Sometimes the NFL Combine produces legendary performance. Our All-Combine team of all time is filled with dashes less than 4.3 meters, vertical columns over 40 inches and offensive linemen eating bench press representatives eaten for lunch.
Other times, the combine reveals that some of the most wanted candidates are not as athletic as everyone thought. And some of those Once, players who have tested poorly in Indianapolis are pursuing an excellent pro career. This article is a celebration of these players, dating back to 2000, with the help of the Sports Reference Handset Search Results Engine.
Tom Brady, 2000
Do not complicate things to start.
Brady ran 40 in 5.28 seconds, tied for the fifth time in the worst period of this century. He posted a 24.5-inch vertical, tied for sixth. He did the agility exercises well, but he imposed himself as one of the least explosive athletes to have ever participated in the combine. The biggest quarter of all time has demonstrated all the athleticism of an accountant.
The terrible combination of Brady is now part of a mythology that he was an outsider. That's fine with his sixth round pick status, the notion that he barely played in Michigan (not true), and labeling him as a rookie unclassified (although he would have been a four-star if such things existed).
All is too much. But Brady's combine was really bad.
LeGarrette Blount, 2010
Alfred Morris, 2012
Frankly, it's hard to be a good NFL rider if you do not test well at the combine. This group of positions could offer the thinnest choices of "bad" handset results.
In the past, the average time needed for the half and backbacks at the combine was 4.53 seconds, and the average bench time was 20.
Oregon's Blount ran a 4.7, the slowest in his post group this year and in the last 50 of the century. He has doubled 18 times on the bench, more than any other 2010 RB, but below the historical average. (Relatively, 2010 did not have a good class of halves.)
FAU Morris had three 1,000-yard seasons in the NFL and was hooked on the league despite a rather poor performance at Indy. He ran a 4.63 40 and 16 points on the bench, performing about average on most other exercises.
Anquan Boldin, 2003
Antonio Brown, 2010
Jarvis Landry, 2014
Boldin of FSU ran 4.72 40, which placed him in the last 20 rows of the receivers during this century, and finished below the historical average of receivers in green (33.5 inches) and the jump in width (114). It was a second-round pick by the Cardinals, then a star.
Brown from central Michigan ran a 4.56 50, only 13 times on the bench, and posted the same green 33.5 inches. He was just around average on the shuttle and the three cone exercises. It ended up being a sixth round pick … and then one of the best receivers of all time.
The 40 seconds time of Landry's LSU product was 4.65, and its green was 28.5 unsightly. He was the No. 63 choice, 51 places after his Tigers teammate, Odell Beckham Jr., went to the Giants.
Jason Peters, 2004
Yeah, I included a fully professional offensive tackle as a close end. Peters played at TE in Arkansas, where he captured 27 balls for 288 yards and four touchdowns. The Arkansas alum worked with the tight ends of the combine and ran a 4.93 40 run, extremely slow for the post. (He did that at a suggested price of 336 pounds, so go easy on it.) But he only doubled 21 times on the bench, which is average for a tight end and well below average for players Offensive line.
Peters was not crushed. The Bills have signed as a close end. They finally taught him to play the tackle, and he was one of the best tackles in history. Good enough!
Kareem McKenzie, 2001
Jahri Evans, 2006
Zach Strief, 2006
Ramon Foster, 2009
Orlando Brown, 2018
The average average time for offensive linemen is about 5.25. With the exception of Evans, who was right on this figure, everyone here was much slower than that. None made more than 20 rounds on the bench. (The average is about 26 years old.) Four out of five are well below the average long jump of 102 inches for ground line players. Still, all have done good races in the league.
McKenzie, of Penn State, started for 10 years between the two New York franchises and rarely missed a match. Texas A & M's Evans and Northwestern's Strief both went to the Saints and stayed there for a long time, winning the Super Bowl. Foster is a mainstay of the elite Steelers line.
In Oklahoma, Brown recorded the worst performance in all-time lows before moving on to one of the best rookie seasons of 2018. One could say that his list here is premature, but I would say he was so bad at the combine, he already deserves his place.
Domata Peko, 2006
Calais Campbell, 2008
Wallace Gilberry, 2008
Pernell McPhee, 2011
Peko, Michigan, recorded an average of 5.27 40 (vs. an average of about 5.08 for DT) and doubled 25 times on bench press (average: about 28), but he pursued a blacksmith career with the Bengals and the Broncos.
Miami's Campbell posted a score of 5.04 40, against a historic average of 4.81 for the ends, although he was bigger. He tied this up with 16 on the bench, the worst among the job group of the year, and below-average indices in the green and agility series.
Bama's Gilberry, another goal, ran 40 in 4.98 and scored 19 goals on the bench. He was not even drafted, but managed a nine-year career, most as a starter.
Mississippi State's McPhee has evolved to different positions during his professional career, but as a DE at the combine, he has achieved 4.91% at 40 and 20 reps on the bench. It was also below average for green (28.5) and shuttle (4.59).
Clark Haggans, 2000
Terrell Suggs, 2003
Chad Greenway, 2006
Danny Trevathan, 2012
The Colorado State Haggans are one of 11 linebackers to have a score of 4.9 seconds or less and representing 20 times or less on the bench. He's the only one to become an NFL starter, and he did it for seven years, winning a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh.
Arizona State Suggs, who was at the time the leader of FBS career bags, recorded 4.84 ugly 40s.
Iowa's Greenway ran 4.76 40, 16 times (against a historic average of 4.7 and 23), and was a slightly below average rider. He was nevertheless the No. 17 choice and had a 10-year career with the Vikings.
Trevathan, Kentucky, had a time of 4.84 40 to about 237 pounds, which is wrong. He was also beaten only 18 times on the bench. He's been a starter for six years, when he was in good health.
Renaldo Hill, 2001
Jairus Byrd, 2009
Joe Haden, 2010
Josh Norman, 2012
Haden is a different case from the others here. He was always going to be a big pick in the first round, and he was finally there. But he ran 4.52 40, bad for a 5'11 turn, and had the tenth worst green (35) of the 26 turns that were tested. He also had the third worst commute time, but that did not stop him from building a solid career.
Otherwise, choose three of the 92 turns to run a 4.6 40 or less this century, two of which also exceeded the average in vertical jump. (Byrd did not do this exercise.)
Of all the really slow turns, these are rare players who have had a long career as beginners Hill and Byrd have done it at less than 6 feet, and Byrd has finally moved on to safety.
Corners are generally the fastest group, with a 40-fold historical average at 4.49. Respect the (relatively) slow guys for it to work anyway.
Cato June 2003
Dawan Landry, 2006
Landry, Georgia Tech, and Michigan, Michigan, scored 40 points out of 4.6, against a historic safety rating of 4.54. They were average in other areas, and they are here largely because little security makes this hurt in the combine and then do it in the league.
Mason Crosby, 2007
This Colorado Buffalo ran 40 seconds, the second worst of the century with a kicker but spent 12 years as the league's best drummer. The 40 is the only drilling specialist involved.
Dave Zastudil, 2002
The Ohio Bobcat ran a 5.26 40, tied for the worst of the century by a punter. In any case, he conscientiously occupied piercing positions for three years for three teams.
Clint Gresham, 2010
Being a long snapper at the combine is extremely lonely, with only one or two present in most years. I give this place to TCU's Gresham, who ran a 5.08 40 race and was not transformed but still took a decisive pass for the Seahawks for six years and won a Super Bowl.
Long live the snapper.
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