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NFL Combine 2012 – Winners and Losers
Griffin, Hill, Cox and Poe Have Huge Workout Performances
NFL Combine 2012 - Feb. 22-28, 2012 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In
Photo - DT Fletcher Cox - Miss St.
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NFL Combine 2012 Workout
QB * Robert Griffin III of Baylor ran in the low 4.40s and interviewed very well. He elevated his stock and probably goes off the board #2 overall with a good Pro Day throwing the ball. QB * Andrew Luck of Stanford had a strong performance, showing fine athleticism and football smarts to compete for early NFL playing time. RB Doug Martin of Boise St had a very good showing and is a complete back who will push for immediate pro playing time. RB *Lamar Miller of Miami ran in the low 4.40s and caught the ball well. He helped his cause nicely. RB David Wilson of Virginia Tech tested off the charts in most drills and helped his cause as expected. WR * Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech had an outstanding effort that included a sub 4.40 time and over a 11’ broad jump and just under 40” vertical leap. Scouts will do extensive work on him going into his Pro Day. WR Chris Owusu of Stanford ran well and helped himself. At interviews he stated he is still interested in football despite multiple concussions.
OT *Matt Kalil of Southern Cal and OG * David DeCastro of Stanford were both impressive and solidified their #1 selection. Both are NFL ready and will be off the board early in the first round. OG Amini Silatolu of Midwestern St (Tx) had a strong week that a small college lineman needs to show his level of development. He combines quickness and power and grades out a starting interior lineman.
DT * Fletcher Cox of Mississippi St had a big performance and helped his stock significantly. He has a great combination of power and quickness with the versatility to play in either front. DT * Dontari Poe of Memphis was simply awesome at 346 lbs. and running a sub 5.0 time. Cox and Poe head an outstanding defensive tackle class that will highlight the NFL Draft 2012. LB Mychal Kendricks of California displayed top athleticism with speed, quickness and strength. He is smaller than the prototypical backer and needed the effort. Two junior cornerbacks Josh Robinson of Central Florida and Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina ran very well. Robinson was a little known corner who tests better than he plays. Gilmore is a fine athlete with speed and size and could warrant a late #1 pick off the strong performance.
Two receivers that fell significantly were junior Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers and senior Kendall Wright of Baylor. Both ran poorly. Sanu ran over a 4.65 time. He is not a burner, though he was expected to hit at least the mid 4.55 time area. His March 21st Pro Day at Rutgers is huge for him to establish himself as a Day two prospect. Wright was overhyped on TV as a possible sub 4.40 sprinter. Nonsense. He is probably a sub 4.50 and will probably prove it at the Baylor workout. He is a legitimate vertical threat but putting him in elite class is bad scouting. TE * Dwayne Allen of Clemson ran in the 4.90 time area that makes his Pro Day vital for him to earn a top 100 selection.
LB * Vontaze Burfict of Arizona St continues his descent that has developed over the 2011 season that culminated with a bowl game suspension. He ran poorly and looked average in drills. His stock is in a free fall that only a strong Pro Day corrects. Junior CB Cliff Harris of Oregon is another athlete who came up very short of expectations. His final season suspension was a red flag and a poor performance in Indy leaves huge questions about his pro playing career.
QB * Robert Griffin III - Baylor
QB * Andrew Luck - Stanford
RB Doug Martin - Boise St
RB *Lamar Miller - Miami
RB David Wilson - Virginia Tech
RB * Ronnie Hillman - San Diego St.
RB Chris Rainey - Florida
WR * Stephen Hill - Georgia Tech
WR Chris Owusu - Stanford
OT *Matt Kalil - Southern Cal
OG * David DeCastro - Stanford
OG * Adam Gettis - Iowa
OG Amini Silatolu - Midwestern St (Tx)
DT * Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St
DT * Dontari Poe - Memphis
LB Mychal Kendricks - California
LB Bruce Irvin - West Virginia
CB * Josh Robinson - Central Florida
CB * Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina
CB Dwight Bentley - Louisiana-Lafayette
WR * Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers
WR Kendall Wright - Baylor
TE * Dwayne Allen - Clemson
OL Markus Zusevics - Iowa
LB * Vontaze Burfict - Arizona St
LB Travis Lewis - Oklahoma
CB Josh Norman - Coastal Carolina
CB * Cliff Harris - Oregon
CB Leonard Johnson - Iowa St
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a player consultant for Player Agents for the NFL Draft and veteran Free Agency. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-tar Bowl time.