Big names such as Caleb King, Eric Berry, Bruce Figgens, Morgan Burnett, Israel Troupe, Rennie Curran, Willie White, Cameron Newton and many more all turned out for the event that saw 220 overall participants from 7 different states. While some of those players chose to sit out the drills due to injuries and different reasons, others like Eric Berry used the platform to just reinforce what everybody already knew about him. He's fast…really fast.
Berry's 4.31 forty is easily one of the most impressive times ever run at a Scout.com Combine event. He also vertical jumped an impressive 37.5" and although he sat out the one on one drills to follow later in the afternoon, his work during the testing made the only statement he needed to get across. He is without a doubt one of the top cornerbacks two-way prospects in the country.
Equally as impressive as Berry was Westlake QB Cameron Newton. He has phenomenal size and strength to go along with an outstanding arm and deceptive speed. Newton was arguably the top QB on hand during the one on one drills and his 4.51 forty did nothing but shoot his stock even further through the roof. His 10-foot-2 inch broad jump was good for 3rd overall and you can bet that the three scholarship offers he already has will be more than doubled by the time the summer is complete.
Leading the South Georgia contingent on hand in Atlanta was Tift County's Israel Troupe. The Blue Devil standout has been one of the hottest prospects in the state over recent weeks and his 4.49 forty ran on the flats Saturday will do nothing to cool the attention. He has great size and a frame that is already filled out. He posed match-up problems for the DB's all day and quite possibly had more spectacular catches than any of the wideouts.
When I received film on Peachtree Ridge High School out of Suwanee a couple of months back, one player that immediately landed on my radar was RB Chris Douglas. He's yet to land a scholarship offer but after turning in a 4.49 forty, 4.54 shuttle, 37.5" vertical and the top broad jump of the entire competition (10'4), you can expect that to change in a hurry.
Of the big men that participated, one who stood out was Tri-Cities OL Terence Edge. At 266lbs, he ran a 4.81 forty and broad jumped over 9 feet. He also did well during the pass rush portion of the event and was maybe the best OL overall. Other big men along the offensive front to draw praise during the battles against the defensive linemen were Ernesto Herring of Camden County and Kevis Watkins of Creekside High School. Both players checked in at a massive 340lbs, but showed good footwork and kept the pass rushers off of the QB dummy all afternoon.
Along the DL, sensational sophomore A.J. Harmon of Jefferson County and Dion Armstrong of Peach County showed the best moves against the offensive linemen. Both checked in at over 300lbs and look ready for the collegiate level right now. Armstrong's 5.09 forty was another highlight during the testing portion of the event.
One player that we didn't know much about headed into the event, but showed tremendous route running ability and a knack for getting separation from the defender was M.L. King's Lyndon Leslie. He was repeatedly cited by the coaches on hand for his outstanding work against the secondary prospects.
One position we talked a lot about headed into the event was the TE spot and they certainly did not disappoint. Bruce Figgens of Shaw was easily the biggest of the group at 240lbs. His 4.60 shuttle was his best work during testing and he also performed very well against the linebackers. Brandon Barden of Lincoln County and Nicolai Schwarzkopf of Chamblee performed as advertised also. Each checked in at around 220lbs and ran forties of under 4.68 respectively as well as turning in identical shuttles of 4.56. David Duran of Kell High School who was expected to join the competition weighed in at 233lbs but was unable to participate due to a nagging ankle injury.
Overall, the day was a huge success for the players in attendance as well as the Scout.com Combine staff. to a nagging ankle injury.
Overall, the day was a huge success for the players in attendance as well as the Scout.com Combine staff. The Atlanta Combine will go down as one of the highlight's of the tour this summer.
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