Friday Blitz: Combine Edition Part 2

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The NFL Combine has come and gone, and now it is time to reflect on who stood out. Here is my list of risers and fallers from the 2012 NFL Combine.  This will be my first of many looks into the upcoming draft class. Over the next few weeks I will begin to hone on the 2nd rounders and beyond. I think that Atlanta will make a splash in free agency, so I’m curious to see what unfolds over the next few weeks. Hopefully by April we will have an idea of where we are going in the draft. All of these will change over the next few weeks. Some kids just don’t run well at the combine. The pro days begin in March, and for many of the prospects it is do or die.

 

RISERS

Dontari Poe (DT Memphis) – This guy made the biggest impact of them all. He separated himself from the rest of the D-line prospects by showing exceptional speed and athleticism. All during the coverage the comparisons to Ngata were flying, and to be honest I see why. He is 6’4 346lbs and ran a 4.98 40. He was the strongest player at the combine with 44 reps in the weight room

 

Projected: Early-mid 1st round

 

Stephen Hill (WR Georgia Tech) – Hill exploded in the 40yd dash with a blazing 4.36, and at 6’4 215 it is easy to see why many teams will have him on their minds come April. His production in college is not on the same level as other receivers in the draft, but his combine performance will keep him in the in 1st round.

Projected: Late 1st – early 2nd

 

Robert Griffin III (QB Baylor)- We all heard that RGIII blew up the combine, he solidified himself among the elite prospects. He will not slip past the first 4 picks. He did not throw at the combine but with a  4.41 40yd dash, the dreams of Michael Vick 2.0 are flaring. I see the Rams trading back and Cleveland, Washington, or Miami making a move.

Projected: Top 2 picks overall

 

Andrew Luck (QB Stanford) Luck also didn’t throw, but like Griffin he really stunned scouts with his speed. He ran a 4.67 which is close to Cam’s time last year

Projected: I think we all know he’s going #1

 

Cordy Glenn (OT Georgia)– Cordy went from being a late 1st in most eyes to being one of the top tackle prospects in the country. He displayed versatility that will have scouts drooling over him. He showed he can play inside and at tackle.

Projected: Mid 1st round

 

Nick Perry (OLB/DE USC)– Nick Perry was explosive during his drills, and at 270lbs is somebody that teams may consider him moving to linebacker.              

Projected: Mid 1st round 

 

FALLERS

Vontaze Burfict (LB Arizona State)- Wow, this guy in my mind was the best linebacker in the nation last year. He continues to self-destruct, and as time passes he is scaring scouts off. His 40 yard dash was slower than most of the defensive linemen. I think this could be a good thing for teams picking in the 2nd round. He is gifted and will be a steal if properly managed.

Projected: 2nd-4th round

 

Kendall Wright (WR Baylor)- Kendall had many people thinking he could be the 2nd wide out taken in April. His 4.61 40yd dash was less than impressive for someone at 5’10. At Baylor he showed the ability to get to the second level with ease. Maybe this was just a bad week for Kendall, like Joe Haden a few years back.

 

Mike Adams (OT Ohio State)- Mike was considered to be a mid-1st round selection this year… That was until he showed up at the combine and could only manage 19 reps in the weight room. At 6’7 320 many people expected a lot more from him. His decline pushed Cordy Glenn into the spotlight.

Projected: 2nd-4th round

 

Orson Charles (TE Georgia) Orson looked good during the on-field drills but declined to run at the combine. The good news is that the tight ends that did run were less than impressive. Charles has a chance to put himself back atop the tight ends during his pro day if he can run in the 4.4-4.5 range.

Projected: Late 1st round

 

Courtney Upshaw (LB Alabama)- Courtney did not impress during the drills. His speed and athleticism is what has catapulted him into the early 1st round, but after this week’s struggles on the field he will need a solid pro day to gain back some money.

Projected: Late 1st round

 

George Iloka (S Boise State)- He really looked out of place during the on-field drills. The explosion factor never made its way to Indy. Prime and company seemed to really be unimpressed with Iloka. He is known to be a big hitter, and those on the fence with him in the secondary will most likely scream linebacker.

Projected: 3rd round

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