It’s no exaggeration that all eyes are on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday morning.
From the view on the sidelines, it’s not difficult to see why.
It’s one of the most anticipated days of workouts at the combine, with quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers participating. The first group of quarterbacks and wide receivers already have finished their 40-yard dashes. The QBs then started their passing drills, working on footwork inside the pocket and throws after rolling out. The receivers started with sideline footwork and then moved on to the gauntlet drill.
There was some impressive speed on display. Some of these guys just crushed the 40 with what is believed to be near-record combine times. Just using the eyeball test, it was obvious that Abilene Christian’s Johnny Knox can really move. Texas’ Quan Cosby, Florida’s Percy Harvin and Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey also appeared to run well. Unofficially, they were blazing. We’re waiting on the official times to come in after the second group runs, and we will pass those along as soon as we can. (Click here for times.)
It also appeared that Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin ran well. In the second group of receivers later Sunday is Ohio State’s Brian Robiskie, Penn State’s Derrick Williams, North Carolina’s Brandon Tate and USC’s Patrick Turner, among others.
Among the quarterbacks, a snap-judgment observation is that Kansas State’s Josh Freeman stands out — literally — from the crowd. Listed at 6-foot-5 ¾ and 248 pounds, Freeman is the biggest of the quarterbacks working out in his group Sunday morning — at least 3 inches taller than other highly rated players such as Sam Houston State’s Rhett Bomar (6-2), Ball State’s Nate Davis (6-1) and Michigan State’s Brian Hoyer (6-2). Teams looking for quarterbacks with size might want to start with Freeman, who also possesses a very smooth release.
Bomar has done well with measurables so far at the combine, putting up 25 repetitions in the bench press and running very well in the first group of QBs Sunday. Bomar is Mike Mayock’s fifth-ranked quarterback available in the draft.