The NFL job fair known as the scouting combine ended its six-day run Tuesday and as always, there were several interesting developments.
One came in the 40-yard dash, where Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland, pictured above, smoked the field with a time of 4.3 seconds. The only players to come close to that time were Mike Wallace of Mississippi (4.33) and Johnny Knox of Abilene Christian (4.34).
Offensive guard Louis Vasquez of Texas Tech was tops in the bench press, lifting the 225 pounds 39 times. Defensive tackle Terrance Taylor of Michigan was second with 37 reps. One interesting note: USC kicker David Buehler had more reps (25) than 27 offensive linemen, including Mississippi's Michael Oher (21).
Cornerback Donald Washington of Ohio State soared an eye-popping 45 inches to finish atop the field in the vertical jump. Fellow cornerback Darius Butler of Connecticut was second at 43 inches. According to data compiled at Draft Express.com, over the last seven years, the best vertical jump at the NBA's predraft camp was Nate Robinson, who managed a 43.5-inch jump. Robinson recently won the NBA dunk contest.
Washington was best at the broad jump with an effort of 11 feet 3. Butler was second at 11-2.
Cornerback Malcolm Jenkins of Ohio State was fastest in the three-cone drill with a time of 6.59 seconds. Safety Sherrod Martin of Troy was second with a time of 6.6.
Cornerback Kevin Barnes of Maryland was fastest in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 3.96 seconds. Troy's Martin and cornerback Victor Harris of Virginia Tech tied for second in 3.98.
Receiver Brian Hartline of Ohio State was fastest in the 60-yard shuttle with a time of 10.92 seconds. Safety David Burton of Notre Dame was second in 10.96.
Here is a link to the top performers in each drill, by position. The NFL draft is April 25-26 in New York. The Detroit Lions are on the clock. ...
Update: Here are the complete combine results.