Combine results show deep and talented class

The official results from the NFL Scouting Combine are in and show a big and fast group of athletes coming into the NFL. The results in Indianapolis back up the feeling that this is one of the best draft classes in a long time. Inside are some of the top statistics that stick out, as well as the top-10 performances in a variety of drills this year.

Results from this year's Indianapolis scouting combine indicate that the 2010 NFL Draft will be, well ... big.

Based on data sent to NFL teams earlier this month, the big boys in the 2010 class — the offensive and defensive linemen — were especially impressive and are expected to be a focal point on what may be the best draft of this century.

This corresponds with ratings by NFLDraftScout.com, which lists 19 linemen with first-round potential, including six offensive tackles, five defensive ends and five defensive tackles.

As usual, during and after the combine most attention was given to the glamorous 40-yard run, where LSU sprinter/returner/receiver Trindon Holliday turned in the best time ever at this Indianapolis event with a 4.21-second hand-held clocking and Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford was close behind with a 4.22.

But the combine revealed remarkable information in other areas, such as:

  • 64 players — all offensive or defensive linemen — weighed at least 300 pounds, led by Alabama nose tackle Terrence Cody's 354 pounds.

  • 45 of the 46 offensive linemen who stepped on the scale weighed at least 300 pounds and three of those 300-pounders ran faster than five seconds in the 40, with the best by 314-pound Maryland tackle Bruce Campbell at 4.75, which was better than many linebackers, tight ends and running backs.

  • Offensive linemen as a group had their best combine averages this century in the 20-yard run (2.98 seconds), 40-yard run (5.24) and bench press (27 reps).

  • Defensive tackles had their best averages this century in 10 yards (1.71), 20 yards (2.86), 40 yards (5.05) and the bench press (30 reps).

  • 18 players soared at least 40 inches in the vertical jump, topped by Fresno State cornerback A.J. Jefferson's 44-inch leap.

  • Clemson running back C.J. Spiller tied the Indianapolis combine record in the 20 yards at 2.41 seconds, set by East Carolina running back Chris Johnson (now of Tennessee Titans) in 2008.

    Despite three 40-yard runs of 4.31 or faster, nobody came close to breaking into the group of 17 athletes on the top 20-yard list, which would take a time of at least 1.43 seconds. The best 10-yard time this year was 1.45 seconds by USC safety Taylor Mays when he was timed at 4.31 in the 40.

    Here is a closer look at the best results from this year's combine:

    2010 INDIANAPOLIS COMBINE BESTS

    Following are the best results documented by NFLDraftScout.com in all Indianapolis combine tests in 2010. In deference to showing an athlete's best mark, hand-held times were also considered in this list.

    Fastest 40-yard times, 2010
    4.21 - Trindon Holliday, WR, LSU
    4.22 - Jacoby Ford, WR Clemson
    4.27- C. J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
    4.31 - Taylor Mays, FS, Southern Cal
    4.32 - Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB, Indiana (PA)
    4.34 -
  • Jahvid Best, RB, California
    4.34 - Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
    4.37 - Brandon Banks, WR, Kansas State
    4.37 - Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
    4.37 -
  • Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
    4.37 - David Pender, CB, Purdue
    4.38 - Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
    4.39 - Marcus Easley, WR, Connecticut
    4.40 -
  • Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee
    4.40 - Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pittsburgh
    4.40 -
  • Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
    4.40 -
  • Joe McKnight, RB Southern Cal
    4.40 - Taylor Price, WR, Ohio
    4.40 - Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel
    4.40 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Southern Methodist
    4.40 - Kyle Williams, WR, Arizona State
    4.41 - Kevin Thomas, CB, Southern Cal
    4.42 - A. J. Jefferson, CB, Fresno State
    4.42 - Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt
    4.42 -
  • Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

    Fastest 20-yard times, 2010
    2.41 - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
    2.44 - Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
    2.46 - Taylor Mays, FS, USC
    2.46 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU
    2.47 - Trindon Holliday, RS, LSU
    2.47 - Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
    2.50 - Jahvid Best, RB, California
    2.50 - Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
    2.50 - Kyle Williams, WR, Arizona State
    2.50 - Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
    2.50 - Kevin Thomas, CB, USC
    2.50 - Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
    2.50 - Joshua Moore, CB, Kansas State
    2.50 - Crezdon Butler, CB, Clemson
    2.50- Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss
    2.50 - David Pender, CB, Purdue
    2.50 - Earl Thomas, SS, Texas
    2.50 - Darrell Stuckey, FS, Kansas

    Fastest 10-yard times, 2010
    1.45 - Taylor Mays, FS, USC
    1.46 - Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
    1.48 - Stephen Williams, WR, Toledo
    1.48 - Jahvid Best, RB, California
    1.48 - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
    1.49 - Scott Long, WR, Louisville
    1.49 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU
    1.49 - Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
    1.49 - Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
    1.49 - Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
    1.49 - Jared Perry, WR, Missouri

    Highest Vertical Jump, 2010
    44 - A.J. Jefferson, CB, Fresno State
    43 1/2 - Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pittsburgh
    43 - Eric Berry, SS, Tennessee
    42 - Trindon Holliday, RS, LSU
    41 1/2 - Scott Long, WR, Louisville
    41 1/2 - Keenan Clayton, OB, Oklahoma
    41 - Taylor Mays, FS, USC
    41 - Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
    41 - Donald Jones, WR, Youngstown State
    40 1/2 - Ben Tate, RB, Auburn

    Longest Broad Jump, 2010
    11'02" - Dekoda Watson, OB, Florida State
    11'00" - Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
    10'10" - Eric Berry, SS, Tennessee
    10'07" - Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida
    10'07" - Koa Misi, DE, Utah
    10'07" - Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
    10'06" - A.J. Jefferson, CB, Fresno State
    10'06" - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU
    10'06" - Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt
    10'06" - Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
    10'06" - Kevin Thomas, CB, USC

    Fastest 20-yard Shuttle, 2010
    4.00 - A.J. Jefferson, CB, Fresno State
    4.03 - Blair White, WR, Michigan State
    4.05 - Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida
    4.06 - Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss
    4.07 - Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
    4.07 - Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
    4.07 - Joshua Moore, CB, Kansas State
    4.07 - Chris Chancellor, CB, Clemson
    4.07 - Josh Hull, ILB, Penn State
    4.09 - Scott Long, WR, Louisville

    Fastest 3-cone times, 2010
    6.45 - Scott Long, WR, Louisville
    6.54 - Trindon Holliday, WR/KR, LSU
    6.58 - Cody Grimm, OB, Virginia Tech
    6.64 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU
    6.65 - Barry Church, SS, Toledo
    6.66 - Marshay Green, CB, Ole Miss
    6.66 - Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
    6.67 - Kyle Bosworth, OB, UCLA
    6.69 - Blair White, WR, Michigan State
    6.70 - Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
    6.70 - Alterraun Verner, CB, UCLA

    Fastest 60-yard Shuttle, 2010
    11.04 - A.J. Jefferson, CB, Fresno State
    11.06 - Scott Long, WR, Louisville
    11.06 - Alterraun Verner, CB, UCLA
    11.07 - Blair White, WR, Michigan State
    11.12 - Joe Haden, CB, Florida
    11.13 - Kyle McCarthy, SS, Notre Dame
    11.17 - Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
    11.18 - Barry Church, SS, Toledo
    11.21 - Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
    11.23 - Brian Jackson, CB, Oklahoma
    11.23 - Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB, Indiana (PA)

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