The 2010 NFL combine is upon us again and, as usual, all eyes are on the big names and the touted reputations. Unfortunately, five of the top quarterbacks going into April have opted to "not play to lose" rather than "play to win."
Florida's Tim Tebow, Texas' Colt McCoy, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, and Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen have all decided to wait until their prospective pro days to preform the throwing drills scouts look at in the combine.
Dan Lefevour also declined to throw to moving targets, opting instead to throw at stationary targets. He has stated he will make a full appearance of his ball skills at his pro day, a tactic that some call cowardly, but in reality it's nothing less than what the other major names have decided upon.
Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen have declined to participate in any of the workout drills.
Post-combine, a few players really stood out while others fell to static performance.
1. Dan Lefevour (Central Michigan)
40-yard Dash (4.66) 3-Cone Drill (6.93) Broad Jump (9'2")
Lefevour's decline to throw at moving targets hurt his draft stock, but only a little. He ran the second fastest 40-yard time of any quarterback at the draft, another indicator he has the ability to escape pressure at the next level.
Like most elite college quarterbacks, Lefevour comes from a spread offense. Come pro day, the focus will be on his footwork (three, five, and seven step drop back), and whether or not his release is compact enough. Until now, though, it looks like Lefevour's original sixth-seventh round projection is no more.
2. Daryll Clark (Penn State)
Bench Press (21)
Clark is still considered a quarterback who belongs in later rounds and, while he didn't perform at all the drills in Indianapolis, he dominated in the bench press room. His elite upper body strength has scouts eying him for a position in a Wildcat style of offense, but Penn State's pro day could prove that he has more capabilities.
If anything, Clark's twenty one repetitions on the bench just shows his commitment in the weight room. A lot of guys show up at the combine after a "cramming" session with the weights, but Clark's performance shows a constant level of conditioning and a history of muscle building.
3. Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State)
40-yard Dash (4.71) Vertical Jump (35.0) Broad Jump (9'2")
Robinson came out of the Senior Bowl with accolades of greatness circling his limited, though undoubtedly successful performance late in the fourth quarter. His measurements at the combine didn't fail to impress either.
He beat out Tim Tebow in his 40-yard and finished second in the vertical jump to, ironically, Tim Tebow. He has the athleticism to compete at the next level and we would should see nothing but good things at Stillwater's pro day.
4. Jarrett Brown (West Virginia)
40-yard Dash (4.54) Vertical Jump (34.5) Broad Jump (9'6")
We already new Brown was fast, but holding the fastest 40-yard at the combine confirms that in ways that tape can only assume. He had the third highest vertical jump and tied for third highest broad jump.
During the year, we saw inconsistencies from Brown, but his athleticism shows promise and the potential to play in a Wildcat formation only elevates his stock.
5. Tim Tebow (Florida)
40-yard Dash (4.72) Vertical Jump (38.5) 3-Cone Drill (6.66) Broad Jump (9'07)
Arguably one of the most-watched prospects entering the combine, Tebow has a lot to prove with his throwing ability, but his physical tangibles are elite, to say the least. He set a record with his vertical leap and finished in the top three in every other category.
We won't see how he throws until Florida holds its pro day later in the month, but based off of what he showed us in Indianapolis, it's safe to say Tebow is still the most athletically-gifted quarterback going into April.
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