What he did: During his workouts, Brett Maher made 14 of his 15 field-goal attempts. But at a position that demands much less athleticism than any other, he accomplished just as much in his meetings with individual franchises. Nebraska Radio Network reports that Maher talked to 12 different clubs, most notably the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns.
What it means: Maher held serve. Kicking field goals at the NFL combine is not quite the same as lining up opposite 350-pounders with the game on the line, but rest assured there was plenty of pressure on the field in Indianapolis. And Maher delivered. He was a top kicking prospect heading into the weekend and will remain one afterward, ensuring that he will get his chance to make an NFL roster.
What he did:
40-Yard Dash: 4.73 seconds (25th out of 33 participating running backs)
Bench Press: 21 repetitions (13th out of 31)
Vertical Jump: 39.0 inches (2nd out of 32)
Broad Jump: 125.0 inches (2nd out of 32)
Three-Cone Drill: 6.85 seconds (4th out of 23)
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.09 seconds (2nd out of 24)
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.51 seconds (5th out of 16)
What it means: Rex Burkhead’s poor performance in the 40-yard dash and bench press certainly is not cause for concern. Despite being two of the three highest profile measurements, his lack of eye-popping numbers are far from surprising. No one expected him to beat Kenjon Barner in the 40 or show up Le’Veon Bell in the bench press.
But in every other event, Burkhead came to play, notching five top-five finishes. And this is not to mention his intangibles, which hold his true value. Do not look for him to jump off the board in Round 1, but with his performance this weekend, Rex Burkhead has solidified his place in the middle rounds of the upcoming NFL draft.
What he did:
40-Yard Dash: 4.69 seconds (17th out of 20 participating safeties)
Bench Press: 21 repetitions (4th out of 18)
Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches (20th out of 20)
Broad Jump: 111.0 inches (19th out of 19)
Three-Cone Drill: 7.06 seconds (13th out of 14)
What it means: Similar to Burkhead, Daimion Stafford will rely on his intangibles in order to make it at the next level. His intensity, aggressiveness and physicality are what really set him apart. And unfortunately, none of those show up in the measurables tallied at the NFL combine.
Unlike Burkhead, however, his performance did anything but help. Although Stafford was not expected to top the board in every category, he certainly would have hoped for a more impressive showing than he produced. This may have just become an uphill battle for Stafford at the start of his NFL career.
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