Oklahoma State football: Joseph Randle's NFL Combine time not necessarily a cause for concern

Joseph Randle has never been known as an elite speedster. But he possesses the durability to be an every-down back, the versatility to catch the ball out of the backfield or in the slot and the blend of strength and open-field moves to pick up yards in a variety of ways.
by Gina Mizell Published: February 24, 2013
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photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Joseph Randle speaks to the media during the OSU spring football press conference at Boone Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, March 12, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Joseph Randle speaks to the media during the OSU spring football press conference at Boone Pickens Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, March 12, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

 

“This is a rugged league, and no one takes a beating like a running back,” said Brian Billick, the former Baltimore Ravens coach and current NFL Network analyst. “… Can they even make it to that second contract? And if they do, do you want to pay a guy on that second contract?”

Mayock mentioned Randle's fumbling troubles — a perplexing issue at the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 — as a knock against the former Cowboy. Pad level has also been a concern for Randle as a taller back. And he’ll surely want to perform better during OSU’s pro day next month after the subpar 40 time, a slight stumble on a cut during a handoff drill and the fact that he did not participate in the entire slate of on-field workouts, likely because of a hand injury.

But right now, the tape and game production remain in Randle's favor. Like the 2012 Texas contest, where NFL Network analyst Charles Davis highlighted the play where Randle froze elite safety prospect Kenny Vaccaro in the open field en route to a 69-yard touchdown.

“One of my favorite backs in the draft,” Davis said.

Randle's results

Former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle participated in workouts at the NFL Combine Sunday. Here are his results:

Workout

Result

RB rank

40-yard dash

4.63 seconds

18

Bench press

DNP

N/A

Vertical jump

35.0 inches

T7

Broad jump

123.0 inches

5

3-cone drill

DNP

N/A

20-yard shuttle run

DNP

N/A

60-yard shuttle run

DNP

N/A

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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