Chris Bell - Scout.com Combine MVP - Video
We knew going into the combine that Chris would be one of the players to keep an
eye on, but the Granby (Va.) wide receiver flew well beyond all expectations.
Finishing in the top ten of every event but the broad jump, and even missing
that by just two inches, Bell nearly dominated the combine portion of the day.
Measuring in a 6-foot-2.5 and 202.8 pounds, Bell also showed in the one-on-one
drills that he not only has the tools, he knows how to use them. While
cornerbacks were able to jam at the line, nobody could keep Bell close to the
line as he used his large frame to create separation and run crisp routes to
gain a cushion for quarterbacks to get the ball anywhere close to his long arms.
Johnson - Video
Carl received several first place votes for camp MVP, and he is a sure-fire
candidate for the Scout.com Hot 100 this summer. Measuring in at 6-foot-5, 346.9
pounds, he was the largest athlete in attendance. He then came out onto the
field to run an unbelievable 4.75 short shuttle and jump 29 inches in the
vertical. In the three cone drill, a new drill to most of the prospects, he was
disappointed in his first run of 8.9 seconds, knew that he could do better, and
shaved half a second off of his time.
During the one-on-one portion of the combine, everyone wanted to test their
skills against the Southern Durham (N.C.) tackle. One by one Johnson sent them
back to the line disappointed. Johnson did receive a stern test from Dekoda
Watson who managed to split with Johnson most of the day. Johnson is a
remarkable athlete, but an even more amazing young man, so congenial and
well-spoken. The kid had a smile on his face all day long; it's very
refreshing to see a player truly enjoy the game.
Watson - Video
Watson was the early selection going into the combine for sleeper of the
combine, but after such a strong showing he moved from sleeper to touted
recruit. Measuring in at 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, the South Aiken (S.C.) put up
some unbelievable numbers including a 37 inch vertical, 112 inch standing broad
jump, 4.77 40 and 4.53 short shuttle.
In the one-on-ones, Watson set the bar for all defensive linemen with an
unbelievable burst off the ball catching everyone off-guard and losing very few
matchups once he finally tired out at the end of the day. While he may be a bit
small for defensive end in college, he is a fierce player coming off the edge as
an outside linebacker and his speed shows he has the ability to play in coverage
Williams - Video
Sore hamstring or not, Deunta Williams impressed throughout the combine. Posting
the top vertical at 41 inches, and nearly taking down the measuring device. At
6-foot-2.5, 191.2 pounds, the White Oak (N.C.) safety and wide receier pushed
the bar at every station including a 4.32 short shuttle and a 117 inch standing
Williams also decided to play wide receiver, one of the many positions colleges
want him to play, in the one-on-one drills and showed he has the raw tools. He
moves very well, showed a nice explosion past defenders, and catch most of the
balls thrown his way.
Salahudin - Video
Salahudin had some trouble in the combine testing early on, but still put up
very respectable numbers in the short shuttle, with a time of 4.37 seconds, and
followed that up with a 35 inch vertical. However, once the TL Hanna (S.C.)
cornerback put on his green John Deere hat in pass coverage he went into
lockdown mode. Salahudin had just one pass caught against him all day, and that
was a tremendous circus catch, but kept two players from leaving the line of
scrimmage with press coverage.