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Count Alex's Losses
04-11-2009, 08:12 PM
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Former scout Tom Marino surprisingly doesn’t put a great deal of credence in the bench press when evaluating potential prospects, but is firm in his belief that both the vertical and long jump tell a far different story.

Wow, I’m impressed... a forty-five inch vertical jump! I thought only former basketball legends like Dr. J. or David Thompson could sky like that, but it appears the Buckeye’s other corner, Donald Washington, can also soar like an Eagle.

Athletes with fast twitch muscle fiber are a very desirable commodity in every sport and can tell a great deal about a potential prospects future successes at the professional level.

It is readily seen in an athlete's first-step quickness, explosiveness, and power; a wideout's take-off and ability to get in and out of a break; a corner's ability to turn and go or put his foot in the ground and break on the football.

Up to this juncture, we have ranked the top fifty in each category, but I’ve made an exception in this particular skill set and have recognized the top hundred at the position. You can take it to the bank that each of the thirty-two professional clubs that are currently meeting or will begin meeting on next week are also considering this to be a major factor when finalizing their draft board.

The top 100 vertical jumps

<table cellpadding="2"> <tbody><tr> <td>Washington, Don</td><td>DC</td><td>Ohio St</td><td>45.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Butler, Darius</td><td>DC</td><td>Connecticut</td><td>43.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Eloi, Keith</td><td>WR</td><td>Nebraska-Omaha</td><td>42.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Dillard, Jarett</td><td>WR</td><td>Rice</td><td>42.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Brown, Donald</td><td>RB</td><td>Connecticut</td><td>41.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Spillman, C.J.</td><td>DS</td><td>Marshall</td><td>41.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Bruton, David</td><td>DS</td><td>Notre Dame</td><td>41.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Underwood, Tiquan</td><td>WR</td><td>Rutgers</td><td>41.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>O'Connell, Jake</td><td>TE</td><td>Miami (OH)</td><td>41.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Lacey, Jacob</td><td>DC</td><td>Oklahoma St</td><td>41.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Cook, Jared</td><td>TE</td><td>So Carolina</td><td>41.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Thomas, Mike</td><td>WR</td><td>Arizona</td><td>40.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Barwin, Connor</td><td>DE</td><td>Cincinnati</td><td>40.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Williams, Bryan</td><td>DS</td><td>Akron</td><td>40.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Riley, Eron</td><td>WR</td><td>Duke</td><td>40.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Bayes, Shawn</td><td>WR</td><td>Kent St</td><td>40.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Wallace, Mike</td><td>WR</td><td>Mississippi</td><td>40.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Afalava, Al</td><td>DS</td><td>Oregon St</td><td>40.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Jones, Reggie</td><td>DC</td><td>Portland St</td><td>40.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Mouton, Ryan</td><td>DC</td><td>Hawaii</td><td>39.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Maybin, Aaron</td><td>DE</td><td>Penn St</td><td>39.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Orakpo, Brian</td><td>DE</td><td>Texas</td><td>39.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Goodson, Mike</td><td>RB</td><td>Texas A&M</td><td>39.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Moore, D.J.</td><td>DC</td><td>Vanderbilt</td><td>39.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Carter, Tony</td><td>DC</td><td>Florida St</td><td>39.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Carr, Greg</td><td>WR</td><td>Florida St</td><td>39.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Smith, Jamayel</td><td>WR</td><td>Mississippi St</td><td>39.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Guice, Dudley</td><td>WR</td><td>Northwestern St</td><td>39.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Hall, Devon</td><td>DS</td><td>Utah St</td><td>39.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Williams, Jason</td><td>OB</td><td>Western Illinois</td><td>39.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Lester, Brad</td><td>RB</td><td>Auburn</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Johnson, Michael</td><td>DE</td><td>Georgia Tech</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Fletcher, Bradley</td><td>DC</td><td>Iowa</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Heyward-Bey, D.</td><td>WR</td><td>Maryland</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Barnes, Kevin</td><td>DC</td><td>Maryland</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Glenn, Cody</td><td>RB</td><td>Nebraska</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Lloyd, Darrell</td><td>DC</td><td>Northern Iowa</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Lewis, Keenan</td><td>DC</td><td>Oregon St</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Pribnow, Troy</td><td>OB</td><td>Wayne St (NE)</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Beckum, Travis</td><td>TE</td><td>Wisconsin</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Moore, Devin</td><td>RB</td><td>Wyoming</td><td>38.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Kelly, Aaron</td><td>WR</td><td>Clemson</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Williams, Patrick</td><td>WR</td><td>Colorado</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Southerland, Brannan</td><td>FB</td><td>Georgia</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Trent, Morgan</td><td>DC</td><td>Michigan</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Quin, Glover</td><td>DC</td><td>New Mexico</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Hackendorf, Kole</td><td>WR</td><td>No Dakota St</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Norwood, Jordan</td><td>WR</td><td>Penn St</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Orton, Greg</td><td>WR</td><td>Purdue</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Capps, Cody</td><td>OB</td><td>St Francis (IN)</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>McBath, Darcel</td><td>DS</td><td>Texas Tech</td><td>38.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Toal, Brian</td><td>IB</td><td>Boston College</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Clemons, Chris</td><td>DS</td><td>Clemson</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Hamlin, Michael</td><td>DS</td><td>Clemson</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Harvin, Percy</td><td>WR</td><td>Florida</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Word-Daniels, Jahi</td><td>DC</td><td>Georgia Tech</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Brown, Justin </td><td>WR</td><td>Hampton</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Walker, Derek</td><td>DE</td><td>Illinois</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Taylor, Curtis</td><td>DC</td><td>LSU</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Robiskie, Brian</td><td>WR</td><td>Ohio St</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Munnerlyn, Captain</td><td>DC</td><td>So Carolina</td><td>37.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Johnson, Rashad</td><td>DS</td><td>Alabama</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Follett, Zack</td><td>OB</td><td>California</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Davis, Vontae</td><td>DC</td><td>Illinois</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Greene, Shonn</td><td>RB</td><td>Iowa</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>McClinton, Marcus</td><td>DS</td><td>Kentucky</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Philistin, Dave</td><td>OB</td><td>Maryland</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Moore, William</td><td>DS</td><td>Missouri</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Nunn, Terrence</td><td>WR</td><td>Nebraska</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Miller, Zachary</td><td>TE</td><td>Nebraska-Omaha</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Pace, Michael</td><td>DC</td><td>No Carolina A&T</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Brown, Andre</td><td>RB</td><td>No Carolina St</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Freeman, Marcus</td><td>OB</td><td>Ohio St</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Mitchell, Michael</td><td>DS</td><td>Ohio U</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Butler, Deon</td><td>WR</td><td>Penn St</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Sheets, Kory</td><td>RB</td><td>Purdue</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Britt, Kenny</td><td>WR</td><td>Rutgers</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Edison, Dominique</td><td>WR</td><td>S F Austin</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>McKinley, Kenny</td><td>WR</td><td>So Carolina</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Brown, Arkeith</td><td>DC</td><td>Texas A&M</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Delmas, Louis</td><td>DS</td><td>W Michigan</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Vaughn, Chip</td><td>DS</td><td>Wake Forest</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Curry, Aaron</td><td>OB</td><td>Wake Forest</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Beavers, Larry</td><td>WR</td><td>Wesley</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Hill, P.J.</td><td>RB</td><td>Wisconsin</td><td>37.0</td></tr> <tr> <td>Powers, Jerraud</td><td>DC</td><td>Auburn</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Underwood, Brandon</td><td>DC</td><td>Cincinnati</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Brown, Cody</td><td>DE</td><td>Connecticut</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Collins, Dobson</td><td>WR</td><td>Gardner Webb</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Massaquoi, Mohamed</td><td>WR</td><td>Georgia</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Vollmer, Sebastian</td><td>OT</td><td>Houston</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Edelman, Julian</td><td>WR</td><td>Kent St</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Webb, Lardarius</td><td>DC</td><td>Nicholls St</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Hughes, Brandon</td><td>DC</td><td>Oregon St</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Kinder, Derek</td><td>WR</td><td>Pittsburgh</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Richmond, David</td><td>WR</td><td>San Jose St</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Palmer, Ryan</td><td>DC</td><td>Texas</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>McCain, Brice</td><td>DC</td><td>Utah</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Lankster, Ellis</td><td>DC</td><td>West Virginia</td><td>36.5</td></tr> <tr> <td>Cox, Derek</td><td>DC</td><td>William & Mary</td><td>36.5</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="2"><tbody><tr><td>
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Count Alex's Losses
04-11-2009, 08:15 PM
<table cellpadding="2"><tbody><tr><td>Heyward-Bey, D.</td><td>WR</td><td>Maryland</td><td>38.5</td></tr></tbody></table>

Word.

Reaper16
04-11-2009, 08:19 PM
<table cellpadding="2"><tbody><tr><td>Eloi, Keith</td><td>WR</td><td>Nebraska-Omaha</td><td>42.5</td></tr></tbody></table>
Hah. This guy's a soft bitch.

FD
04-11-2009, 11:10 PM
Pretty impressed to see Orakpo up that high. Still don't want him.

KCrockaholic
04-12-2009, 12:41 AM
I really like Jarrett Dillard as a late round guy. He would be very interesting in our offense. You want to see a "quick twitch" athlete? watch the game tape. Combine numbers only take you so far.

eazyb81
04-12-2009, 04:42 PM
Connor Barwin is a freak.

Blick
04-12-2009, 04:46 PM
Are there always that many guys over 40 inches? That seems like a lot.

bdeg
04-12-2009, 06:19 PM
Connor Barwin is a freak.

No doubt. If they're talking about explosiveness they should show the broadjump. That's a better indicator if you ask me, and that's one area where Barwin was outstanding.

Ultra Peanut
04-12-2009, 06:28 PM
I really like Jarrett Dillard as a late round guy. He would be very interesting in our offense. You want to see a "quick twitch" athlete? watch the game tape. Combine numbers only take you so far.Dude is ridiculous. He's small, but I have hope that he can translate.

Buehler445
04-12-2009, 06:38 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to look at the tape and see how quickly these guys come out of breaks, jump on the ball, etc.?

bdeg
04-12-2009, 06:48 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to look at the tape and see how quickly these guys come out of breaks, jump on the ball, etc.?

If you know what you're doing, but they'd rather have a numerical value independently assigned.

This is one reason I don't like Orakpo though, I just don't see the quickness on the field that his vert would indicate he's capable of.

bowener
04-12-2009, 08:01 PM
If you know what you're doing, but they'd rather have a numerical value independently assigned.

This is one reason I don't like Orakpo though, I just don't see the quickness on the field that his vert would indicate he's capable of.

Does that hint at mental apprehension?

Tribal Warfare
04-12-2009, 08:09 PM
No doubt. If they're talking about explosiveness they should show the broadjump. That's a better indicator if you ask me, and that's one area where Barwin was outstanding.

10'8"

bdeg
04-12-2009, 08:19 PM
Does that hint at mental apprehension?

Yes, sometimes you will see him take baby steps because he isn't sure, or perhaps is playing more of a read assignment. But when he pins his ears back he's still not as fast(quick) as Brown.