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Combine Winners and Losers

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by Concudan, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Still Chargin Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    By Tony Pauline, TFY Draft Preview

    The 2007 NFL combine is in the books. More than 320 players came to Indianapolis, were measured, weighed and examined. All of them interviewed and most worked out for all 32 franchises. So who were the big winners, losers and surprises.

    The Winners
    Calvin Johnson/WR/Georgia Tech: Johnson's fast 40 time of 4.35 seconds on Sunday morning makes him far and away the best player in the draft. Factor in that he weighed 239 pounds, at least 15 pounds heavier than his ideal NFL weight, and you have the top performance at this year's combine.

    LaRon Landry/S/LSU: Landry separated himself from the rest of the defensive backs with his 4.4 40. He also displayed terrific skills during the practice session. His combine workout moved him into the draft's top 10 choices.

    Patrick Willis/MLB/Mississippi: The top middle linebacker in the draft, Willis ran faster than expected, clocking an average of 4.5 seconds in his runs. Looking strong at 242 pounds, he also proceeded to complete 22 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench.

    Leon Hall/CB/Michigan: All eyes were on the clock when Hall ran, since his time would dictate how far he could drop in the first round. Hall was significantly faster than anyone expected, turning in a pair of 40s at 4.40 seconds. That time should solidify him as a top-15 choice.

    Greg Olson/TE/Miami: The big tight end had many questions entering the combine and made a definitive statement. After blistering to a 4.5 40, he showed that his hands were as good as most of the other receivers.

    The Losers
    Daymeion Hughes/CB/Cal: Speed was the biggest question mark about his game and Hughes ran terribly slow. Timing in the 4.7s, this one time potential first-round choice will now slide into the second round.

    KaMichael Hall/OLB/Georgia Tech: An undersized weak-side linebacker, Hall averaged 4.8 seconds in his 40s. Not good for a linebacker who does not even weigh 230 pounds.

    Johnnie Lee Higgins/WR/UTEP: Thought to be a skill player with game- breaking speed, Higgins barely broke the 4.5-second barrier. And though he looked natural catching the ball, his times will cause him stock to drop.

    Paul Soliai/DT/Utah: A lot was expected from Soliai, but it was not delivered. Weighing a hefty 344 pounds, Soliai ran his 40s in 5.09 and 5.19 . His weight and conditioning are a big concern.

    Quentin Moses/DE/Georgia: Moses checked in 12 pounds heavier than his Senior Bowl weight, tipping the scales at 261 pounds. And while the added bulk was impressive, his 40 times of almost 4.9 seconds were not.

    The Surprises
    Chris Henry/RB/Arizona: The 230-pound ball carrier ran a sizzling 4.33 in the 40 after completing 26 repetitions on the bench and turning in a 36-inch vertical jump. The underrated junior back has a complete game and this will give him first-day consideration.

    Yamon Figurs/WR/Kansas State: Officially, Figurs could come out as the fastest player at the 2007 combine. Most clocked both of his 40s under 4.3-seconds. He then turned in a great pass-catching workout.

    Nick Folk/PK/Arizona: Not much was expected from Folk after a poor Senior Bowl showing. Yet he had the best workout of all the kickers, hitting 13 of 15 field goals, including 3-of-3 from 50-yards. Folk also consistently put his kickoffs inside the 5.

    Gabe Hall/OL/Texas Tech: He was one of the better offensive linemen at the combine. After running both his 40s in the 4.8 range, he showed terrific skill in pass protection drills.

    Turk McBride/DL/Tennessee: He weighed in at a strong 277 pounds then proceeded to run his 40s in the low 4.8 range. He looked very athletic during drills and stood out in a number of areas.

    TJBOLT Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2006
    What do you think of this guys as future Chargers

    Ben Grubbs Auburn OG
    Daren Stone Maine ST
    Steve Smith USC WR
    Chris Henry AZ RB (in case Turner leaves)

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