The combine kicked off this weekend, and here are some notable happenings from former SEC players:

Left Impressions

  • Tennessee QB Tyler Bray left an impression with the scouts. Bray slid into the No. 3 slot with QBs behind Geno Smith and EJ Manuel as the most talked about QBs Sunday. He also showed up 20 pounds heavier than his last snap at Tennessee.
  • Kansas City has said to be targeting Alex Smith as a QB, and that means Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel should become the No. 1 overall pick.
  • Texas A&M RB Christine Michael, along with his teammate Ryan Swope, are making some noise.  Michael is built like a rock and is very athletic. 
  • Swope’s 4.34 in the 40 opened everyone’s eyes, and he made a name for himself, showing a different gear few thought he had.

Odds and Ends

  • Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones’ draft stock has been falling due to his neck injury being a red flag for several teams. Multiple teams are reported to have shied away from picking him in the first round.
  • Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery have a $5,000 bet on who will be picked first.
  • Tyrann Mathieu claims he’s held himself accountable and learned from his mistakes in the past. Matheiu said he’s not solely asking decision makers to trust him, but that he wants an opportunity to play the game again at a high level. “I know what it’s like not to have football. I know what it’s like to not be the center of attention. I know what it’s like to be humiliated. To go back down that road? Not a chance in the world.”
  • Florida DT Sharrif Floyd said he didn’t watch the NFL growing up, but instead he watched Disney Channel favorites like “That’s So Raven” and Looney Toons.

Speed To Burn

  • Auburn RB Onterio McCalebb ran a 4.34 40-yard dash. The name of his game is speed, and some team may be willing to take a chance on him.
  • Ryan Swope ran a blazing 4.34 40 and finished tied for second with Tavon Austin and Onterio McCalebb in the 40.
  • Arkansas TE Chris Gragg ran the fastest 40 of any tight end and clocked out at 4.5 seconds.
  • Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson ran a 4.42 40, while former teammate Justin Hunter ran a 4.44 40.
  • Arkansas RB Knile Davis posted an impressive 4.37 40.

Bench Press

  • Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore only managed to do 12 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
  • Georgia DE Cornelius Washington had the highest bench press of any SEC player with 36 reps of 225 pounds.
  • Arkansas RB Knile Davis had 31 reps of 225 pounds and was the most impressive in strength of the backs.

Vertical Jump

  • Christine Michael had the highest vertical of any player yet with a 43” vertical. The combine record was 45”.
  • Justin Hunter finished 2nd with 39.5” vertical.

Broad Jump

  • Justin Hunter set a combine record with 11’4” broad jump. His former teammate Da’Rick Rogers finished 2nd with 11’.

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