NFL Combine Results 2010: Tuesday's Top Five Performers
The last day of the NFL combine came and went with a bang.
With Deion Sanders in the crowd, every player was looking to impress Mr. Prime Time with a good time in the 40-yard dash.
However, not every player was up for the challenge.
Where the defensive backs did impress, however, was in the bench press. Many under-200-pound cornerbacks were able to lift more than the 300-plus-pound defensive tackles.
Monday proved, once and for all, that the 2010 NFL Draft Class is one of the deepest in years.
These are the the top five performers of the final day.
Eric Berry: FS/CB, Tennessee
Weight: 211 pounds
Arm length: 33.25"
40-yard dash time: 4.47
Bench reps: 19
The top-rated defensive back did not let scouts down today.
Berry came in at a chiseled 211 pounds, which was about 10 pounds heavier than his listed playing weight.
Many wondered if Berry would still be able to put up an elite 40-yard dash time with the added weight.
He proved he could. Berry finished with the fourth-highest 40 time of all defensive backs, and he looked very athletic in doing so.
Berry also put up top-10 scores in the bench press, vertical jump, and broad jump.
He then continued to impress scouts with a great performance in the on-field drills and really proved why he is projected to be a top-five pick.
This strong performance should solidify Berry as a top-five pick. He was clearly the best defensive back today at the combine—and he was already known as the best football player, too.
Taylor Mays: SS/FS/OLB, USC
Weight: 230 pounds
Arm length: 34"
40-yard dash time: 4.43
Bench reps: 24
Many scouts thought this would be Mays' moment to shine—and boy, did he ever glisten!
Mays ran an amazing unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.24 seconds—a number Mays will probably say was official. He told Deion Sanders to expect something special, and he did not let him down.
Mays also turned in an amazing score of 24 reps of 225 pounds, along with top-10 scores in the broad and vertical jumps.
Mays will probably be considered a top-20 pick again. Many scouts were starting to move Mays into the late first round, and some even thought he would fall to the second.
But with such impressive scores, Mays should easily go back into the top 20, and it would not be surprising to see a team take a chance on him in the top 10.
Brandon Ghee: CB, Wake Forest
Weight: 192 pounds
Arm length: 32.5"
40-yard dash time: 4.45
Bench reps: Not posted
Ghee is more proof of how deep this draft class is.
Usually a player with Ghee's statistics and physical attributes would be considered a first- or second-round pick. However, Ghee was mostly considered a third- or fourth-round pick by most scouts.
This should change after today.
Ghee registered the second-fastest 40-yard dash time of the day—only behind Taylor Mays.
Ghee was then very consistent throughout the rest of the day. He registered top performer scores in the broad jump, three-cone drill, and the 20-yard shuttle.
With this strong performance, Ghee should be considered a legitimate second-round pick. He has great size along with terrific athleticism—and these skills should carry over nicely to the NFL.
Kevin Thomas: CB, USC
Weight: 192 pounds
Arm length: 32"
40-yard dash time: 4.48
Bench press: 19
Thomas was a relative unknown at the combine this year, despite starting at USC.
Throughout his career, Thomas had been injured for two whole seasons, and he never really got the chance to develop into a great player.
Before the combine, the chance of Thomas being drafted before the seventh round was slim to none.
However, this is what the combine is for.
Thomas proved to be a very athletic and strong corner who has the potential of becoming a great sleeper pick later in the draft.
He posted excellent, top-10 scores in the bench press, 40-yard dash, and broad jump.
This inspiring performance should elevate Thomas' stock to fifth-, possibly fourth-round material, and it proves why the combine is so important to the participants.
Kyle Wilson: CB, Boise State
Weight: 194 lbs.
Arm Length: 30"
40 Time: Not posted yet
Bench Reps: 25
Kyle Wilson "wowed" everyone, including himself, with an amazing performance in the bench press.
Here, all 194 pounds of him were able to lift the 225 pound bar 25 times. This score was five more than the next highest cornerback, and was higher than Gerald McCoy, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Taylor Mays.
Wilson's strong performance at the bench press should lock him up as a definite first round pick, and now teams are wondering if Wilson could potentially make the switch to safety.
Wilson will now be considered a close second option to Florida's Joe Haden because of the Gator's poor performance.