CAMPUS CORNER — I said I was not quite sure what to expect from former Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming today at the NFL Combine. Suffice it to say that I underestimated him.
I thought Fleming would excel at the ball/hip drills, but I didn’t know about the 40 and the other measureables. But …
Bench: 23 reps
40: 4:43 seconds
Wow. On both. Fleming’s strength is his, well, strength, but I didn’t realize he would be able to elevate the 225-pound bar that many times – second of all defensive backs, behind only Arizona State’s Omar Bolden‘s 24 reps.
Some DBs are still running the 40 right now, but his time is tied for seventh — and that’s excellent considering the kind of speedsters in Indy. (The current top time, for instance, is 4.31.)
Let’s see how Fleming finishes in the shuttles, cones and jumps.
Fleming stood out to scouts during the Senior Bowl practices, as well as the game itself, and what he’s doing today should only help him. Don’t think he’s a first-day guy, but Fleming might be climbing toward early part of the second round.