Manningham Can Rebound at Pro Day

Mario Manningham

Mario Manningham struggled in the forty yard dash at the combine, raising some questions among scouts about his speed. Why were his times slower than expected and can he improve it by pro day. GoBlueWolverine chatted with an expert. **Combine video interviews also included.

Mario Manningham

Height
Weight
40 (1)
40 (2)
Bench
Vert
20 yd Shuttle
60 yd Shuttle
B Jump
3 Cone
5-11.6
181
4.59
4.62
16
32
0
0
0
0

Super Mario clearly hurt his standing with his disappointing showing. Widely regarded as one of the drafts best deep threats, the times he put up didn’t reflect that. Manningham’s 4.59 and 4.62 were actually bested by tight ends Dustin Keller 4.55 and Jacob Tamme 4.58. If that isn’t enough, fellow Big Ten receivers Devin Thomas and James Hardy were very impressive running 4.4 and 4.47 respectively. In addition, California’s DeSean Jackson ran a blistering 4.35 and Appalachian State’s Dexter Jackson wasn’t far behind with a 4.37. Those performances make Manningham’s appear even worse, but all is not lost. Michigan’s big play man looked extremely good in receiver drills showing soft hands and catching everything thrown his way. And as for his speed, anyone that watched Manningham on the football field knows that this youngster decimated defenses with his jets. Numerous times he defeated bracket coverage by running past safeties over the top. To suggest that that was a fluke is ridiculous. Manningham’s issues are technique related. He doesn’t get out of the blocks well. His first few steps are extremely choppy. It’s almost as if he is running in place. That that was an issue not corrected before the combine certainly begs the question, why was it addressed during the past six weeks? That being said, he still has an opportunity for a reprieve and Michigan’s pro day in a few weeks. In a conversation with Michigan women’s track coach James Henry (who has trained numerous Michigan football players in the past like Larry Foote and Lamarr Woodley, and All-Pros like Dre Bly) on WTKA this morning, he indicated that Mario could still improve his technique significantly in time for pro day. Stay tuned to for the interview with Coach Henry later today on GoBlueWolverine.


Mike Hart

Height
Weight
40 (1)
40 (2)
Bench
Vert
20 yd Shuttle
60 yd Shuttle
B Jump
3 Cone
5-8.7
206
4.67
4.69
23
28
0
0
0
0

Hart’s times did nothing to dispel the concerns about his speed that NFL scouts have expressed leading up to the draft. With a time in the high 4.5s, some speculated he could be at least a third rounder. After his run, scouts were suggesting he could go as late as the sixth round. Hart’s counter to any criticism of his speed will consist of the following comment. “I’m a football player.” His productivity on film is his greatest ally. Because of that, some club will give him a shot. However, if he is to go higher in the draft, he’ll need to bring that time down at the pro day.

For video interviews with Manningham and Hart, click here.


Chad Henne

Height
Weight
40 (1)
40 (2)
Bench
Vert
20 yd Shuttle
60 yd Shuttle
B Jump
3 Cone
6-2.7
230
4.9
0
0
0
0
0
7.17

Henne did very well in the throwing drills and showed decent speed, clocking in at 4.9. However, part of why Chad is moving up draft boards is how well he is coming across in interviews. Hear about it yourself in the video interview below.

For a video interview with Henne, click here.


Jake Long

Height
Weight
40 (1)
40 (2)
Bench
Vert
20 yd Shuttle
60 yd Shuttle
B Jump
3 Cone
6-7
313
5.17
37
27.5
0
0
8.06
7.44

This guy solidified himself as one of the top three players in the draft and maybe even the best. 37 reps of 225 is an impressive feat… but it’s made even more impressive by the revelation that Long’s arms were among the longest in attendance. That means he had to move the weight a greater distance than most of those he was competing against (including the man that he tied him, Ohio State’s Vernon Gholston). And Long was cheating on those reps either. He was locking out. His overall display was just a tremendous show of athleticism. Just as a point of reference, Joe Thomas pressed 225 28 times at last years combine. The former Badger had in edge in the speed category though, running a 4.92 at 311 pounds to Longs 5.15.

For a video interview with Long, click here.

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