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The Biggest Duds of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Alessandro MiglioFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2013

The Biggest Duds of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

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    The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone faster than a Leon Sandcastle 40-yard dash. NFL hopefuls strutted their stuff—sometimes down the track—in an effort to separate themselves from their peers.

    Of course, some stumbled in their attempts, and not like Shamarko Thomas after his sizzling 40.

    The combine is just one tool in an arsenal of evaluation techniques for NFL scouts, and the results are ultimately trumped by what these prospects put on tape. But there is still plenty to glean from this event; otherwise, why hold it?

    What were some of the worst combine performances? Click through to find out.

     

    All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh

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    40-yard dash: 4.80 seconds

    225-pound bench press: 18 reps

    Vertical leap: 32.5 inches

    Broad jump: 112 inches

     

    As touted prospects go, Ray Graham isn't. But that doesn't mean his combine can't be considered a dud.

    His best event was the bench press, where he put up 18 repetitions. Other than that, however, Graham showed poor athleticism at the position. In particular, his broad jump and 40-yard dash were sore sights for the eyes.

    There may have been a glimmer of hope that Graham could latch onto some LeSean McCoy comparisons because they are from the same school, but that was put out rather quickly.

Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

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    40-yard dash: 4.95 seconds

    225-pound bench press: 12 reps

    Vertical leap: 35.5 inches

    Broad jump: 122 inches

     

    Heading into Indianapolis, Damontre Moore was perhaps the most polarizing prospect in the 2013 draft. The big defensive end was ranked anywhere from the top five to outside the first round altogether, depending on who you talked to, and the combine was a chance to nudge him more toward the former.

    Moore did fine on the vertical leap and broad jump, but his 12 repetitions on the bench press were rather underwhelming. His 40-yard dash time was even worse, though he pulled up lame on his second attempt.

    For some, this was confirmation that Moore was overrated.

    Wasnt exactly disappointed in Damontre Moore's numbers, but I think they confirm the lack of an athletic upside. Has to maximize what he has

    — Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) February 26, 2013

    Damontre Moore had 12 reps on the bench press. That's not, um, strong.

    — Will Brinson (@willbrinson) February 24, 2013

    This. None of this is really surprising. RT @dougkyednesn: Damontre Moore's lack of speed and strength were obvious on tape, guys.

    — Eric Stoner (@ECStoner) February 25, 2013

    Let's see what he can do at his pro day.

Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

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    40-yard dash: 4.76 seconds

    225-pound bench press: 24 reps

    Vertical leap: 30.5 inches

    Broad jump: 111 inches

     

    The hype train carrying Zach Ertz picked up some steam heading into the combine. Tyler Eifert was widely viewed as the top tight end prospect in the nation heading into draft season, but Ertz had surpassed him in the eyes of many.

    While the combine is just one measuring stick, he fell far short of expectations.

    His biggest issues weren't even in the workout numbers. He posted a decent 40-yard dash time of 4.76 seconds, and he put up 225 pounds 24 times, among the leaders at the position.

    Ertz measured in with smaller than 31.75-inch arms and 9.75-inch hands, however. That limits his catch radius and could be cause for concern catching the football. His brutal 30.5-inch vertical leap and 9'3" broad jump numbers didn't help.

Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

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    40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds

    225-pound bench press: 10 reps

    Vertical leap: 34 inches

    Broad jump: 125 inches

     

    Johnthan Banks has been in the conversation for the No. 2 cornerback spot behind Dee Milliner in the 2013 draft. His performance at the combine did not help him in the public eye.

    The lanky cornerback ran the second-slowest 40-yard dash among his peers, clocking in at 4.61 seconds. The rest of his workout numbers were unimpressive, save, perhaps, his 10-foot broad jump.

    His dud performance did not go unnoticed.

    You could have made an argument for Desmond Trufant over Johnthan Banks pre-Combine.It will only grow post-Combine.Trufant=Round 1

    — Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) February 26, 2013

    FSU CB Xavier Rhodes, who stands 6-2, just recorded a 40.5 inch vertical leap. Probably vaulted past Johnthan Banks as No. 2 CB

    — Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) February 26, 2013

    His tape was much better than his combine, though—this should be a minor bump in the road for him if that is any indication.

Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

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    40-yard dash: 5.49 seconds

    225-pound bench press: DNP

    Vertical leap: DNP

    Broad jump: 110 inches

     

    Chance Warmack plays offensive guard, so 40-yard dash times don't matter. But 5.49 seconds? That seems absurdly low compared to his peers.

    His time was so bad that the NFL Network used his run to compare to Rich Eisen when he ran his gag 40-yard dash. Eisen barely cracked six seconds.

    Guards do have to run occasionally, but perhaps Warmack put no time into training for that event. That he didn't attempt the bench press was also a downer for the potential top-10 pick. 

    Warmack was always going to be a high draft pick regardless of his combine performance, but he could have put a little more effort into it.

Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

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    40-yard dash: 5.06 seconds

    225-pound bench press: DNP

    Vertical leap: 28.5 inches

    Broad jump: 105 inches

     

    This year's quarterback class is dominated by pocket passers, and no quarterback epitomizes that more than Ryan Nassib.

    The Syracuse product was a plodding sack of potatoes in combine events, however. His 40-yard dash time of 5.06 seconds was only eclipsed by Landry Jones at 5.11 seconds. He could only manage to jump 28.5 inches in the vertical leap and didn't even hit nine feet on the broad jump.

    His drills were OK, but not much better (via Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports):

    At the combine, I thought he was decent with the intermediate stuff, but questionable with longer throws, which lines up with my overall thoughts about his skill set -- I think that he will struggle to make those longer stick throws at the NFL level at times. He may wind up being a fringe starter or career backup.

    It sounds like Nassib is fading in the pack at the quarterback position.

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford

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    40-yard dash: 4.76 seconds

    225-pound bench press: 17 reps

    Vertical leap: 30 inches

    Broad jump: 110 inches

     

    While Stepfan Taylor hasn't exactly been in the discussion at the top of the draft for running backs, he has certainly gotten more attention than Ray Graham. And he did about as well as Graham at the combine.

    This is what Bleacher Report's Ryan Riddle had to say about him after his run:

    After this weekend, Taylor may have proven his physical limitations could be too great to overcome. 

    The Stanford running back lacks both speed and explosion, which led to the worst RB grade in the two years of the DMR's [Dynamic Measurables Rating] existence. 

    Taylor, however, is much better on tape than Graham, and that's all that will really matter. 

Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

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    40-yard dash: DNP

    225-pound bench press: DNP

    Vertical leap: DNP

    Broad jump: DNP

     

    Spinal stenosis is no laughing matter, and teams will be understandably careful with Jarvis Jones as a result. 

    While it's tough to label Jones a "dud" when he didn't participate, it's safe to say his sitting out was among the biggest disappointments of the NFL Combine.

    Additionally, his medical reports could cause a slip in his draft stock.

    He certainly looked great on tape—if there were no medical concerns he would be a top-five pick—but the risks might be too great for many teams.

    Hopefully he'll flash the physical tools we were all anticipating leading up to the combine at his pro day.

Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina

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    40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds

    225-pound bench press: 7 reps

    Vertical leap: 32 inches

    Broad jump: 117 inches

     

    Being too small is overrated—just ask Darren Sproles or Russell Wilson—but it's not a trivial problem. Ace Sanders is pretty small at 5'7" and 173 pounds.

    That his 40-yard dash came in at an unimpressive 4.58 seconds is even more alarming. While he certainly seems faster on tape, inadequate speed or quickness at that size will lead to an early NFL exit. 

Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

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    40-yard dash: 4.82 seconds

    225-pound bench press: DNP

    Vertical leap: 33 inches

    Broad jump: 113 inches

     

    There was, understandably, plenty of buzz surrounding Manti Te'o throughout the combine, and it was not the positive kind. But let's focus on the combine, lest we discuss the thing that has been discussed ad nauseum. 

    He had an opportunity to quash the negativity with a solid combine showing, but his unimpressive performance did little to help his public perception. Even LeBron James noticed. 

    LeBron on his 4.6 40 that he pointed out was without training, "It's better than Manti Te'o, I'll tell you that."

    — Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 26, 2013

    Aside from the awe-inspiring fact that 6'8", 250-pound LeBron James can run a 4.6 40-yard dash, this is not a good look for Te'o.

    The former Heisman Trophy contender shed weight in advance of the combine, presumably to help him get faster. Of course, that's probably the reason he didn't participate in the bench press.

    At any rate, instead of putting some distance between himself and those off-field issues, Te'o simply looked average at the combine.

     

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