2012 NFL Combine: NFL Combine: Winners & Losers
March 1, 2012 by staff
2012 NFL Combine: NFL Combine: Winners & Losers, The NFL has wrapped its up its combine in Indianapolis and now pundits are furiously debating the winners and losers from the week. There’s some pretty good consensus on several winners and losers, but some guys have shown up on both lists.
First the winners.
Robert Griffin III was an unambiguous winner and not only solidified his status as the likely #2 pick, but also had more than a couple people wondering whether he might be a better prospect than Andrew Luck. That said, the real winner from RG3′s workout is probably the St Louis Rams, who are now set to get a bounty of picks for their #2 overall slot.
Luke Kuechly – People were high on LK prior to the combine, but his stock was really solidified when his workout showed that he has the athleticism to back up his monster numbers. Mike Mayock said he’s now a guaranteed top 20 pick.
Stephen Hill – The 6-4 WR from Georgia Tech turned a lot of heads when he ran a 4.36 40 and turned even more when he caught every pass his way in the drills. His production in college was so-so, but he played in an awful offense and made the best of his touches. He’s also already a good blocker, so he could be a 2nd-3rd round target.
Dontari Poe – This guy blew away everyone at the combine. He’s 6-4, 365 pounds and yet he runs a sub 4.5 40 and was did more bench reps than anyone else. There’s almost no one his size with that much athleticism. That said, his college numbers don’t really seem to reflect his ability.
You know him, you love him… Vontaze Burfict! I’ll let CBS Sports handle the bad news.
Burflict is almost certainly the biggest loser of the entire combine. There was plenty of discussion, based on Burflict’s play on the field, that he could be a first-round pick. That’s laughable at this point, and it’s possible that Burflict could even go undrafted. He ripped his old coaches, he ran the slowest linebacker 40 time and he didn’t look like the elite talent people claim to have seen on tape.
CBS also didn’t like WR Kendall Wright, who may have dropped out of the first round with his performance.
Wright came into the combine as a top-three wideout on almost every board. With Justin Blackmon not working out, Wright had a shot to potentially even leap to the top of the wideout lists, particularly if he blazed his 40. But he didn’t, running a 4.61, and possibly costing himself a shot in the first round. The good news is that Wright’s still gets to perform at Baylor’s pro day, where he’ll have a pile of scouts on hand to view RG3. But in a year with a weak wideout class, Wright really didn’t take advantage of an opportunity given to him at the combine.
Finally, many draftniks were down on Ohio State OT Mike Adams.
He had some of the most underwhelming workouts of any of the highly-touted offensive linemen, bench-pressing 225 pounds 19 times and running 5.4 in the 40. There were already some red flags around the 6-foot-7, 323-pounder because he was one of five OSU players suspended for first five games of 2011 due to NCAA rule violation of receiving improper benefits. “I don’t see the core strength. He’s long, he’s got good feet, he’s got the prototypical left tackle’s body,” Mayock said. “I’m not buying that he’s definitely going in the first round just because of his strength and some questions about his maturity.”
As for the guys that no one disagrees on, Florida CB Janoris Jenkins was the subject of some debate. The Charlotte Observer found his interview refreshing and honest while also being impressed with his workout.
Jenkins was grilled about his past transgressions: two marijuana-related arrests in a four-month span that got him kicked out of Florida. But he took responsibility for his mistakes, then went out and had an outstanding combine. Jenkins ran the 40 in 4.46, and his 10-yard split was the fastest of any defensive back. Jenkins looked like the second-best corner, behind LSU’s Morris Claiborne.
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