2012 NFL Combine: What We Learned – RB

2012 NFL Scouting Combine

The running backs have had their say - did their message get across in Indianapolis?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

The longest day of the combine is complete and QBs, RBs and WRs are on their way home after a long four days.

I didn’t sense a lot of movement on draft boards from the drills and workouts today, but here are some notes on the running backs:

-Doug Martin had an overall very solid day at the combine running an unofficial sub 4.5 40 while also finishing 6th in the 20 shuttle, 2nd in the 60 shuttle, 2nd in the 3 cone, 6th in the broad jump and 9th in the vertical. Martin also ran through all of his drills smoothly while flashing some nice hands.

-David Wilson ran a 4.49 official 40 while also finishing 4th in the 60 shuttle, 4th in the 20 shuttle, 10th in the 3 cone, first in the broad jump and first in the vertical jump.

-Chris Rainey ran a 4.45 in the 40 while also finishing first in the 60 shuttle, first in the 20 shuttle, first in the 3 cone, 7th in the broad jump and 7th in the vertical jump. He might have been the workout warrior of the combine.

-LaMichael James also ran a 4.45 40 while finishing 3rd in the 20 shuttle, 3rd in the 3 cone and 2nd in the broad jump. He’s similar athletically to Rainey while also having 15 pounds on him.

-Chris Polk showed off some speed with an unofficial 4.47 40, but was poor in his jumps and average in his 3 cone and 20 shuttle. He probably showed the best hands of all the backs today.

-Polk and Terrence Ganaway both had 10 yard splits in the 1.5s, which is important to get to the hole quickly.

-If there was one player there that didn’t look like he belonged, it was Marc Tyler. He ran the second worst 40 time and had the second worst broad jump and vertical jump. He also looked a little lost during drills.

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