Brown managed 14 reps of 225 pounds on bench press, ran a 5.85-second 40-yard dash, logged a 19.5-inch vertical and was yelled at coaches for loafing during position drills. Gesicki showed well during pass-catching activities, most likely cementing his name as a day one selection.
Running back/fullback Dimitri Flowers and offensive lineman Orlando Brown are undergoing on-the-field workouts as part of Friday's schedule. The former Nittany Lion clocked the second fastest 40 yard dash time of any back with a 4.40 run, only trailing N.C. State's Nyheim Hines, who posted a 4.38.
Slowly but surely, having an every-down workhorse running back is becoming more of a necessity in the NFL.
Tyler Conklin's (Central Michigan) numbers weren't on Gesicki's level but they shouldn't be taken lightly either.
He's one of the rare running backs who absolutely does deserve consideration with the top pick.
"I'll tell you what, I'm impressed", said Greg Olsen, a three-time Pro Bowl tight end. This could be in case the team can't work out a re-structure with Vance McDonald and they have to release him. He finished his Junior season by playing in 13 games and recorded 1,271 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns on 217 carries.
"Any team that wants to draft me and give me an opportunity to play for their franchise is a blessing to me", he said. However, his performance Saturday nearly certainly makes it more tempting for teams to take him even sooner than they otherwise would have. Here's a look at the best and worst quarterback, wide receiver and tight end prospects performances at this year's National Football League combine.
Other running backs who had good days include Auburn's Kerryon Johnson and Alabama's Bo Scarborough, both of whom jumped 40 inches in the vertical. There's little doubt that Barkley will be a top five pick, and some might argue that he could go even higher.