Do they call it Garbage time because when a team is up big, their defense starts to play like garbage? I mean do defensive players these days Play to Win, but once they're in position to, it's time to let players on their fantasy teams or their friends fantasy teams rack up some numbers? Do these players start to feel bad that they have to make a game of it all the time? Defenses that stop playing hard for 60 minutes even though they are up big is to football what the pitch count is to baseball.. does some damage to the integrity of the game.
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
Jonathan Baldwin ran a great 40 (4.45) considering his massive frame (6-4, 228). He also posted a 42-inch vertical and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. Concerns remain about Baldwin's attitude, but there's no questioning his physical ability.
Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State
"Vincent... Brown... is a... terrible... playa..." Brown ran a very disappointing 4.66 40 at the Combine on Sunday.
Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse
Delone Carter ran a 4.53 40 and notched a 37-inch vertical at the Combine. Not bad for a 5-9, 222-pound back. Carter, who has the same build as Maurice Jones-Drew, has a shot of being a Day 2 pick.
John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
John Clay slimmed down to 230 pounds, but didn't look any faster. Clay ran a 4.77 40 and didn't cut very quickly in the drills. He could be an undrafted free agent.
Mario Fannin, RB, Auburn
Mario Fannin was the third-string running back at Auburn, but opened up some eyes at the Combine. He ran a 4.37 40 and notched a 37.5-inch vertical at 5-10, 231 pounds. Fannin is not a good runner, but he has proven that he can excel at catching the ball out of the backfield. He could become a solid third-down back in the NFL.
Edmund Gates, WR, Abilene Christian
Edmund Gates had a very impressive Combine, running a 4.35 40 at 6-0, 192 and notching a 10-foot-11 broad jump.
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Mark Ingram's 40 time wasn't impressive (4.58), but he had the best 10-yard split of all the running backs, which is far more important. It would be shocking if Ingram made it past the Dolphins at No. 15.
Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M
Jerrod Johnson was one of the worst quarterbacks at the Combine. He really struggled with his accuracy, and his 40 time (4.75) was a disappointment.
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Julio Jones blew up the Combine. Prior to Jones' 40, Mike Mayock predicted that the 6-3, 220-pound Alabama wideout would run a low 4.5. Jones responded with a 4.39. He later notched a 38.5-inch vertical and an 11-foot-3 broad jump. Jones now has Twitter nation speculating that there's a new No. 1 receiver. It's still A.J. Green, but Jones narrowed the gap. There's no way he makes it to the Rams at No. 14.
Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
Sports Illustrated has reported that Greg Little has been "less than honest" during the Combine interviews - "and that's putting it nicely." SI speculates that Little could go undrafted, but I'm not buying that. He's too talented. Some team that doesn't care about character concerns (Bengals) will take him in the later rounds.
Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Finally, a stock up for Jake Locker. Locker performed well during the drills at the Combine and drew praise from most draft analysts. He's still a likely Round 2 selection, but he probably won't fall into Round 3.
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Ryan Mallett looked spectacular in the passing drills, which shouldn't be a surprise. As I tweeted (@walterfootball), "No one should be surprised Ryan Mallett looked great today. He's like a hot chick w/ STDs. Looks great, but better to stay away."
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Cam Newton was wildly inaccurate during the Combine drills. He went 11-of-21, and nearly all of his misses, including several 10-yard outs, were high. Newton had a great broad jump (10-6), but that's a meaningless stat. Save for Josh Johnson, all of the quarterbacks who have recorded a long broad jump at the Combine in the past decade are either out of the league or rotting on a depth chart.
On a side note, I'm really looking forward to Newton's broadcasting career. Echoing Emmitt Smith's stint on ESPN, Newton told the NFL Network crew that he "wants to be consistency." Somewhere in this world, a striped leopard is shaking its head.
Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
Stephen Paea shattered the Combine bench press record Sunday, posting 49 reps of 225 pounds. Before you dismiss this as a meaningless stat, Mike Mayock opined that this would translate to the football field. If it weren't for a knee injury, Paea would be a near first-round lock.
Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
Christian Ponder was the consensus top quarterback at the Combine. He displayed great accuracy and adequate arm strength. He's currently the favorite to be the third quarterback off the board this April, though Jake Locker and Colin Kaepernick are close.
Joshua Portis, QB, California-PA
I thought Joshua Portis was really impressive at the Combine. The big-armed cousin of Clinton Portis, Joshua was one of the more accurate passers on the field. Unfortunately, he has character issues, so he's nothing more than a late-round prospect.
Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
Torrey Smith's microscopic 8 5/8-inch hands are a concern, but he showed us Sunday why he's a legitimate first-round prospect. The 6-1, 204-pound Smith ran a 4.37. He also notched a 41-inch vertical and a 10-foot-6 broad jump.
Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
Ryan Williams had a 40-inch vertical, but that wasn't his highlight at the Combine. Williams made a jaw-dropping cut during one of the drills that prompted Mike Mayock to exclaim, "That's why he's my No. 2 running back!"
Titus Young, WR, Boise State
Titus Young has been called a "poor man's DeSean Jackson." Jackson ran a 4.31 at the 2008 NFL Combine. Young managed just a 4.43 on Sunday. He's still a very good prospect, but his chances of going in the first round have pretty much diminished.