The NFL hosted its first ever Veteran Combine recently, showcasing the talents of just over one hundred free agents, giving them an opportunity to show what they got and perhaps make a pro roster this summer. Some players impressed with honed abilities, while other disappointed expectations. Here’s a look at a few key takeaways from this experimental showcase.
Michael Sam – DE – Age 25
Became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Played in the preseason with the Rams. Joined the Cowboys practice squad after his release from St. Louis. Came to the Combine leaner but slower. Confident about his return to an active roster.
Jamaal Anderson – DE – Age 29
Played four seasons with the Falcons. Was part of three teams in as many years following his release from Atlanta. Recovering from injuries. Big, physical, not fast, could make a roster as a backup DE.
Felix Jones – RB – Age 27
A Dallas Cowboy for five seasons, known for his speed and special teams ability. Played one season with the Steelers, but was out of the league last year. Had a slower than expected 40 time and inconsistent agility drills.
Michael Bush – RB – Age 30
Longtime veteran who spend years with the Bears, Raiders, and last year with the Cardinals. Ran an extremely slow 40 time, and when told about the results, commented that his career was most likely over.
Mikel Leshoure – RB – Age 24
Young back who played four season with the Lions. Ran a good time at the Combine and seems to be the most valuable running back in the group. Should easily make a training camp roster and perhaps a regular season one as well.
Brady Quinn – QB – Age 30
Veteran backup quarterback who has played eight seasons with a total of seven teams. TD-Int ratio of 12-17 in his career. Performed unevenly at the Combine, throwing with low velocity and mediocre form. Won’t get many looks from NFL teams.
Michael Kafka – QB – Age 27
Quarterback with almost no pro experience. Drafted by the Eagles, spending two years with the team. Impressed at the inaugural Combine, showing arm strength, mobility, and precision passing. Should get an invitation to a training camp.