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills tied with the sixth-fastest time at 4.38. Those are two really strong times, and Stills definitely turned heads.
Baylor's Lanear Sampson was 13th overall with a 40 time of 4.46. Here are some other top performers at the combine from the Big 12, according to NFL.com. You can see the full results here on the NFL's very cool searchable database.
- West Virginia QB Geno Smith: 4.59 seconds, fastest among quarterbacks.
- Kansas State QB Collin Klein: 4.78 seconds, fifth among quarterbacks
- Oklahoma QB Landry Jones: 5.11 seconds, 13th among quarterbacks
- Texas WR Marquise Goodwin: 11 feet, second overall
- TCU WR Josh Boyce: 10 feet, 11 inches, fourth overall
- Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills: 10 feet, four inches, 13th overall
- West Virginia QB Geno Smith: 10 feet, four inches, 13th overall
- Boyce: 6.68 seconds, third-fastest
- West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey: 6.81 seconds, 12th fastest
- Austin: 4.01 seconds, third overall
- Bailey: 4.09 seconds, 10th overall
- Boyce: 4.1 seconds, 12th overall
- Boyce: 11.26 seconds, third overall
- Baylor WR Terrance Williams, 11.5 seconds, 12th overall
You can see top performers in every event by position at that database, too, so check it out.