Every year, there are a few prospects that make jaws drop.
The NFL Scouting Combine is largely about players showing off their physical skills, and talent evaluators can become smitten with their size, speed and explosive power.
This year was no different. Here are five of the combine’s most freakish athletes:
WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas
It’s always an honor to run the fastest 40-yard dash at the combine. Goodwin blazed an official 4.27, which was just .03 seconds slower than the fastest of all time: Titans running back
RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M
Michael looked the part with a reportedly “rocked up” frame weighed in at 5-foot-10, 220 pounds. Then he went out and posted the highest vertical leap (43 inches) at the combine. Among other running backs, he had the quickest three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and second-longest broad jump.
OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Armstead isn't viewed as one of the top linemen, but he created some buzz with his 40-yard dash. He set the combine record for offensive linemen with a 4.71 run for a man at 6-foot-5, 306 pounds. The small-school player beat out top prospect Lane Johnson of Oklahoma. Armstead also placed fourth in the lineman broad jump.
DE Margus Hunt, Southern Methodist
Starting with his size of 6-foot-8, Hunt is a freakish football player. There just aren’t many (or any) defensive ends that size. Then he bench pressed 225 pounds 38 times, which is more impressive considering it’s harder with longer arms. Hunt tied for the third-fastest 40-yard dash of any defensive lineman as well at 4.60 seconds.
OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi
Collins set the new combine record in the broad jump with a leap of 11 feet, 7 inches. It was eight inches longer than the closest linebacker and three inches longer than second-place Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter, who weighs 54 pounds less. Collins also posted the combine’s second-highest vertical leap (41.5 inches) and the fourth-best 40-yard dash among linebackers at 4.64.