Whether he wound up making himself any money with his NFL combine performance won't be determined until the draft, but receiver Marquez North certainly turned some heads.
The former Tennessee pass-catcher who elected to leave Knoxville a season early measured in at 6'2", 223 pounds. Then, he went and showed out, running a sub-4.5-second 40-yard dash. At his size, a showing such as that could be enough for a team to take a chance on him.
Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller was impressed:
Matt Miller @nfldraftscout
4.49 for Marquez North at 6'2", 223 is very good.2/27/2016, 5:21:02 PM
That was no fluke, either. He also ran a 4.48 on his other run, putting to rest some of the predraft questions about his ability to separate.
The speed wasn't the end of the surprises, either. North proved to be a workout freak, tying for the fifth-best bench press (out of the 40 receivers invited) with 17 reps of 225 pounds.
The other numbers weren't as flashy, but, according to Rocky Top Insider's Nathanael Rutherford, North put up comparable numbers to big names such as Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard and Ohio State's Braxton Miller:
North then posted a 35-inch vertical jump, tying him with a handful of other receivers with the 15th-best vertical jump. North's 10-foot 3-inch broad jump tied him for 13th-best at that event. North then completed the 3-cone drill in 6.9 seconds, giving him the 10th-best time among receivers. And his 20-yard shuttle time was his best performance of the day, as he finished tied for the fourth-best time in the drill by finishing it in 4.13 seconds.
Mickey Ryan @MickeyRyan1045
Marquez North in action #NFLCombine https://t.co/SoTOHxZD1z2/27/2016, 6:20:34 PM
All that said, the knock on North has never been his physical prowess. If you put him in a lineup of receivers, he's one of the players who coaches would look at and say, "Oooh, I'll take that guy."
The frustrations stem from North's inability to stay healthy, his overall production and lack of consistency.
In fairness to the Charlotte-area standout, he was severely hampered throughout his career. North looked like he was beginning to live up to his lofty high school ranking during the first part of the 2014 season before he tore his labrum and missed the rest of the year.
As a freshman, he was the Vols' top receiving target and was finding the end zone more and more until that injury. Afterward, he was never the same. Battling a back injury suffered against Florida in '15, North wound up with just six catches for 58 yards in his final year.
With such a small collegiate sample set, questions about his durability and uncertainty about whether he can consistently play as good as he looks, it's no sure thing North's name will be called in the draft. However, he did as much as he could to ensure that it does with his performance in Indianapolis.
The other Vols invitee—linebacker Curt Maggitt—didn't have as memorable a week. Apparently, the former UT outside linebacker/defensive end only measured in, did interviews and had a physical. Meeting with the media was a bit rocky, too.
Despite a squeaky-clean career at Tennessee that was characterized by his perseverance through two season-ending injuries and his leadership on and off the field, Maggitt has been swept up in the Title IX civil lawsuit engulfing UT right now.
That led to Maggitt answering more questions from reporters about the culture in Knoxville—including his alleged assault of a former teammate (Drae Bowles) who helped a girl who was allegedly raped by another teammate—instead of questions about his measurables and injury history. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman relayed Maggit's thoughts on the program's culture shift:
Bruce Feldman @BruceFeldmanCFB
#Vols LB Curt Maggitt says UT culture has improved from time he arrived: "It's very different..I'm proud to say I'm part of that change."2/27/2016, 6:28:30 PM
Dani Klupenger @daniklup
Here's @CurtMaggitt representing @Vol_Football at the #NFLCombine in the media center. https://t.co/OYyGUFQukR2/27/2016, 6:22:46 PM
He directed questions about the situation to his lawyer. According to SI.com's Andy Staples: "Asked whether NFL teams might frown upon a player who answers questions with 'call my lawyer,' Maggitt said 'that's their decision.'"
Though Maggitt, through his lawyer, denied assaulting Bowles, the unfortunate truth is that this situation won't help his quest to be drafted.
Already a borderline prospect because of his injury woes and because he's a "tweener" who projects as a niche player, Maggitt faces an uphill battle to get drafted, as noted by NYJetsFans.com's Ron Pickett:
R0n Plckett @CoachRonScouts
Late round edge guy that’s SUPER RAW and needs to learn some pass rush moves but I love his motor is Tennessee’s Curt Maggitt. Has the size2/12/2016, 4:20:44 PM
Other than his interview, information has been difficult to come by on Maggitt's combine exploits. Without any numbers posted on his profile after the week, Maggitt's only purpose for attending the combine was to get a medical examination and measure in.
That's the latest tough break in a long line of them for the former Vols star.
Considering Maggitt was lost for the season after a freaki hip injury suffered against Oklahoma, he may not have been physically ready to do all the strength and agility drills in Indianapolis. If that's the case, it won't help his cause.
Maggitt most likely will try to impress scouts at a Tennessee pro day event later this spring.
As for this weekend, it would have been huge had Maggitt been able to go and impress those in attendance. Since he couldn't, it's difficult to see him getting picked unless he wows scouts at a workout, or happens to catch the eye of a particular team that believes he fits the pass-rushing mold off the edge.
All quotes and information gathered firsthand unless otherwise noted. All individual stats gathered from UTSports.com unless otherwise noted.
Brad Shepard covers SEC football and is the Tennessee lead writer for Bleacher Report. Follow Brad on Twitter @Brad_Shepard.
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