On Sunday, the Quarterbacks at the scouting combine took the field for their workouts, with a few notable exceptions. Matt Barkley of USC, Zac Dysert of Miami (OH), and Sean Renfree of Duke all declined to take part in any of the on-field drills. Let's take a look at some of the results.
Geno Smith of West Virginia surprised a lot of scouts by running the fastest 40-yard dash of any quarterback prospect at 4.59 seconds. For the sake of comparison, that's the same time that Jake Locker and Cam Newton ran and just slightly slower than Russell Wilson's time of 4.55 seconds last year. Smith also excelled in the vertical and broad jumps, as he was a half-inch short of Florida State's E.J. Manuel for the best vertical and had the best broad jump by six inches.
Another impressive physical prospect is Arizona's Matt Scott, who ran the third-best 40 at 4.69 seconds and blew away the rest of the quarterbacks in the agility drills. Scott was nearly three-tenths of a second better than the next-closest quarterback in both the cone and shuttle drills. In an interesting trend, MarQueis Gray of Minnesota was the only QB to bench, putting up 15 reps. Gray is thought of as a player who could shift to another position, however.