Over the weekend, the NFL held its annual scouting combine for select college athletes. The players are put through all sorts of drills, exercises, and subjected to weird tests containing questions like "would you rather be a cat or a dog?" For the record, you want to be a dog.
Eight former Tigers took part in the combine in some form or fashion. Some did all of the workouts. Some did only a few. Players like Jonathan Jones and Peyton Barber improved their stock a bit, while Duke Williams was shockingly slow.
|Player||Height||Arm Length||Weight||Hands||40 Yard||Bench Press||Vertical||Broad Jump||3-Cone||20 yd Shuttle||40 yd Shuttle|
|Peyton Barber||5'10||30.25||228||9 3/8||4.64||20||32.5 inches||111 inches||7 seconds||4.21 seconds||11.65 seconds|
|Shon Coleman||6'5||35 1/8||307||10 5/8||22|
|Kris Frost||6'2||32.5||240||10 1/2||4.97||29 inches||113 inches|
|Jonathan Jones||5'9||30.25||186||8 3/4||4.33||19||36 inches||123 inches||7.25 seconds||4.25 seconds|
|Ricardo Louis||6'2||32 3/8||215||9 1/2||4.43||18||38 inches||132 inches|
|Cassanova McKinzy||6'1||31.25||248||9 7/8||21|
|D'haquille Williams||6'2||32.5||229||9 1/4||4.72||14||30 inches||121 inches||7.43 seconds||4.47 seconds|
|Avery Young||6'5||33.75||328||10 1/2||5.39||8.22 seconds||4.91 seconds|
The biggest eye-opener of the combine may have been Jonathan Jones' 40 yard times. His unofficial times were 4.28 and 4.33. His final score was listed as the 4.33, which was good for the fastest of the defensive backs and third best overall for the combine. You can watch video of it, below. His 19 reps on the bench were tied for second among the defensive backs, too.
Peyton Barber was also a top performer in two drills for his position group. He finished with the third fastest 20 yard shuttle and fourth fastest 3-Cone drill.
The player with the most top performances for his position group, however, was Ricardo Louis. Louis was the 4th in the 40 yard dash, 3rd in the bench press, 5th in the Vertical, and 1st in the Broad Jump. The biggest question with him - as with almost all Auburn receivers over the last few years - has been his hands.
As you can see, not everyone participated in every drill. Kris Frost says he's been limited with injury issues, and Cassanova McKinzy is still coming back from his injury during the Birmingham Bow and only took part in the bench press, as did Shone Coleman. Avery Young also skipped a number of events. They'll have their chance to participate in these events during Auburn's Pro Day in a little over a week.
Duke Williams' 40 yard time... woof. Only one wide receiver, Mississippi State's DeRunnya Wilson, was slower than Duke's 4.72. His vertical leap was astoundingly short for a wide-receiver at only 30 inches. It's unknown whether he'll be able to take part in Auburn's Pro Day, but if he does, he's going to need to improve his times considerably. He's still a take for his pass-catching, but there are some flags on his abilities, and, of course, his character.
The NFL Combine award "medals" to see which schools have the best players. Auburn finished 5th in the "Medal Count," which is frustrating given the results of the last two seasons. Most of those were from Louis, Barber, and Jones, which is unsurprising. Auburn put a lot of talent into the League last season, and it looks like there's going to be a good bit going there this season. The Tigers' coaching staff can definitely boast of getting players to the NFL. It sure would be nice if we could see more production from them while they're on the Plains, though.
For full combine results, go to the NFL's site for all of the searchable databases.