NFL Combine 2012: 5 Players Who Will Hurt Their Draft Stock

Ross Read@@RossReadContributor IIIFebruary 22, 2012

NFL Combine 2012: 5 Players Who Will Hurt Their Draft Stock

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    The NFL Scouting Combine is on deck this weekend. It gives teams a chance to evaluate hundreds of players in one place at one time. For players, it allows them to improve their current stock or gain momentum going into the draft. For other players it can hurt their stock.

    Here are five players whose stock will take a hit due to the combine.

South Carolina Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery

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    Teams are already worried about his decreased production from last season. Coming into the draft they will be worried about his lack of speed and expanding waistline. Right now is his a mid-late first-round pick, but that could change after the weekend. 

Alabama Linebacker Dont'a Hightower

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    Dont'a Hightower was a playmaking machine on a National Championship defense.

    While some may think that helps him, it actually hurts him. Playing around such great players hid some of his deficiencies. The combine will prove he's not as fast as some might think. That might cost him a couple spots in the first round. 

Stanford Tight End Coby Fleener

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    Coby Fleener may be the best tight end in the draft...for now. Due to a foot injury he will not take place in any athletic drills this weekend. Even if he did run the 40, he would have probably been passed up by Clemson's Dwayne Allen or Georgia's Orson Charles. Look for this once first-round pick and top tight end to slide into the second round. 

LSU Defensive Tackle Michael Brockers

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    He's on this list because he is considered a high first-round pick. He still might go somewhere that high based on potential alone, but expect Michael Brockers to be outperformed in every athletic drill this weekend. This will undoubtedly hurt his draft stock, at least in the short term. 

Boise St. Quarterback Kellen Moore

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    While Kellen Moore is not projected to go anywhere in the first four rounds, this combine will not help. A more accurate measurement of how tall he is will come out and hurt him. Don't expect Moore to wow people with his 40 time or throwing drills either. After the combine, he might be relegated to the sixth round.