Time to check in our three heroes at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
"Auburn RB Kenny Irons needed to regain some momentum after struggling through an injury-riddled senior season, and he did just that by clocking a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash. Ohio State’s Antonio Pittman (4.40), Florida State’s Lorenzo Booker, Cal’s Marshawn Lynch (4.46) and Florida’s DeShawn Wynn (4.46) also helped their respective causes by running in the 4.4-second range in the 40."
Go Marshawn. 4.46 isn’t really outstanding, I think, given some of the other eyepopping numbers we’ve seen, but it’s in line with what we wrote earlier and is certainly fast enough given Marshawn’s hard running style. Still seems like he’ll be the second RB taken, although I’m starting to get the feeling now that he’ll go to Buffalo to replace Willis McGahee if/when he gets dealt.
"Desmond Bishop/MLB/California: Bishop did nothing to dispel the belief that he is just a two-down linebacker. After running a pair of slow 40s which averaged almost 4.8-seconds, Bishop looked stiff and struggled to move in anything other than a straight line."
Whoops. Still looks like a poor man’s Jeremiah Trotter. Not that there’s anything wrong with that - just don’t expect him to be lighting up anybody but punters on returns.
|Group 8 (DL) — Final Results: Bench|
|Antonio Johnson||Mississippi St.||28|
|Derek Landri||Notre Dame||24|
|Ryan McBean||Oklahoma St.||27|
24 isn’t horrible, I mean, I can probably do, maybe 5. (Which is still 5 more than you, I’m sure.) Put another way, Brady Quinn had 24. Maybe he really is Superman.
"The participation throughout has been fantastic; just about everyone who has been capable of running has run. The only players in the first group of defensive backs who failed to run were hurt.
The 40-yard dash times for the first group of defensive backs were phenomenal. Among the highlights were safety LaRon Landry of LSU running a 4.32, Chris Houston of Arkansas (4.35), Leon Hall of Michigan (4.38), Michael Griffin of Texas (4.41), Tarell Brown of Texas (4.48) and Michael Coe of Alabama State (4.49). Overall, it was a very fast group."
So yeah, no Hughes. I didn’t know if he was going to run, but it looks like he didn’t. Given that his chief competition (Leon Hall) to be the first CB taken ran a blistering 4.38, it’s not looking good for our hero. Then again, Hall was projected to have the same question that Hughes does, which is his top-end speed. Maybe Daymeion will be able to put up the same kind of showing when it’s his turn to shine.