Every year there are people who make a lot of money for themselves by performing well at the NFL Scouting Combine. This year is no exception. The combine helps scouts comb through the talent to find the true gems who will succeed in the NFL.
Sometime those players are called "workout warriors." He is my list of the top 10 workout warriors at this year's combine.
Built more like a huge tight end than an offensive lineman, Bruce Campbell ran his 40 yard dash in a staggering 4.85 seconds, which is unheard of for someone coming in at 6'6" and 314 pounds.
He also showed his strength with 34 reps on the bench and his explosiveness with a 32'' vertical.
Eric Berry already showed us in his short college career that he was a physical specimen, but he further backed it up at the combine.
Berry ran 4.47 40 yard dash, had a 43" vertical, and a 10'10'' broad jump. He came into the combine six pounds heavier than he was in college, which shows the work he has put in.
Sean Weatherspoon had a fantastic showing at the combine, which may have solidified his role as the first linebacker taken in the draft this April.
Weatherspoon ran a decent 40 at 4.68 seconds but really shined at the bench press with 34 reps at 225. He also showed his explosive leg drive by posting a 40" vertical.
Tim Tebow had such an impressive athletic showing that it is this writer's opinion that he may have pushed himself from quarterback to tight end.
Either way, his performance was impressive, turning in a 4.72 40 yard dash, a monstrous 38" vertical, and the fastest three-cone, 20 yard shuffle, and 60 yard shuffle of all the quarterbacks. All of this from a guy who is 6'3" and nearly 240 pounds.
Coming into the combine, Scott Long was a bit of an unknown but showed he is the true definition of a workout warrior.
Long ran a 40 at 4.46 seconds, tied for first in bench press for wide receivers with 20 reps, had the highest vertical for wide receivers at 41.5", and was first in the three-cone drill and 60 yard shuttle.
This is all even more impressive considering Long is 6'2" and 216 pounds.
Jamar Chaney checked in at 6'1" and 240 pounds and showed he had the size and the athleticism to make it in the NFL.
Chaney ran the fastest 40 for linebackers at 4.54, posted a 39" vertical, 26 reps on the bench, and top tier times in all the shuttle drills.
Ben Tate finished his senior year at Auburn with over 1,000 yards and was deemed by most to be just a hard runner.
Tate really jumped his draft stock by posting the third fastest 40 of 4.43 seconds, tied for first in the bench press with 26 reps, had a 40.5" vertical, and a 10'4'' broad jump. It's that blend of size (5'11" 220 lbs.) and explosive power and speed that will make him a much higher draft pick.
Trindon Holliday came into the combine with the expectations that he was a speedster and he did not disappoint when he ran a 4.34 40 yard dash. Unlike some other 4.3 burners, Holliday could do that all day.
A mighty mite at just 5'5" and 170 pounds he showed his explosiveness all throughout the combine. He registered a whopping 42" vertical, a 9'8" broad jump, and was one of the top performers in the three-cone drill.
Holliday showed that pound for pound, he was the most explosive athlete there.
Taylor Mays has always been deemed a physical freak since he stepped onto the USC campus a few years ago, but the combine just solidified that notion.
As a Washington state sprint champion in high school, Mays was expected to run a pretty fast 40 time. However, at 6'3" and 230 pounds, not many expected the 4.43 time he consistently ran.
He also showed amazing explosiveness by turning in a 41" vertical and a 10'5" broad jump. He even tied for second in the bench press with 24 reps.
Mays showed that he truly does "hit like a linebacker but runs like a cornerback."
Now, this may cause some people to be irate because I didn't put Jacoby Ford, Taylor Mays, Eric Berry, or someone else at the top of the list. All I can say is, the stats don't lie.
Weight- 230 lbs.
40 time- 4.40
Broad Jump- 10'5"
Not to mention he had stellar time in the three-cone drills and shuttles.
I am going to just let the stats speak for themselves.