10 Schools That Dominated the Recent NFL Combine

Carl StineCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2012

10 Schools That Dominated the Recent NFL Combine

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    Now that the NFL Combine is in the books, NFL general managers have a somewhat clearer picture of what they will do on draft day.

    In this season's combine, several individual performances stood out.

    Andrew Luck's athleticism (?), RG3 and Josh Robinson's speed, and Stephen Hill's hands.

    This list, however, focuses on the team effort.

    Which program's players came out on top most often and helped their school to NFL Combine glory?

    This list runs them down.

    For any stats or information regarding combine results used in this article, verification can be found here.

10. South Carolina

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    South Carolina is a program that routinely brings in top-flight talent.

    The Gamecocks sent another large contingent to the ombine in 2012, and garnered some attention with their performances.

    Safety Antonio Allen turned in good performances in every event, and solidified his place as an NFL talent.

    Cornerback Stephon Gilmore ran the 40 in 4.40, good enough for an eighth place finish among participants.

    D-lineman Melvin Ingram showed off his speed with a solid 4.18 time in the 20-yard shuttle, as well as a 6.83 second time in the three -cone drill.

    The SEC schools have bragged about their speed, and backed it up on the field, and they definitely proved it again at the combine.

9. Michigan Wolverines

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    The Wolverines did not have a plethora of talent at the combine, but the guys that participated turned in good performances.

    Defensive tackle Mike Martin did not demonstrate extreme athleticism, but did put up the weight 36 times in the bench press.

    Junior Hemingway, a wide receiver, did some good things in the shuttle runs and the three-cone drill.

    As for center David Molk, he participated in only the bench press, but wound up with the second-best number of reps at the combine with 41.

8. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    The Razorbacks only sent four guys to the event, but they performed well.

    An excellent trio of wide receiver, Jarius Wright, Greg Childs and Joe Adams all turned in solid performances, and all three are expected to perform well on Sundays.

    As for the fourth member of the contingent, defensive end Jake Bequette, he showed off the speed that made him one of the premier pass-rushers in the SEC.

    This was just more of the SEC's elite athletes showing their talents, a new verse, same as the first.

7. Virginia Tech

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    Wide receivers Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin did not have the fastest 40 times of the week, but showed solid speed and strength, and the ability to get a good burst in the 60-yard shuttle.

    The true star for the Hokies, however, was running back David Wilson.

    Wilson ran just under a 4.5 40, but showed a great vertical (41 inches) as well as long jump (132) and shuttle times.

    All three of these guys will be solid contributors at the next level, and Wilson has the potential to be a star.

6. Nebraska's Defense

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    Defensive tackle Jared Crick missed much of the season due to injury, so needed a solid showing to raise his draft stock.

    He got one, though it wasn't overwhelming.

    Linebacker LaVonte David, while not the speediest linebacker on the field, had an all-around solid performance, and showed NFL scouts and other staffers why he is a solid prospect.

    Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard showed solid speed for the position with a 4.55 40, as well as turning in one of the better verticals in Indianapolis, at 37 inches.

    Nebraska had some elite talent this past season, especially on defense, and they managed a good showing.

5. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Alabama has some of the elite talent in the country, and those that performed at the combine performed well.

    Marquis Maze showed decent speed and some good hands, despite a drop on a ball that he should have caught.

    Linebacker Dont'a Hightower displayed his athleticism with a sub-4.7 40 time and a 32-inch vertical.

    Dre Kirkpatrick solidified the belief that he has the speed and agility to be a productive cornerback at the next level.

    These guys are elite athletes. They showed it during the college football season and confirmed it for us at the combine.

4. Central Florida Knights

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    OK, so the school did not exactly dominate, but defensive back Josh Robinson turned in the fastest time of the combine in the 40-yard dash with a scorching 4.33.

    Robinson also demonstrated some impressive athletic ability, checking in at 38.5 inches with his vertical, and 133 inches in the broad jump.

    For his 40 time alone, UCF earns some notice on this list.

3. Stanford

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    Andrew Luck displayed less athletic ability than quarterback counterpart Robert Griffin, but he turned in a good enough showing to solidify his position as the best pocket passer in the draft.

    He finished with one of the better 40-yard dash times for a quarterback with a 4.67 time, and also finished near the top at his position in the broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.

    But he was not alone.

    Offensive lineman David Decastro turned in a solid performance, as did wide receiver Chris Owusu, who might be one of the most underrated receivers of this class.

2. Miami Hurricanes

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    It's generally accepted as common knowledge that the Hurricanes have some speedy players roaming the field.

    They demonstrated that speed this year in Indy.

    Three of the offensive skill position players, Lamar Miller, Travis Benjamin and Tommy Streeter, ran the 40 in 4.40 or faster.

    Defensive tackle Marcus Forston demonstrated his strength with 35 reps in the bench press, and linebacker Sean Spence had all-around solid numbers.

    End Olivier Vernon had a surprisingly good long jump, reaching 122 inches.

1. LSU Tigers

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    LSU sent a significant contingent to the combine, and they turned in solid performances all-around.

    Morris Claiborne was one of the eight Tigers to attend, and proved why he is going to be a great pick in the NFL with great performances in every event.

    Defensive back Ron Brooks showed off his speed and athleticism with a blistering 4.37 time in the 40, as well as hitting 38 inches in the vertical jump.

    Defensive tackle Michael Brockers showed above-average speed for his position, and wide receiver Rueben Randle showed off his skills by setting high marks in every event.

    The only weak performance for the Tigers came from quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who showed good speed, but still has yet to display the ability to play quarterback in the NFL.