NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
The 2012 NFL Combine has come to a close and that means one thing, we have eight weeks to sit and wait for the most anticipated three day event of the year.
No, not the Santee Birding and Nature Festival, the NFL Draft.
It’s a long two months to wait, but it also gives us plenty of time to review the tape, reorder our rankings and be fully prepared for anything that may be thrown at us in April. There was plenty of movement over the last week due to the Combine and I’m going to go position by position to tell you who made out best in Indianapolis.
Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Griffin may have elected not to throw, but he did go through the workouts and measured among the most athletic QBs that have ever participated in the combine.
Griffin ranked first among QBs in his 40 (4.41), first in the vertical jump (39”) and third in the broad jump (120”). He didn’t participate in the rest of the QB workouts or drills, but that was frankly enough for me. Griffin also shined in his media interviews.
All his performance might have done is confirmed what we already knew about Griffin, but there were projections for his speed in the 4.5s. While it was at least possible that Griffin would fall to the 3rd pick in the draft before the combine, I don’t see any chance he falls past two now.
Brandon Weeden: The only QB in the consensus top four to throw, was by far the best passer of the bunch. Didn’t participate in any workouts, and likely won’t at his pro day either.
Kirk Cousins: Was the second most impressive passer during drills behind Weeden. Cousins won’t shine in any one particular aspect of the game, but he’s a good all around player.
Who hurt their stock:
Darron Thomas: Had a very pedestrian time of 4.80 in the 40 and delivered perhaps the worst throw of the combine when he under threw a deep ball by a good twenty yards.
LaMichael James, Oregon
James started his combine experience on a positive note when he weighed in at 194 pounds, about 10 pounds above his listed weight. He ran an official 4.45 40 time, good for second among RBs and finished third in the short shuttle, third in the 3 cone and second in the broad jump.
We all knew James was athletic, but he proved to be just as athletic as Chris Rainey, who’s 15 pounds lighter. James will likely pan out as a third down back, but he’s worth the risk with that chance that he could become a between the tackles runner, something he wasn’t expected to do much of at Oregon.
Chris Rainey: Measured out just as well as James and showed off some nice fluidity running. Rainey still needs to work on his hands if a team hopes to make him transition to slot receiver.
David Wilson: A potential every down back, Wilson ran a 4.4 40 time, while jumping out of the building in his vertical and broad jumps.
Doug Martin: Another player who performed well in workouts, while also having one of the strongest performances in RB drills.
Who hurt their stock:
Dan Herron: I thought Herron performed well at the Senior Bowl, but leading up to Mobile I had never been impressed with Herron thinking that he didn’t do any one thing very special. He projects to me as a third string back. Herron didn’t help himself with his 40 time, but he did have a decent showing in his 3 cone and short shuttle.
Chris Givens, Wake Forest
It was difficult to pick one player that helped himself the most among WRs, but Givens was the one who moved furthest up my board. He showed off nice hands, crisp routes and importantly top end straight line speed. Givens ran an official 4.41 40, which was something I did not expect from him. The Patriots love WRs who can run, and Givens showed the speed necessary to be drafted by New England.
Stephen Hill: Hill was the most highly publicised participant among the WRs after he ran a hand timed 4.30 40 time. Hill definitley helped himself, but I actually expected him to run that time and it was disappointing to see him run the slowest short shuttle by far.
Marvin Jones: Despite a poor showing in his jumps, Jones had impressive times in his 40, 3 cone and short shuttle. Jones also showed off the crisp routes and strong hands he displayed all year at CAL. Jones lead all WRs with 22 reps on the bench, which I was a bit surprised by.
Junior Hemingway: Hemingway did everything well at the combine with strong showings in every workout. He has nice size and could move up to the 5th or 6th round after showing off his athleticism.
Kashif Moore: Moore was another one that had a great overall showing at the combine. There were already so many strong WRs in this class and strong performances by Moore and Hemingway make the class even deeper.
Michael Floyd: Another WR who turned in a surprising 40 time, if Floyd’s trainers got him in shape that he can sustain and made him faster, watch out NFL.
Who hurt their stock:
Alshon Jeffery: No one will ever be able to explain to me why you would lose weight for the combine, then not participate in any workouts or drills.
LaDarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
Green was the big surprise for me during the combine, I thought he would probably clock in with speed in the 4.6 or 4.7s and he ran a hand timed 4.48. If I were an NFL team, I’d draft Green at WR and not even try to bother working on his blocking skills. He has enough work to do with his hands and route running.
Michael Egnew: Egnew showed impressive athleticism turning in great measurements and times all around. He could work on catching the ball further away from his body, but overall he had a very solid showing.
Who hurt their stock:
Corey Harkey: Disappointed with his speed with an offensive lineman-esque 5.11 and didn’t show much muscle mass only benching 13 reps with 32 inch arms.
Cordy Glenn, Georgia
Glenn ran a shocking 5.15 official 40 time at 345 pounds on Saturday and impressed just as much with a 1.76 ten yard split. Glenn still showed off questionable technique bending at the waist rather than dropping his hips and bending at the knees, but it’s something that worked for him at Georgia, and it will especially work if he moves to guard at the pros.
Tom Compton: Compton was a lesser known prospect coming in out of South Dakota and really flashed athleticism and flexibility in workouts and drills.
Ryan Miller: I wasn’t sure what to expect from Miller and thought that the combine might not be the best place to showcase his skills. I wound up being very wrong and Miller showed off really impressive fluidity despite his 6’7” frame.
OL who hurt their stock:
Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders: I was down on Sanders and hesitant on Datko coming in and now I can officially say I’m down on both. Datko needed to show off better technique, as he’s probably got the worst of any top 20 tackle prospect. Sanders needed to show off better athleticism for his supposed upside.
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