February 27, 2012
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The NFL combine was dominated by Robert Griffin III.
His official 40 time of 4.41 was a new record for quarterbacks (via ESPN). He beat Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and every other signal caller ever to participate since Michael Vick in 2001. He also had the highest vertical jump among QBs at 39 inches.
It had the combine abuzz and even created this bold statement from Jeff Darlington of NFL.com:
It always begs to wonder how much an elite player can increase his stock at the combine, particularly in an instance when Griffin didn't even throw passes. But if a team on the brink of falling in love with the Heisman Trophy winner went into this weekend needing a little push, they might have just gotten it.
So although the Browns -- currently picking fourth and 22nd in the first round -- look like a nice suitor to trade into that second spot, Griffin's work in Indianapolis could create quite the bidding war. Yes, the type that merits massive compensation. Tell the auctioneer to warm up the chords: Do we here two first-round picks? How about three first-round picks?
It sounds like RGIII has solidified the No. 2 pick, whether it’s the Rams or another team that ends up drafting him.
Not a bad weekend considering he didn’t even throw a pass.
Here are two other players that solidified their status as top 20 picks:
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
We already knew that at 6’3’’ and 220 pounds Floyd has the prototypical size to be a dominate wide receiver, and on Sunday he showed scouts his speed. He posted a 4.47 in the all-important 40-yard dash to solidify himself as the No. 2 receiver in the draft behind Justin Blackmon.
He also put up 16 reps on the bench press, which was one of the higher marks among the receivers. With outstanding route running skills and unbelievable hands, he is the total package.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
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The all-purpose back tore up the 40-yard dash with a 4.38, which ended up being the top mark among running backs.
What makes his time even more impressive is that he isn’t a tiny back who bases his game on outrunning the opponent. At 5’11" and 215 pounds he can punish you with a bone-crushing hit and run right over a defender.
He was a fringe first-round pick entering the combine, but now he looks like the perfect match for the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 17…if he’s still on the board.
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