Most of the drama surrounding the Ole Miss delegation at this weekend's NFL Combine has focused on what's happened off the turf of Lucas Oil Stadium, not on it. There were some pearl clutching over Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell's decisions not to run the 40-yard dash (how dare they spend a few more weeks preparing in order to put up better numbers at their pro day!). And then there was Robert Nkemdiche up and snitching on Tunsil for being in the Atlanta hotel room the night of Big Rob's literal fall from grace.
Believe it or not, however, there's actually stuff happening on the field! And not just with the three first-rounders. Don't forget that Fahn Cooper, C.J. Johnson and Cody Core, all of whom have far more at stake this weekend than their more ballyhooed teammates, are working out as well.
To help you keep up with everything that's going on, we threw together this results tracker. Up at the top is a table with numbers from each guy in each drill. Down below we're collecting stuff like videos, photos, expert analysis, etc.
(rank among rest of position group) | NP = non-participant | Click each drill for more info
|40-yd dash||Bench press||Vertical jump||Broad jump||3-cone drill||20-yd shuttle||60-yd shuttle|
|Fahn Cooper||5.17 sec (12th)||19 reps (38th)||--||102.0 in (21st)||7.85 sec (20th)||4.89 sec (29th)||--|
|Laquon Treadwell||NP||12 reps (22nd)||33.0 in (30th)||117.0 in (27th)||NP||NP||NP|
|Cody Core||4.47 sec (7th)||14 reps (14th)||31.5 in (34th)||119.0 in (25th)||NP||NP||NP|
|Robert Nkemdiche||4.87 sec (17th)||28 reps (11th)||35.0 in (4th)||116.0 in (13th)||NP||NP||--|
|C.J. Johnson||4.81 sec (21st)||NP||NP||NP||NP||4.52 sec (17th)||--|
As expected, Big Rob showed out
So yea, this dude is pretty damn fast for being almost 300 pounds.
Let's put that in perspective.
Nkemdiche out-weighs Bosa by 25 pounds and ran the same 40 time.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 28, 2016
Here's his broad jump.
Wow! Nkemdiche jumps 9'8" on broad jump today (Avg DT jumps 8'8"). Vertical of 35". (Avg DT's vertical is 29 3/4.) pic.twitter.com/XZQpfNZ1ZR— The Rebel Walk (@TheRebelWalk) February 28, 2016
Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss runs a 4.87 40 with a 1.72 10 yard split. He's a super athlete.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 28, 2016
Laquon caught passes from Dak Prescott and Paxton Lynch
Well this is kinda neat.
Prescott to Treadwell, it's good!!! # pic.twitter.com/dGHUbOkIf4— Terrence O. Metcalf (@Metcalf79) February 27, 2016
Here are more highlights from Treadwell's day.
Looking at Treadwell's performance today pic.twitter.com/GK2WciykbK— SEC Chad (@SEC_Chad) February 27, 2016
Cody Core's living up to his sleeper status
His measurables aren't blowing anyone away (though a 4.47 for a guy his size is great), but he's looked great running routes.
And look at him tearing up everyone's favorite Combine drill, The Gauntlet.
Oh and a certain NFL wideout was impressed by his 40.
Cody Core 4.48 Keep Balling .. Ole Miss— Donte Moncrief (@drm_12) February 27, 2016
Tunsil is an athletic freak of nature
Aside from the whole getting-throw-under-the-bus-by-his-teammate thing, Friday was a pretty impressive day for Tunsil. No, he didn't participate in the measurable drills, but he sure as hell showed out in the others.
How can someone that big move this quickly?
Here he is in the "mad dog" drill perfectly mirroring the spastic movements of another lineman.
Tunsil vs Stanley (as the mad dog) pic.twitter.com/BWz8d9Fj2B— Rolo (@RoloEdits) February 26, 2016
And here he is on the other side of that drill showing off his quick feet.
Tunsil's feet tho!! pic.twitter.com/pI6TYXQEWL— SEC Chad (@SEC_Chad) February 26, 2016
That athleticism didn't go unnoticed by NFL scouts.
Heard more gushing about #OleMiss OL Laremy Tunsil than any player today. Scouts have never seen a big man bend like that. Freak athlete— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2016
Not to be outdone, Fahn Cooper showed some pretty fluid athleticism as well.
We'll have more videos and updates from the other guys as it becomes available.