In my opinion day 4 is the combine’s most exciting day. Here is what went down:
- Athletic measurements (40 yard dash, vertical leap, broad jump) and position drills for quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs
- Position drills for quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs
- Bench press for defensive lineman and linebackers
- Physical measurements for defensive backs
Since there is a lot more action on day 4, I am going to split the winners & losers column by position.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (5’11, 207) – His athleticism was on display on day 4. Manziel is more quick than fast, but still put up a solid 4.68 40-time. Manziel finished in the top 5 in all five drills he competed in. He not only had the best 20-yard shuttle time, but no one was within .15 seconds of his time.
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Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (6’6, 248) – This guy looks like a 1st round pick in practice, but a 7th round pick on game tape. Thomas was the biggest QB on the field, but had the best 40-time, vertical leap, and broad jump. Thomas showed flashes of his arm strength as well with a couple of picturesque deep balls. As I said in my mock, some team is going to fall in love with his athletic ability and take him a few rounds too high.
AJ McCarron, Alabama (6’3, 220) – Didn’t perform very well in the athletic portion of day 4, but threw the ball very well in the passing drills. McCarron was accurate with good touch and multiple analysts commented on him ball being very “catchable”.
Derek Carr, Fresno St (6’2, 214) – I was surprised with his athleticism. Carr ran an impressive 4.69 in the 40 and finished in the top five in both the vertical leap and the 20-yard shuttle.
Tahj Boyd, Clemson (6’1, 222) – Boyd ran slower than expected (4.84) and like at the Senior Bowl was very inconsistent with his passing accuracy in drills. I don’t think Boyd is going to get drafted.
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville (6’2, 214) – He was the only QB not to do anything physical at the combine. Bridgewater gave a press conference on day 3, but didn’t even run today. He obviously didn’t hurt his stock and no one will be talking about it as the draft gets closer, but he passed up a chance to impress coaches which seems like a loss to me. Bridgewater is still my #1 overall though.