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NFL Combine: MAC Offensive Players Make Their Cases

Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Western Michigan wide receiver Jordan White participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Western Michigan wide receiver Jordan White participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It's an odd ritual to watch NFL prospects be measured and critiqued to a granular level that at times makes beauty pageants seem overly inclusive:

"He's fast, but not fast enough."

"Sure, he broke all sorts of college records, but can he make EVERY THROW IMAGINABLE?"

"As a redshirt junior, he invented a drug that cures all known cancers and increases your lifespan by 20 years, but can he also give that drug a catchy brand name that will sell well in the open market? Also it would've been nice if he could have cured cancer in a bigger conference."

Knowing this mindset can only help us understand that the six MAC offensive players who participated in the combine may not necessarily get drafted high but they all have a chance to make rosters and perhaps play big roles in upcoming seasons.

Here's the collection of results on the MAC players from the NFL Combine website, and yes, this is such detailed information it's almost scary.

Name Position
LaVon Brazill, OHIO WR
4.48 sec
11 reps 32.5 in X X X X 52.2
Chandler Harnish, NIU QB 4.76 sec
X 32.5 in
112.0 in
6.78 sec
4.15 sec
X 55.0
Eric Page, Toledo WR 4.60 sec 15 reps 30.0 in 112.0 in 6.95 sec
3.98 sec
11.47 sec
Bernard Pierce, Temple RB
4.49 sec
17 reps 36.5 in 123.0 in 7.07 sec 4.28 sec X 57.0
Evan Rodriguez, Temple TE
4.58 sec
18 reps
36.0 in
119.0 in
6.94 sec
4.28 sec
11.43 sec
Jordan White, WMU WR 4.69 sec 14 reps 35.0 in 119.0 in
6.84 sec
4.13 sec
11.40 sec

(Note: Temple OLB Tahir Whitehead is the only defensive player combinin', so his results should be done sometime today.)

What I gather from these numbers is that Rodriguez definitely helped his case by showing off his size and skills. But these numbers don't exactly hurt you, unless you're branded as a speed receiver, for example, and then run slowly. Jordan White, case in point, clocked in one of the slowest times for a WR but he has the highest grade here, mostly because the NFL skills he possesses don't port directly to these events.

Page's numbers didn't blow anybody away (although his 20-yard shuttle was good, but I couldn't even tell you what that means) but I half-expected this. In a pro scout sense he's Jordan White, Jr. It was good to see Brazill show off some of that speed and I fervently believe he is going to make an impact next year in an Antonio Brown-style role, provided he stays healthy — and he's battled multiple injuries the last two years.

Bernard Pierce might blend in a little with the rest of the running back crowd, but with today's modern game teams rotate a lot of backs and he's going to be in the mix when they need a second or third option lining up behind the quarterback.

Which brings me to Harnish. As you can see he's one of the more athletic quarterbacks but his downside is going to be that you can't zone read on every down in the NFL. Much like Dan LeFevour, he may go down in the books as his college's best quarterback of all time but he might have trouble playing as a pro quarterback. Nothing wrong with that.