NFL.com: Gil Brandt: Quick hits from Indy: Day 5
Quick hits from Indy: Day 5
By Gil Brandt
NFL.com Senior Analyst
NFL.com draft expert Gil Brandt is in Indianapolis at the 2007 Scouting Combine. While there, he will file daily reports for draft-hungry fans to read about. NFL Network will also provide live coverage of the combine and have daily wrap-ups on NFL Total Access.
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 26, 2007) -- The Combine is winding down. The offensive coaches have all left, so we now have half the amount of coaches in attendance. This has been the most successful Combine we've ever had, with a fantastic number of guys participating and record media coverage.
The most asked question right now is: Who is Chris Henry? The answer is he is a running back from Arizona who entered school there in 2003. He was hurt early on and then in 2004 and 2005 he never started but played some. In 2006, he got in a couple of starts but was still mostly a reserve. In high school, he won the 100-meter track championship at Stockton High School in Stockton, Calif. But until this year, he had never really played much in college, starting only a couple of times this year. If you look at all the draft books, you see that he's nowhere to be listed in any of them.
So why all the interest? The 5-11, 230-pound running back notched 26 bench presses (second best for runners), the second-best 10-yard time at 1.51 (Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson was 1.54), and he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds. The way he worked out created an unbelievable amount of interest. He was definitely the most talked about prospect in the city of Indianapolis last night.
The defensive linemen worked out this morning. In the first group of 25 guys, 22 ran. Ikaika Alama-Francis (Hawaii), whose father Joe was the first Hawaiian-born quarterback to play in the NFL (played for Green Bay for two years in the late 50s), didn't run for medical reasons (pectoral surgery). Jamaal Anderson (Arkansas) was also injured, and Kareem Brown decided to sit out, choosing to run March 3 at Miami instead. Some of the fastest times were turned in by Gaines Adams (Clemson) with a 4.66, Baraka Atkins (Miami) with a 4.69, and Tim Crowder (Texas) surprised everyone with a 4.74.
Alan Branch of Michigan measured 6-5¾, 324 pounds and recorded 33 lifts, while running a 5.08. Adam Carriker of Nebraska (6-6, 296) had 33 lifts and ran a 4.85.
The second group of defensive lineman had 25 players, and six did not run. Three -- Derek Landri (Notre Dame), Marcus Thomas (Florida) and LaMarr Woodley (Michigan) -- voluntarily chose not to run. Eighteen of these guys will also work out as linebackers (in addition to the defensive line drills). The best times were turned in by Brian Robinson (Texas) with a 4.74, Jarvis Moss (Miami) with a 4.74 and Anthony Spencer (Purdue) with a 4.74.
Quentin Moses (Georgia) ran a 4.8. Amobi Okoye (Louisville) ran a 4.97, but he only ran one time because he pulled his right hamstring. It's unclear how much he'll be able to do the rest of the way.
It was an extremely athletic group of defensive linemen. If a team is looking for a defensive lineman, they should be able to find one in this draft.
Thirty-six linebackers were in the next group, and 33 of them ran. Two of the three who didn't were medically excused.
Just like last year, we had a very, very fast group of linebackers. Only one of them ran slower than a 4.9 in the 40. Here's some of the more impressive performances:
PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT 40 LIFTS
Antwan Barnes Fla. International 6-0 5/8 240 4.44 31
Quincy Black New Mexico 6-1 5/8 240 4.50 24
Justin Durant Hampton 6-0 7/8 230 4.59 25
David Harris Michigan 6-2¼ 243 4.57 23
Paul Posluszny Penn State 6-1 5/8 238 4.65 22
Tim Shaw Penn State 6-1½ 236 4.49 26
Patrick Willis Ole Miss 6-1 1/8 242 4.50 22
Desmond Bishop (Cal) notched 33 lifts in the bench press, while Antwan Barnes (Florida International) had 31, Stephon Nicholas (South Florida) had 29 and Stewart Bradley (Nebraska) had 28.
Chad Nkang of Elon was in the linebackers group, but because of his size (5-11½, 220) he will get a look as a defensive back. He ran a 4.59 and had 23 lifts.
Groups 10 and 11
The defensive backs lifted today, and will run Feb. 27. Arkansas' Chris Houston (5-9 7/8, 185) had 27 lifts, and Wyoming's John Wendling (6-1¼, 222) had 24.
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