The 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Performances in NFL Combine History

James WillisAnalyst IFebruary 8, 2011

The 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Performances in NFL Combine History

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    With the NFL Combine and Draft 2011 coming up very soon, teams will be preparing to take a look at the players they want to scout out.

    The NFL Combine has grown significantly in importance over the last few years and looks to be bigger and better than ever this time around.

    With college athletes coming from all around the USA, the NFL Combine is one of the biggest event of the year for the sport.

    Here are the 10 most jaw-dropping performances in the event's history...

10. Mario Williams

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    Year: 2006

    Position: Defensive End

    In the 2006 NFL Combine, Mario Williams performed better than anyone expected. In fact he was so good at the event that the Texans selected him over Reggie Bush, much to the surprise of many people.

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.75, Bench - 35 reps, Vertical Jump - 40.5

9. Mike Mamula

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    Year: 1995

    Position: Defensive End

    Mike Mamula managed to make himself go from obscurity to the seventh pick of the 1995 NFL draft all thanks to the Combine.

    Thanks to his work with one of the Boston Bruins conditioning coaches, Mamula completed every test to the very peak of his ability.

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.62, Bench - 26 reps, Vertical Jump - 38.5

8. Chris Johnson

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    Year: 2008

    Position: Running Back

    Originally predicted as a second- to third-round pick, Johnson managed to boost himself up to the first round thanks to his Combine results.

    Despite scoring a lowly 10 on the Wonderlic test, he tied with the second all-time mark to ensure he became a higher pick.

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.24, Broad Jump - 10ft 10in, Vertical Jump - 43.5

7. John Engelberger

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    Year: 2000

    Position: Defensive End

    His results may not be the best looking, but for a giant defensive linesman, Engelberger earned some spectacular results.

    As a result, he was drafted in the second round, 35th overall by the San Francisco 49ers.

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.65, Three Cone Drill - 6.95, Vertical Jump - 34

6. Chris Chambers

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    Year: 2001

    Position: Wide Receiver

    In 2001, Chris Chambers posted some of the best results the NFL combine has ever seen.

    It was already known that he was a very athletic competitor, but the results Chambers secured made sure that he was a solid draft pick for the Dolphins in the second round.

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.31, 20 Yard Shuttle - 4.00, Vertical Jump - 45

5. Rondel Melendez

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    Year: 1999

    Position: Wide Receiver

    Although Melendez was a flop in the NFL, there can be no denying his combine results.

    He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons but failed to match up to his combine performance. His results are still extremely close to a number of all-time records.  

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.24, 10 Yard Time - 1.47

4. Dwight Freeney

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    Year: 2002

    Position: Defensive End

    Freeney wasn't originally seen as a particularly choice pick in the draft due to his small size considering his position, but with a strong performance in the Combine, he is now a six-time Pro Bowler. Thanks to his combine results, he was drafted by the Colts in 2002.

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.48, Bench - 28 reps, Vertical Jump - 37

3. Antwan Harris

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    Year: 2006

    Position: Defensive Back

    Harris' results at the 2000 NFL combine led to him being picked up by the Patriots in the same year as none other than Tom Brady.

    While not the most impressive pick on show, Harris managed to raise his stock very significantly at the Combine; enough to eventually win two Super Bowl rings. 

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.34, Broad Jump - 10ft 01in, Vertical Jump - 39

2. Vernon Davis

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    Year: 2006

    Position: Tight End

    Originally thought to be too small to be a good tight end, some of Davis' performances and his NFL Combine results made him one of the best prospects in the year's draft.

    His NFL career has since been very productive, including a Pro Bowl selection in 2009.

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.38, Bench - 33 reps, Vertical Jump - 42, Broad Jump - 10ft 8in

1. Deion Sanders

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    Year: 1989

    Position: Cornerback

    Rumour has it from some sources that Deion Sanders ran the 40 as low as 4.17, although the result was hand timed.

    He has gone on to be recognised as the fastest player of all time, which was first put on show at the 1989 Combine.

    Results: 40 Yard Dash - 4.17 (Hand timed)