The scouting combine's 'wow' guys 

February, 24, 2010
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NFL combine workouts will start later this week; there are a lot of prominent prospects with legit track credentials, meaning someone might beat Chris Johnson's 4.24 40 time from a few years ago.

In fact, there is a big group of guys that should be very interesting to keep an eye on, as more than one combine record might be in danger. So in the spirit of the annual spring "Freaks" list, we present the 10 guys most likely to wow NFL personnel folks with their athleticism as the draft approaches:

1. Jacoby Ford (from the Clemson Tigers): Seeing the reigning fastest man on the NCAA track circuit competing at the NFL combine should really be something. As I wrote yesterday, the combine setting will be an adjustment compared to the work Ford is used to doing, but he has been working hard to be ready for it.

Ford has decent size and spectacular speed. He can claim he's the fastest man at Clemson, which makes a good case for him to be No. 1 on this list. Never mind that the 185-pounder also won the indoor NCAA championship in the 60 meters in February 2009 and had a streak of 18 straight wins in 60 meter and 100 meter races over the indoor and outdoor seasons. Here's Ford from the 100 indoors.

2. Bruce Campbell (from the Maryland Terrapins): It seems like every so often the Terps unveil another freak on the combine, and the 6-foot-7, 310-pound lineman sounds like the O-line version of Vernon Davis. Supposedly, Campbell -- a guy who, despite those really long arms, is a 500-pound bencher -- has run in the low 4.8s in terms of 40-yard dash time.

Now, that doesn't mean he's going to blossom into the next Anthony Munoz, but his stunning athleticism will still give people in draft rooms lots to think about.

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