Top 15 NFL Combine Freaks of All-Time

The NFL Draft Combine is a place where many young athletes can make or break their football careers. For some players, it’s the first place where many scouts are able to watch them in person and if they have a great combine, it could make a huge difference in their draft stock.

Getting drafted with the 25th pick compared to the 35th pick may not seem like a big deal to fans, but as a player it could be the difference in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Signing bonuses and contracts are all based around draft position, so the sooner one gets drafted, the fatter their wallet becomes. As a result, the NFL Draft Combine can change a scouts opinion and ultimately make that player some extra cash, which they wouldn’t have had before.

The NFL Draft Combine is the most talked about combine in all of sports and although I am not a true believer in the combine, many scouts and teams take the combine extremely serious. Throughout the years, there have been many players who have been freaks during this ‘practice session’ and it has helped their stock tremendously heading into the NFL Draft.

An amazing NFL Draft Combine doesn’t mean that the athlete is going to succeed in the NFL, but it can be a good measurement of their athleticism. With that being said, here are the top 15 combine freaks of all-time

15 Mitch Petrus, Arkansas, Guard (2010)


14 Jerome Mathis, Hampton University, Wide Receiver (2005)


13 Gerald Sensabaugh, North Carolina, Safety (2005)


12 Stephen Paea, Oregon, Defensive Tackle (2011)

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11 Vernon Gholston, Ohio State, Defensive End (2008)


10 Mike Kudla, Ohio State, Offensive Tackle (2005)


9 Rondel Melendez, Eastern Kentucky, Wide Receiver (1999)


8 Justin Ernest, Eastern Kentucky, Defensive Tackle (1999)


7 Chris Johnson, East Carolina, Running Back (2008)

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6 Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech, Wide Receiver (2007)

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5 J.J. Watt, Wisconsin, Defensive End (2011)

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4 Vernon Davis, Maryland, Tight End (2006)

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3 Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Quarterback (2012)

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2 Bo Jackson, Auburn, Running Back (1986)


1 Mike Mamula, Boston College, Linebacker (1995)


In terms of great NFL Draft Combines, Mike Mamula’s remains one of the best. The now 41-year-old from Lackawanna, New York used the combine to bolster his draft stocking, before being drafted seventh overall by the Philadelphia Eagles. During the NFL Draft Combine, Mamula recorded a 4.58 second 40-yard-dash, 28 reps in the Bench Press, a 38.5” inch vertical and a magnificent 49-of-50 on the Wodnerlic Test, which is an intelligence aptitude test. Mamula ended up playing five seasons in the NFL, recording 31.5 sacks in 77 games played.

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Top 15 NFL Combine Freaks of All-Time