clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2014 NFL Combine: 22 players earn an invite

New, comments

The NFL Combine allows prospects to show off in front of the personnel that are making draft decisions, and 22 Mountain West players earned an invite.

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL Combine gets underway in a few weeks in Indianapolis, Ind., on Feb. 22-25. There will be 22 players from the Mountain West highlighted by Fresno State's Derek Carr, Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs and Wyoming's Robert Herron.

A few snubs that had a a good reason to be included start with Colorado State linebacker Shaq Barrett, Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith and San Jose State wide receiver Chandler Jones.

The players will get poked and prodded as well as going through many, many drills as well as a lot of interviews by the various teams. Then there is the Wunderlick test which may or may not really matter for the quarterbacks and other positions.

Here are the events:

40-yard dash
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press
The bench press is a test of strength -- 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.

Vertical jump
The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

Broad jump
The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.

3 cone drill
The 3 cone drill tests an athlete's ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.

Shuttle run
The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodes out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.

Plus there are other items such as quarterbacks throwing and obviously wide receivers catching the ball.

Here are the Mountain West players taking part.


Derek Carr, Fresno State
David Fales, San Jose State

Running backs

Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State
Adam Muema, San Diego State
Tim Cornett, UNLV

Wide receivers

Davante Adams, Fresno State
Isaiah Burse, Fresno State
Robert Herron, Wyoming

Tight ends

Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State
Marcel Jensen, Fresno State
D.J. Tialavea, Utah State

Offensive linemen

Joel Bitonio (OT), Nevada
Tyler Larsen (C), Utah State
Charles Leno (OT), Boise State
Matt Paradis (C), Boise State
Weston Richburg (C), Colorado State

Defensive linemen

Demarcus Lawrence (DE), Boise State

Defensive backs

Mo Alexander (SS), Utah State
Bene Benwikere (CB), San Jose State
Nat Berhe (SS), San Diego State
Marqueston Huff (FS), Wyoming
Nevin Lawson (CB), Utah State