Pewter Report offers up its analysis of the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine workouts of the tight ends and offensive linemen on Sunday, where the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs worked out. The following combine workout numbers were provided by the NFL Network.
QUARTERBACKS COMBINE ANALYSIS Matthew Stafford (6-2, 225), Georgia – Stafford chose not to throw at the combine, but he participated in the other drills. He posted a 4.84 40-yard dash time and 30.5-inch vertical jump. By choosing not to throw, Stafford likely didn't hurt his draft position, which is believed to be the top quarterback in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Bucs will not have a chance to draft him.
Mark Sanchez (6-2, 227), USC – Unlike Stafford, Sanchez participated in all drills at the combine. He posted a 4.88 40-yard dash time and 32.5-inch vertical. Sanchez also had the opportunity to throw the ball a bit in the QB/WR drills, but he was inconsistent. Still, Sanchez, who had just 16 starts at USC, likely will be the second quarterback selected in the draft, and probably in the first round before the Bucs are scheduled to pick at 19 overall.
Josh Freeman (6-6, 248), Kansas State – Freeman is the only other quarterback considered a first-round prospect outside of Stafford and Sanchez. While he showed impressive mobility in college, Freeman posted a 4.92 40-yard dash time, which was somewhat disappointing. Still, he is an impressive athlete. Freeman has a cannon for an arm and also posted a 33.5-inch vertical, which was second best among the quarterback group. Freeman is definitely a player Tampa Bay could consider selecting with the 19th overall pick in the draft.
Nate Davis (6-1, 226), Ball State – Davis didn't have the opportunity to do much in terms of improving his status, but many pundits believe he is the third or fourth best quarterback in this draft. Davis ran a 4.97 40-yard time, which suggests he has limited mobility. Like Texas Tech QB Graham Herrell (6-2, 223), who ran a 5.07 40-yard dash, Davis is projected to be a second-round draft pick.
Pat White (6-0, 197), West Virginia – White isn't considered a full-time quarterback at the next level due to his lack of size, but some believe he'll be a tweener and Wildcat-type performer at the NFL level, where he will be placed in games at the quarterback, wide receiver and return specialist positions. It was critical for White to post a decent 40-yard dash time on Sunday, and he succeeded by running a 4.49. White also had the third-best vertical jump at 35 inches and a 9'9" broad jump.
RUNNING BACKS COMBINE ANALYSIS Knowshon Moreno (5-11, 220), Georgia – Considered the top running back in the 2009 NFL Draft heading into the combine, Moreno didn't post the best numbers on Sunday. While he did have 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, Moreno was slower than expected, running a 4.63 40-yard dash time. Still, Moreno likely will be a first-round draft pick, and could still be the first back taken in April.
Beanie Wells (6-1, 235), Ohio State – Like Moreno, Wells had a slower than expected 40 time at 4.59 seconds. However, Wells showed some athletic ability by posting a 10'8" broad jump and 33.5-inch vertical. Wells didn't do much to hurt his draft stock. He is projected to go in the first or second round, which is an area the Bucs aren't likely to select a running back in this draft.
Donald Brown (5-10, 210), Connecticut – Brown had an impressive outing at the Combine, which will only elevate his draft stock that was already on the rise heading into Sunday. Brown, who led the nation in rushing in 2008, showed impressive athleticism with a 41.5 vertical jump, 10'5" broad jump and a 4.48 40-yard dash time, which was one of the better times in this group of running backs. The best time posted was by Virginia RB Cedric Peerman (4.45). If Brown falls to the Bucs in the second round he could receive serious consideration, but his collegiate production and impressive combine numbers could lead to Brown being drafted much earlier than Tampa Bay's second-round pick.
Andre Brown (5-11, 224), North Carolina State – Brown helped himself at the combine by posting 24 reps of 225 pounds and running a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, which is a good time for a player of his size. He has a strong lower and upper body and is considered a straight-line runner. The problem is he runs too high at times and didn't have a 1,000-yard season at North Carolina State.
Shonn Greene (5-11, 227), Iowa – Greene hurt his draft stock by running a 4.65 40-yard dash. The one thing he did do well was the broad jump where he had a 10'1" outing. Greene has good lower body strength, but obviously lacks good speed.
Mike Goodson (6-0, 208), Texas A&M – Goodson is a good receiver out of the backfield, but he might be better suited as a wide receiver due to his lack of size. He lacks ideal bulk at the NFL level. Goodson ran a decent 40-yard dash time of 4.54. He had a good broad jump at 9'10". He isn't considered a player the Bucs are particularly high on, though.
Rashad Jennings (6-1, 231), Liberty – Jennings has tremendous upper body strength. He put up 225 pounds 29 times on the bench press, which was second most in the running back group. His 40 times varied, with his first and second being 4.49 and 4.62, respectively. Jennings didn't play against great competition, but he has good size and hits the hole quickly. Jennings is projected to be a fourth-round pick.
James Davis (5-11, 218), Clemson – Davis helped his cause with a 4.49 40-yard dash time. He had a productive collegiate career, but Davis didn't post great numbers as a senior, which is why he is projected to be a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick. The Bucs like Davis and could target him in either of those rounds.
Ian Johnson (5-11, 212), Boise State – Johnson was one of the most impressive combine performers in the running back group. He posted good bench press (26 reps), vertical jump (37 inches) and 40-yard dash (4.46) numbers. Johnson also performed well in the agility and pass-catching drills. He is durable, can play special teams and has good hands out of the backfield. Johnson is a player the Bucs could target in fourth or fifth round.
Jeremiah Johnson (5-11, 212), Oregon – Johnson had an impressive Senior Bowl, but he was not as impressive at the combine, where his slower 40-yard dash time (4.59) might be a red flag to NFL scouts since his smaller frame won't allow him to outrun defenders at the next level. Still, Johnson, who has a devastating stiff arm, was very productive as a full-time starter in 2008, and the Bucs are extremely high on Johnson, which might help their cause since Johnson's 40-yard dash time could actually drop him into the fourth or fifth round. LeSean McCoy (5-10, 198), Pittsburgh – McCoy had a productive senior year, but it was disappointing that he did not participate in combine drills due to the flu. With no really dominant performers in the running back group, McCoy, who probably is a second or third round pick, could have really elevated his draft stock on Sunday, but his absence didn't allow that to happen.
Kory Sheets (5-11, 208), Purdue – Sheets lacks ideal bulk and size, and he doesn't have a lot of tape as a primary ball carrier. However, Sheets was a dangerous weapon in Purdue's offense and displayed running and pass-catching ability in the team's zone scheme, which is what Jeff Jagodzinski is implementing in Tampa Bay. Sheets helped his draft stock with a 37-inch vertical and 4.47 40-yard dash time. He also performed well in drills. Sheets is a player Tampa Bay could consider drafting in the sixth round. Tony Fiammetta (6-0, 245), Syracuse – Fiammetta will be a blocking fullback at the next level, and his tape suggests could be a good one. His combine stats back that up, too. He had 30 reps of 225 pounds and even ran a 4.63 40-yard dash time. Although he'll be drafted late, Fiammetta isn't likely on Tampa Bay's radar since the Bucs have fullbacks B.J. Askew and Byron Storer under contract.
WIDE RECEIVERS COMBINE ANALYSIS Kenny Britt, Rutgers – The big-bodied receiver had an excellent combine when he ran an unofficial 4.48 40-yard dash. Britt (6-3, 218) was one of the leaders among the wide receivers with 23 bench press repetitions of 225 pounds. The question mark regarding Britt was his speed. His receiving ability and production were never a subject of debate. With the strong sprint Britt upped his status and is probably a late-first round pick right now. That hurts the Bucs' chances of landing him in the second round, so if they want Britt they will have to take him in round one instead of a defensive lineman or quarterback. Percy Harvin, Florida – The touchdown producer first answered questions regarding his health at the combine. Harvin has battled nagging injuries during his college career, and proved to be healthy through the physicals at the combine. Harvin then produced a strong workout with the seventh fastest 40-yard dash time of 4.37. He also had an impressive session on the bench press with 19 reps. That was fifth best among wide receivers. Harvin's (5-11, 192) solid combine performance solidified his draft status and is an option for the Buccaneers' first-round pick.
Mohamed Massaquoi, Georgia – The Bulldog receiver pulled out of the Senior Bowl due to injury, and his rough offseason continued with a disappointing 40-yard dash time of 4.57. Massaquoi (6-2, 210) used a combination of nice size and speed to get separation and have a productive collegiate career at Georgia. He was on the edge of the second and third round and his slower time could bump him down to the fourth round.
Kenny McKinley, South Carolina – McKinley (6-0, 189) had a good combine performance. He ran faster than expected with a 40-yard dash time at 4.44, the 10th fastest time for wide receivers, and 37-inch vertical jump that was the 11th best. McKinley was on the edge of being a mid-or-late-round prospect, but with his combine production McKinley helped himself, and could be under consideration by Tampa Bay.
Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina – The Tar Heels' product answered some questions about his speed. Nicks (6-1, 212) had a great college career that had numerous highlight reel catches. The only question about Nicks was his speed, and he made progress towards answering that with a 4.49 sprint. Nicks is considered a late first-round early second-round pick. For the Buccaneers, Nicks would be a player worth consideration for trading up from their second-round pick. It seems very unlikely that he will fall to the middle of the second round.
Louis Murphy, Florida – An injury in the National Championship game knocked Murphy out of the Senior Bowl, so it was important for Murphy to have strong combine. For the Gators, Murphy (6-2, 203) did not get a lot of passes thrown his direction, but displayed playmaking ability due to good size and speed. Murphy ran the ninth fastest time with the wide receivers at 4.43. The St. Petersburg product answered some questions about his health, size, and speed and solidified his status as a mid-round pick.
Mike Wallace, Mississippi – The Ole Miss product finished the season strong and then followed that up with a great week of practice at the Senior Bowl. The big play threat Wallace (6-0, 199) predicted to Pewter Report that he would produce a 40 time that would be among the best of the wide receivers and he backed it up. The official time on Wallace's sprint was 4.33, the second fastest time at his position group. Wallace then had the third best vertical jump of 40 inches. The Bucs were showing a lot of interest in Wallace in Mobile, and with his continued strong offseason Tampa Bay may have to draft him earlier than they anticipated. Wallace is probably in the third-or fourth-round at this time.
Derrick Williams, Penn State – Williams had a strong Senior Bowl that really elevated his draft stock. Unfortunately for Williams, he had a rough combine that hurt his draft status. He had two bad 40-yard dash times at 4.58 and 4.67. Williams (6-0, 194) also struggled with some dropped passes during the receiver drills. Williams was on the Bucs' draft radar, and still may be, but his rough performance at the combine has probably knocked him down to the fourth or fifth round.