March 19, 2009
As a senior, Cedric Peerman ran for 774 yards and seven touchdowns for an offensive team which struggled through the 2008 season. The numbers aren't bad by any means, but are not enough to stand out. Even after the season, Peerman appeared in the annual Senior Bowl. However, after he fumbled in the contest, many scouts would continue to overlook the 5'10" running back from Gladys, VA.
February came along, and Peerman had something to prove. Going into the NFL Combine in Indianapolis would be a perfect opportunity to put some doubt to rest. Improvement was expected, but Cedric went above and beyond. A 4.45 second time in the 40-yard dash was the fastest among any participating running back in the Combine. Not only that, he also was a top performer in the bench-press, vertical jump, and the 20-yard shuttle. Peerman's performance may have erased his name from an undrafted free-agent to a possible second-round draft pick.
We'll have to wait to see if a performance like this is worthy of such a high pick for Cedric. All doubt will be put to rest on April 25th at the NFL Draft.