2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Running Back Results

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Running back Toby Gerhart of Stanford 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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Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IMarch 1, 2010

Coming into the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine , there were several questions needing to be answered. Could Toby Gerhart show he has NFL speed? Are Jahvid Best and C.J. Spiller as explosive as advertised?

Read on to find out:


40-Yard Dash

1. Jahvid Best- California (4.35)

2. C.J. Spiller- Clemson (4.37)

3. Ben Tate- Auburn (4.43)

4. Joe McKnight- USC (4.47)

5. Monatario Hardesty- Tennessee (4.49)

Dexter McCluster and Jonathan Dwyer didn't show up as many had hoped, turning in times of (4.58) and (4.59), respectively.

Toby Gerhart, on the other hand, appeared to have silenced some critics with a solid time (4.53), tying for seventh place in the drill, along with Ryan Matthews, Lonyae Miller, and Javarris James.


Bench Press

1. Ben Tate- Auburn (26 reps)

2. Lonyae Miller- Fresno State (26)

3. John Conner- Kentucky (24)

4. Toby Gerhart- Stanford (22)

5. Keith Tosten- Oklahoma State (22)

Tate definitely increased his stock, showing tremendous strength on the weights. In addition to his 40 time, at this point he is already having one of the best Combine's of all the backs.

We already knew Toby Gerhart has strength and power, but seeing it in the weight room and having him rank in the top five only helps his value.


Vertical Jump

1. Montarrio Hardesty- Tennessee (41.0)

2. Ben Tate- Auburn (40.5)

3. Andre Dixon- UConn (40.0)

4. Pat Paschall- North Dakota State (38.5)

5. Toby Gerhart- Stanford (38.0)

Ben Tate continued his tremendous Combine with a second place finish in the vertical leap, while Montarrio Hardsety turned some heads with the top vertical among running backs.

Toby Gerhart earned recognition once again, showing more athleticism with a fifth-place finished in the vertical jump.


Broad Jump

1. Joe McKnight- USC (10'8)

2. Ben Tate- Auburn (10'4)

3. Montarrio Hardesty- Tennessee (10'4)

4. Ryan Matthews- Fresno State (10-'1)

5. Lonyae Miller- Fresno State (10')

Joe McKnight finished a solid Combine with the best broad jump, while Ben Tate once again found himself in the top five for the running backs.


Fresno State was well-represented in the Combine, as both Ryan Matthews and Lonyae Miller found themselves in the top five of the broad jump, and had solid overall performances.

The top performer for the running backs was easily Ben Tate, as he ran the third fastest 40-yard dash, put in the most bench reps, and finished second in both the vertical and broad jump.

Toby Gerhart likely raised his stock with a solid 40 time, along with a good showing in the bench press and vertical jump.

Jonathan Dwyer and Dexter McCluster still showed decent speed, but may watch their stock dip a bit after not posting elite numbers.

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