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Combine Stats: Running Backs

Here’s an inside look at some of the Scouting Combine performances.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Categories: 2010 NFL Combine, Combine Results, Ryan Mink

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Sure, the health reports and measurements are what the Ravens front office is most interested in at the Scouting Combine. But let’s get to what us viewers pay attention to – what these guys look like in action.

Here’s a look at some of the results of note at the running back position Saturday at the Scouting Combine.

Bench Press

1. Lonyae Miller, Fresno State – 26
2. Ben Tate, Auburn – 26
3. John Connor, Kentucky – 24
4. Toby Gerhart, Stanford – 22
5. Keith Toston, Oklahoma State – 22

40-Yard Dash

1. Jahvid Best, California – 4.35
2. C.J. Spiller, Clemson – 4.37
3. Ben Tate, Auburn – 4.43
4. Ryan Matthews, Fresno State – 4.45
5. Joe McKnight, Southern California – 4.47

Vertical Jump

1. Montario Hardesty, Tennessee – 41.0
2. Ben Tate, Auburn – 40.5
3. Andre Dixon, Connecticut – 40.0
4. Pat Paschall, North Dakota State – 38.5
5. Toby Gerhart, Stanford – 38.0

Good Impression: Montario Hardesty, Tennessee, 6-0, 225
Hardesty is one of the bigger tailbacks at the draft, but he was also one of the most physically explosive. He posted the highest vertical jump, and broad jump of any running back and logged a very respectable 40-time at 4.49. ESPN’s Todd McShay said he may now be in the late second round.

Another Good Impression: Toby Gerhart, Stanford, 6-0, 231
There are assumptions made about Gerhart and he did a lot to dispel them. Gerhart ran a 4.53 40-time, which is great for his size. The Heisman Trophy candidate, who played under Jim Harbaugh, didn’t disappoint on the bench press or the vertical jump either.

Worth A Second Look: Ben Tate, Auburn, 5-11, 220
See above for why he’s on this list. Tate was a top performer in the big three categories, showing his all-around athleticism. The Newark, Md., native broke out in his senior year with 1,362 yards and 10 touchdowns. He could have moved up in his projected third round.

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