NFL Combine 2014: WSU's Deone Bucannon shines among DBs
The 2014 NFL combine wrapped up on Tuesday with the defensive backs putting on a show. Pac-12 representation was strong, especially from Wazzu's Deone Bucannon, Oregon State's Rashaad Reynolds and Utah's Keith McGill. That, and receiver Brandin Cooks finishes with the second-fastest 40-yard dash time overall, which earns him another big suitcase full of money.
-- The Pac-12 player making the most noise at the combine Tuesday was undoubtedly Washington State Cougars safety Deone Bucannon. Already with the game film going in his favor, Bucannon lit up the circuit. Take a deep breath: Bucannon ran a 4.49 second 40-yard dash, third-best for his position and 13th-best for all defensive backs. He was third-best amongst safeties with 19 bench press repetitions, third with a 36.5 inch vertical, second with a 10'5 broad jump, third with a 6.96 second 3-cone drill and eighth with a 4.26 second time in the 20-yard shuttle (gasps for air). Is anyone smelling first-round talent?
-- Utes cornerback Keith McGill, who went through workouts on Tuesday, completed a broad jump of 10'9". The 6'3 defensive back had an impressive vertical jump of 39 inches and ran a 4.51 40-yard dash as well. He is an intriguing prospect because of his large frame, 33.25-inch arm length and 211-pound frame, which all make him a physically-imposing corner.
-- Rashaad Reynolds, a relatively unheralded corner from Oregon State, had a fine day as well. He ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.51 seconds, had a third-best 20 reps on the bench press, tied for first with a 4.00 second 20-yard shuttle and leapt 37.5 inches on the vertical jump.
-- Other 40-yard dash times for Pac-12 players: Stanford safety Ed Reynolds (4.57), Oregon cornerback Terrance Mitchell (4.63), USC safety Dion Bailey (4.66). Bailey is reassured that his 40 time won't hurt him too much.
-- With all combine participants having gone through their workouts, Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks finished second overall with a 4.33 second run in the 40-yard dash. He was well behind Kent State running back Dri Archer, who was two-hundreths off the combine record with a 4.26 run.
Throw an asterisk next to Cooks' time. He apparently set the turf on fire while wearing his shorts on backward, so that's pretty impressive.
-- Cooks won $10,000 from Adidas immediately after running the fastest 40-yard dash time in his position group. Tack on another $100,000, which he earned for being the fastest Adidas-wearing athlete at the combine.
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-- Colorado Buffaloes receiver Paul Richardson tied for eighth place among all combine participants with a 4.40 second dash. Richardson, who brought in 83 passes for 1,343 yards last year, was pretty pumped that he weighed in at a hefty 175.9 points. Check out a feature on him from the Denver Post.
-- Utah's Tenny Palepoi ranked 15 overall in the bench press by cranking up 225 pounds 31 times.