Boise State tailback Doug Martin ties for first in bench press at NFL Scouting Combine; OT Nate Potter happy with his showing

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State tailback Doug Martin tied for first among running backs in the bench press Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. Martin lifted 225 pounds 28 times — tying with Utah State’s Robert Turbin.

That number matched what Martin did in Boise State’s testing last spring.

Only 21 of 28 running backs participated in the bench press. Top prospect Trent Richardson isn’t doing drills because of an injury and two of the guys competing with Martin for the No. 2 ranking at tailback — Virginia Tech’s David Wilson and Miami’s Lamar Miller — chose not to lift. Wilson plans to lift at his pro day and Miller has an injury. Also not lifting: Washington’s Chris Polk and Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead. Oregon’s LaMichael James, another top prospect, did 15 reps.

Quarterbacks also were on the bench press schedule Saturday. Only two participated — Oregon’s Darron Thomas and LSU’s Jordan Jefferson (14 each). Boise State’s Kellen Moore said he hasn’t used the bench press in his training in four years, and most quarterbacks don’t use it anymore.

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Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter showed good quickness Saturday in on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Potter tied for fourth in the three-cone drill, with a time of 7.49 seconds. The drill shows a player’s quickness and agility in short bursts.

Potter was 14th in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.67 seconds.

Those were his two best showings in the athletic testing. He also showed good quickness in the offensive line drills.

Earlier, Potter posted an official time for the 40-yard dash of 5.36 seconds, which tied for 22nd among 47 linemen. The NFL Network clocked him unofficially at 5.32 and 5.28 seconds in his two attempts.

The best official time for an offensive lineman was 4.94 seconds.

In the jumps, Potter went 28.5 inches in the vertical jump and 8 feet, 4 inches in the broad jump.

Potter said he was happy with his performance except for the 40-yard dash, which he likely will run again at pro day March 22 in Boise.

“The good thing is I have a chance to redeem myself,” he said. “I’m a competitor and I want to do a lot better. … I performed well in pretty much everything. I’ve still got time to improve and work on a lot of things before pro day and after pro day. It’s just one step in a series of big things that I’ve got to do in the next couple months.”

Other comments from Potter:

— On the experience: “It was crazy. The whole thing is just so surreal. You’re talking to a lot of people and they’re asking you about your medical history. But I enjoyed it. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

— On what he was asked during team interviews: “Just how Boise State wins and a lot of it was very much football talk, talking about different plays and techniques. And then my size. … They just wanted to know how much I weighed when I came in and what’s the biggest I’ve ever been.”

— On his bench press: “I pretty much got what I wanted, 22. That’s really good for me, so I was very pleased.”

— On his combine prep: “I’m improving a ton, in every regard. It’s nice because although I miss school and I liked school for the most part, now all I have to worry about is football. I can dedicate myself and I already see a lot of improvement.”

— On seeing six other Broncos at the combine: “That was exciting. That was cool. We’ve got a lot of Boise guys. That’s good for our program.”

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The defensive linemen and linebackers had their weigh-ins Saturday. Results are in the chart below.

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Moore and Martin have their workouts Sunday. The NFL Network has live coverage beginning at 7 a.m. NFL.com also has two camera feeds available. The first group of quarterbacks starts at 7 a.m., but Moore (and Stanford’s Andrew Luck) are in the second group, which starts about 9 a.m. (The second group started earlier than scheduled today.) Moore will follow Luck in every drill. Their group of quarterbacks are scheduled to throw at 10 a.m., but Luck has opted not to throw.

The running backs start at 11 a.m. with the 40-yard dash.

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Combine results for Boise State/Treasure Valley players:

OT Nate Potter (Boise State/Timberline High)
Workout day: Saturday
Size: 6-6, 303 pounds
Bench press: 22 (tied for 32nd of 48)
40-yard dash: 5.36 seconds (tied for 22nd out of 47)
Vertical jump: 28.5 inches (tied for 16th out of 46)
Broad jump: 8 feet, 4 inches (tied for 25th out of 42)
Three-cone drill: 7.49 seconds (tied for 4th out of 43)
20-yard shuttle: 4.67 seconds (14th out of 43)
60-yard shuttle: Offensive linemen don’t participate

QB Kellen Moore (Boise State)
Workout day: Sunday
Size: 6-0, 197
Bench press: Not participating
40-yard dash:
Vertical jump:
Broad jump:
Three-cone drill:
20-yard shuttle:
60-yard shuttle:

RB Doug Martin (Boise State)
Workout day: Sunday
Size: 5-9, 223
Bench press: 28 (tied for first out of 21)
40-yard dash:
Vertical jump:
Broad jump:
Three-cone drill:
20-yard shuttle:
60-yard shuttle:

DE Tyrone Crawford (Boise State)
Workout day: Monday
Size: 6-4, 275
Bench press:
40-yard dash:
Vertical jump:
Broad jump:
Three-cone drill:
20-yard shuttle:
60-yard shuttle:

DE/LB Shea McClellin (Boise State/Marsing High)
Workout day: Monday
Size: 6-3, 260
Bench press:
40-yard dash:
Vertical jump:
Broad jump:
Three-cone drill:
20-yard shuttle:
60-yard shuttle:

DT Billy Winn (Boise State)
Workout day: Monday
Size: 6-4, 294
Bench press:
40-yard dash:
Vertical jump:
Broad jump:
Three-cone drill:
20-yard shuttle:
60-yard shuttle:

LB Caleb McSurdy (Montana/Borah High)
Workout day: Monday
Size: 6-1, 245
Bench press:
40-yard dash:
Vertical jump:
Broad jump:
Three-cone drill:
20-yard shuttle:
60-yard shuttle:

S George Iloka (Boise State)
Workout day: Tuesday
Size: Measures Sunday
Bench press:
40-yard dash:
Vertical jump:
Broad jump:
Three-cone drill:
20-yard shuttle:
60-yard shuttle:

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Anyone who actually watches

Anyone who actually watches the live workout needs to get a life.

Anyone who actually whines

Anyone who posts negatively about watching a live workout really shouldn't talk about others needing to get a life. Take your own advise, tool.

So slow, Cripe

I already posted that information on your "Boise State's Nate Potter posts low number in bench press; Kellen Moore hits 6-foot mark; NCAA changes kickoffs" blog.

Neener, neener, neener!

Chadd,

Doug M. is scheduled to lift today. Do you know if results are available yet? Thanks...

Charlie

I think Doug is tomorrow....

Doug

He does lift today (does the rest tomorrow). No results posted yet. Yesterday, it was around 5 p.m. or so when they posted Potter's bench.

Chadd,

you should be on top of this a little better. Doug lifted today and tied for 1st place with 28 reps of 225 lbs. Now, he does 28 anytime, so I think that he may be a little disappointed but probably has been working more on his speed. He will be blazing tomorrow.

Posted Martin on Twitter...

...while I was out to dinner with my family. Then posted on here as soon as I got home. Posted all of Nate's stuff within moments of NFL.com posting the results. Not sure what more I can do without actually being there.

Good for you ...

for attending to the important things first Chadd!

Unlike us posters, you are also constrained by the need to spell check and edit your blogs before posting them. Most of the time we just write the first thing that comes to our mind, press submit, and then read it over. Keep up the good work. It's good to have you back.

gee eagle Dave....

i don't see a submit key on my keyboard!?!

noted ....

I should have hit the "preview comment" button before pressing the "post comment" button.

Looks like Doug killed it

http://www.nfl.com/combine/top-performers#year=2012&workout=BENCH_PRESS&position=RB

Marshall Faulk's Top 5 RBs

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/09000d5d827343ea/Faulk-s-top-five-RBs

He spends a few moments talking up Doug Martin. I'm tempted to tell you where he sits, but that would ruin the fun.

Nice Find

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Sub 5 second 40!!!

At least Kellen wasn't last in the 40. Beat Nick Foles and ran under 5 seconds.