The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is set to get underway this Tuesday, with specialists, offensive linemen and tight ends reporting to Lucas Oil Stadium. And after pre-registration, medical examination, orientation and interviews, other prospects at other positions will join them.
On-field workouts will follow.
Head coach Bill Belichick and members of the New England Patriots staff will be on hand in Indianapolis to take note of each one. And while the measurements the Patriots collect from there will not the end-all, be-all to evaluations, they will be pieces to the puzzle.
They were just that in forming New England’s 2014 rookie class. And in turn, here is a look back on how future Patriots fared last February, with videos courtesy of National Football Fans.
Dominique Easley, Defensive Tackle: The rookie first-round draft choice was working his way back from a second torn ACL suffered in September, which kept him from participating in on-field workouts. Easley measured in at 6-foot-2 and 288 pounds, with 32 7/8-inch arms and 9 3/4-inch hands. The Florida Gator also benched 26 reps of 225 pounds.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Quarterback: New England’s second-round pick measured in at 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds, with 31-inch arms and 9 1/4-inch hands. And in addition to his weigh-in tests and passing workouts, Garoppolo also posted a 4.97-second 40-yard dash, a 7.04 three-cone drill, a 4.26 short-shuttle, as well as a 30.5-inch vertical leap and 110-inch broad jump.
Bryan Stork, Center: A fourth-round selection out of Florida State, Stork did not participate in any physical testing at the combine because of injuries to his left knee and both shoulders. He did, however, stand in at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, with 32 1/4-inch arms and 10 1/8-inch hands.
James White, Halfback: The second of three fourth-rounders the Patriots called upon, White stepped in at 5-foot-9 and 204 pounds, with 29 1/4-inch arms and 8 1/4-inch hands. The Wisconsin Badger benched 23 reps, and proceeded to run a 4.57 40-time, a 7.05 three-cone, a 4.20 short-shuttle and an 11.76 60-yard shuttle. He notched a 32-inch vertical to go with a 114-inch broad before departing from Indianapolis.
Cameron Fleming, Offensive Tackle: New England’s final fourth-round pick, Fleming measured in at 6-foot-5 and 323 pounds, with 34-inch arms and 9 7/8-inch hands. The Stanford blocker also put up 26 reps, a 23.5-inch vertical leap, a 97-inch broad jump, as well as a 5.28 40-time, an 8.24 three-cone and a 5.00 20-yard shuttle.
Jon Halapio, Guard: A former member of the Patriots, the sixth-round pick by way of Florida hit the mark at 6-foot-3 and 323 pounds, with 33 5/8-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands. Halapio went on to notch a 21.5-inch vertical leap, a 100-inch broad jump, a 5.34 40-yard dash, an 8.26 three-cone drill and a 4.83 short-shuttle.
Zach Moore, Defensive End: Before Moore became the first NFL draft pick in the history of Concordia-St. Paul, he measured his frame out to 6-foot-5 and 269 pounds, with 33 3/4-inch arms and 9 5/8-inch hands. The sixth-rounder also benched 23 reps and clocked a 4.84 40-time, a 7.41 three-cone and a 4.46 20-yard shuttle. Moore completed his combine with a 33.5-inch vertical leap and top-performing 123-inch broad jump.
Jemea Thomas, Cornerback: No longer a member of the Patriots organization, Thomas measured in a 5-foot-9 and 192 pounds, with 30 5/8-inch arms and 10-inch hands at last year’s combine. The sixth-round selection via Georgia Tech went on to bench 19 reps of 225 pounds, and jump for a 37-inch vertical and 125-inch broad. Thomas also crossed the finish line with a 4.55 40-yard dash.
Jeremy Gallon, Wide Receiver: One of August’s final roster cuts, the final pick in the Patriots’ 2014 draft stood in at 5-foot-7 and 185 pounds, with 29 1/2-inch arms and 9 3/8-inch hands. Gallon then went on to bench 15 reps and run a 4.49 40-yard dash, electing to test his broad, vertical, three-cone and short-shuttle at Michigan’s pro day.
Tyler Gaffney, Halfback: Before the Stanford Cardinal was waived-injured by the Carolina Panthers and claimed by the Patriots, he tested well at last February’s combine. Gaffney, who was drafted by Carolina in the sixth round, measured in at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, with 30 1/4-inch arms and 9-inch hands. Thenceforth, the back set the bar with a 36.5-inch vertical leap, a 116-inch broad jump, a 4.49 40-yard dash and a 4.18 short-shuttle. Gaffney’s 6.78 three-cone drill 11.36 60-yard shuttle were two of the top times at his position.
Malcolm Butler, Cornerback: The West Alabama Tiger was not invited to the combine, and later participated in Alabama’s pro day, where he ran what was documented as a 4.62 40-yard dash and a 7.20 three-cone drill. However precise those numbers were remains unknown, but the undrafted rookie himself is no longer an unknown.