Combine Blog: Tuesday

Written by Will Spencer on March 3, 2010

News and notes from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Tuesday, March 2nd


— Controversy filled the air at the Combine this week regarding 40 times. Unofficially, USC S Taylor Mays tied the Combine record of 4.24 in the 40, only to find that his official time was 4.43. According to several sources, most scouts had Mays 40 time somewhere in the low 4.3s. Mays still looked stiff in coverage drills and many continue to question whether or not his best fit is at OLB in the NFL.


— Rutgers CB Devin McCourty continued to help himself today and is rising fast in the cornerback rankings. McCourty ran a 4.48 40 yard dash and looked smooth and natural in the position drills.


— Boise State CB Kyle Wilson did not participate in any drills due to a hamstring injury.


— I fully expected a faster time from Florida State CB Patrick Robinson, who ran only a 4.46.


— The disappointment continued with some of the “big name” defensive backs as Myron Rolle was only able to run a 4.67 40. This is even more of a disappointment considering Rolle was being followed by NFL Network and made the remarks in an interview that some thought he’d run a 4.7 40 and he’s “neven been that slow.” Sorry Myron.


— Disappointment continued when Joe Haden, the #1 CB on most big boards, ran a slow time of 4.58. This, after reports of Haden running a 4.3 40 while at Florida. Haden looked very awkward in his stance and initial burst, which may have slowed him down. I expect him to lower that time by at least .15 seconds at his Pro Day later this month.


— Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, the gifted corner out of IUP had a very nice day. If anyone considered him as an under the radar corner before the Combine, that thought is long gone. Akwasi ran a nice 40 time of 4.47, which is fantastic considering he is over 6’0 tall and over 200 lbs. Akwasi looked very smooth in position drills, showing fluid hips and good change of direction skills. Luckily for me, my game film from IUP arrived during the combine, so I’ll be sure to give a full report ASAP.



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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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