Monday, February 25, 2008

Combine Recap

Darius Reynaud has been called the best athlete on the WVU football team for the last few years and he showed why at the 2008 NFL Draft Combine. Reynaud finished in the top 10 for Receivers in the Bench Press, Vertical jump, Broad jump, 3-cone drill, and 60-yard shuttle. He failed to crack the top ten in 40-yard dash, but managed to run a 4.47 (unofficial) which is respectable. The top receiver was DeSean Jackson who ran a 4.35 40 yard dash. In the bench press Reynaud got 20 repetitions at 225.

Not having a good weekend was Steve Slaton. Slaton had stated the goals of a low 4.3 forty and around 49 inches in the vertical jump. Slaton failed to achieve his goal in the 40 with a 4.45 average and 4.4 low. His vertical jump was 33.5 inches. Slaton's vertical jump, while lower than he had hoped, did place him in the top ten running backs. Unfortunately it was the only category he placed. Possibly hurting Slaton was the fact that McFadden ran a 4.33 average, ECU's Chris Johnson running a 4.24, and Ray Rice (whose negatives include top end speed) running a 4.4 as well and Rahard Mendenhall running an identical 4.45 split.

Owen Schmitt ran an unofficial 4.70 40 which put him about average for the fullbacks. He also repped 225 26 times which was a tie for third in fullbacks with only Jerome Felton and Carl Stewart getting more (30).

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