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NFL Combine Standouts Who Could Be Fantasy Football Sleepers in 2012

NFL Combine Standouts Who Could Be Fantasy Football Sleepers in 2012

Robert Griffin III – QB – Washington Redskins

40 Time: 4.41 seconds

Broad Jump: 120 inches

Robert Griffin III is an elite athlete.  He not only has the athletic ability to extend plays after they break down, but he can make plays all on his own both his arm and his legs.  Griffin has a huge arm and the ability to effectively throw deep.  If his receivers are able to effectively stretch the field and he is allowed to run wild by Shanahan, Griffin III has a chance to put up some huge fantasy numbers this year both on the ground and through the air.

Jake Locker – QB – Tennessee Titans

40 Time: 4.51 seconds

3 Cone Drill: 6.77 seconds

Locker is another excellent athlete who has a chance to make an impact in Fantasy Football in 2012.  His athletic ability is underrated, and while he isn’t as fast as Griffin III he easily has the speed and agility to pick up yardage in chunks on the ground.  Locker has also been impressive passing the football and could be in line for a breakout campaign this season.

Roy Helu – RB – Washington Redskins

40 Time: 4.40 seconds

3 Cone Drill: 6.67 seconds

Shuttle Drill: 4.01 seconds

Roy Helu is quicker and faster than the tacklers chasing him.  If he can stay healthy, avoid Shanahan’s doghouse, and and stay at the top of the depth chart he could put up a big season in 2012.  The improved offense and a year of experience should help Helu, and his athletic ability should keep him at the top of the depth chart.  Helu could be a huge breakout player this year, but he could also be a bust.

Bernard Scott – RB – Cincinnati Bengals

40 Time: 4.44 seconds

Broad Jump: 125 inches

Bench Press: 21 reps

Bernard Scott is a powerful runner with breakaway speed.  Scouts have been expecting a breakout from Scott for years based on his athletic ability, and this year may be his opportunity to finally arrive as a starting running back in the NFL.

Greg Little – WR – Cleveland Browns

40 Time: 4.51 seconds

Bench Press: 27 reps

3 Cone drill: 6.80 seconds

Greg Little is not your typical Wide Receiver standout at the combine.  He didn’t run a blazing fast 40 time, but what he did do is prove his strength by putting up 27 bench reps.  He also possesses excellent agility and hands, and could put up huge numbers for a second year player if the QB play in Cleveland does not limit him too much.

Darrius Heyward-Bey – WR – Oakland Raiders

40 Time: 4.25 seconds

3 Cone Drill: 6.80 seconds

The blazing fast Heyward-Bey put together a decent campaign in 2011.  Heading into his 4th season, Heyward-Bey has a chance to emerge as the top target for Carson Palmer in Oakland.    He is a long shot for real fantasy production, but if his chemistry with Palmer continues he could be a great value at the end of the draft.

2012 NFL Draft Results – First Round

2012 NFL Draft Results – First Round

The 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft has been completed.  There were not many surprises at the top of the first round this year.    Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were drafted 1 and 2 as predicted, with Richardson and Kahlil close behind.  Justin Blackmon escaped not running the 40 yard dash at the combine due to injury and was drafted 5th by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Morris Claiborne did not fall far due to his leaked combine score.  Tampa Bay drafted elite talent Mark Barron, who also could not perform at the combine due to injury.

2012 NFL Draft First Round Recap:

  1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford
  2. Washinton Redskins – Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor
  3. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama
  4. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kahlil – OT – Southern California
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State
  6. Dallas Cowboys – Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mark Barron FS – Alabama
  8. Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M
  9. Carolina Panthers – Luke Kuechly – ILB – Boston College
  10. Buffalo Bills – Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina
  11. Kansas City Chiefs – Dontari Poe – DT – Memphis
  12. Philadelphia Eagles – Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi State
  13. Arizona Cardinals – Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame
  14. St. Louis Rams – Michael Brockers – DT – LSU
  15. Seattle Seahawks – Bruce Irvin – ILB – West Virginia
  16. New York Jets – Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina
  17. Cincinnatti Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick – CB – Alabama
  18. San Diego Chargers – Melvin Ingram – DE – South Carolina
  19. Chicago Bears – Shea McClellin – OLB – Boise State
  20. Tennessee Titans – Kendall Wright – RB – Baylor
  21. New England Patriots – Chandler Jones – DE – Syracuse
  22. Cleveland Browns – Brandon Weeden – QB – Oklahoma State
  23. Detroit Lions – Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers – David DeCastro – OG – Stanford
  25. New England Patriots – Dont’a Hightower
  26. Houston Texans – Whitney Mercilus – DE – Illinois
  27. Cincinatti Bengals – Kevin Zetiler – OG – Wisconsin
  28. Green Bay Packers – Nick Perry – DE – Southern California
  29. Minnesota Vikings – Harrison Smith – FS – Notre Dame
  30. San Francisco 49ers – A.J. Jenkins – WR – Illinois
  31. Tampa Bay Buccanneers – Doug Martin – RB – Boise State
  32. New York Giants – David Wilson – RB – Virgina Tech

 

Full 2012 NFL Draft Results can be found here:  2012 NFL Draft Results

2012 NFL Combine Wonderlic Scores (Unconfirmed)

2012 NFL Combine Wonderlic Scores (Unconfirmed)

2012 NFL Combine Wonderlic scores are beginning to be reported, but these reports may not be entirely accurate.  We will continue to update the list below as well as player pages as Wonderlic scores are unofficially reported.  It’s important to remember that all NFL Combine Wonderlic scores are now unofficial, though they are typically reported to be confirmed by several sources.

UPDATE: Many Quarterback Wonderlic scores have been released, including those of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, from a very reliable source – Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Andrew Luck (37) scored significantly higher on the Wonderlic than Robert Griffin III (24).  Griffin’s score (24) was somewhat disappointing based on expectations, but still not bad.  Ryan Tannehill may have solidified himself as a top of the first round pick with a good overall combine and his notable score of 34 on the Wonderlic.

Player Name – Wonderlic Score

Quarterback:

Andrew Luck – 37

Robert Griffin III – 24

Ryan Tannehill – 34

Russell Wilson – 28

Kirk Cousins – 33

Brandon Weeden – 27

Brock Osweiler – 25

Ryan Lindley – 35

Nick Foles – 29

Kellen Moore – 26

Cornerback:

Morris Claiborne – 4

 

*The Wonderlic score is based on a single 12-minute, 50 question test.  A short sample can be found here:  Wonderlic Sample Exam.

No Such Thing As An Official 40 Yard Dash Time

No Such Thing As An Official 40 Yard Dash Time
40 Yard Line

When evaluating and comparing player speed based on 40 yard dash times, it is important to keep in mind that the 40 yard dash time recorded at scouting combine and pro day events is not truly “official” as in completely correct.  Timing methods vary, but most involve at least one manual process performed by a human and thus prone to error.  In addition to being slightly inaccurate because of human involvement, there is not an established standard on how 40 yard dash times at the NFL Combine are reported.

A popular belief held by many casual NFL fans is that players at the NFL Combine run the forty yard dash once, it is timed electronically, and since it was timed electronically then that 40 time can be regarded as official.  All of these are misconceptions.  The facts below describe in detail how the process of recording a 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine really works:

  1. Each participant is given 2 attempts at the 40 yard dash and is timed with 3 different stopwatches on each run, however only one of those stopwatches is “electronic.”
  2.  The electronic timing is not fully electronic.  The stopwatch is started by a human, and it is important to understand that it is started by human hands on the first movement of the 40 yard dash participant.  That means that there is always room for human error, though less than if it were fully hand-timed.
  3. Since each player runs the 40 twice, there would be no single “official” time even if only the electronic times are used.

You may notice that different sources of NFL Scouting Combine data report slightly different 40 yard dash times.  For example, the NFL.com website combine data reports different 40 times than NFL Combine Results, which are both different from other sources providing 40 yard dash times.   This discrepancy is because of the differences in how 40 yard dash times are reported.

The fact that each participant has 6 “officially” recorded 40 times (4 manual, 2 electronic) explains why reports of 40 times vary depending on which scouts you ask.  Some scouts may use an average of all 6 times and report that.  Other scouts may use an average of only the 2 electronic times, throw out the fastest and slowest time and average the remaining 4, or use a more complex method of coming to a single number.  The point is that most scouts use different methods of arriving at a single 40 time, and that is responsible for the discrepancy amongst “official” 40 yard dash times.

As a result of all of these factors, it is very difficult to establish a consensus “official” 40 yard dash time for a particular player or for the sake of NFL Combine all-time records.  NFL Combine Results believes that the most important thing for the sake of accurate comparison is to consistently use the same method of determining a single 40 time, and it is also our opinion that the best method of reaching a single 40 yard dash time is to take the average of the two electronic times as they are the most likely to be the most accurate.

 

Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test

Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test

The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test™ is used at the NFL Combine as a basic measure of a players ability to learn and solve problems.   The test is composed of basic math, logic, vocabulary and English problems.  The Wonderlic is comprised of 50 questions that must be completed within 12 minutes.  Sample questions from Wonderlic exams can be found here, here, here, and here.  Scores range from 50 (perfect score) to 0 (no questions answered correctly).  A score of 20 represents average intelligence, or an IQ of around 100.  Punter and Harvard Graduate Pat McInally is rumored to have scored a 50.

A list of the top Wonderlic scores can be found here.

 

2012 NFL Combine Data Available

2012 NFL Combine Data Available

2012 NFL Combine Data is now available.

Access the 2012 NFL Combine Data here:  2012 NFL Combine Results

Recent Updates:

  • 2012 Running Back 40 Yard Dash Times,
  • 2012 Running Back 3 Cone, and Shuttle Drill Times
  • 2012 Quarterack 40 Times
  • 2012 Running Back 3 Cone and Shuttle Drill Times
  • 2012 Wide Receiver 40 times
  • 2012 Defensive End 3 Cone and Shuttle Drill Times
  • 2012 Defensive End 40 Times
  • 2012 Defensive End Bench Press
  • 2012 Defensive Tackle Bench Press
  • 2012 Inside Linebacker Drills
  • 2012 Outside Linebacker Drills
  • and more…

Further updates will include:

  • Defensive Back 40 times
  • Quarterback Wonderlic Scores
  • 20 Yard and 10 Yard Dash Times

Update:

Defensive Back 40 Times have now been added.

Regional NFL Scouting Combines Begin January 28th

Regional NFL Scouting Combines Begin January 28th

Beginning Saturday, January 28th, the NFL will hold a series of eight regional scouting combines concluding with a national “secondary” combine at the end of March.

The eight regional combines will be held in Los Angeles (Jan. 28), Houston (Feb 4), Baltimore (Feb 11), Tampa Bay (Feb 18), New York (Feb 25), Atlanta (Mar 10-11), and Cleveland (Mar 17).  Players who generate interest at a regional combine may be invited to participate at an additional national combine on March 30th and 31st in Detroit, Michigan.

The additional NFL scouting combines will not feature players who have been invited to the NFL Combine on February 22nd at Lucas Oil Stadium.   The regional combines are intended as an avenue for players with NCAA experience who are not invited to the main NFL Combine to showcase their talents in front of NFL scouts and front office personnel.   The regional combines allow NFL teams a better opportunity at evaluating scattered potential NFL talent, while also allowing late-blooming, comeback, and overlooked players an opportunity to be evaluated by all 32 NFL teams in one place.

 

The Best Broad Jump Scores In NFL Combine History

The Best Broad Jump Scores In NFL Combine History

The Broad Jump is a test of forward explosiveness. In conjunction with the Vertical leap, shuttle and 10 yard dash, the Broad Jump it helps provide scouts with an idea of how quickly a player can “explode” into action. The Broad Jump is an important drill for many positions.

The Best Broad Jump Scores at the NFL Combine Since 1999:

  1. 137 inches – Scott Starks – Wisconsin
  2. 137 inches – Justin Fargas – USC
  3. 136 inches – Terence Newman – Kansas State
  4. 136 inches – Jerome Simpson – Coastal Carolina
  5. 136 inches – Chris McKenzie – Arizona State
  6. 135 inches – Boss Bailey – Georgia
  7. 135 inches – Donald Washington – Ohio State
  8. 134 inches – Darius Butler – UCONN
  9. 134 inches – Chris Chambers – Wisconsin
  10. 134 inches – Pierson Prioleau – Virginia Tech
  11. 134 inches – Dekota Watson – Florida State
  12. 134 inches – Jay Hinton – Morgan State
  13. 134 inches – Anthony Aldrige – Houston
  14. 134 inches – Cedric James – TCU
  15. 134 inches – Jonathon Carter – Troy
  16. 134 inches – Carl Stewart – Aubrun

All of these scores are impressive, but Boss Bailey at 233 pounds is possibly the most impressive feat of athleticism.  Dekota Watson and Justin Fargas also posted elite Broad Jump numbers for their respective sizes.

It is also worth noting that many of the best performers in the Broad Jump have gone on to successful NFL careers.  The Broad Jump may in fact be one of the combine drills that best translates to the football field, and the ability to explode forward quickly clearly applies to nearly every position.

 

The Best Vertical Leap Scores In NFL Combine History

The Best Vertical Leap Scores In NFL Combine History

The Vertical Leap is a test of explosion.  Combined with the 10 yard dash time, Broad Jump score, and shuttle drill it helps provide scouts with a good measure of how quickly a player can “explode” into action.

The best Vertical Leap Scores at the NFL Combine since 1999:

  1. 46.0 inches – Gerald Sensabaugh – North Carolina
  2. 45.5 inches – Cameron Wake – Penn State
  3. 45.0 inches – Chris Chambers – Wisconsin
  4. 45.0 inches – Chris McKenzie – Arizona State
  5. 45.0 inches – Donald Washington – Ohio State
  6. 44.0 inches – A.J. Jefferson – Fresno State
  7. 43.5 inches – Jay Hinton – Morgan State
  8. 43.5 inches – Jerry Azumah – New Hampshire
  9. 43.5 inches – Kevin Kasper – Iowa
  10. 43.5 inches – Dustin Fox – Ohio State
  11. 43.5 inches – Dorin Dickerson – Pittsburgh
  12. 43.0 inches – Cedric James – TCU
  13. 43.0 inches – Scott Starks – Wisconsin
  14. 43.0 inches – Darius Butler – Connecticut
  15. 43.0 inches – Eric Berry – Tennessee

The most impressive is perhaps Cameron (Derek) Wake, who posted the second best vertical leap while being quite larger than his closest competition at 6’3″ 236 lbs. Somehow, Wake slipped out of the entire draft and later signed as an undrafted free agent. It’s amazing that nobody took a chance on such an athletic player, but the Dolphins are extremely glad that they finally did.