NFL Combine - Winners and Surprises

The NFL Combine has come and gone, and Scout.com NFL Expert Tom Marino has looked back over his notes and given us the winners and big surprises from the long weekend's action. Get Inside with Scout.com and Tom Marino.

BIG WINNERS

1) Calvin Johnson    Georgia Tech    WR

4.35 at 239 pounds! Case closed…

2) Leon Hall    Michigan    CB

Outstanding in every skill drill. Far better speed then anticipated.

3) LaRon Landry    LSU     S

Great looking on the hoof, with the speed, athletic ability, and tenacity one looks for at the position.

4) Joe Thomas    Wisconsin    OT

A man who should be a fixture at the left tackle position for many years to come.

5) Gaines Adams    Clemson    DE

Runs like a scalded dog. The NFL powers to be pay handsomely for people who can rush the passer. Get your checkbook out boys…


Gaines Adams (AP)

6) Greg Olsen    Miami    TE

A real up the seam receiving threat with outstanding athletic ability and dexterity. Only needs to improve his core strength to become another in the line of elite TE's produced by the Canes.

7) Patrick Willis    Ole Miss    LB

Senior Bowl tackling machine makes it look easy. Explosive hitter with run and close ability.

8) Ryan Kalil    USC    OC

About as athletic looking a center as I have seen in some time. Alert and smart.

9) Jason Hill    Washington State    WR

Didn't think he possessed the vertical speed he showed at Indy. Position skills and size have always been impressive

10) Robert Meachem    Tennessee    WR

Another in a long line of "racehorses" produced by the Vols. A deep receiving threat with impressive hands and body dexterity.


BIG SURPRISES

1) Chris Henry Arizona  RB

Little known Jr running back who played in a three man rotation in 06. This former California state prep champion in the 100 meters combines size (5112v - 230v), speed (4.40v), and strength (26 times @ 225) and is sure to attract a lot of attention from scouts and coaches over the next two months.

2) Mike Mason    Tennessee State    WR

One of the nation's top prep receiving prospects, Mike attended North Carolina where he had problems with injuries and off the field concerns. Had a solid workout and put together two sub 4.50 / 40's (4.44 & 4.46).

3) Claude "Turk" McBride    Tennessee    DT

Turk came on to have an outstanding year in 06 and continued with a very solid combine workout. Is still a tad undersized, but has a lot of what clubs want on the inside.

4) Yamon Figures    Kansas State    WR

Considered by most a second level receiving prospect prior to Indy, his 4.31v & 4.36v / 40 times have quickly made him a household name in professional scouting circles. Also a dangerous punt returner.

5) Antwan Barnes    Florida International    LB

A virtual unknown who has caused most scouts and coaches attending U of Miami pro day to adjust their travel schedule. His 4.46/40 time got people's attention quickly in the dome.

6) Aundrae Allison    ECU    WR

Has come a very long way in a very short period of time. 4.39v best time in the 40!!!

7) Tim Shaw    Penn State    LB

Considered by many the third rated player at the LB position for the Lions, Tim turned in a best time 4.48/40 along with an impressive position workout.

8) Allen Barbre    Missouri So    OG

A 6040v - 300v with impressive running skills (4.88v).

9) Gabe Hall    Texas Tech    OG

Another big athlete with quickness and body control

Tom Marino is a veteran of 35 years in the player personnel field, most recently with the St. Louis Rams. He has worked in three professional leagues (NFL, USFL, and WFL), and among his many accomplishments, is credited with the discovery of Eric Swann, the first non-collegiate player since 1946 to be selected in the 1st round of the NFL college draft.


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