5 Freakish Combine Standouts

These prospects put up ridiculous numbers for scouts and coaches.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Categories: Combine, Ryan Mink

It seems every year there’s a few ridiculous athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine.

This year didn’t disappoint.

Here’s a look at five players who jumped off the charts with their athleticism:

NFL Top 10 Combine Performances

DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
The 6-foot-3, 346-pounder posted a better 40-yard dash time (4.98 seconds) than Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who is 98 pounds lighter. Poe’s 44 reps in the bench press were the most of any player at the combine and eight more than the next-best defensive lineman. Poe showed quick feet in drills, as well. He launched himself into the first round and showed he can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 system.

OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia
Everybody knew Glenn was big, and he came through on that, measuring in at 6-foot-5, 345 pounds with extremely long 36-inch arms. But people didn’t know the big boy could move like this. Glenn posted a 5.15 40-yard dash with a 1.76 10-yard split, showing his explosion off the line. In the process, he showed he could play tackle or guard in the NFL.

QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Griffin’s 4.41 40-yard dash sent the combine abuzz. It’s the fastest time for a quarterback since Michael Vick’s 4.33 in 2001. Griffin’s 39-inch vertical leap was best among signal callers and seventh-best overall. The man known as RG3 didn’t throw at the combine, disappointing analysts and fans, but his sheer numbers were enough to bolster his already surging stock.

CB Josh Robinson, Central Florida
The fastest man at the combine blazed a 4.33 40-yard dash on the final day Tuesday. Robinson had the best broad jump amongst cornerbacks at 11 feet, 1 inch and quickest three-cone drill (6.55). His 17 bench-press reps weren’t too bad either for a cornerback, tied for 11th at his position.

RB Chris Rainey, Florida
Rainey showed his elite quickness at the combine. He topped the entire field in the 60-yard shuttle (11.06), 20-yard shuttle (3.93) and three-cone drill (6.50). His 4.45 40-yard dash time was tied for second-best amongst running backs. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder could be a dynamic special-teams returner.

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