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Briscoe, Meier have OK showing at NFL combine


Former Kansas University receiver Dezmon Briscoe runs through a drill during the NFL combine. Wide receivers were among those put through their paces Sunday in Indianapolis.

Former Kansas University receiver Dezmon Briscoe runs through a drill during the NFL combine. Wide receivers were among those put through their paces Sunday in Indianapolis.

March 1, 2010

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Anyone who follows football knows the most important part of the NFL combine for wide receivers is the 40-yard dash. That drill, more than any other, often determines the order in which receivers are taken in the April draft.

“For the wide receivers, these 40s are very important,” former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin said. “They’re indications of top-end speed and how quickly you can get to top-end speed.”

Sunday, in Indianapolis, former Kansas University receivers Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier ran decent but not dazzling times during their workout at the combine in front of scouts, coaches and doctors from all 32 NFL teams.

Meier, whose full beard and flowing hair became the focal point of a few jokes from the NFL Network crew, ran the drill in 4.62 seconds on his first try and 4.63 on his second. Although his speed did not blow anyone away, Meier drew praise for his all-around abilities.

“He’s 224 pounds, he’s a possession guy, catches everything and, because he was a quarterback, he understands defenses, he understands where he needs to be, and he puts that big body between the linebackers and the football,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “He could make a living somewhere.”

Briscoe, who spent the days leading up to the combine working out with former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson, ran an initial time of 4.59 and followed that up with a 4.60 in his second attempt. The times didn’t surprise anyone, but Briscoe’s bench press — nine reps at 225 pounds — drew the ire of the analysts.

“To be honest, I think this has been a tough day for him,” Mayock said. “I like him on tape. I like him on tape. I’m just saying, red flags.”

Meier recorded 13 reps of the 225-pound bench press.

Sunday’s fastest 40 came from Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who ran a 4.28. Kansas State wide receiver Brandon Banks ran a 4.43, and Texas star Jordan Shipley ran a 4.57.

Analysts were quick to point out that the results of the 40-yard dash only are a small portion of what the scouts are watching.

“The 4.22, the 4.25, that doesn’t necessarily translate to functional football speed,” Mayock said.

According to Mile High Report, a site that covers the Denver Broncos, the average 40 time for wide receivers during the past nine NFL combines was 4.55 seconds. Heading into the combine, ESPN.com’s Todd McShay had Briscoe rated as the fourth-best receiver available in this year’s draft. McShay had Meier rated 34th.

The combine continues today, when linebackers and defensive linemen take their turn. Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey will get his shot Tuesday, when the defensive backs compete on the last day of this year’s event. Stuckey will wear bib number DB46 and will work in group No. 11.

Comments

Lee Eldridge 4 years, 11 months ago

Anquan Bolding ran a 4.7 in the 40 at the combine. Speed is highly overrated at WR. Personally Meier probably is more likely to be a good player and a solid contributor. Briscoe could be boom or bust. Higher upside, but greater risk.

Steve Jacob 4 years, 11 months ago

Best combine time ever was Chris Johnson, how's he doing?

labmonkey 4 years, 11 months ago

I would rather have Meier than Briscoe. Briscoe has the drops too much.

thatonedude 4 years, 11 months ago

Chris Johnson led the NFL in rushing this past season, srj.

Joe Hyde 4 years, 11 months ago

Kerry Meier's credentials as a starting quarterback on a Div.-1 team should add an extra selling point to his overall value come NFL draft day. Teams looking at him will like the fact that he can not only catch and run (as receiver), but he can pass accurately under pressure and on the run. These skills make Meier a valuable addition to any team's offense, as his presence on the field will increase their attack options.

If memory serves, when former KU free safety-turned-quarterback Nolen Cromwell got drafted as a defensive player by the Los Angeles Rams, he was also designated as the Rams' emergency quarerback. I don't recall whether Cromwell ever was pressed into duty in that role; still, the Rams knew he was skilled enough to do it if the need arose. Same thing could happen with Kerry Meier.

As for Dezmon Briscoe: In addition to his speed and hands, he also has a great knack for creating open space for himself when a diagrammed play breaks down and the quarterback is forced to scramble. Without that innate skill he could never have caught the number of passes he caught at Kansas with Todd Reesing always darting around who knows where.

I hope all these guys -- Briscoe, Meier, Stuckey and Reesing -- do well in the draft, either here in the NFL or up in the CFL.

morganlefay 4 years, 11 months ago

I look for Meier to have a pretty successful NFL career. I think he will be a WR similar to Wes Welker. He'll be an asset to any team that drafts him.

Richard Payton 4 years, 11 months ago

Meier has leadership abilities something every NFL team needs!

hammerhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

I like 'em both. I will watch the two as time goes on with a lot of interest. I love it when KU players do well in pro sports of anykind.

greenworld 4 years, 11 months ago

They both made alot of catches for us throughout there careers at Kansas and many that led to victory. Meier probably made more catches that were 5 step and turnaround type catches or slant catches but Briscoe off the fly running straight down the middle made alot of catches people must have forgot about. Not that Reesing wasnt a good QB but a NFL QB that has a gun that maybe is a little taller could make both these guys look like top draft picks. Alot of Reesings passes were batted down alot and I do remember Briscoe always got covered by every teams best DB and sometimes doubled. Just remember if Meier caught more passes it could have been due to the fact that the other teams best DB was defending Briscoe. Who will this make better in the long run?? Well maybe both for different reasons. One if Meier got thrown to more or caught more it definately helped with his stats and made him look good. Two, Briscoe may have caught less but made more impressive catches against harder defenders which is what he will be facing in the NFL. So say what you want about both, I think sometimes you have to look at the big picture of what really happened in alot of KU's games.

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