The NFL combine went down over the weekend, and we had a few of our NFL folk on-site to relay the results.
Here's a look at how the notable Big 12 talents did:
Robert Griffin III, Baylor
40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds (fastest among QBs)
Terrance Ganaway, Baylor
40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds
Fozzy Whittaker, Texas
225-pound bench press: 20 reps (T-12 among running backs)
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
40-yard dash: DNP
225-pound bench press: 14 reps
Kendall Wright, Baylor
40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
225-pound bench press: 21 reps (second among receivers)
Philip Blake, Baylor
40-yard dash: 5.25 seconds (11th among linemen)
Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma
40-yard dash: 4.94 seconds (best among linemen)
James Hanna, Oklahoma
40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds (best among tight ends)
225-pound bench press: 24 reps (fourth among tight ends)
Defenders will take the field today and Tuesday. Here's the full schedule.
A few thoughts on these numbers:
I'd like to be wowed by RG3's 40 time, the fastest among QBs ever at the combine since Michael Vick, but I'm really not. Was there any doubt he'd run a time like that? Other than Vick, was any quarterback anywhere close to Griffin's speed? No. It's amazing, yes. But surprising? No. He's a freak athlete whose mind is just as sharp as his body. We haven't seen a quarterback with his combination of speed and throwing acumen. He didn't throw at the combine, but he'll do so at his pro day in Waco on March 21.
The bench press numbers for Blackmon (14) and Broyles (21) were eye-popping. There's lots of reasons for it: Broyles' arms are shorter and with his torn ACL, I'm sure he's worked on his upper body almost exclusively in recent months. However, Blackmon's one of the most "football strong" receivers I've ever seen. It'll be interesting to see what Broyles looks like when he comes back. All he can do now is prove to NFL teams his knee is healing.
A 4.61 40 time for Kendall Wright? What's that about? I would have placed him around the 4.4 range, right next to RG3. I have to think Wright ran an awful time or had some kind of ailment. He's run by a ton of DBs this year for 1,662 receiving yards, and tons of deep balls from RG3. I'm shocked to see a time that slow.