West Virginia’s big three – Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey - had a strong day at the NFL Scouting Combine, each upping their stock by the end of the day.
Austin’s blistering 40-yard dash, was clocked unofficially at 4.25 but eventually made official at 4.34. No doubt still impressive.
Smith was accurate in the throwing drills, showcased his athleticism, and ended up being the fastest among all the quarterbacks present with a 4.59 in the 40.
Bailey also had a strong day, particularly in the drills where he could do what he does best: run routes and catch the football.
Here are their official stats from NFL.com:
- 40-yard dash: 4.34
- Vertical jump: 32”
- Broad jump: 120”
- Bench press: 14 reps
- 20 yard shuttle: 4.01 seconds
- 40-yard dash: 4.59 (fastest among quarterbacks)
- Vertical jump: 33.5”
- Broad jump: 124”
- 40-yard dash: 4.52
- Vertical jump: 34.5”
- Broad jump: 117”
- Bench press: 11 reps
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.09 seconds
NFL analyst Mike Maycock shared his thoughts on the day's top performers. Here are some excerpts:
On Tavon Austin: “You’ve heard me say a thousand times probably. Fast guys run fast, and it’s not a story. So I expected him to run fast. But what it does for him is that worst case to me, he’s a second round pick. Worst case.”
On Geno Smith: “I saw everything that I saw on tape about Geno, and that is he flashed everything you want to see in a franchise quarterback on tape during the season. He has a big arm, good arm, he moves well, he can be accurate. Everything I saw on tape I saw here today. He’s a natural thrower; he doesn’t force the ball.”
On Stedman Bailey: “Stedman Bailey is really a good football player. There are questions about his size. How fast is he? He’s probably a 4.5 or whatever he is. What I see is an instinctive, smart receiver that catches [the ball]. He’s a natural hands catcher, and because [Tavon] Austin and Geno Smith get all of the attention, he kind of fell into the background. But if you watch him in the red zone on tape and his understanding and knowledge of route running and defenses, he’s one of the more smarter and instinctive receivers in this draft. I’d be surprised if he gets out of the third round.”
~ Agree with this sentiment. I’ve often thought if Bailey didn’t share the spotlight with those two the national media would have made a bigger deal out of him.