NFL Scouting Combine: Prospect Most Likely to

With the NFL Scouting Combine taking place in the next two weeks, Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber predicts the outcome of the four major individual workouts.

Have the fastest time in the 40-yard dash

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

One of the most explosive players in the country, Maclin is a threat to score any time the ball is in his hands. Whether it’s on offense or special teams, the elusiveness Maclin possesses will attract teams in need of a game breaker.

A sure top-15 selection, Maclin has an opportunity to elevate his status even further at the Scouting Combine with a blazing time in the 40-yard dash. Maclin’s ability to separate from the opposition on Saturdays is what’s made him an elite prospect, and if he runs the anticipated 4.26 - 4.33 in the 40, look for him to be a top-ten selection.

Have the most reps in the bench press

Everette Brown, DE, Florida State

Known for his speed and his ability to get to the quarterback, Brown is one of the strongest defensive players in the country. At 6-foot-4, 252 pounds, Brown is considered to be an undersized defensive end that could make a move to OLB in a 3-4 defense. But, despite his lack of size, Brown features a 480-pound bench press that has helped him develop into the QB terror he is today.

At last year’s Scouting Combine, Vernon Gholston, a player who has similar attributes (6-3, 266) to Brown, displayed incredible strength by posting 37 reps of 225 pounds; Gholston’s max bench press at Ohio State was 455 pounds. There are a lot of prospects that are bigger and down after down stronger than Brown, but when it comes to the weight room and achieving greatness – Brown is second to none. Expect Brown to post at least 38 reps.

Have the best vertical jump

Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati

Mickens is a natural cover corner who has good size and long arms, and that will help his performance in the vertical jump. He’s a fluid athlete, who on the field makes a lot of acrobatic plays, elevating with ease.

A former state 300-meter hurdles champion in high school, Mickens’ ability to explode off the ground and get his hand on the ball at its highest point is remarkable. Look for Mickens to obtain at least a 38-inch vertical in Indianapolis.

Have the best broad jump

Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut

The Broad Jump is the perfect test of explosiveness, a true test of power and balance. At 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, Brown has a tremendous burst through the line, keeps his pad level low and falls forward fighting for extra yards.

Brown was a former track star in high school and specialized in the long jump. The long jump and the broad jump are totally different events, but it demonstrates Brown’s explosion. A strong, muscular athlete usually records the best performance in the broad jump at the Scouting Combine. Brown possesses that kind of build and his experience in track and field make him the favorite.

 

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.

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