2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Strong Safety Results

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IMarch 9, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 2: Defensive back Eric Berry of Tennessee runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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We finish our coverage of the 2010 NFL Combine with a look at how the strong safeties did, both the elite and the weak.

While it's no secret that Taylor Mays dominated the drills and caught everyone's attention in the free safety group, it's time to finally look at the strong safety position.

For all the combine results and analysis, go here .

40-Yard Dash

1. Earl Thomas —Texas (4.41)

2. Eric Berry—Tennessee (4.47)

3. Reshad Jones—Georgia (4.54)

4. Justin Woodall—Alabama (4.59)

5. Larry Asante—Nebraska (4.63)

We already knew Earl Thomas and Eric Berry had speed, but they showed us anyway, registering times far and away better than any other safety in their group.

Myron Rolle, who is fighting back to raise his draft stock after sitting out last season, ran a disappointing time (4.68), which will not help his argument for being selected in the first two rounds.

Bench Press

1. Reshad Jones—Georgia (24 reps)

2. Kyle McCarthy—Notre Dame (24)

3. Earl Thomas—Texas (21)

4. Myron Rolle—Florida State (21)

5. Eric Berry—Tennessee (19)

Eric Berry tied with Barry Church and Kurt Coleman to round out the top five, while Reshad Jones and Kyle McCarthy impressed with their strength in the bench press.

Myron Rolle didn't exactly rebound from his poor 40-time, but he did well enough to show he has solid strength for the position.


Only three prospects participated in the vertical leap, while Eric Berry stood high above his class with a very impressive jump of 43 inches.

Eric Berry was arguably the best overall prospect in this group, although both he and Earl Thomas gave more reasons as to why there are the top two prospects at the free safety position.

Add the outstanding overall athleticism and versatility that both players they have, and it's not even an argument.

Myron Rolle was supposed to come in and deliver, as he had a lot riding on a healthy combine, and aside from a decent placing in the bench press, he simply didn't live up to the hype. His weak 40-time was very disappointing.

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