Sometimes NFL Combine produces legendary performances. Our all-time All-Combine Team is packed with sub-4.3 40-yard dashes, 40-plus-inch vertical and offensive linemen eating bench press people for lunch.
Other times, the combination shows that some of the most sought-after prospects are not as athletic as everyone thought. And some of times, times, the players who test poorly in Indianapolis continue with excellent pro career. This post is a celebration for the players dating back to 2000, with the help of the combined search engine on the Sports Reference.
Tom Brady, 2000
Let's not over complicate things to start.
Brady drove 40 in 5.28 seconds, tied to the fifth-worst time of a QB this century. He laid a 24.5 inch vertical, tied to the sixth worst. He did fine in agility exercises, but he established himself as one of the least explosive athletes who ever participated in the combination. The biggest QB of all-time demonstrated all athletics by an accountant.
Brady's terrible combination has become part of a mythology of what an underdog he was. It goes along with its status as a sixth round pick, the notion that he hardly played in Michigan (not true) and labeling him as an uncharted recruitment (although he would have been a four- star if such things existed).
It's all too much. But Brady's combine was really bad.
LeGarrette Blount, 201
Alfred Morris, 2012
Frankly, it is difficult to be a good NFL that runs back if you do not test well on the combination. This position group can offer the smallest choices of "bad" combining showings.
Historically, the average is 40 times to run the back and fullbacks in the combination 4.53 seconds, and the average bench reps is 20.
Oregon's Blount ran a 4.7, the slower in his position group that year and at the bottom of the 50's. He traveled 18 times on the bench, more than any other 2010 RB but below the historical average of the position. (Similarly, 2010 has not had a good current class.)
FAU's Morris managed three 1,000-yard seasons in the NFL and hung around the league, despite performing quite poorly in Indy. He ran a 4.63 40 and repped 16 on the bench and performed on most exercises on average.
Anquan Boldin, 2003
Antonio Brown, 2010
Jarvis Landry, 2014
FSU's Boldin ran a 4.72 40 and placed him at the bottom of receivers of this century and ended under the recipients' historic averages in the host (33.5 inches) and wide jump (114). He was another round pick at the Cardinals and then a star.
Central Michigan's Brown ran a 4.56 50, repped only 13 times on the bench and posted the same 33.5-inch host. He was just about average on the shuttle and three-cone exercises. He finished being a sixth round pick … and saw one of the best recipients ever.
LSU Product Landry's 40s was 4.65, and his host was a fuzzy 28.5. He was number 63, 51 spots after his tiger teammate Odell Beckham Jr. went to the Giants.
Jason Peters, 2004
Hell yeah, I include an all-pro offensive tackle like my tight end. Peters played TE in Arkansas, where he captured 27 balls for 288 yards and four TD's. Arkansas alum worked with the tight ends by combining and running a 4.93 40, extremely slow to position. (He did this with a list of 336 pounds, so go easy on him.) But he only read 21 times on the bench, which is average for a tight end and well below the average for offensive linemen.
Peters went undrafted. The bills signed him as a tight end. They eventually taught him to play tackle and he continued to be one of the better tackles in history. Pretty good!
Kareem McKenzie, 2001
Jahri Evans, 2006
Zach Strief, 2006
Ramon Foster, 2009
Orlando Brown, 2018
The average 40 hour of offensive linemen is just about 5, 25th With the exception of Evans, who was right on that number, everyone here was far slower than that. No one repped more than 20 times on the bench. (The average is about 26.) Four out of five came well below the 102-inch average wide jump for the O-linem. Yet, everyone has made strong leagues in the league.
Penn State's McKenzie started for 10 years between the two New York franchises and rarely missed a game. Texas A & M's Evans and Northwestern's Strief both went to the Saints and stayed there for a long time winning a Super Bowl. Foster is a pillar of the Steelers elite line.
Oklahoma's Brown had the worst combination of performance in the recorded story before continuing with one of the better rookie seasons in 2018. You can argue that his listing here is too early, but I would counteract
Pernell McPhee, 2011
Pernell McPhee, 2011
Calais Campbell, 2008
Wallace Gilberry, 2008
Pernell McPhee, 2011
19659025] Michigan State's Peko Run 5 , 27 (compared to an average of 5.08 averages for DTs) and was 25 times on the bench press (average: about 28), but he has moved on to an ironman-like career with Bengals and the Broncos.
Miami's Campbell ran a 5.04 40 against a 4.81 historic average for ends, though he was on the larger side. He paired it with 16 bench representatives, worst of the job group that year, and below average shows in host and agility runs.
Bama's Gilberry, another end, ran 40 in 4.98 and bowed 19 times. He didn't even get the draft, but managed a nine-year career, mostly as a starter.
The Mississippi State McPhee has moved to various positions during his professional career, but as a DE in combining he set up a 4.91 40 and 20 bench representatives. He was also below the average host (28.5) and shuttle (4.59).
Clark Haggans, 2000
Terrell Suggs, 2003
Chad Greenway, 2006
Danny Trevathan, 2012
Colorado State's Haggans is one of 11 linebackers to send a 4.9 second 40 or worse ] and rep 20 times or less on the bench. He is the only one who became an NFL starter and he did so for seven years and won a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh.
Arizona State's Suggs, at the time the FBS career scissors leader, ran a nasty 4.84 40.
Iowa's Greenway ran a 4.76 40, repped 16 times (against historic linebacker average of 4.7 and 23 respectively) and was a slightly below average jumper. He was no. 17 and had a 10-year-old Viking career.
Kentucky's Trevathan had a 4.84 40 times of about 237 pounds, which is bad . He also read only 18 times on the bench. He has been a starter for the last six years when he is healthy.
Renaldo Hill, 2001
Jairus Byrd, 2009
Joe Haden, 2010
Josh Norman, 2012
The hat is a different matter from the others here. He should always be a high first round pick and he was in the end. But he ran a 4.52 40, poor for a 5 & apos; 11 corner, and had the 10th worst host (35) inches of the 26 corners that tested. He also had the third worst pendulum time, but it did not prevent him from putting together a strong career.
Otherwise, let's just choose three of the 92 corners to run a 4.6 40 or worse this century, two of which also came below the average of the vertical jump. (Byrd did not live.)
Of all the really slow corners, these are rare players who got extended careers as starters. Hill and Byrd did so in less than 6 feet, and Byrd eventually moves.  Corners are generally the fastest group, with a historic average of 40 hours of 4.49. Respect the (relatively) slow guys to make it work anyway.
Cato June 2003
Dawan Landry, 2006
Georgia Tech's Landry and Michigan's June ran the 40s in the 4.6s against a historic security average of 4.54. They were average in the other things, and they are here to a large extent because few safers ever do badly in the combination and then do so in the league.
Mason Crosby, 2007
This Colorado Buffalo runs a 5.18 second 40, second highest of the century by a kicker, but has spent 12 years as (normally) one of the better kickers in the league. The 40 is the only drill specialists typically attend.
Dave Zastudil, 2002
Ohio Bobcat ran a 5.26 40, tied for the worst of the century by a punter. He held duty pounding jobs over 12 years for three teams anyway.
Clint Gresham, 2010
Being a long snapper in the combination is extremely lonely, with only one or two participants in most years. I award this place to TCU's Gresham, who ran a 5.08 40 and went undrafted but still snapped to Seahawks for six years and won a Super Bowl.
Long live the long snapper.
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