NFL Combine Records in Danger of Being Broken This Year

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 24, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans watches the game action during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The NFL combine is the finishing touch on a prospect's resume headed into the draft.

Throughout the years, we've seen some dazzling numbers at such events as the 40-yard dash, bench press and vertical leap.

Here's a look at NFL combine records that are in danger of being broken this weekend.

40-Yard Dash: Chris Johnson, 4.24, 2008

It's going to be hard to ever catch Chris Johnson, but players such as Jacoby Ford and Champ Bailey have come close throughout the years.

My leading candidate to break the record this year is Arkansas receiver Jarius Wright, who's been clocked running a 4.30 before. The kid's got a shot, and breaking the record would probably propel him up draft boards.

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 06:  Jarius Wright #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks makes a touchdown pass reception against Arthur Brown #4 of the Kansas State Wildcats during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 6, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ron
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Vertical Leap: Gerald Sensabaugh, 46", 2005

According to TheSpread.com, prop odds have Justin Blackmon as the leading candidate to win the vertical leap.

Blackmon's only 6'1", but he's an extremely strong receiver, and he uses his strength to snag balls in the air. He's not the fastest receiver, but he makes up for it with his leaping ability downfield.

It's going to be tough to catch Sensabaugh, but Blackmon will certainly be ready as a potential Top-10 pick.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates after he caught a 67-yard tocudown reception in the second quarter against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of P
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3-Cone Drill: Jeffrey Maehl, 6.42, 2011

Morris Claiborne is not only a dominant cover cornerback, he's been clocked at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

But what makes him a favorite in the 3-Cone Drill is his fluidity and quickness. He changes direction on a dime, one of the reasons he's such a great cover corner, and he's gone up against some of the faster receivers in college.

I really like Claiborne's chances this year. His combine performance is only going to boost his draft stock.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 3: Morris Claiborne #17 of the LSU Tigers returns an interception for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham
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