2010 NFL Combine Losers
Yesterday, we detailed the “winners” of the NFL Combine. Today, we analyze those players who may have substantially hurt their draft stock.
Ole Miss RB/WR Dexter McCluster
We think McCluster’s poor performance at the Combine is a bit over-hyped. Yes, he ran a 4.58 forty, but he showed explosion with a 37.5 inch vertical. In addition, McCulster also proved he has been working out with an incredible 20 bench press reps at just 165 pounds. McCluster certainly plays faster than he timed, so we think he will bring excellent value to any team that selects him.
Central Michigan QB Dan Lefevour
With so many quarterbacks not working out at the Combine, Lefevour had a shot to move up boards. He likely would have been the best signal-caller participating in drills. Instead, he chose to only work out at his Pro Day, displaying a lack of competitiveness which will hurt his draft stock.
Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe
Briscoe was a guy not many people were high on pre-Combine, yet we had him ranked as our #21 overall prospect. We knew he would have a sub-par forty (4.61), but his nine bench press reps call his work ethic into question. We still love his body control and ball skills, but Briscoe will likely slide down boards into the third or fourth round.
Gilyard, a player most were expecting to run in the 4.40 range, posted just a 4.56 forty. In a way, this could help the Cowboys a lot, as Gilyard could easily drop to the back of the second round (after pre-Combine rumors of him jumping into the back of the first). We knew Gilyard plays fast and brings tremendous upside in the return game.
Like Gilyard, Shipley’s poor Combine performance could help the Cowboys. In addition to a 4.57 forty, Shipley also looked shaky in position drills. We have watched enough tape on him, though, to know what Shipley brings to the table. Instead of using their second round pick on Shipley, there is now a chance Dallas could grab him with their third.
LSU OT Ciron Black
We are not worried about Black’s numbers as much as what we saw in the drills. He looked slow, stiff, and out of shape. Black bent over at the waist instead of the knees, displaying poor form and an overall lack of athleticism. He could easily drop to the late rounds of the draft.
Johnson’s 4.99 forty was by far the worst of any linebacker (there was only one other player above 4.90). We were surprised by this result perhaps more than any at the entire Combine. Johnson displays good sideline-to-sideline speed on tape, so it is possible he was not completely healthy. We still like him as an option for Dallas at inside linebacker, but he would likely only be a two-down linebacker.
Michigan CB Donovan Warren
Donovan Warren had a shot of being the third cornerback taken in the 2010 draft. That is unrealistic now, as Warren displayed inadequate speed (4.59) and poor strength (12 reps). A cover two team might jump on him, but he is not a fit for Dallas’ scheme on defense.
Florida CB Joe Haden
How bad was Joe Haden’s Combine? He went from a consensus top ten pick to possibly losing his status as the first cornerback taken to Boise State’s Kyle Wilson. One scout we talked to actually said Haden could drop to the back of the first round because elite corners must have either size or speed, and Haden showed neither. If he somehow dropped to pick #27, Dallas would have to take a long look at him despite no immediate need at cornerback.
Nebraska S Larry Asante
Larry Asante is in the mix with Morgan Burnett, Nate Allen, Chad Jones, and Reshad Jones to be the fourth safety off the board come April. He may have dropped to the back of that pack after his Tuesday workout running a 4.63, posting just 14 reps, and exhibiting poor hips and change of direction in position drills.
LSU S Chad Jones
Chad Jones ran nearly as poorly as Asante (4.57), but at least Jones is 15 pounds heavier. However, at 230 pounds, Jones’ nine bench press reps are pathetic. His size and lack of speed make him an unrealistic option for Dallas.