Monday, February 23, 2009

Combine Coverage: The 'Backs

Shonn Greene: Measured in at 5'11" and 227 pounds. Top performer in the vertical and broad jump. In the vertical jump, Greene elevated 37", good for 5th best among running backs. In the broad jump, he jumped 10'1", also good for 5th best among running backs. Greene best 40 time was 4.63 unofficially, which is about what everyone expected. Greene ran just a bit slower then Georgia's Knowshon Moreno and Ohio State's Beanie Wells, but not by much.

Shonn probably didn't hurt his draft stock too much, but he certainly didn't help it much either. Apparently, he's fantastically good at jumping, something I wouldn't have guessed going into the combine.

The big question is the same as it is every year: Which do scouts put more value into? Things like 40 times and broad jumps or production during the year?

Boise State's Ian Johnson ran one of the faster 40's among running backs, 2nd best in fact at 4.46. Johnson is best known for the Statue of Liberty touchdown run against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl and then proposing to his cheerleader girlfriend. What most people don't know is that Johnson split time as a senior and that is statistics decline every year since his sophomore season.

So who gets drafted higher: The Doak Walker Award winner or Ian Johnson and his faster 40 time?

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