QB Jay Cutler – Cutler came out last
Sunday and clearly separated himself from the rest of the quarterbacks at the
combine. He threw every short and intermediate route with high precision and
velocity (60mph) yet showed nice touch on the deeper routes as well. Outside of
his passing exploits he also managed to perform 23 reps on the bench press and
ran a 4.77 forty yard dash.
RB Joseph Addai – Addai was far and away the best runningback that worked out at this years combine. With Reggie Bush, Laurence Maroney, LenDale White, and DeAngelo Williams all sitting out the drills it was the 6'0" 214lb Addai who stole the spotlight. With a time of 4.37 in the forty yard dash and a strong showing in the receiving drills he has narrowed the gap between him and the other top five tailbacks.
OG Charles Spencer – Spencer followed up his impressive work at the Senior Bowl with a marvelous day at the combine. His 5.28 forty is impressive for a 6'5" 330lb player and when he ran through drills his leverage and balance were outstanding. He is one of several offensive linemen in this draft that have future Pro Bowler written all over him.
TE Vernon Davis – With 33 reps on the bench press, a 42" vertical jump, a 10'8" broad jump, and a 4.38 forty yard dash (the fastest ever by a tight end at the combine), Davis has solidified himself as a top five pick. Defensive coordinators all over the league are having nightmares about the possibility of trying to match up with player of his skill set.
WR Chad Jackson – At 6'1" Jackson is the tallest wide receiver of the first round prospects with an impressive set of hands to match. He was already a solid top twenty pick but after his 4.32 forty yard dash at the combine he's likely elevated himself in to the top ten.
DT Broderick Bunkley – Bunkley initially turned heads at the combine when he did 44 reps on the bench press which is just one repetition short of tying the combine record. He followed that up with a 4.9 forty and was very fluid with his footwork in all of his drills. His display of physical skills was so impressive that he may have moved ahead of Haloti Ngata on some teams boards.
DE Mario Williams – Williams is the most fluid player you'll ever see at 6'7" 295lbs. His change of direction combined with his power and explosion is nothing short of amazing. So what else could he have possibly done to raise his stock even higher? How about running a 4.64 forty yard dash? Oh yes, he did.
DE/OLB Manny Lawson – Lawson's stock has been steadily rising since the Senior Bowl and he's especially soaring up the value boards for teams that run a 3-4 defense. However, no one could have guessed he'd turn in a 4.43 forty at the combine. With that type of foot speed he's surely maneuvered himself in to the middle of the first round.
OLB Ernie Sims – Sims ran a 4.50 forty
at the combine which is an excellent number for a linebacker. What was more
impressive than his 40 time however was the way he performed in the cone and bag
drills; it was startling to see how well Sims could change direction and explode
downhill on a moments notice.
FS Donte Whittner – Coming in to the combine Whittner was regarded as the most polished and NFL ready prospect at free safety. His 4.40 forty time gave further evidence that he possesses the range he'll need as a Pro. With that type of speed he'll be a tempting target in the mid to late first round.
FS Jason Allen – With so many big pass catching tight ends in the NFL, safeties with Allen's muscular 6'2" frame are in high demand. Most safeties that match a tight ends size however aren't fast enough to cover wide receivers on a regular basis. This isn't the case with Allen however and he proved it at the combine with a 4.42 forty.
SS Daniel Bullocks – Bullocks made himself a lot of money this weekend when he a 4.38 forty yard dash. It's hard to find 6'0" 212lb players with that kind of speed and defensive coordinators are salivating over the possibility of turning him in to the next Brian Dawkins or Troy Polamalu.
CB/FS Michael Huff – Huff's 4.37 forty yard dash and 40.5" vertical jump was slightly better than expected. He also did a fantastic job of opening his hips and changing direction from a backpedal position; which equates to teams looking at him a little more seriously as a cornerback and not just as a safety.
CB Tye Hill – Hill ran the fastest forty times at the combine with a 4.30 but make no mistake he's more than straight line sprinter. He flashed some of the best hips and footwork at Indianapolis and has solidified himself as one of the top three corners in the draft.