Path To Primetime: Running Backs

Posted Feb 20, 2011

NFL Combine: A look at this year's crop of RB prospects, the best performances of 2010 and Kansas City's current RB situation

Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium won’t host Super Bowl XLVI for another 11 months, but the Super Bowl of Scouting begins Thursday in downtown Indy. A total of 330 draft-eligible prospects will run, lift, jump and interview for personnel representatives from all 32 NFL teams February 24th – March 1st.

Of those 330, around 250 are expected to be drafted.

The week’s results will directly affect April’s draft board, which in turn will affect who returns to Indianapolis on February 5, 2012.

 Once lands in Indy, we’ll keep you updated on all of the Combine happenings. Until then, let’s take a look at who might become a Chief this April.


Chiefs Running Back Situation

Under Contract (3): Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones, Tervaris Johnson

Without Contracts (3): Jackie Battle, Tim Castille, Mike Cox

2010 Combine Participants: Dexter McCluster


*McCluster’s Combine Results

40 Speed: 4.58

3-Cone: --

Shuttle: 4.06

Vertical: 37.50

Broad: 118

Bench: 20

*2010 Combine Results compiled from ESPN

40 SPEED: 40-yard dash time.

3-CONE: 3-cone drill time.

SHUTTLE: 20-yard shuttle time.

VERTICAL: Vertical jump - measured by the differential between a players reach and the marked flag.

BROAD: Broad jump distance.

BENCH: Bench press - measured by the number of times a player bench presses 225pds.


*2010 Combine Bests (RBs)

40 Speed: 4.35 – Jahvid Best, California (1st round, DET)

3-Cone: 6.75 – Best

Shuttle: 4.06 – Dexter McCluster, Mississippi (2nd round, KC)

Vertical: 41.00 – Montario Hardesty, Tennessee (2nd round, CLV)

Broad: 118 – Ben Tate, Auburn (2nd round, HOU)

Bench: 26 – Lonyae Miller, Fresno State (Undrafted, DAL)

*2010 Combine Bests compiled from ESPN


2011 Combine Invites (RBs):

RB1: Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech

RB2: Armando Allen, Notre Dame

RB3: Matthew Asiata, Utah

RB4: Damien Berry, Miami

RB5: Allen Bradford, USC

RB6: Delone Carter, Syracuse

RB7: Shaun Chapas, Georgia

RB8: John Clay, Wisconsin

RB9: Graig Cooper, Miami

RB10: Noel Devine, West Virginia

RB11: Shaun Draughn, North Carolina

RB12: Darren Evans, Virginia Tech

RB13: Mario Fannin, Auburn

RB14: Alex Green, Hawaii

RB15: Jamie Harper, Clemson

RB16: Stanley Havili, USC

RB17: Roy Helu, Nebraska

RB18: Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

RB19: Henry Hynoski, Pittsburgh

RB20: Mark Ingram, Alabama

RB21: Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington

RB22: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois

RB23: Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh

RB24: Derrick Locke, Kentucky

RB25: Owen Marecic, Stanford

RB26: DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma

RB27: Bilal Powell, Louisville

RB28: Stevan Ridley, LSU

RB29: Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

RB30: Even Royster, Penn State

RB31: Brandon Saine, Ohio State

RB32: Da’Rel Scott, Maryland

RB33: Anthony Sherman, Connecticut

RB34: Vailala Taua, Nevada

RB35: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

RB36: Jordan Todman, Connecticut

RB37: Shane Vereen, California

RB38: Johnny White, North Carolina

RB39: Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech

Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft. –

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