The on-field testing portion of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine started Friday, and there will be some embarrassing performances turned in by a handful of draft prospects over the next four days. The bar was set Friday by Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown, who was considered a potential first-rounder but whose workout was … beyond bad.
There certainly have been numerous embarrassing combine performances by former SEC stars in the past decade. Some of the players involved have gone on to become stars. On the other hand … some have not.
Most of the players on our list made the list because their workouts were flat-out bad.
We have spotlighted 10 SEC players with bad combines, and they’re listed alphabetically.
CB Joe Haden, Florida, 2010
The skinny: Haden was a three-year starter at Florida and left after his junior season; he arrived at the combine considered the top corner in the draft class and a highly athletic guy who would test off the charts. That didn’t happen – not close, in fact. He was clocked in 4.57 seconds in the 40, incredibly slow for a guy who was considered a legit shutdown corner. He also had a mediocre 35-inch vertical jump; both numbers were among the 10 worst for all the corners at the combine. He also had a brutal performance in the 60-yard shuttle. But he had a clocking of 4.43 in the 40 at his pro day, which eased a lot of concerns. It certainly eased some minds in Cleveland, which picked him No. 7 overall. He has made two Pro Bowls and was a prime free-agent addition by Pittsburgh last offseason.
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