INDIANAPOLIS – It’s only right to continue tradition. With more than 300 NFL prospects showcasing their talents – and personalities – at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, 49ers.com has once again put together a list of the top characters from the week in Indy.
We present our fourth annual “All-Personality Team.”
Past selections on the 22-man team include 49ers starting quarterback
ALL-PERSONALITY TEAMS: 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Whether it’s for their noteworthy quotes to the media or their creative posts on social media, we’ve taken notice of the most impressive prospects during the week that was the 2014 combine.
For now, let’s get to the memorable offensive characters from the combine.
Quarterback - A.J. McCarron - Alabama
Had a slow 40 but I will run again at pro day. Good thing I wont be drafted to run the option lol! But good day throwing! Blessed 2 B here!!— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) February 23, 2014
Running Back - Tre Mason - Auburn
Right is wrong when hype is written / On the Soul, De la that is. The well-known lyric can’t be applied to Auburn’s lead running back. Mason, the son of DJ Maseo from the hip-hop trio De La Soul, was a Heisman-Trophy finalist in 2013 and almost came up as the hero in a near defeat in the BCS title game defeat to Florida State. His hype is real. Besides having arguably the coolest dad at the combine, Mason is a hard-working running back who doesn’t take his own success lightly. “Growing up with my dad being who he is, it just taught me how to stay hungry and humble,” Mason told reporters. “I just learned a lot from him, and he helped me throughout my success, how to maintain and how to handle it.” In 2013, Mason rushed 317 times for 1,816 yards and scored 23 touchdowns. In the national championship game, Mason carried the ball 34 times for 195 rushing yards and scored on an impressive 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left to play. Mason’s combine efforts even earned recognition from 49ers running back
Tre Mason is now the number 1 back I didn't know he was moving like that...— Anthony Dixon (@Boobie24Dixon) February 23, 2014
Running Back - De'Anthony Thomas
Best nickname in this year’s draft class goes to Thomas. And, he has bragging rights for the moniker. He’s the original “Black Mamba,” and Snoop Dogg gave him the nickname before it was applied to NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Thomas enjoyed a productive combine, including a 4.50, 40-yard dash that was originally clocked at 4.33 unofficially. The nickname talk, however, was his most memorable moment. It showed the Oregon’s runners supreme confidence. “I feel like everyone knows I was (Black Mamba) before Kobe Bryant,” Thomas said. “He was just in the spotlight more than me. It was my childhood days. It was great to look up to him and one day we could do a commercial about it or something.” Thomas, a 5-foot-9, 174-pound runner who has wide receiver talents (113 catches in college), produced 41 total touchdowns (26 rushing, 15 receiving) for the Ducks.
VERY SUCCESSFUL WEEK AT THE COMBINE I MET SOME GREAT COACHES AND THANK GOD FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY#RUNDAT— DE'ANTHONY THOMAS (@RUNDAT2014) February 23, 2014
Wide Receiver - Sammy Watkins - Clemson
Long day still going been up since four day haven't even started yet but I'm enjoying this process… http://t.co/Wzv6tSa1bp— Sammy Watkins (@sammywatkins) February 21, 2014
Wide Receiver - Mike Evans - Texas A&M
HOF WR Michael Irvin keepin it http://t.co/E8GqznGk5q— Mike Evans (@MikeEvans13_) February 24, 2014
Tight End - Jace Amaro - Texas Tech
The Red Raider tight end put up numbers in 2013 that would make former Texas Tech receiver
Seems about right pic.twitter.com/Jd6NM7QesC— Jace Amaro (@J_ACER22) February 19, 2014
Tackle - Greg Robinson - Auburn
In the race to be the top offensive tackle in the draft, Robinson did his part to earn recognition. Robinson ran a 4.92, 40-yard dash, the best among this year’s tackles. Robinson also posted 32 reps on the bench press and had a 113-inch brock jump. On the field, the 6-foot-5, 325-pound tackle plays with the right approach. “I’m real gritty,” he said.”
Tackle - Jake Matthews - Texas A&M
Guard - Xavier Su'a-Filo - UCLA
That boy Clowney fast, he make fast people look not fast— Xavier Su'a-Filo (@theeDocHolliday) February 24, 2014
Gaurd - David Yankey - Stanford
Guard – David Yankey – Stanford Fun fact: Out of all the prospects at the combine, only Yankey had a last name starting with the letter “Y.” The 6-foot-4, 315-pound guard left Palo Alto a year early to pursue his NFL dream. The former Jim Harbaugh recruit enjoyed a solid college career at Stanford and was impressive when explaining his reason to leave school. “It was about me and where I was as a person,” Yankee said. “It was something I talked about with my family a little bit. We felt it was right for me to come out. Unfortunately a lot of guys decided to come out and give me a little competition, but that’s fine.” Yankey is graduating in the spring and said he feels ready to pursue his NFL dream.
Great time at the combine. Truly a once in a lifetime deal. Met some awesome future NFL stars....but now I'm #calibound— David Yankey (@papa_yank) February 22, 2014
Center - Weston Richburg - Colorado State
You have to respect a lineman who loves the physicality of his job. Richburg likes the trench battles that take place on the line of scrimmage. Scratch that. He loves it. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman spoke at length about his passion for line play. Richburg also had an interesting take when explaining his animal science degree. “I grew up on a farm, raising cows, raising pigs,” the first-team All-Mountain West prospect said. “I dealt with that my entire childhood, throughout high school. I really developed a love for it and it’s something I wanted to continue with and something I’d like to do after my football days are over with, go back to the farm and raise cows.”
Glad I'm not a left tackle #4.47— Weston Richburg (@westonrichburg) February 24, 2014
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