2012 NFL Draft: Combine Review

DEFENSIVE LINE

Dontari Poe, Memphis
4.87 hand timed 40 at 346 pounds? Are you kidding me?! A 1.68 10 yard split is equally exciting. Poe is a player who’s prospect is built on upside, and with that athleticism, it’s obvious why. It remains to be seen how high this vaults up Poe’s draft stock to teams, but he’s still in the 15-25 range for me.

Melvin Ingram: Ingram had a top 10 40, vertical, 3 cone and short shuttle. He also had a great 1.65 10 yard split. Ingram’s another one who has a ton of upside based on athleticism and versatility, but it remains to be seen if he can maintain that consistently in his game.

Bruce Irvin: The defensive line in general showed off like crazy on Monday, Irvin ran a 4.43 hand timed 40 with a mind boggling 1.54 ten yard split.

Kendall Reyes: Reyes had a strong Senior Bowl and showed off with a 4.79 hand timed 40 at 299 pounds. Reyes also showed off impressive fluidity in drills and it might not be too crazy to see him projected in the first round, even though I have him as a 2nd/3rd rounder.

Fletcher Cox: Cox showed exactly why he’s a top tier DT prospect and no. 1 on my board. He ran a 4.79 40 at 298 pounds.

Andre Branch, Jaye Howard, Shea McClellin and Nick Perry also flashed at the combine.

Who hurt their stock:

Michael Brockers: While the rest of the defensive linemen flashed incredible size and speed combos, Brockers perhaps bulked up too much to 322 pounds and didn’t have the same kind of athleticism as the rest of the top tier DTs.

LINEBACKERS

Mychal Kendricks, CAL
I might be a bit biased because I loved Kendricks coming in to the combine and like Pac-12 prospects in general, but Kendrick ran the top 40 time of all linebackers with a 4.41 hand timed. Kendricks has the benefit of great speed and instincts that should allow him to be a day one starter at ILB.

Demario Davis: One of our favorite prospects here at NEPD, Davis did a nice job bending his knees, staying low and looked fluid throughout drils. I watched him closely at the Senior Bowl doing the same things, getting constant praise from LB coach Mike Singletary.

Luke Kuechly: Kuechly proved all of his doubters wrong with elite size and speed for the position. If you listened to NEPD Radio on Monday, Mike covered Kuechly just fine.

Who hurt their stock:

Vontaze Burfict: Burfict came in out of shape, and bombed all of his workouts. He dropped the furthest by far from his combine performance.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Josh Robinson, Central Florida
Robinson helped his stock tremendously having the top 40 time, 3 cone and broad jump while being top five in the vertical and short shuttle. He was by far the most athletic corner in Indianapolis. Robinson was a 3rd or 4th round guy leading up to the combine and could vault himself into the late 2nd round. If only Al Davis were still alive…

Dwight Bentley: Another workout king who excelled in everything but the short shuttle. Bentley had a strong offseason overall.

Jamell Fleming: Fleming not only churned out great workout number, but also looked the best in the DB drills. He showed fluidity, smooth hips and lateral quickness. I have Fleming jumping into the first round.

Stephon Gilmore: I doubted Gilmore’s speed throughout the season, but that might have more to do with his technique than his athleticism. Technique can be taught, speed usually can’t.

Janzen Jackson: Jackson has multiple off the field problems, but he was the smoothest safety out there on Tuesday, even looking like a corner at times.

Who hurt their stock:

George Iloka: Iloka’s height really hurt him in Indy. He’s extremely stiff in the hips and didn’t show off the kind of speed I expected.

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Tags: 2012 NFL Combine, 2012 NFL Draft, 40 time, Chris Givens, Dontari Poe, Jamell Fleming, LaMichael James

14 Responses to “2012 NFL Draft: Combine Review”

  1. Dan says:

    I’m amazed that so many “experts” and mock draft people forget what a talent Canon is, or can be. He has position flexibility, and it is a large, athletic talent. People are acting like he’s not there and wasn’t playing quality snaps….after a battle with cancer, which he won.
    I say if Waters retires he steps right in, but I’m hoping he gets another year, and is there to add depth, and learn.
    This guy was a late first-high second talent before his late diagnosis…we were the only team with the luxury (picks) to grab him later on…brilliant move.

    • AM says:

      Definitely a great pick, but I wonder if he wouldn’t be a better fit at tackle. he looked good, if raw, late last year, and Vollmer’s back is worrying. I’d rather take a chance with developing an inside lineman (or maybe changing over at center and trying Connolly at guard), and working with Cannon as a known quantity at tackle.

      Of course, if David DeCastro somehow slips to #27, I think the question is answered.

  2. Jim R says:

    Cox,Glenn,Curry,Givens, Johnson. Addresses a lot of needs. Sign me up for those picks.

  3. Tom says:

    Good article as always Doug. The Santee Birding Festival sounds good. Maybe there will be a sighting of the wounded duck that Darron Thomas threw……

  4. MJP says:

    What about Harrison Smith? I know Mayock has some serious man love of the kid but to hear Deion Sanders give him high praise time and again for having smooth footwork and transitions, that stuck out to me. Both guys seem to think he can play FS….he is very disciplined, has decent speed and can tackle, that’s better than Big Bang Clock ever was.

    THANK YOU for knocking Brockers, I’ve been petitioning people on every board to watch his tape against Miss St and Georgia, he’s a big tree stump, almost a complete non-factor….I wouldn’t take him in the 1st round, way too much Tyson Jackson in his game.

    What do you know about Sean Robinson from Vandy (think I got that name right)…besides his numbers he looked pretty smooth and athletic for a SS, I see some FS potential.

    I also would like your opinion on Brandon Taylor, I know he’s another projected FS but his speed and fluidity seemed to be there, I could see him challenging for the starting job at FS in N.E. by the middle of the season….I’d take him at the end of round-2.

    P.S. I have a man crush on Michyl Kendricks, he’s Mayo with coverage ability….I’d move Spikes to strong-side OLB on early downs and put Kendricks at ILB….If he falls into the late 2nd I wouldn’t complain one bit… he’s just a player I want….add someone like Andre Branch in the 1st and change this defense for good!

    • MJP says:

      Taylor is projected SS, not FS…..my point was that he could very well play FS.

      • qwerty says:

        they say he can play both FS and SS. I was very impressed by his combine workout. i just don’t know if his film confirms it. if it does, i would like to see patriots get him second round.

      • qwerty says:

        oops … i was talking about harrison smith.

        • Dan says:

          I think his speed (and good hands) showed that he will have that flexibility to play FS. That was the big question, and it’s the obvious huge need we have.
          The only way to find out how BB feels about the kid’s talents is if he’s there and we pass, especially in the mid-second round…without having done anything to solve the safety problem via free agency, trade, or prior draft pick. We won’t know about McCourty’s future until camp.
          Maybe they do reach for him at 31 and problem solved…over pay a bit, but have a guy to plug a giant hole.

      • Dan says:

        I like the idea of getting Smith in the 2nd also, but I’m not sure about the first round. Mayock is quickly losing his objectivity with me…first he’s hyping the Senior Bowl and ranting about why players aren’t there like Dick Vitale sounding stupid when kids leave the NCAA (more specifically the ACC). Now, he’s raving, shamelessly, over a Notre Dame player (who looks like a nice player, and also another BC player. This has been going on for a few years and it’s getting to the point of having to question his objectivity.
        I understand why he likes these players, Kuekly is easy; Smith showed well, but calm down already and talk about some other players, we get the point.

  5. AM says:

    If BJGE doesn’t resign, David Wilson would be a great fit. It would definitely provide superb depth and potential at the RB spot, and I can see Belichick making that pick in a “best player available” mode. And Hemingway would be a great pick in the late rounds if such a pick comes the Patriots’s way–he absolutel killed the 3-cone drill, which the team tends to value very highly in WRs.

    • DWE 2012 says:

      Although I’d like to see it if we can get the right swap for him, be it a player or a pick, Re-signing BJ-GE is a major priority for the Pat’s. He does not fumble, Ridley seem’s O.K., but not seen and proven “enough” for sure & Vereen a round higher pick still hasn’t been really seen or heard from yet either.
      Re-signing The Law Firm is an absolute no brainer, the Pat’s CANNOT really afford to let the only tride and true RB they have go, until BOTH Ridley AND Vereen step up.

      • AM says:

        I agree in principle–I love the Firm. The straight-ahead style is a great tone-setter, and a good complement to the fast-paced passing game (not to mention Woodhead’s shiftier running). Combine that with the ball security, the up-from-the-practice-squad work ethic and humility, and he is an absolutely perfect fit for the Patriots.

        That said, if the Chiefs (for example) come in with a top of the line offer for him, a la David Givens back in the day, I’m not sure how much we can overextend. Fortunately, the team is well under the cap, with few high-priced free agents on the rolls (pretty much just Welker and BJGE, I think). Hopefully, they can come in at a solid compromise offer (maybe 4 years, $18 million, $6-7 million guaranteed).



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