The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is complete, which means it's time to put together this year's Al Davis Memorial All-Combine Freak Team.
It is as it sounds. A team put together with the top athletes at each position. Al Davis put a lot of stock in player performances at the combine with special consideration for 40-yard-dash times. That's why this team bears his name.
Here is this year's team; beginning with the offense:
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
His 4.52 40-yard-dash was tops among QB's at the combine. He also had the best 10-yard split (1.57) and 3-cone (6.87) and was in the top three in every event. In addition he has great size (6-3.5, 222 pounds) and showed plenty of arm strength and accuracy.
RB David Johnson, Northern Iowa
He 4.50 40-yard dash was fourth among running backs, but he made up ground by having the 2nd fastest 10-yard split (1.58), third most bench press reps (25), 2nd highest vertical jump (41.5), 2nd longest broad jump (10-7), and 2nd fastest 3-cone (6.82).
RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
I mentioned David Johnson was 2nd in three categories - 3-cone, vertical jump, and broad jump. Well, the guy ahead of him in each category was Ameer Abdullah. His 6.79 3-cone, 42.5 vertical jump, and 10-10 broad jump were all best among running backs. Where he fell off some was his 4.60 40-yard dash which was 12th among running backs.
WR JJ Nelson, Alabama-Birmingham
The last NFL prospect UAB will ever have, as they are folding up the football program there. The former Blazer went out as one, posting a 4.28 40-yard dash. That's the second fastest 40-yard dash time among wide receivers in at least the past decade. It's tied for the fourth fastest at any position. Who is he tied with, you ask? Jacoby Ford and DeMarcus Van Dyke - both drafted by the Raiders under Al Davis.
WR Chris Conley, Georgia
He posted the third fastest 40-yard-dash time (4.35), but most impressive was his incredible leaping ability. He best all other wide receivers with a 45-inch vertical leap, and a 11-7 broad jump. That's a 3-inch higher vertical than the next guy (Jaelen Strong) and SEVEN INCHES farther broad jump than the next guy (Rannell Hall). Speed and tremendous leaping ability. Just what you want from a wide receiver. I mean besides hands (cough-DHB-cough).
TE Mycole Pruitt, Southern Illinois
Yes, he had the top 40-yard-dash time. But it was more than that. He also had the highest vertical jump (38"), and was in the top three in nearly every category including the 10-yard split (1.60), short shuttle (4.37), and 60-yard shuttle (11.85).
OT Laurence Gibson, Virginia Tech
The best broad jump of all offensive linemen. Something several other Al Davis draft picks had in common - Paul McQuistan, Mario Henderson, and Jared Veldheer were all top performers in the broad jump. Gibson also had the highest vertical jump (33.5) and his 5.04 40-yard-dash was also 2nd fastest among offensive tackles, third among all offensive linemen. That's some serious leg strength.
OT Jake Fisher, Oregon
The fastest 40-yard-dash among offensive tackles (5.01), fastest 3-cone (7.25), short shuttle (4.33), and the 2nd highest vertical jump (32.5).
OG Mitch Morse, Missouri
Probably the most overall athletic offensive lineman at the combine. He was all over the place in the top performers. His 36 bench press reps were tops among offensive guards, his 4.50 short shuttle was best among guards as well. He was among the top five in several other events including vertical jump (31.0), broad jump (9-4), and 3-cone (7.60).
OG Mark Glowinski, West Virginia
Much like Morse, Glowinski was a top performer nearly across the board at the guard position. He had the longest broad jump (9-5), 2nd most reps on the bench press (31), 2nd fastest 3-cone (7.56), and 2nd fastest short shuttle (4.58).
C Ali Marpet, Hobart & William Smith
You may never have heard of the college he comes from - much like say, Hillsdale College where Jared Veldheer went-but his performance in the combine showed why he was invited. He had the fastest 40-yard dash (4.98) of any offensive lineman, and the only time under five seconds. He was also a top performer in bench press (30), vertical leap (31.5), broad jump (9'), 3-cone (7.33), and short shuttle (4.47).