The 10 Most Damaging NFL Scouting Combine Performances of All Time
Every year, there is a player that makes news at the NFL scouting combine for the wrong reasons. It is usually a receiver that runs a slower 40 time than anticipated, but it can be anything from a bad series of interviews to a bad weigh-in.
Click through for the 10 most damaging combine performances of all time.
10. Drew Brees, QB, Purdue
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Drew Brees did not throw well at the combine, but that was not the biggest problem he had in Indianapolis. His stock took a major hit because he initially was measured at a shade under 6'0". That was one thing that most of the scouts were most interested in about Brees.
Of course, no one is worried about his height now that he owns multiple passing records and a Super Bowl ring. You can bet that a lot of those teams that passed on him on draft day are wishing they could have that one back.
9. Davone Bess, WR, Hawaii
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Davone Bess was billed as a speed guy coming out of Hawaii. The best asset of his game was viewed as the ability to take the top off the defense.
Bess put a pin in that balloon when he was clocked at 4.69 in the 40. While that is not necessarily a bad time for a receiver, it is a terrible time for a small, shifty guy who is supposed to be able to get down the field.
It has not turned out too badly for Bess. He has done some pretty good things with the Dolphins.
8. Mike Williams, WR, USC
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Mike Williams showed up to the 2005 combine overweight and slow. He sat out the 2004 college season after unsuccessfully trying to gain early entrance into the 2004 NFL draft.
Williams ran a 4.59 40, and some people thought he was better suited to be a tight end than a wide receiver in the NFL. Of course, that did not scare Matt Millen away from taking Williams in the top 10.
7. Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
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Mario Manningham just made one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history, but he had a bad showing at the NFL combine back in 2008. He was another guy that was billed as a speed guy, but it did not show up when he ran his 40 in Indianapolis. He was clocked at 4.59.
This is just another example of combine numbers not really meaning anything. Manningham has had a really good career in New York and is about to cash in as a free agent.
6. Joe Haden, CB, Florida
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Joe Haden, who was pretty easily the top cornerback in the 2010 draft, made waves when he was clocked at 4.57 in Indianapolis. There was a lot of talk following Haden's 40 that he had tweaked his running style right before the combine.
Haden did rally to run a better time at Florida's pro day, and he still ended up being selected seventh in the draft. He has been a really good player for the Browns in his first two seasons.
5. Vince Young, QB, Texas
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Vince Young did not have any problems athletically at the combine. His problem came with the Wonderlic test. It was rumored that he scored a six on the test the first time he took it. He later took the test again and did better.
Young has been up and down in his NFL career. Some of that is because he is not willing to put in the work, but some of it is also due to his not understanding NFL defenses.
4. Warren Sapp, DT, Miami
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Warren Sapp was regarded as the best defensive lineman in the 1995 NFL draft before he failed a drug test for marijuana at the combine. Then it came out that he had failed numerous other drug tests while he was at the University of Miami.
The Buccaneers ended up taking him with the 12th pick in that draft. He went on to be an All-Pro four times and was a huge part of turning the Buccaneers into a legitimate NFL team.
3. Peter Warrick, WR, Florida State
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Peter Warrick arrived at the combine already under a microscope. He had numerous run-ins off the field while at Florida State. He was dismissed from the team after a shoplifting scandal.
Warrick was another guy that was supposed to be a speed guy, but his 40 time did not reflect that. He ran a 4.58.
He was selected fourth overall in the 2000 draft. He had a couple of decent seasons in Cincinnati, but he ended up being a huge bust in the NFL.
2. Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
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Andre Smith had one of the most memorable combines of all time. He showed up to Indianapolis overweight. He then announced that he would not be participating in any of the workouts.
As if that was not enough, he then left Indianapolis without even telling his agent. This drew criticism from just about everyone, so he came back to do some interviews. Naturally, he bombed those interviews.
He did work out for scouts before the draft and provided us with one of the most disturbing pictures in history.
1. Maurice Clarett, RB, Ohio State
Maurice Clarett was a disaster from the moment that he left Ohio State and tried to enter the NFL draft a year early. He was denied, and no one should have been surprised when he showed up to the combine out of shape.
Clarett clocked a 4.78 in his 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Most NFL teams realized that Clarett was never going to be a good NFL running back, but Mike Shanahan thought he could rediscover the talent Clarett showed in college. We all know how that turned out.