THE ALL-TIME BENCH PRESS RECORD at the NFL Combine now belongs to Oregon State's Stephen Paea.
This just in: Quizz is not tall
Quizz' height and 40 time has led to speculation that teams looking to use him as a special teamer could be turned off by a lack of long-range speed, others might be worried about his durability or in the receiving game.
Everyone knew junior running back Jacquizz Rodgers was short. But his official height of 5-5 7/8 sounds the alarm that he's more vertically challenged than scouts expected. In comparison, Darren Sproles checked in at 5-6 1/8 at the 2005 combine, said NFL Draft Scout.
Quizz, however, has never been a burner. His skill is the ability to get lost within the tackles, break some ankles and turn 1-yard gains into 7-yarders. It's how he gained 3714 yards in three seasons. Quizz also had 142 receptions for 1,005 yards in his career.
Durable? Able to absorb the big hits? Well, in three seasons he had all of one fumble in 749 carries -- and that came when he was in the Wild Beaver, trying to hand the ball off to brother James Rodgers.
The Sporting News had an interesting take on Quizz' numbers, saying he both helped and hurt his draft stock. Rodgers measured at just 5-5 7/8, but weighed in at 196 pounds and looked strong for a short back. That should help him overcome his lack of ideal size, said TSN.
Quizz was projected to be a 2-3 round draft pick headed into the combine.
OL Alex Linnenkohl this weekend finished tied for ninth in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.62 seconds, earning him a "top performer" mention in the category.
He wasn't expected to finish with high marks this weekend – Linnenkohl himself noted before the combine that he doesn't test well in these kinds of measurable – and he didn't. Linnenkohl ran a 5.37 in the 40 and broad jumped 7 feet 5 inches.
Everyone by now has heard about what DT Stephen Paea did in the bench press. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the clip.
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