5 NFL Superstars Who Had Atrocious Performances at the Combine

Performance at the NFL Combine is not always an accurate indicator of future success in the league. Here are 5 top examples.

Tom Brady

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Tom Brady

If you told a scout in the middle of the 2000 NFL Combine that Tom Brady would soon be a starting NFL quarterback, he probably would've laughed in your face. If you told him that 15 years later, Brady would be a 13-time Pro Bowler and a five-time Super Bowl champion, the scout probably would've urged you to get a psychological evaluation. To call Tom Brady's Combine performance mediocre does a disservice to the word "mediocre." It was awful; it was horrible; it was really and truly terrible.

For one, Brady was slow as molasses, running a 5.28 40-Yard Dash. Chad Clifton, a 334-pound tackle, ran a 5.05 that same year. Brady also showed a lack of explosiveness: His 24.5-inch Vertical ranked last for his position and third-worst of any player. His 99-inch Broad Jump was also bad, ranking him last among QBs. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Brady's best result came in the Wonderlic test. His score of 33 tied him for third-best at his position.

Brady's poor Combine showing was a blessing in disguise, because it allowed the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick to pick him up in the 6th round. Over 15 season later, Brady is living proof that you can be a great QB without possessing eye-popping athleticism.


Topics: FOOTBALL | BENCH PRESS | 40-YARD DASH | TOM BRADY | ANTONIO BROWN | VERTICAL JUMP | FOOTBALL TRAINING | NFL | JOE HADEN | SLIDESHOW