2012 NFL Combine: First Impressions RB

2012 NFL Scouting Combine

James' initial thoughts on the RB's in Indianapolis.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The offensive linemen are done, as well as the tight ends, but the real show-stoppers are only getting started. Here are how the running backs have looked so far.

-Doug Martin continues to look like a first round pick. He’s had an impressive week, measuring in at over 5’9″ and 223 pounds. His 28 reps on the bench were a nice surprise. I’d love to see Martin run in the low 4.5’s tomorrow.

-Trent Richardson won’t participate in events, but came in at 5’9″ and 228.

– Robert Turbin (Utah State) and Jewel Hampton (Southern Illinois via Iowa) were the other most impressive RB’s on the bench with 28 and 26 reps respectively.

-Lamichael James measured in at 5’8″ and 194 pounds, right about where we had him pegged. He put up 14 reps on the bench. He should have a great workout on Sunday.

-Chris Rainey was easily the lightest running back at 180 pounds. He “wants” to run in the 4.1’s tomorrow, but if he gets below 4.3 we’ll be surprised.

-Only two backs were over 6’0″ – Rhett Ellison (USC) and Darrell Scott (South Florida).

-Chris Polk (Washington) didn’t bench, but has mentioned that he is hitting the workouts hard after a poor Senior Bowl weigh-in.

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4 Responses to “2012 NFL Combine: First Impressions RB”

  1. Ryan says:

    So many RB’s in this draft that could and will help potential teams. A couple guys I liked while watching the combine: David Wilson, Lamar Miller, L. James.

  2. Lundahl says:

    I’d like to draft another RB in this draft. Getting rid of Law Firm and sign an good young player would be good. Just my opinion.

  3. Dan says:

    I really like Miller from Miami…he’s a great looking athlete and has amazing speed…great one cut ability. I like him more than Richardson, even though Richardson may be the better all-round back at this point.

  4. Dan says:

    I heard the first sane commentary on Richardson tonight via Brian Billick’s mock draft when he left him out of the top ten. I’ve been watching these mocks drafts for months now and seeing him that high has bothered me every time I view it.
    First of all, I don’t think he’s a “Peterson” type of back…not close.
    Also, he’s a RB in a league that we all know, and talk about constantly, that is moving towards hardly ever running the football.
    Running backs have short lives in the league, another fact we all know.
    We also know countless examples of RB’s that do very well, or well enough, that aren’t even drafted. This draft is filled with guys who could be had in the mid-to-later rounds that could be very good.
    Now, after all these facts how anyone could take Richardson over Claiborne is beyond me; and this guy defends the pass! You NEED as many good or great DB’s as you can get your hands on. If he’s there you take him over two Richardsons.
    I say he goes in the teens, but some stupid team may jump at him higher, but there’s no way he should ever go ahead of Claiborne. I don’t care if you have 1 All Pro CB already…you grab another…he’ll be needed. Get your running back down the road.

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