NFL Combine 2010 Results: Five Top Performers of Monday
Monday came and went with similar results of the other days.
Simply summed up: This is one of the deepest drafts of all time.
Many players thought to be late-round picks have elevated their status after outperforming some of the "big guys."
While performing well at the combine does not mean a player will be good in the NFL, it does elevate his draft stock.
This is why scouts and writers end up taking the event so seriously.
Running or lifting well can be the difference between being taken in the fifth round or third round—or even being drafted at all.
These are the five top players of Monday. They excelled at many of the drills and answered a lot of pressing questions.
Geno Atkins: DT, Georgia
Weight: 293 pounds
Arm length: 32 in.
40-yard dash time: 4.75 (unofficial)
Bench reps: 34
Atkins was the top performer of the day.
The undersized Georgia Bulldog put together a combine for the ages and really elevated his draft stock.
Atkins came to the combine with added muscle weight, which translated to a big number on the bench press.
He then proceeded to run one of the fastest 40-yard dash times of the day for defensive tackles, and he really looked explosive during the drills, too.
Atkins has made it an even more interesting NFL draft now. Teams that want a quick 4-3 DT will love Atkins, and his performance may push him into the late second round.
Brandon Graham: DE/OLB, Michigan
Weight: 268 pounds
Arm length: 32.25 in.
40-yard dash time: 4.72
Bench reps: 31
Graham is quickly becoming one of the safest picks in the NFL draft.
He has proven at every level, every game, and every workout that he is one of the premier players—and today was no different.
Believe it or not, Graham arrived at the combine with an additional eight pounds of muscle added to his already thick frame.
He then was able to score one of the top bench press totals of the day, and he also looked very quick during the 40-yard dash.
Graham then excelled during on-field drills and always looked like he was in control of the group.
This strong performance should solidify Graham as mid- to late first-round pick. He should be an excellent 3-4 rush linebacker or a standard 4-3 defensive end.
Sean Weatherspoon: OLB, Missouri
Weight: 239 pounds
Arm Length: 31.25 in.
40-yard dash time: 4.68
Bench reps: 34
Weatherspoon was the top true linebacker today. He outshined everyone with his speed, strength, and skills—while having a big smile on his face.
Weatherspoon recorded the second-highest total on the bench press today, and he also was in the top 10 for 40-yard dash times.
This is quite an accomplishment by someone who was called out for his mediocre athleticism.
He clearly made a name for himself today at the combine, and he will probably now be considered a late first-round pick.
Weatherspoon has potential to become a linebacker who leads the league in tackles for many years to come in the NFL.
Ndamukong Suh: DT, Nebraska
Weight: 307 pounds
Arm length: 33.5 in.
40-yard dash time: 4.98
Bench reps: 32
Suh was not the best defensive tackle during drills, but he was better than Gerald McCoy in almost all of them.
That is why Suh lands himself as a top-five performer of the day.
He shined during the bench press, putting up an excellent total of 32 reps, which was nine more than McCoy.
Suh then ran a similar 40-yard dash time with McCoy—4.98 to 4.96. This was a great time for Suh— and a mediocre time for the "more athletic" McCoy.
Suh also had a higher vertical jump than McCoy by five inches, and he looked to perform better in the drills.
His strong performance has solidified him as the top overall prospect—and potentially the No. 1 pick.
He outperformed McCoy when it mattered most; now, Suh will need to back this up by having a great career.
Everson Griffen: DE, USC
Weight: 273 pounds
Arm length: 32.625 in.
40-yard dash time: 4.66
Bench reps: 32
Griffen's strong performance today should seal his fate as a first-round pick.
The uber-talented, yet often problematic Griffen showed why he has the talent and athleticism of a top-15 pick today.
Griffen ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash time of the day for defensive linemen, and he also finished in the top 10 for benching.
He also showed explosiveness and a mean streak throughout many of the workouts today.
Players like Jason Pierre-Paul and Carlos Dunlap better watch out because Griffen is right on their tails.