NFL Combine 2010 Results: The Top Five Performers of Sunday
Sunday brought the most exciting players to Indianapolis—quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs—and they did not disappoint.
The 2010 NFL Draft class may not be the most star studded in offensive players, but it is certainty the deepest.
Sunday proved that there are about 10 running backs already ready to start in the NFL and 10 receivers who can create mismatches.
These are the five players who jumped out to me and really took advantage of the NFL Combine.
Jarrett Brown: QB, West Virginia
Weight: 224 lbs.
Arm Length: 34 7/8 in.
40 Time: 4.54
Bench Reps: Not Posted
Brown came to the combine looking in great shape today and backed it up with the fastest 40 time of the quarterbacks.
Brown also promised to "wow" scouts with his strong arm, and promised to make all the throws.
While there were not any major stand outs for the throwing quarterbacks; Brown definitely looked the best. He has a strong arm and looked very confident throwing.
This could boost Brown's status to the late second round or early first round. He proved to have great athleticism and a lot of upside for the next level.
Montario Hardesty: RB, Tennessee
Weight: 225 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 in.
40 Time: 4.49
Bench Reps: 21 reps
Hardesty looked great today in almost all the workouts he participated in today.
He finished in the top 10 in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, and broad jump.
Hardesty wowed scouts with his athleticism and came to the combine at a "solid" 225 pounds.
Hardesty looked determined and focused throughout the event and really helped his case as a potential starting running back in the NFL.
Hardesty may now see himself going as high as the second round, but the third round is still probably a more realistic spot.
Tim Tebow: QB, Florida
Weight: 236 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 3/4 in.
40 Time: 4.72
Bench Reps: DNP
Tebow was everything scouts could ask for and more on Sunday. He looked to be in great shape and proved to be more athletic than many scouts ever imagined.
Tebow finished the combine in the top five for the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, and 3-cone drill.
Tebow's 3-cone drill was the highest for all quarterbacks, tight ends, and was third highest for wide receivers.
Despite not throwing or lifting, he should now be considered a legitimate second-round pick and possible first-round pick.
He certainty impressed scouts with his interview and showed teams that he is one of the most athletic players in the draft.
Ben Tate: RB, Auburn
Weight: 220 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 1/4 in.
40 Time: 4.43
Bench Reps: 26
Tate's impressive 40 time gave him third place honors for the running backs—not bad for someone 30 pounds heavier than Spiller and Best.
He was also tied for the lead in the bench press today with 26.
Tate, along with Dwyer, Hardesty, and Gerhart, proved to be just as athletic as any of the other "smaller" backs.
He showed teams that he will be able to handle the work load of any every day NFL back.
This strong performance should boost Tate's stock to second- or third-round material.
Golden Tate: WR, Notre Dame
Weight: 199 lbs.
Arm Length: 30 1/2 in.
40 Time: 4.42
Bench Reps: 17
Tate solidified his status as a late first-round pick with his performance today in Indianapolis.
He finished fourth in the 40-yard dash, bench press, and was in the top 10 for broad jump.
Tate also demonstrated the softest pair of hands in the drills today. He caught the ball with ease and looked very comfortable with any quarterback he was paired with.
Tate should become a player like Hines Ward in the NFL, where he can use his quickness and strength to his advantage.