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Akeem Shavers impresses at Purdue Pro Day

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09:55 AM ET 03.03 | Purdue Boilermakers' running back was not receiving much attention early in the draft process, but after his standout numbers at the team's Pro Day, he is beginning to generate some buzz. Just how impressive was Shavers' Pro Day performance? Take a look at the numbers. 40-yard dash: 4.35 seconds Bench press: 19 reps Vertical jump: 39.5-inches Broad jump: 10-foot-10 If the 5-foot-10, 199-pound Shavers would have been able to perform at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, his numbers would have been among the top at his position. The performance at Purdue's Pro Day will now cause NFL scouts to go back to the film and see what they may have missed with the running back. There were 18 NFL teams present at the Purdue Pro Day.

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March 4, 2013  06:54 AM ET

This is Ernie Shavers folks, yo.

March 4, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Earnie Shavers v Larry Holmes - one of the best fights ever.

March 4, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Sounds like a barber

March 4, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Yes, he shaved two tenths off his 40 time and scouts took notice. He sounds like somebody the Pats would have on their radar for a steal at a lower pick.

March 4, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Earnie Shavers v Larry Holmes - one of the best fights ever.

I remember standing up and yelling a lot during that fight because it really looked like Ernie might dethrone him for a while there. It says a lot that many fighters who faced both Shavers and Foreman said Shavers was by far the hardest puncher. Oh wait... was this a football thread?

March 4, 2013  06:22 PM ET

The combine is a double edged sword. If you're slow.. you're slow. If you're fast? You're fast in a controlled environment. That doesn't translate to game speed, especially if you run from contact.

 
March 4, 2013  07:08 PM ET

Ok, And? Where's the rest of the story?

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