by Chris Warner
Ogle This: Virginia’s Kevin Ogletree had a respectable 40 time (4.45) and had top numbers in the “burst” categories (broad jump, 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle). At 6-1, 196, he’s no mite either. With the Al Groh connection, Ogletree gets a second look from Foxboro.
Sixty Minutes? More Like 4.33 Seconds: Mike Wallace of Ole Miss has been mentioned on this site before, and he must have heard my pleas to make me look half-decent. Wallace ran his 40 in the aforementioned time, making his second for wide receivers (Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey was first with a 4.3). With good hands and a solid return game, Wallace is worth investigating (sorry, sorry).
This Applies To Williams: At under six feet, 194 pounds, Penn State’s Derrick Williams seemed like an ideal quickster, until he ran a 4.64 40. Pretty good for a tight end, not so for a receiver.
McNeese Says McUncle: Quinten Lawrence of McNeese State needed to crush his 40 in order to improve his draft status. Nothing doing, as no reports of Lawrence running the 40 have become available.
Pop the Andre: A big back at 224 pounds, Andre Brown surprised few onlookers with a notable bench press (24 reps). As a big back, though, he opened eyes with a 40 under 4.5. A banger who catches the ball out of the backfield (29 receptions for 309 yards last year)? Who would want that?
Peerman Peerless: A big day for Cavaliers, as Virginia’s Cedric Peerman had the fastest 40 time (4.45) of all running backs and showed up at or near the top of three other categories. At under 5-10 and 214 pounds, Peerman could be the type of player to spell a starter or run out the clock late.
One knock against Peerless is that his hands measure only eight inches. So, the Patriots could be in the market for another BenJarvus Green-Ellis with hands like a fourth-grader.
Got My 40 On My Mind: Is it me, or did the backs fail to show speed this year? Iowa’s Shonn Greene clocked in at 4.72, .03 faster than Colorado State’s Gartrell Johnson (who had thighs so thick they made Sequoias jealous). Though I’m a big believer that straight-line speed’s importance pales in comparison to quickness for a running back, we were looking at some disappointed backs on Sunday.
Sutton For Nothing: I gave myself praise for Mike Wallace, so I’m calling myself out for Tyrell Sutton. The pride of Northwestern made a mark in my eyes for his performance in the East-West Shrine game, but Sunday he failed to show himself as a quicker, smaller back, running a 4.65 40. Again, the 40 doesn’t mean as much as we tend to think, but at only 5-8, Sutton could use some footspeed to get the hell away from the big guys.