LSU players showed their true geauxld spirit at the 2014 NFL combine, that’s for sure! While our beloved quarterback Zach Mettenberger could not run due to his previously obtained ACL injury he is said to have done great in several interviews and his healing process is rumored to be coming along much faster than was originally expected. Jarvis Landry ran a little slower than we would have liked, with a 4.77 40 yard dash, and only managed 12 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. However these are not entirely accurate measures of his abilities and any wise team will look past that and more at the stats he racked up during his time repping purple and geauxld. Running back Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33) ran a bit faster, completing his 40 in 4.66 seconds and lifted an impressive 20 reps on the bench. We can also see Alfred Blue’s cartoon roadrunner side when we youtube videos of his 40 time, 4.63 seconds. Blue also lifted only 13 reps.
Fun side story, I tried to convince my good friend Ryan (@RyanWagner11) that I can run a 6 second 60 earlier this year and wound up tripping on a divet in the grass which was made even worse by the fact that I was running in cheer shoes. Which, if you don’t already know, are sticky on the bottom to do better on gym mats and slippery floors. They are NOT made for the grass.
LSU’s offensive guard Trai Turner managed to run 40 yards in 4.93 seconds and lifted 25 reps on the bench, which will factor into a team’s decision to pick him up but is also HARDLY a representation of what he is physically capable of. After all, he will rarely ever need to lift a 225 pound lineman off of himself repeatedly 13 times while laying on his back on the field. (I bet you never thought of THAT did ya?!). Guards are not always known for speed, but having a decent 40 time will help Turner and his fullback companion J.C Copeland impress many NFL teams looking for new offensive players. Copeland ran a 4.95 and lifted 23 reps, again impressive but not exactly the determining factor of his capabilities. I would like to point out the 40 time that I have decided is my personal favorite in 2014. And no, his good looks and grace on the field were not the reasons I chose him, his 4.43 40 time won my heart during the combine, even though he only lifted 7 reps on the bench. Yes ladies, I am talking about Odell Beckham Jr who is rumored to have first round draft pick potential. That is not news to me, I knew it from the first time I saw him play. He saved many plays, ran many yards, and worked hard day after day to lead the Tigers to win games.
So yes, the combine gives teams and players a chance to determine where they stand in relation to other players in their position but it is not the most accurate way to measure their talents, nor does it showcase the skills they spent hours fine tuning to get to the level they are at. I love combine week, it’s make it or break it time for a lot of little known athletes, but it is also a depressing time for many who deserve the draft but are shot down due to their lack of bench press skills one day, rather than the number of reps they managed all year long.
Rather than pouting about the negativity that can potentially come from this bittersweet week I wanted to express my true gratitude for the talents of our Tiger boys, because these are the names that scored points, held off defenders, called plays, and made games worth watching for us fans. Any NFL team that snags an LSU player is a smart one, and will find themselves to be extremely lucky!
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Geaux check out videos of these players and their combine performances if you’d like, or even some hype videos to start off your weekend. Have a great Friday and a better weekend. As always Geaux Tigers!