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NFL Combine 2012 Recap: Day 4 2/26 Part 1

Posted by James Rowe on February 26, 2012 – 5:57 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft


Luck and RG3 Shine During QB, RB and WR Workouts

2 of the top 2012 NFL Draft prospects QB Andrew Luck from Stanford and Robert Griffin III from Baylor both had outstanding workouts today at the combine, and showed they are without a doubt the top 2 prospects in this draft. Luck is known for being a very smart and accurate passer, but is also an underrated athlete at QB running a 4.67 40. RG3 had a great day today at the combine, and might have solidified himself at the #2 pick behind Luck. RG3 ran a 4.41 40, which is Mike Vick like speed and should look great at his Pro Day in March.

Possible late 1st round QB prospects Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M and Brock Osweiler from Arizona State did not participate in any combine drills, and stocks are up in the air until their Pro Days. Kirk Cousins from Michigan State and Russell Wilson from Wisconsin are 2 Big Ten QB’s that threw very well at the combine. Cousins stock has been on the rise, and could be in the 3rd round range. Wilson is very short, but has very solid athleticism running a 4.55 4o0 and could develop into a solid NFL QB down the line.

The drafts top RB Trent Richardson also didn’t participate in any drills today, but should see his stock around the top 5 if he can bounce back from his knee injury. Lamar Miller from Miami is a possible late 1st round pick, and ran a 4.38 40 which was near the top for all RB 4o times. David Wilson from Viginia Tech had a very good 40 time running a 4.40 flat and also a 41in vertical which was the top for any RB prospect.

Possible 3rd round picks LaMichael James from Orgeon, Doug Martin from Boise State and Chris Polk from Washington all had very good performances today. James ran a 4.37 40 showing his blazing NFL type speed, Martin looked NFL ready running a 4.47 40 and should see a good amount of carries early in his career, and Polk ran a surprising 4.46 40 at 215lbs which might save his stock from dropping after a weak Senior Bowl week.

Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon did not run the 40 today, but looked very solid in the drills and should remain a very high 1st round pick. WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame might have rised into the top 15 and the possible 2nd WR off the board after a 4.47 40 and looked smooth in the receiving drills. Baylor WR Kendall Wright had a very disappointing day running a 4.61 40, which is much slower than expected. He might fall into the 20’s once April comes around if he doesn’t run a better 40 at his Pro Day.

Alshon Jeffery WR from South Carolina did not run a 40, which is disappointing as well since I’m sure many teams wanted to see how he ran at 216lbs. Stephon Hill from Georgia Tech ran the fastest time for a WR running a 4.36 40 at 6’4 215lbs and could see his stock rise into the day 2 discussion now. Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers and Rueben Randle from LSU both had bad 40 times, Sanu running a 4.67 and Randle a 4.55. Both will not be 1st round picks, but I could see Sanu going in early in the 2nd to be with former Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano.

Stanford WR Chris Owusu and Miami WR Travis Benjamin also ran 4.36 40 which tied for the fastest 40 time for a WR, and both will likely be day 3 picks though with Owusu’s injury concerns and Benjamin’s small size. Top Senior Bowl performers Joe Adams  from Arkansas and Juron Criner from Arizona ran slow 40’s, Adams with a 4.55 and Criner with a 4.68 40. I think both of those prospects will be 3rd/4th round pick.

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