Minggu, 26 Februari 2012

NFL Combine: Recap of Offensive Players' Workouts

The NFL Combine is in full motion now as we are starting to see which prospects are overrated and which ones are underrated. The question is who seperated themselves from his competition.

Georgia TE Orson Charles
Charles had the most reps on the bench for the tightends yesterday as he beat Stanford TE Coby Fleener and Clemson TE Dwayne Allen by 8 reps. This will help his stock as he showed that he is not just a playmaker in the pass game. He could help a team's running game as lots of offensive tackles are not as strong as Charles. Charles did not do any of the other drills but he may have passed Coby Fleener on a lot of draft boards while Clemson's Dwayne Allen probably needs a better pro day.

USC OT Matt Kalil
Kalil proved that he one of the best left tackle prospects in years as he ran his 40 yard dash below 5 seconds and he was able to do 30 reps on the bench press. He also had the second fastest cone drill time which shows his mobility to block in the run game and his ability to contain defensive ends in the passing game. Kalil has almost assured himself that he will be a top 5 pick in the draft. Kalil was very impressive while Ohio State OT Mike Adams had an awful combine and has fallen out of the fallen out of the first round completely. Adams could end up being drafted in the third round as he would take a lot of developing.

Stanford OG David DeCastro
DeCastro has received comparisons to Steve Hutchinson after his impressive NFL Combine performance as he could now be a top 15 pick in the draft. DeCastro had 34 reps on the bench which was tied for the second best for offensive lineman. He was also very impressive in the cone drill and 20-yard shuttle which shows that he has the speed to get to the second level to open up the running game as he has the strength to open up holes in the trenches. DeCastro has impressed from day one and he has solidified his status as the best interior lineman in this year's NFL Draft.

Boise State RB Doug Martin
Doug Martin has not been talked about much but he has shown that he can be a three-down running back in the NFL. He tied for the most reps for all running backs that are in Indy with 28 as his 40 yard dash time was a 4.55 which is very good for someone with the power that Martin has. Martin also proved in college that he has the versatility to be a threat in the passing game on screens as he was commonly used on screens by Boise State QB Kellen Moore. Doug Martin has definitely jumped up the draft board into the second round at least and could be a late first round pick as he has the talent to be a very good NFL running back.

Baylor WR Kendall Wright
Wright has had a terrible day at the combine as he is known for his speed but a 4.61 in the forty yard dash was not good as he does not have the size for a receiver that can reach over other players. Wright shutle drill times were in the middle of the group of receivers as Wright looked more like a mid to late round prospect than a first round pick. The one good thing Wright did was his vertical jump was an impressive 38.5 inches. Kendall Wright proved that he is an overrated prospect that should not be a first round pick but could be a good number 3 receiver or a special teams player.

Luck and RG3
It is hard to talk about this year's NFL Draft without talking about Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. RG3 had an excellent 40 time of 4.41 which was the best of all quarterback as he also had the best vertical jump for quarterbacks. Andrew Luck showed his agility as he was excellent in the shuttle drills and the cone drill. Luck also had a very good 40 time of 4.67 which shows his mobility. Luck and RG3 had a good NFL Combine which was what was expected from them.

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