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2010 NFL Scouting Combine Buzz: QB, RB, and WR

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Wide receiver Golden Tate of Notre Dame runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Chris MaierCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2010

NFL Draft101 is providing a Scouting Combine Live Chat (10 AM - 2 PM daily)  but we will also recap the day's biggest stories in article format as well.  Here is the quarterback, running back, and wide receivers buzz:

The story of day two was the number of quarterbacks not throwing some due to injury (Sam Bradford , Jimmy Clausen , and Colt McCoy ) and others due to choice (Tim Tebow and Dan LeFevour ).  Let me start by saying there is no argument on the injuries (although McCoy really needed to throw to answer arm strength and health questions) but the treatment of Tebow and LeFevour has been completely unfair. 

Tim Tebow is praised at every turn and given the workout warrior treatment for his test results while Dan LeFevour is constantly criticized for not throwing and gets little mention of his strong test results.  Completely hypocritical in my opinion.  LeFevour is not a big name coming out of the MAC but coaches already saw him perform and perform well and more thoroughly at the Senior Bowl. 

Tebow on the other hand struggled at the Senior Bowl.  All in all, both tested well today and Tebow bolstered his wildcat/H-back stock while LeFevour remains the number three quarterback on the board (which is why he did not workout).

Enough athletic quarterback talk, here are today's winners and losers by position.



Jevan Snead - He has an awkward throwing motion but he showed good arm strength and accuracy throughout the workout.  Don't be surprised if someone takes a chance on him in round three.

John Skelton - Had some accuracy issues but showed he has good size and a strong arm.  He proved he is worth a fourth or fifth round flyer as a developmental quarterback.

Zac Robinson - Much like at the Senior Bowl he flew under the radar but had a solid all-around workout showing athleticism and solid passing skills.

Armanti Edwards - Looked good throwing the football to go along with excellent athleticism.  Too short to be a true quarterback but an intriguing wildcat candidate.  I would have liked to have seen his 40 time.

Jimmy Clausen - No he did not workout, but by measuring in at 6'2", he avoid the dreaded too short tag and keeps himself in the No. 1 quarterback conversation.



Tony Pike - I hate to knock the guy because he is the only top-six quarterback who threw but he did not take advantage of the opportunity.  Did not have a bad day throwing the football but did not have a good one either.

Sean Canfield - Struggled with accuracy throughout his workout.

Thaddeus Lewis - Too short and threw the ball poorly throughout his workout.

Colt McCoy - Measured at 6'1" and his athleticism was more good than great.  I understand his injury but of the quarterbacks who sat out the passing drills he was the one who needed to workout the most.  There are major questions about his arm strength.

Running Back


Ryan Matthews - Powerful runner who answered questions about his speed (4.45 40) and pass catching ability with an excellent all-around workout.  Arguably the best running back in the draft after Spiller and went from possible to likely first round pick.

Toby Gerhart - No running back's stock rose today as much as Gerhart.  He showed surprising speed (4.53 unofficial 40) and looked natural catching passes.  Still has below average change of direction but showed he is an excellent north-south power running prospect.

Ben Tate - Great speed for a big guy (4.43 40) and ranked among the leaders in nearly every category.  Has every down back ability.

James Starks - Proved he was healthy and showed good burst, speed and pass catching ability.

Montario Hardesty - Like Tate he ranked among the leaders in nearly every test and look fluid in the drills.

Shawnbrey McNeal - Good burst and acceleration and showed he can catch the ball out of the backfield.  Solid late round sleeper (poor man's Dexter McCluster).



Joe McKnight - Ran a solid 40 (4.47) and did well in the vertical and broad jump but looked very ordinary in the drills.  Biggest problem may have been my expectations were too high.

Jonathan Dwyer - Looked a little soft, ran a so-so 40 (4.59 unofficial) and looked stiff and lacked explosion in the drills.

LaGarrett Blount - Ran a so-so 40 (unofficial 4.62), lacked burst in the drills and struggled catching the football.

Pat Paschall - Ran slow and struggled throughout the drills (fell down a couple times and dropped passes)

Charles Scott - Once considered an early round selection, Scott looked like he might be lucky to be drafted.  Was slow (4.67 unofficial), had poor change of direction and struggled to catch the ball.

Keith Toston - Was once one of my top sleepers but Oklahoma State's utility man's 4.7 40 was too slow for a runner/receiver type.


Wide Receivers


Golden Tate - The biggest knock on Tate was whether he had the speed to excel in the NFL and he answered it with a 4.42 40 and looked crisp running routes in the drills.  He did struggle in the gauntlet however.

Jacoby Ford - Say what you want about his change of direction and average hands, you can't coach 4.28 speed.

Antonio Brown - Showed good speed and burst while displaying natural hands in the drills.  Could compete for a day two slot thanks to his return ability. 

Mike Williams - Showed why he is considered a first round talent but has major character questions.  Looked tremendous in the drills and possesses good speed for a big guy.  Early word is the interviews were a struggle though. (Should probably be listed under winners and losers.)

Stephen Willams - A relative unknown out of Toledo, Williams had a great overall workout showing good athleticism for a big guy in the tests and looked fluid throughout the drills.

David Gettis - Has good combination of size and athleticism.  Had a strong all-around workout.

Marcus Easley - Raw receiver who showed he has good tools and athleticism.



Arrelious Benn - Tested well but failed to make many catches in the drills.

Jordan Shipley - Did not have a terrible day but failed to standout as expected.

Chris Bell - Body catcher who stood out for his struggles in the drills

Dezmon Briscoe - The 4.6 40 was not a huge surprise but looked rather pedestrian in the drills for a guy considered a day two selection.

Eric Decker - Discovering he needs another foot surgery is a major blow to his stock.

Kerry Meier - Has great hands but does not have NFL receiver athleticism.


Tomorrow Ndamukong Suh puts his number one overall status on the line as the focus shifts to the defensive side of the ball.  Be sure to visit NFLDraft101's Live Chat for on the spot analysis and to join the conversation.

Chris Maier is Senior Editor for .  He can be reached at .  Follow me on Twitter: nfldraft101

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