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Monday, March 3, 2003
Updated: March 4, 1:48 PM ET
2003 combine numbers: Tailbacks

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Football is still a game measured in increments of a yard but, when it comes to assessing draft prospects at the annual combine workouts in Indianapolis, the benchmarks change a bit.

The common comparisons for the 325 players invited to be poked, prodded and processed during the combine event change to "reps" hundredths of a second, feet and even inches. And while most of the highly-regarded players still decline to participate in all the on-field workouts, the measurements still are meaningful ones.

Scouts regularly speak in terms of "triangle numbers" -- height, weight and 40-yard time -- but there are other numbers that matter as well. ESPN.com has obtained a copy of the master combine report and what follows are the results for all of the non-kicker prospects invited.

For those unfamiliar with combine numbers, a key of sorts, for reading the digits might be in order.

In the charts, "Ht" refers to a player's height, and the combine measures to the eighth of an inch. Obviously, "Wt" refers to a player's weight. The "bench" reference is to the number of times a prospect was able to bench-press the standard 225-pound weight used for years by the combine. The "40" column lists the 40-yard time, down to one-hundredth of a second. "VJ" and "BJ" are for "vertical jump" and "broad jump," respectively. The vertical jump is measured in inches, the broad jump in feet and inches.

The listings for "20sh," "60sh" and "cone" are all in seconds. All three of the drills are change-of-direction exercises. In the 20-yard shuttle, for instance, a player starts from a spot on the floor, goes five yards to one side, 10 yards to the opposite side, then five yards back to the starting point.

Any reference to "DNP" simply means the prospect did not participate in that particular drill. There are drills that some positions are not required to perform. The quarterbacks, for instance, do not perform the bench press.

Below are numbers for the tailbacks and links to all the other positions:

QBs | RBs | FBs | TEs | WRs | Cs | OGs | OTs | DEs | DTs | ILBs | OLBs | FSs | SSs | CBs

Player School Ht. Wt. Bench 40 VJ BJ 20sh 60sh Cone
Askew, B.J. Michigan 6-2 241 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Beard, Santonio Alabama 5-11 5/8 222 DNP 4.56 31 " 9'11" DNP DNP DNP
Brown, Chris Colorado 6-2 5/8 220 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Carter, Kerry Stanford 6-1 7/8 238 20 4.64 36" 9'10" 4.34 11.28 7.28
Cobourne, Avon West Virginia 5-7 205 21 DNP 31 " 9'4" 4.12 11.69 7.20
Davis, Domanick LSU 5-9 213 22 4.62 32 " 9'4" 4.46 11.86 7.31
Diedrick, Dahrran Nebraska 6-0 1/8 228 19 4.62 37" 9'9" 4.42 12.10 7.30
Fargas, Justin Southern Cal 6-0 7/8 219 27 4.38 DNP/font> 11'5" DNP DNP DNP
Galloway, Ahmad Alabama 5-11 223 22 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Graham, Earnest Florida 5-9 1/8 225 22 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Griffin, Quentin Oklahoma 5-7 195 21 4.47 38" 10'3" 4.02 10.94 DNP
Hicks, Dwone Middle Tennessee State 5-9 5/8 222 29 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Johnson, Larry Penn State 6-1 228 19 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Mackenzie, Malefou Southern Cal 5-10 233 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Maddox, Nick Florida State 5-10 5/8 211 18 4.65 33 " 9'7" 4.50 11.27 7.33
McCullough, Sultan Southern Cal 5-11 3/8 202 27 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
McGahee, Willis Miami (Fla.) 6-0 3/8 223 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Pinner, Artose Kentucky 5-9 229 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Pinnick, Andrew South Carolina 5-10 1/8 265 22 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Sapp, Cecil Colorado State 5-11 229 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Smith, Musa Georgia 6-0 232 DNP DNP 35 " 10'3" DNP DNP DNP
Smith, Onterrio Oregon 5-9 7/8 220 19 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Suggs, Lee Virginia Tech 5-11 5/8 202 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Toefield, LaBrandon LSU 5-10 7/8 233 19 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Watson, Derek South Carolina State 6-0 1/8 223 15 4.61 34" 9'6" 4.18 11.76 7.35