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2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Stock Report

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Prospects - Weigh-Ins and 40 Times:
QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Stock Report:
QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Workout Analysis:
QB | RB | WR | OL & TE | DL & LB | DB

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Bench Press Analysis:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Weigh-In Analysis:
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These is my 2012 NFL Combine Stock Report for the running backs. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

2012 NFL Combine: Stock Report - Running Backs

Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin
Charlie touched on it in his Bench Press Recap - how does a 240-pound fullback post only 14 reps of 225? Ewing had a nice 10-foot broad jump and 36.5-inch vertical, but who needs an athletic fullback? Some teams may doubt Ewing's blocking ability in the wake of this performance.

Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor
Terrance Ganaway ran one of the slower 40s out of the running backs (4.63), but that's OK because of his size (6-0, 239). What hurt Ganaway on Sunday were his struggles in the receiving drills. He had six receptions in 2011, so this was not a surprise. The former Bear is strictly just a two-down, plodding back. This would have been OK 15 years ago, but the NFL is a pass-first league now. Unfortunately, players like Ganaway are now afterthoughts on Draft Day.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
Ronnie Hillman is a favorite of Marshall Faulk's, but that apparently is because the two share the same alma mater. During the telecast, Faulk discussed a story in which Hillman fumbled on his first carry ever at San Diego State. That's not surprising considering how small his hands are (8 1/2). On the bright side, Hillman had a terrific 1.50 10-yard split in his 40, which indicates how great his burst is. In summary, Hillman had an up-and-down Combine, so his draft stock is steady.

Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Doug Martin bulked up to 223 pounds, which indicates that he can be a three-down back. Despite the weight gain, he still ran a respectable 40 (4.47), and had quality leaps of 36 (vertical) and 10-0 (broad). He also notched 28 reps on the bench.

Don't underestimate Martin's ability to play all three downs. That could put him ahead of Lamar Miller, who doesn't share that quality. It shouldn't surprise anyone if Martin is the third running back off the board behind Trent Richardson and David Wilson.

Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
Mike Mayock pointed out Bernard Pierce to be one of Sunday's risers. I would agree with that. The 6-0, 218-pound back had a terrific 1.52 10-yard split in his 40 (4.50). He also notched a broad jump of 10-3 and a vertical leap of 36.5 inches. Pierce predictably looked solid in the drills, strengthening his case to be a second-day draft choice.

Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Chris Polk looked slow and sluggish during the Senior Bowl, prompting the Sun Tan Man to call him the most disappointing player in Mobile. Polk made amends, running a solid 4.46 in Indianapolis. He also was decent in the drills, though it's worth noting that his vertical (31.5) and broad (9-3) were among the lowest out of the players at his position.

Chris Rainey, RB/KR, Florida
The 40 isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it is to players like Chris Rainey, who are draft purely based on speed. He notched a 4.37, which would be good for most running backs. Rainey, however, had to be much closer to 4.30. Making matters worse, Rainey had some drops during the drills.

Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
Robert Turbin turned some heads at the Combine when he mustered a Moses Malone 4.44 40 despite being 5-10, 222. He also had impressive vertical (36) and broad (10-2) numbers. Teams that put stock into triangle numbers undoubtedly are intrigued.

David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
No running back was more impressive than David Wilson in Indianapolis. He blew up the Combine for a number of reasons:

First, Wilson's measurables were off the charts. He notched a 4.40 40, a 41-inch vertical and an 11-foot broad jump. Second, Wilson was terrific in the receiving drills. He caught 22 balls as a junior in 2011, so his pass-catching ability didn't appear to be the strength of his game. If his Combine performance is any indication, that's definitely not the case, and he can be a quality receiving running back as a professional.

Last, it's worth noting that NFL teams were highly impressed with Wilson in the interviews. Wilson reportedly was the only prospect to show up in a suit (Armani, to boot) to all of his meetings, while most of his peers wore sweats. He was a professional both on and off the field this weekend, which could help him be the second running back off the board in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Back to the 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Page.

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Prospects - Weigh-Ins and 40 Times:
QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Stock Report:
QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Workout Analysis:
QB | RB | WR | OL & TE | DL & LB | DB

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Bench Press Analysis:
RB | OL & TE | DL & LB | DB

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Weigh-In Analysis:
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gd 02-29-2012 06:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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Lance Dunbar was a senior. I hope the NFL do not look over this kid because he has true talent. I watched him play and he is one of the best back in the country. This guy should have received an invite to the combine but because he played for North Texas he was looked over. He is a true diamond.
PJ 02-28-2012 10:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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sasquash 02-28-2012 01:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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What is the deal with Lance Dunbar? He was productive at North Texas but I have not seen or heard anything about him this off season. Is he hurt? Does he have a year left of eligibility? Anyone know for sure?
Mike 02-27-2012 10:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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Excellent job with RBs. This is what I saw throughout the season. You can almost throw out anyone under 215 as a 3rd down specialist.

Would've like to see the agility drill results since that is way more valuable than 40 times. Explosion and quickness really does a nice job at separating the cream from the rest.
Todd McShay 02-27-2012 05:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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Who is this Sun Tan Man you speak of? HE sounds like pure genius!
CJ 02-27-2012 02:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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David Wilson's performance doesn't surprise me at all. I just graduated from VT and he is an all around stud. He wears a shirt and tie everyday to class becuase he was raised to be that respectful. Him wearing a suit to all the meetings was expected. He is a fantastic player.
Chris Rainey 02-27-2012 01:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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Stock should be UP. His 40 time was still good, and he recorded the fastest 3-cone, 20 shuttle and 60 shuttle times among RBs in the last 6 years. His 40 will be better at his pro day. He's a round 3-4 guy for a team looking for Darren Sproles.
Pat Magroin 02-27-2012 11:00 am (total posts: 1)
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They should give David Wilson a football to hold during his interviews and see if he fumbles
Mothman 02-26-2012 04:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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Chris Polk running a sub 4.5 will certainly help him after the speed concerns people had regarding him at the Senior Bowl.
jmoney 02-26-2012 04:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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You should post both 40 times just to see the comparison between them. Just a suggestion
Hawkfukker 02-26-2012 03:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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Robert Turbin to the Seahawks!!!
Vince 02-26-2012 03:38 pm (total posts: 2)
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Alfred Morris is faster than his 4.64. He runs with poor form. USF's Darrell Scott, however, is as slow as his 4.68. Robert Turbin is a big, scary man. He'll be a very good running back. Ahmad Bradshaw?
Vince 02-26-2012 03:19 pm (total posts: 2)
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The three main guys classified as speed backs or scat backs have done fairly well. Ronnie Hillman impressed by coming in at 200 pounds, and had a great forty with a betters split. LaMichael James put on some bulk as well and ran a very fast time, though his split was less impressive. Chris Rainey was... okay.

Doug Martin's 40 disappointed me. His reps and weight were impressive, but I was expecting a 4.52. But, one of my other favourite sleepers ran a 4.44 at 222 with 28 reps, Robert Turbin of Utah State, so that's impressive.

David Wilson ran quite a good 40, that'd push him to the #2 back were it not for Lamar Miller's more impressive time. Chris Polk has had a good combine, showing that he isn't overweight like people thought and running a very good 40. Terrence Ganaway proved that while fairly slow, perhaps too much so to be a starter, he's got the explosion at his size to be one heck of a short-yardage back.
Elias Rappaport 02-26-2012 02:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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I thought that Richardson would come in at 5,090. Damn!
Joe Cullen 02-25-2012 09:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Wow. Doug Martin did 28 bench press reps! Nice.

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