NCF Nation: 2012 NFL combine
His biggest problem now, however, is his apparent inability to run fast. Harris clocked a 4.64 40-yard dash Tuesday, a pedestrian time for a prospective NFL cornerback.
Writes ESPN.com's Steve Muench:
Former Oregon CB Cliff Harris played in just six games in 2011 before being dismissed form the team, so he needed a solid week both on and off the field. No word yet on how he interviewed, but Harris did not perform as well as expected during drills. He stumbled early on, didn't show great body control overall and failed to field the ball cleanly, including two double-catches in the final drill.
It's also worth noting that the defensive backs end their session with a ball-skills competition, and an excited Harris punted the ball after that second double-catch. While it's good to see competitive spirit coming out and it's important not to exaggerate here, Harris should be more careful and avoid drawing any kind of attention that could be viewed as negative. He needs to show teams he's not going to be a distraction going forward.
Harris wasn't the only Pac-12 DB to run poorly. Former California safety Sean Cattouse ran a 4.74.
Former Arizona CB Trevin Wade ran a middle-of-the-pack 4.59. Former Arizona State CB Omar Bolden didn't run the 40, but did lead all defensive backs with 24 reps at 225 pounds.
Harris will get an opportunity to run again during individual workouts with NFL scouts, as will Bolden, who's status on draft boards won't be established until he shows how well his surgically repaired knee is responding.
Therefore, seeing some of their impressive workout numbers Monday at the NFL combine shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody.
Cox, who gave up his senior season to turn pro, was on display for the first time for the scouts, and at 6-4 and 298 pounds, ran a 4.79 in the 40-yard dash, which was one of the fastest times at the combine for an interior defensive lineman. Cox also showed impressive strength by doing 30 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.
The 6-1, 264-pound Ingram also ran a 4.79 in the 40-yard dash and did 28 repetitions on the bench press. Ingram played defensive end at South Carolina, but also slid inside to tackle some during his career. Some NFL scouts think Ingram could be an outside linebacker in a 3-4. He actually started his career at South Carolina as a linebacker.
Both Cox and Ingram were projected as first-round picks even before the NFL combine.
Somebody else who helped himself Monday was Florida defensive tackle Jaye Howard, who turned in a 4.82 in the 40.
LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers didn't test as well as some had expected. He ran a 5.36 in the 40 and only did 19 repetitions on the bench.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson won't participate in on-field drills during the NFL combine this week after undergoing minor knee surgery.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that Richardson's representatives sent all 32 NFL teams a memo about the procedure. The memo said that Richardson will be able to participate in on-field activities by the end of March, which means he won't take part in them during Alabama's pro day, which is set for March 7.
Richardson suffered the injury during practice leading up to the Allstate BCS National Championship Game, a game in which he ran for 96 yards and a touchdown (the lone TD in the two meetings between Alabama and LSU). It doesn't appear to be very serious, as Richardson is being held out of on-field drills only as a precaution.
That's very good news for Richardson and NFL teams. Richardson didn't need the NFL combine in order to stay in the first round of April's draft. He might have needed it to insure that he's a surefire top-10 pick, but that's all. In a pre-combine video, in which Richardson was shown training for the combine, he said that he wanted to show everyone that he's the best prospect there by blowing up the drills.
There's little reason to believe he wouldn't have, either.
Now, he won't be able to do that, but it's hard to believe that his accomplishments during his only season as a starter won't be enough reassurance for scouts, coaches and general managers. He set school single-season rushing records with 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns, accounting for more than 36 percent of Alabama's offense in 2011. Not to mention, he won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and was a unanimous first team All-American and All-SEC member.
Although he won't be able to wow people on the field this week, he'll still have the opportunity to wow them during the interviewing process, which is a tremendously important part of the combine.