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How Current Ravens Performed At The Combine

Posted Feb 27, 2017

From some of the NFL Scouting Combine’s biggest athletic freaks to sluggish performances, Ravens players have run the gamut. Last year’s big free-agent additions, Eric Weddle, Mike Wallace and Benjamin Watson all put up strong performances.

With the men in tights down in Indianapolis and draftniks weighing in on whose stock will go up and down, it’s fun to look back and see how current Ravens performed back in the day.

Success at the combine is often an indication of good things to come in the NFL (and vice versa), but not always.

Have a look at some of the Ravens’ results:

2003 – OLB Terrell Suggs
Suggs’ 40-yard dash at the combine gave some talent evaluators pause. He ran it in the dragging 4.8-second range. He had an average vertical jump (33 inches) and just 19 bench press reps of 225 pounds. The average is around 25 for defensive linemen. Suggs slid a little bit in the draft and was scooped up by the Ravens at pick No. 10. His speed hasn’t proven to be a problem in the NFL.

2004 – TE Benjamin Watson
Watson helped improve his stock at the combine with a mixture of strength and speed. He posted 34 reps at bench press, which is tied for the second-most reps of any tight end over the past 13 years, only behind Orson Charles (2012). Watson also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds, which is in the top 15 since 2004. A strong combine performance helped push Watson into the first round.

2007 – S Eric Weddle
Weddle entered the combine with a reputation as a hard-working leader and college playmaker. His overall athleticism was perhaps his biggest question mark. Weddle proved himself, posting the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash among safeties (4.48 seconds). He had the fourth-best three-cone drill at 6.78 seconds and third-best 20-yard shuttle (4.12 seconds).

2008 – QB Joe Flacco
Flacco dominated the three-cone drill. He had the best time of any quarterback (by a longshot) with 6.82 seconds. The next closest was 7.01 seconds. By comparison, former Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a 6.78. Considering Flacco’s length, his ability to quickly change direction around cones was particularly impressive. Flacco was also second among his class of quarterbacks in the 20-yard shuttle (4.27 seconds). He was in the middle of the pack for his 40-yard dash (4.84 seconds). Flacco chose not to show off his guns and did not participate in the bench press.

2010 – TE Dennis Pitta
Pitta was a combine star. He entered with labels of not being very athletic, but was one of the most impressive performers at the position. Pitta not only had the best three-cone drill (6.72 seconds) in his class, but the fastest time of any tight end over at least the past nine years. He also had the tight ends’ best 20-yard shuttle (4.17) and the second-most bench press reps (27), four more than teammate Ed Dickson and New England’s Rob Gronkowski. Pitta ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds, which was in the middle of the pack.

2011 – CB Jimmy Smith
Smith was touted as a physical specimen, and lived up to it at the combine. He was tied with the third-most bench press reps (27) at cornerback. Even with his large size for the position, he was tied for the seventh-fastest 40-yard dash (4.46).

2011 – WR Mike Wallace
Wallace came to the combine with a reputation for being a burner, and he delivered in Indy. Wallace had the second-fastest 40-yard dash at the combine at 4.33 seconds, trailing only University of Maryland wideout Darrius Heyward Bey (4.30 seconds). Wallace was fourth among wide receivers in the high jump at 40 inches, and tied for the longest broad jump (10 feet, nine inches). That was tied for the fourth-longest broad jump at any position.

2013 – DT Brandon Williams
Coming out of small-school Missouri Southern State, Williams elevated his stock by showing his strength. Williams was tied for the most bench press reps of anyone at the combine (38). He tied Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt. Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 5.37 seconds.

2015 – TE Darren Waller
Waller may be the Ravens’ most freakish total athlete on the team. Given his 6-foot-6, 238-pound size, Waller’s 4.46-yard dash is blazing fast. It wasn’t among the top wide receivers in his class, but if compared to the tight ends, it would have blown away the competition. The fastest tight end in that year’s combine was Mycole Pruitt (4.58 seconds). Waller’s 37-inch vertical jump would rank third among tight ends and his 60-yard shuttle (11.35 seconds) would have edged out fellow Ravens safety Nick Boyle (11.65 seconds) for the top spot.

2016 – RB Kenneth Dixon
Dixon showed quick feet in his rookie season, and he put them on display at the combine. Dixon wasn’t among the fastest running back in straight-line speed (4.58 seconds), but his three-cone drill was the third best (6.97 seconds), his 60-yard shuttle (11.5 seconds) was in the top five and his 20-yard shuttle (4.28 seconds) was in the top 10.

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