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Clemson's Spiller and Ford Light up Workout
Photo – RB C. J. Spiller - Clemson
The skilled position players took center stage Sunday at the NFL Combine for workouts and a couple of Clemson Tigers were very impressive at the event. Running back C.J Spiller ran a fine 4.37 time at just under 5’11” and 196 lbs. He will have a complete workout for positional drills at the Clemson pro day in March. His Clemson teammate, wideout Jacoby Ford had the fastest 40 time at the event thus far with a 4.28 time. It challenged Chris Johnson’s record 4.24 time from the NFL Combine 2008. The time by Ford was the fastest by a receiver tying the record for the position for the event’s history. The defensive backs will run on Tuesday and there are a few prospects who will attempt to beat that super sprint number.
Running back Jahvid Best of Cal had a huge workout and one that he needed after a late season neck injury. He ran a 4.35 time at 199 lbs. that was the fastest among the running backs. He was impressive in the positional drills and did 18 reps in the lifting. RB Toby Gerhart of Stanford had a strong performance with a 4.53 time and 22 reps at over 230 lbs. He had a 38” vertical leap and a 9’10” broad jump and helped his cause. RB Montario Hardesty of Tennessee had a very impressive workout including a 4.49 time with 21 reps in the lifting. He had an incredible 41” vertical leap and a 10’4” broad jump that was best among the talented running backs. Ryan Matthews of Fresno St. ran a 4.45 time with a 10’1” broad jump, 36” vertical leap and 19 reps in the lifting that impressed many NFL clubs. He is one of the fastest rising prospects at the event thus far.