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2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Weigh-In Recap

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Prospects - Weigh-Ins and 40 Times:
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2012 NFL Combine: Weigh-In Recap - Running Backs

  • Virginia Tech running back David Wilson is in a fierce competition to be the second running back selected behind Trent Richardson. Wilson (5-10, 206) had a decent weigh-in. The early entry could add 10 pounds of muscle in the NFL to help him hold up under the pounding. Plus, it may be able to help his ball security issues.

  • Wilson's biggest competition for the second-rated running back is Miami's Lamar Miller. It wouldn't be surprising if Miller has a superb showing at the combine. Miller (5-11, 212) has solid size with a reputation as having sprinter's speed. Since declaring for the 2012 NFL Draft, he has been on the bubble between the first and second round. A big Combine could help him get his name called on Thursday night.

  • One of the stars of the Senior Bowl was Boise State running back Doug Martin. He showed real power and speed at Mobile while checking in at 5-foot-9, 219 pounds. Martin (5-9, 223) is a few pounds heavier, but that shouldn't impact his 40-yard dash significantly. With his skill set it wouldn't be a surprise if he proves to be a workout warrior at the Combine.

  • Baylor's Terrance Ganaway looked too heavy at the Senior Bowl and tipped the scales at 241 pounds. Since then, he hasn't dropped much weight, as he was only two pounds lighter in Indianapolis. It wouldn't be surprising if Ganaway has a disappointing 40-yard dash time. He may be better off moving to fullback in the NFL.

  • Another standout of the Senior Bowl was Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead. He had a strong week of practice and helped his draft stock. Pead (5-9, 197) has added four pounds since then. That's a good sign for NFL teams, as running backs below 200 pounds can have durability issues in the NFL. If Pead could continue to add weight to approach 210, that could erase future injury concerns.

  • Washington running back Chris Polk had a rough week at the Senior Bowl. He looked sluggish and slow. Apparently Polk (5-11, 215) felt the same way, as he dropped nine pounds in the past month after weighing nearly 225 in Mobile. That should help him in his 40-yard dash time, as well as with the cone drills.

  • Everybody knew that Oregon running back LaMichael James was an undersized back, so his weigh-in at 5-foot-8, 194-pounds is on point with the expectations. James projects as a speed back, so having a solid 40-yard dash time is important. If he runs slowly, teams will question what exactly James will bring to the table.

  • Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard (5-10, 219) is a physical specimen who is a sleeper back in the 2012 NFL Draft. He has a strong frame with some burst. A strong 40 time could help him as a potential mid-round pick.

  • San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman (5-9, 200) looked like an undersized back and showed that in the weigh-in. Hillman needs to perform well in the on-field drills. If he has a bad Combine, he could fall to the seventh round.

  • USC fullback Rhett Ellison (6-5, 251) was very tall and heavy. At that height and weight, Ellison may have to move to tight end. Most fullbacks in the NFL are significantly shorter and lighter. It could be a wise move for Ellison, as teams keep more tight ends on their rosters than fullbacks.

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    NFL Bound 03-08-2013 01:38 pm (total posts: 2)
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    I'm a freshman at McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I bench press 295 lbs, squat 415, power clean 235, and i run a 4.68/40. Am i above average for a freshman or could i do better.?
    NFL Bound 03-08-2013 01:34 pm (total posts: 2)
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    Trent Richardson is the best of all hands down and i could care less about what anyone else has to say about this.
    Quincy_the_Sheep 02-26-2012 11:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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    @ Mothman
    When Emmitt ran his 4.6, the league was quite a bit smaller and slower than it is today. You are right in the fact that game speed and speed are two different things, but Emmitt's 4.6 was relatively fast at the time.
    And @ Walt and Johnny, if AP fell to the second round, don't you think there would be some sort of crazy red flag? Regardless, RB's should take a hit on most teams' big boards. For example, let's look at the Giants. Although this site has Richardson at #6 on the Big Board, Reese probably has Richardson considerably lower because of the lack of positional value. HOWEVER, if Richardson magically falls to 32, he would probably be the best prospect available, and Reese would probably pull the trigger. Now if you NEED an RB, there is no reason to intend to draft one in the fist two and a half rounds, but when AP falls to 7 when he was one of the best three prospects in the entire draft...
    raw 02-26-2012 10:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Turbin reminds me of a young Michael Turner, before he got slow and chubby in Atlanta.

    Cyrus Gray impressed me more than any RB today. I knew James, Wilson, Miller and Rainey were track-star fast. I knew Doug Martin was a beast in every facet of life. I've always been a big fan of Gray, but he got outperformed by Christine Michael this year at aTm. Looks like a good 1/2 of a tandem for some team in the mid rounds.
    Nate 02-26-2012 10:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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    I would love for Jets to draft the next Maurice jones-drew Doug Martin
    Mothman 02-26-2012 09:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Emmitt Smith ran a 4.6 in the 40.

    There's a massive difference between game speed and 40 speed.
    Cal 02-26-2012 07:40 pm (total posts: 1)
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    I think this whole official time thing is a load of bs. There is no way lamichael James ran a 4.5
    Jack 02-26-2012 04:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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    @Vince, in no way is LeSean McCoy the best RB in the NFL.
    Texasborn 02-26-2012 03:47 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Doug Martin is lk 6 inches shorter??
    DH 02-26-2012 01:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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    I really think Doug Martin could be the next Matt Forte.
    Walter 02-26-2012 11:09 am (total posts: 1)
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    Don't get that, Johnny. Would you pass on Adrian Peterson in the 2nd round by that thinking?
    Johnny 02-25-2012 06:04 am (total posts: 1)
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    There's no way I'd ever draft a RB earlier then 3rd round, it's a position of total non-value, they're so injury prone and so easy to find that it makes no sense to draft them early.
    Jesse 02-24-2012 07:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Most NFL fullbacks are significantly lighter than 251 pounds? Definitely shorter than 6'5", but 240-250 pounds is just about right for a fullback (and maybe even a little light for one who's so tall).
    Vince 02-24-2012 06:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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    First of all, Hillman put on ten pounds after the season (after putting on fifteen after his freshman year) so he's quite clearly capable of adding bulk. Second of all, he's incredible fast and nimble, and played some receiver in high school, so his times and drills should all look great. Third of all, even with a poor combine, he'd fall no lower than the fifth round. FOURTH of all, LeSean McCoy at the combine was 198 pounds, then ran a 4.50 at his PRO DAY. Now he's the best running back in the NFL. Hillman will be fine.

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