NFL Combine 2012: Under-the-Radar Players Whose Stock Will Rise

Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIFebruary 18, 2012

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 19:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws a pass during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This year's NFL Combine will turn out several players whose names have gone unnoticed but who will become popular once scouts get to see their real physical abilities.

Players tend to get lost in college football and consequently do not get the attention they deserve once they feel ready for the NFL Draft.  The NFL Combine helps get those players noticed while helping an NFL team shock others in the draft by taking them.


Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor

It is easy to pick a running back as an under-the-radar player with rising stock because running backs are a dime a dozen in the NFL these days.  Given the right system and opportunity, running backs will succeed.

Ganaway may be one of those players.  He got lost in the shadow of Robert Griffin III at Baylor, but has some skills that can translate to the NFL, and that will make him one of those players to watch once drafted.

Ganaway does not have great blocking ability, which is a big knock on him, but he did score 21 touchdowns in 2011 and was in the top 10 in yards rushing in an offense with Griffin III, which has to count for something.

He also has patience and bulk, which should translate nicely to the NFL.  A team could steal Ganaway in one of the later rounds.


Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State

Osweiler chose to pass up his senior season at Arizona State in hopes of a nice selection in the NFL Draft, and it looks like it will work out for him, as his draft stock seems to be rising already.

The 6'8" quarterback has drawn comparisons to another tall quarterback in Ryan Mallet, who is now the backup in New England.  Like Mallet, Osweiler has a great arm and the ability to take a hit, making him a nice selection when all is said and done with the NFL Draft.

In the combine, Osweiler will be able to show off that arm and those physical attributes on a national level, causing him to move up some draft boards and possibly to the No. 3 quarterback on the board at the end of April.


Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

It is unclear as to where McNutt stands among the list of wide receivers in the NFL Draft.  Some say he is a top-10 wideout, while others have him positioned more closer to No. 15.

His 6'4", 215-lb. frame translates well in the NFL as someone like Hakeem Nicks or Randy Moss, with the lengthy body and mild bulk behind it.  That causes mismatches among defensive backs, which is why McNutt's stock could rise as high as the second round when all is said and done.

A team like the San Francisco 49ers would be wise to capitalize on a player with this length, seeing as how well Nicks did in the NFL playoffs this past season.