2012 NFL Combine: Offensive Preview

WIDE RECEIVER

Joe Adams, ARKANSAS, WO01 (Scouting Report)
Tim Benford, TENNESSEE TECH, WO02
Travis Benjamin, MIAMI-FL, WO03
*Justin Blackmon, OKLAHOMA ST, WO04 (Scouting Report)
Jarrett Boykin, VIRGINIA TECH, WO05
Lavon Brazill, OHIO, WO06
Ryan Broyles, OKLAHOMA, WO07 (Scouting Report)
Greg Childs, ARKANSAS, WO08
Danny Coale, VIRGINIA TECH, WO09
Josh Cooper, OKLAHOMA ST, WO10
Juron Criner, ARIZONA, WO11 (Scouting Report)
BJ Cunningham, MICHIGAN ST, WO12
Patrick Edwards, HOUSTON, WO13
Michael Floyd, NOTRE DAME, WO14 (Scouting Report)
Jeff Fuller, TEXAS A&M, WO15
*Chris Givens, WAKE FOREST, WO16 (Scouting Report)
TJ Graham, NORTH CAROLINA ST, WO17
Darius Hanks, ALABAMA, WO18
Junior Hemmingway, MICHIGAN, WO19
*Stephen Hill, GEORGIA TECH, WO20 (Scouting Report)
TY Hilton, FLORIDA INT, WO21
Jerrell Jackson, MISSOURI, WO22
*Alshon Jeffery, SOUTH CAROLINA, WO23 (Scouting Report)
AJ Jenkins, ILLINOIS, WO24
Dwight Jones, NORTH CAROLINA, WO25 (Scouting Report)
Marvin Jones, CALIFORNIA, WO26 (Scouting Report)
Jermaine Kearse, WASHINGTON, WO27
Keshawn Martin, MICHIGAN ST, WO28
Rishard Matthews, NEVADA, WO29
Marquis Maze, ALABAMA, WO30
Marvin McNutt, IOWA, WO31 (Scouting Report)
Kashif Moore, CONNECTICUT, WO32
Derek Moye, PENN ST, WO33
Chris Owusu, STANFORD, WO34
*Eric Page, TOLEDO, WO35
Devier Posey, OHIO ST, WO36
Brian Quick, APPALACHIAN ST, WO37 (Scouting Report)
*Rueben Randle, LOUISIANA ST, WO38 (Scouting Report)
Gerell Robinson, ARIZONA ST, WO39
James Rodgers, OREGON ST, WO40
*Mohamed Sanu, RUTGERS, WO41 (Scouting Report)
*Tommy Streeter, MIAMI-FL, WO42 (Scouting Report)
Nick Toon, WISCONSIN, WO43 (Scouting Report)
Jordan White, WESTERN MICHIGAN, WO44
Jarius Wright, ARKANSAS, WO45
Kendall Wright, BAYLOR, WO46 (Scouting Report)
Devon Wylie, FRESNO ST, WO47

Wide receiver is one of the best positions to gauge performance from the combine. WRs actually can rely on deep straight line speed, plus they get to show off their hands and route running skills. Granted, they’re doing it without pads and without competition, but if a guy can’t catch without someone covering him, how’s he going to do draped by Joe Haden?

WR is another position with a lot of players with similar talent all bunched together, there’s the elite guys, like Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright and Michael Floyd, and then there’s the next group that includes Joe Adams, Chris Givens, TY Hilton, Alshon Jeffery, Dwight Jones, Marvin Jones, Marvin McNutt, Brian Quick, Rueben Randle, Mohamed Sanu and Nick Toon. Depending on who’s board you’re looking at, any of those guys could be 4th or 15th.

Certain guys like Brian Quick, Alshon Jeffery, Dwight Jones and Justin Blackmon need to show they they have the speed to get it done at the next level. I have doubts about all of those guys, and I’d like to see 40s in the 4.5 range for all of them.

A guy like Stephen Hill has a lot of doubts coming in from an option offense at Georgia Tech. He hasn’t been asked to run a full route tree, so not only is he going to have to show off crisp routes, but he’ll also need to show long speed and soft hands.

Jeff Fuller is another guy with a lot to prove. He had a poor 2nd and 3rd day down at the Senior Bowl, and really disappointed a lot of people with his hands. He’s an impressive presence with good speed, but if he lets a few balls clang off his hands, it’s going to be a red flag.

Jeffery might be the one player coming in with the most to gain or lose. There were reports from RookieDraft.com that he was weighing as much as 240 pounds and running a 4.8 40 back in January just weeks after his bowl game. Recent reports suggest he’s down to 215 and running in the 4.5s. I suspect something in the middle might be true in Indy. I’m sure teams will be all over him about his conditioning and he’ll have to give the right answers in interviews.

After the 2nd/3rd round type WRs, there’s a ton of deeper talent at WR this year. There may not be the truly elite guys like, Julio Jones and AJ Green, but many 2nd and 3rd WRs will come from this class.

TIGHT END

*Dwayne Allen, CLEMSON, TE01 (Scouting Report)
*Orson Charles, GEORGIA, TE02 (Scouting Report)
Drake Dunsmore, NORTHWESTERN, TE03
Michael Egnew, MISSOURI, TE04
Coby Fleener, STANFORD, TE05 (Scouting Report)
LaDarius Green, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE, TE06
James Hanna, OKLAHOMA, TE07
Cory Harkey, UCLA, TE08
Emil Igwenagu, MASSACHUSETTS-AMHERST, TE09
David Paulson, OREGON, TE10
DeAngelo Peterson, LOUISIANA ST, TE11
Nick Provo, SYRACUSE, TE12
Beau Reliford, FLORIDA ST, TE13
Evan Rodriguez, TEMPLE, TE14

I think this year’s TE class is underrated, there’s a lot of nice receiving TEs who could flash at the combine. Allen, Charles, Egnew, Fleener, Green, Igwenagu, Peterson and Rodriguez could all be players teams look at as a “Aaron Hernandez” type player. Teams will be looking at their speed, 3 cone, hands and route running.

Green is one guy that definitely needs to flash a nice 40 time. He’s undersized at only 230 pounds and hasn’t showed great blocking ability. If utilized right, he could be a great mismatch in the NFL lining up out wide or in line.

Igwenagu has been looked at as a FB and TE. At the Senior Bowl weigh in, he measured in at 6’1 ⅜” and 245 pounds, so he’d likely be an H-Back type even if he is looked at as a TE. Igwenagu was a versatile player at UMASS, even playing linebacker. There are reports he could go in the 5th or 6th round, but if he has a nice combine workout, I could see his stock grow.

Coby Fleener was one prospect I was really looking forward to go through workouts after our friend Josh Norris from rotoworld.com heard from Fleener’s cousin that he could run a 4.4 40. Rob Rang from CBSSports reported that Fleener will wait until his pro day to workout though due to an ankle injury.

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