INDIANAPOLIS — Aside from a rare exception, like LSU’s Trindon Holliday, most prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine weren’t track and field superstars. Yet, many of the workouts are track and field-type drills.
Nowhere is the players’ lack of proficiency in such disciplines more noticeable than the broad jump.
It’s almost comical in a sense to watch these incredible athletes struggle so mightily with something as simple as standing in place and jumping straight ahead.
Toledo’s Stephen Williams stepped up to the line with a look of intense determination. He ultimately put up the second-best distance for receivers at 10 foot, 5 inches, but how he got there was quite an adventure. His first three jumps all went awry, with one resulting in him falling flat on his back.
Soon after Williams was Texas QB Colt McCoy. While McCoy didn’t finish with as good a distance as Williams (fourth-best among QBs at 9-6), he beat him in entertainment value. On one of his jumps, McCoy slipped and wound up doing a complete backward somersault before landing on his feet. It was quite a sight to behold.
Thankfully for all of the participants, this isn’t the Olympics. Prospects are allowed as many jumps as it takes to keep their balance and post an official score.
– Jason Feller