Barner, Wheaton Put on Display at Combine

Barner, Wheaton Put on Display at Combine
February 24, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Markus Wheaton and Kenjon Barner did their schools and themselves proud Sunday at the NFL Combine.

In one of the biggest offensive days and displays at the combine, Wheaton and Barner had every executive, coach, GM and owner's eyes on them. Sunday, they put on a display.

Oregon State's Markus Wheaton:

  • Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds, which was ranked 10th overall among the field of participants.

  • In the 60-yard shuttle drill, Wheaton ranked 2nd overall at 11.2 seconds, which gave him top performance accolades.

  • His bench press was the 3rd highest total with 20 reps at 225 pounds, as well, giving Wheaton the top performance star.

  • Vertical jump ranked fifth at 37 inches.

  • Three-Cone Drill Wheaton was 7th at 6.80 seconds

  • In the 20-yard shuttle, Wheaton was a top performance, ranked 4th at 4.02 seconds

  • Wheaton had a broad jump of 120 inches, or 10 feet.

Wheaton's performance at the combine continues to make a case that he is good enough to go in the second-round, with not only great athletisim, but all around cerebral skills, as well.

Wheaton finished the combine ranked in the top-10 at in six out of seven drills at his position.

Oregon's Kenjon Barner:

  • Shined in the 60-yard shuttle drill, leading all running backs with a 11.33 time.

  • 40-yard dash came in at 4.52, which is good enough for 6th at his position. Barner has been criticized for running too high, had been trying a bit of a different technique. Plans to run, as expected, at pro day, which he believes will fare faster.

  • Three-cone drill for Barner had him ranked 5th.

  • Ranked eighth in the 20-yard shuttle at 4.20 seconds.

  • Barner's vertical leap of 35.5 inches ranked fifth among running backs.

  • He jumped 122 inches, or 10 feet 2-inches, in the broad jump, which was good enough for sixth

  • Barner ranked 15th in the bench press with 20 repetitions of 225 pounds, which is not discouraging, given that bigger fullbacks were lumped into same category.

All in all, Barner ranked in the top-10 at his position in six of seven drills. Marhsall Faulk said of Barner that he probably has the “best, most natural” hands of all the running backs in this year's running back draft class. Still, Barner is expected to be a middle of the road draft selection, which could see him drafted between the 3rd and 5th round, depending on a number of elements between now and April's NFL Draft.