Official vertical jump, broad jump results: Running backs

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are the leading vertical jump and broad jump results for running backs who worked out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine:

Top 10 in vertical jump
David Wilson, Virginia Tech: 41 inches
Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss: 38
Terrance Ganaway, Baylor: 37.5
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State: 37
Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin: 36.5
Bernard Pierce, Temple: 36.5
Chris Rainey, Florida: 36.5
Mike Ball, Nevada: 36
Doug Martin, Boise State: 36
Robert Turbin, Utah State: 36

Top 10 in broad jump
Wilson: 11 feet
LaMichael James, Oregon: 10 feet, 3 inches
Pierce: 10-3
Turbin: 10-2
Ewing: 10-0
Martin: 10-0
Rainey: 10-0
Bolden: 9-11
Ganaway: 9-11
Davin Meggett, Maryland: 9-10
Tauren Poole, Tennessee: 9-10

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Enter the draft guru: Mayock dishes on 2012 class

INDIANAPOLIS — NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock hit the press room Sunday for a wide-ranging conversation with reporters about everything from Robert Griffin III‘s to Peyton Manning‘s legacy here in Circle City.

Here’s a sampling of the magic our draft guru spun at the NFL Scouting Combine:

On Robert Griffin III: “I knew he was going to fly (in the 40-yard dash), and, to be honest, I didn’t care if it was 4.31 or 4.41 … I already knew how athletic the kid is. … I expected him to fly. … I enjoyed him on the set. I thought he was engaging and intelligent.”

On Andrew Luck: “I think what was surprising to some people was how athletic Andrew Luck is. I knew he was because I’ve watched the kid workout personally, but I think a lot of people might be surprised to compare his measurables to Cam Newton from a year ago, and how similar they are.”

On Luck filling Manning’s shoes: “Peyton Manning’s one of the best two or three to ever play the game. I don’t think you can say any college kid is Peyton Manning.”

What will teams be willing to part with to move up and snag RGIII? “I don’t know what the right value is today, but I’ll tell you this: If you look at last year’s draft, and (Christian) Ponder goes at (No. 12) and (Jake) Locker goes at (No. 8), what I would tell you is that I would be stunned if these two kids didn’t go 1 and 2, and then I think (Ryan) Tannehill, even though he can’t work out, as long as he takes care through the process, shows people he can throw, what an athlete he is, Tannehill might go in the top 10.”

On Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill: “(He) killed it (with a 4.36-second 40-yard dash). I had a bunch of scouts tell me before the combine, ‘This kid might blow the roof off it,’ and he did. The tough thing with Stephen Hill is coming out of that option offense. He’s hard to evaluate. We went through this with Demaryius Thomas. … From a football perspective, every team in the league has now got a lot of homework to do. … Trust me, he’s kind of pushed himself right up in the forefront of this wide receiver (class).”

On Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd: “I thought Floyd had as good a day as just about anyone out there.”

On Baylor WR Kendall Wright: “The guy I was most surprised with as far as his 40 on the downside was (Wright). … On tape, I thought he was DeSean Jackson, just a notch below him from a speed perspective, so to see him run 4.6 — I was stunned.”

On LSU DT Michael Brockers: “Brockers is special. … Brockers is probably a top-10 or (top-)12 pick.”

On the defensive line class: “I love the defensive tackles, which we’re going to see tomorrow. Not a fan of the defensive ends. I’ve seen anywhere from five to seven defensive tackles that have first-round grades.”

The news for tight ends? Not so good: “I think the tight end class is a bad class. And that’s not good, given (Rob) Gronkowski and (Aaron) Hernandez and what we’ve seen in the NFL. Everybody’s looking for that next guy. I don’t have a first-round grade in the tight end class. I’ve got three second-round grades and then I’ve got kind of an abyss.”

And now, with the press room shutting down and reporters filing out — many heading home — we take our own journey out of Lucas Oil Stadium.

– Marc Sessler

Memphis DL Poe posts combine-best 44 reps in bench press

INDIANAPOLIS — There’s no better event at the NFL Scouting Combine than the bench press. It’s the ultimate combine theater.

It’s brute strength, man versus barbell, with some guy screaming in the ear of a 320-pound defensive lineman while he bounces 225 pounds off his chest more times believed humanly possible. Then, just as it seems like he can’t do anymore, the lineman summons up all his remaining strength and gives one last extension of his arms.

Yeah, it’s cool to run the fastest 40, but if you’re the guy with the most bench-press reps, you’ve earned some kind of street cred.

This year’s hero was Memphis’ Dontari Poe, who put up 44 reps, eight more than the next best D-linemen and edging the previous leader, Michigan center David Molk by three.

At 6-foot-4 and 346 pounds, Poe said Saturday he was gunning for 40 reps, and his performance here this week could do a lot for his draft stock with any team that’s in the market for a dominating force up front. Poe is widely considered a borderline first- or second-round pick, though Charles Davis, Chad Reuter and Bucky Brooks all predict he’ll go to the Texans with the 26th overall pick.

Other top D-linemen in bench press
Loni Fangupo, BYU: 36
Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma: 36
Mike Martin, Michigan: 36
Kendall Reyes, Connecticut: 36

Top 5 LBs in bench press
Demario Davis, Arkansas State: 32
Miles Burris, San Diego State: 31
Ryan Baker, LSU: 30
Brandon Marshall, Nevada: 28
Darius Fleming, Notre Dame: 27
Luke Kuechly, Boston College: 27
Keenan Robinson, Texas: 27

Stay on top of all the results with NFL.com’s combine tracker.

Irvin: Blackmon does all the right things to warrant ‘best’ label

Editor’s note: Michael Irvin, a Hall of Fame receiver and NFL Network analyst, watched all the wide receivers work out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine and shares his thoughts.

INDIANAPOLIS — I know this much after watching Justin Blackmon work out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine: He’s clearly the top receiver in this year’s draft class.

Blackmon didn’t run the 40-yard dash, and I don’t need a 40 time to make me believe he’s the best. He’s clearly one of the most polished route runners out there, even with a bad hamstring.

You know how I know? Because it doesn’t matter what type of route it is, for the first 10 yards, he does a great job of running it the same. You want the first 10 yards to look the same every time so you don’t tip off the DB. That takes good body control, which Blackmon has.

I’ll say this: As good of a QB as Sam Bradford is, Blackmon will make him better. The Rams need to do everything to make sure they draft him.

The other big name who was solid, but not spectacular, was Michael Floyd. His 4.47-second 40-yard dash shows how fast he can be, but he just needs to improve a bit coming in and out of his cuts.

Whoever takes Floyd should make sure to work with him, polish him up and use him in a Marques Colston-type of role.

And I have to give some props to Stephen Hill. He made himself some money today. A 4.36 in the 40, and he didn’t look bad at all in drills.

When you get somebody as big as Hill at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, and as fast as him, it doesn’t matter that he comes from that weird option offense at Georgia Tech, where they hardly pass. He’ll get drafted specifically to blow the top off defenses.

– Michael Irvin

Official 40-yard dash results: Running backs

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are the leading 40-yard dash results for running backs who worked out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine:

Top 10
Lamar Miller, Miami: 4.40 seconds
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State: 4.45
LaMichael James, Oregon: 4.45
Chris Rainey, Florida: 4.45
Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M: 4.47
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati: 4.47
Bernard Pierce, Temple: 4.49
Davis Wilson, Virginia Tech: 4.49
Robert Turbin, Utah State: 4.5
Rock Baker, Michigan State: 4.53
Davin Meggett, Maryland: 4.53

Stay on top of all the results with NFL.com’s combine tracker.

LSU’s Claiborne aims to ‘take over’ combine, as Peterson did

INDIANAPOLIS — LSU is turning out top-notch defensive backs at a startling pace, a trend not lost on Morris Claiborne, who’s widely considered the top cornerback in this year’s draft class.

Morris Clairborne could be the next big thing out of LSU. (Derick Hingle/US Presswire)

One year ago, it was former LSU corner Patrick Peterson who rocked the NFL Scouting Combine. Now a star with the Cardinals, Peterson dropped some wisdom on Claiborne about how to handle this week.

“I talked to him before I came up here, before I flew in, and his advice was just, ‘Go up and take over,’ ” Claiborne told reporters Sunday.

Claiborne, who started his college career as a wide receiver, said his game differs from Peterson’s in the sense that he’s “more of a technician,” but let’s face it — something’s in the water down in Baton Rouge. That something’s turning defensive backs into supermen, just one of the reasons LSU has earned the nickname “DB U.”

“When we started having DBs just coming out and playing unbelievable, from the young guys to the older, and we just started calling ourselves that,” Claiborne said. “Patrick gave us the name, and we just kept it going.”

– Marc Sessler

Official three-cone, 20-yard shuttle results: QBs

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are the leading three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle results for quarterbacks who worked out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine:

LSU's Jordan Jefferson runs the three-cone drill Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine. (Gary A. Vasquez/NFL)

Top 5 in three-cone drill
Austin Davis, Southern Miss: 6.73 seconds
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois: 6.78
Andrew Luck, Stanford: 6.80
Jordan Jefferson, LSU: 6.81
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin: 6.97

Top 5 in 20-yard shuttle
Jefferson: 4.06
Wilson: 4.09
Davis: 4.11
Harnish: 4.15
Luck: 4.28
Darron Thomas, Oregon: 4.28

Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, who topped all QBs with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash earlier in the day, didn’t participate in the three-cone drill or the 20-yard shuttle.

Stay on top of all the results with NFL.com’s combine tracker.

Like father, like son? Chase Minnifield hopes so

INDIANAPOLIS — His father, Frank Minnifield, is a rock star in Cleveland, but Chase Minnifield is here at the NFL Scouting Combine to blaze his own path.

The Virginia cornerback understands the endless comparisons to his dad — they look the same, sound the same, flash that same smile — and those NFL bloodlines are one reason scouts are intrigued by Chase.

Frank was a self-made, hard-working defender who starred for the Browns from 1984 to 1992. Along with fellow cornerback Hanford Dixon, Frank transformed old Municipal Stadium into the raucous, swirling Dawg Pound — and Cleveland’s defense into one of the league’s most fearsome during the team’s late 1980s playoff runs.

Chase adores his father, telling reporters Sunday that he never gets tired of talking about the man.

“My father, he’s been a pretty big influence on how I play, how I act, just my day-to-day routines,” Chase said. “… He’s taught me just about everything I know about the game.”

He doesn’t have a preference where he winds up in the pros, but Chase acknowledged it would be special to hear the Browns call his name on draft day.

Certainly that’s the case for the fans in Cleveland — still irritated to see the son of Clay Matthews wind up in Green Bay, when it made so much sense to simply connect the dots and bring him home. Maybe this time, it will happen.

– Marc Sessler

Warner: Luck, RGIII smart not to throw at combine

Editor’s note: NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner, a former NFL MVP and Super Bowl-winning quarterback, watched all the QBs work out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine and shares his thoughts.

INDIANAPOLIS — It would have been nice to see Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III throw Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine. It would have been nice to see if they actually live up to the billing.

But when you’re at that level, where it’s a lock that you’ll go first and second overall in the draft, refusing to throw won’t affect them. You’ve got to understand that if Luck and Griffin come in and do what they’re supposed to do, then it’s not a big deal because it was expected. Whereas if they bomb for some reason, then we’ve got an issue, and you’re second-guessing yourself for throwing in an unfamiliar environment to receivers you’re not comfortable with.

It’s a no-win situation. Leave that for the QBs with something to prove.

Overall, the big impression for me from this group is that they are a bunch of strong arms. That much was clear to me. There are some big QBs in this class. One of the problems, though, was that a lot of guys tried to throw with their arm and hit their receiver perfectly instead of throwing with anticipation.

That’s hard to do when you’re working with new guys, but I have to give Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins credit for using touch to overcome this. I thought he did a good job and helped himself.

– Kurt Warner

Official three-cone, shuttle results: Wide receivers

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are the leading three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle results for wide receivers who worked out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine:

Top 10 in three-cone drill
Junior Hemingway, Michigan: 6.59 seconds
Danny Coale, Virginia Tech: 6.69
T.J. Graham, N.C. State: 6.77
Marv Jones, California: 6.81
Jerrell Jackson, Missouri: 6.82
Kashif Moore, Connecticut: 6.82
Jordan White, Western Michigan: 6.84
Keshawn Martin, Michigan State: 6.85
Chris Owusu, Stanford: 6.85
Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech: 6.88
Rishard Matthews, Nevada: 6.88
Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers: 6.88

Top 10 in 20-yard shuttle
Hemingway: 3.98 seconds
Eric Page, Michigan: 3.98
Jarius Wright, Toledo: 4.03
Moore: 4.05
Marvin McNutt, Connecticut: 4.07
Jackson: 4.11
Jones: 4.11
Owusu: 4.11
Jermaine Kearse, Washington: 4.12
Martin: 4.13

Top 10 in 60-yard shuttle
Jackson: 11.08 seconds
Hemingway: 11.16
Martin: 11.16
Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech: 11.22
Coale: 11.22
Owusu: 11.22
Matthews: 11.25
White: 11.40
Hill: 11.43
Jones: 11.47
Page: 11.47

Stay on top of all the results with NFL.com’s combine tracker.

Fans enjoy first access to library-like combine experience

Fans take in Sunday's action at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. (Gary A. Vasquez/NFL)

INDIANAPOLIS — Sitting in the upper levels of Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday were over 200 number-hungry football fans, and it was like a library up there.

These men and women received the opportunity to go where no NFL fans have been before: the NFL Scouting Combine. It’s a privilege they earned by submitting essays making their case to be among the 250 people allowed entry into the exclusive NFL prospect showcase.

Long conducted under what seemed like a veil of secrecy, the combine has opened up — slowly — in recent years. First came the NFL Network cameras, then access to some of the data, then all of it. And now, as the NFL has successfully done with its other events, it’s beginning to open the doors for fans.

Talking to some of them as Under Armour-clad prospects ran and jumped below us, you’d think we were witnessing the next Manhattan Project. Fans spoke in hushed tones, careful not to disturb the zen-like peace of what has turned into a rite of passage for the NFL’s personnel executives and the nation’s top college prospects.

Most, like Meagan Peden Agnew and her brother, who drove two hours from Floyds Knobs, Ind., were just happy to be there, even if it was with various restrictions.

“They told us it had to be a library atmosphere,” Peden Agnew said. “No large movements, no talking. We could only go to the bathroom in groups of three. But I thought it was really cool to see the athletes doing all the skills and drills.”

This wasn’t your average experience inside a state-of-the-art football stadium. No fans cheering, no beer or hot dogs. To appreciate this is to be a football junkie, like Michael McNeill, who woke up at 3 a.m. to drive here from Louisville, Ky., and also recorded the combine at home.

“It’s something that me and my buddies never got to experience,” he said. “You can’t get enough of it.”

That’s certainly what the league hopes is the case. Ray Anderson, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, considered Sunday’s fan experiment a big success.

“The folks followed the instructions, they were respectful,” Anderson said. “They understood this was a work environment and that these young men were going through the interviews of their lives, so we asked them to adhere to a library etiquette and to help us out so we can take this back and really vet it and see if it’s something we should do on a larger and more permanent basis. And you know what, they’ve given us a good case to make.”

Given the significance this event has for those involved, it’s no wonder the league is treading so carefully. Christian Binger of Indianapolis never expected to see fans given entry.

“I thought it was pretty much a closed-door type of evaluation, like a job interview, as it’s been described,” Binger said. “Having a chance to partake in that process, I think it lets fans invest themselves more in the whole process and the game itself.”

Added Jenny Myers, also from Indianapolis: “I think it’s been a lot of fun. I hope the NFL thinks it was successful. Everyone’s been very quiet. A few times, people got really excited about a dropped pass or something, and we were all like, ‘Shhhh!’ “

– Aron Angel

Burfict won’t table talk about his on-field, off-field run-ins

INDIANAPOLIS — Here in the NFL Scouting Combine press room, high-profile prospects are brought to the podium to speak. Lesser-known players are dropped at smaller tables, set up for more intimate Q&As, so it was curious to see Vontaze Burfict relegated to distant Table 4.

Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict said Sunday that his coaches' indecision contributed to his subpar 2011 season. (Jennifer Hilderbrand/US Presswire)

After all, the Arizona State linebacker is one of the more intriguing prospects, an explosive hitter and the type of player some have tagged as a good fit for the Ravens’ defense, among others.

The Butkus Award semifinalist is known for his jarring style of play but also for a lack of discipline that has cost his team on and off the field. Burfict didn’t sound preoccupied with that line of criticism, telling reporters Sunday: “I’m the best linebacker in this draft.”

He described his play last season as simply “average” and not up to what he plans to do in the NFL.

“The coaches kind of messed me up, like, I didn’t know if I was going to start a game, I didn’t know if I was going to be benched,” he said. “So, it hurt me at times, but I tried to fight through it.”

Burfict made the wrong type of headlines in 2011 for a locker-room scuffle with teammate Kevin Ozier, a wide receiver. Burfict explained the situation in detail, saying Ozier played rough during non-contact drills, which led to the showdown.

“He hit me (during drills), and we had a little argument,” Burfict said. “We started chatting about it (in the locker room). We started, you know, rough housing. He pushed me, and my first instinct was to swing, and everybody thinks I’m a bad guy because my instinct was to swing.

“I learned from it,” Burfict later said. “… I’m a soft-spoken guy. Shy sometimes. But when I’m on the field, I just hate to lose.”

– Marc Sessler

Mayock, Browns among those who wanted RGIII to throw

Robert Griffin III‘s 4.41-second 40-yard dash dazzled onlookers, but it’s what the QB didn’t do Sunday that has NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock and personnel men throughout the league feverishly waiting for Baylor’s March 21 pro day.

Griffin, along with Stanford’s Andrew Luck, opted not to throw during the NFL Scouting Combine, and Mayock grilled the QB about that decision when he appeared on the NFL Network set at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Griffin reiterated his earlier stance on why he skipped throwing in Indianapolis: He’d rather throw to receivers he knows in an environment where he’s comfortable. Griffin did concede it was hard to sit on the sideline and watch when Mayock asked if his competitive streak kicked in as the other prospects threw.

“I really did, and I kept inching forward. The Cleveland coaches were telling me they could see it in me — they saw I wanted to be out there throwing,” Griffin said. “I tried to come out and show that I am a competitor with the running and the jumping and doing those things. … I’m excited to throw, but I have to let that be another day. …

“You want to show them that you’re as advertised — that’s the main reason I came and ran,” Griffin added. “I didn’t have to run, but I decided to run and jump and do those things so they know I’m either as athletic as they thought I was or even more.”

The Browns’ coaching staff didn’t just tease Griffin about his decision not to throw, as Griffin said Cleveland, which owns the No. 4 overall pick, was one of the many teams he met with this weekend at the combine. In addition to the Browns, Griffin said he met with the Dolphins (No. 8), Redskins (No. 6), Chiefs (No. 11), Jaguars (No. 7), Bills (No. 10) and Vikings (No. 3).

The Seahawks (No. 12) and Rams (No. 2) didn’t interview Griffin, and it’s been widely speculated that St. Louis will shop its pick to a team looking to move up and draft the QB.

Official 40-yard dash times: Wide receivers

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are the leading 40-yard dash results for wide receivers who worked out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine:

Top 10
Travis Benjamin, Miami: 4:36 seconds
Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech: 4.36
Chris Owusu, Stanford: 4.36
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois: 4.39
Devon Wylie, Fresno State: 4.39
Tommy Streeter, Miami: 4.4
Chris Givens, Wake Forest: 4.41
T.J. Graham, N.C. State: 4.41
Kashif Moore, Connecticut: 4.42
Jarius Wright, Arkansas: 4.42

Hill’s unofficial time was 4.30, causing some to think he might challenge the post-2000 combine record of 4.28, held by Jacoby Ford (2010) and Jerome Mathis (2005). Darrius Heyward-Bey and Yamon Figurs ran 4.3 in 2009 and 2007, respectively.

Stay on top of all the results with NFL.com’s combine tracker.

Official 40-yard dash times: QBs

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are the leading 40-yard dash results for quarterbacks who worked out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine:

Top 5
Robert Griffin III, Baylor: 4.41 seconds
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin: 4.55
Jordan Jefferson, LSU: 4.65
Andrew Luck, Stanford: 4.67
Aaron Corp, Richmond: 4.72
Jacory Harris, Miami: 4.72

Griffin’s time was the fastest at the combine since 2006, when Reggie McNeal ran it in 4.35.

Stay on top of all the results with NFL.com’s combine tracker.

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