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NFL Combine 2012: Injured Stars with Draft Stock on the Line

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 22:  Wide receiver Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warmups before the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on October 22, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Texas Tech upset Oklahoma 41-38. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2012

There are a number of players with intriguing storylines at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. Some are for off-the-field problems, some are for on-field question marks and some are for injury concerns.

Big names like Trent Richardson and Ryan Tannehill won't be able to work out in Indianapolis, but there are several others who will make a return to the field after missing either the end of the season or the Senior Bowl.

Their time in Lucas Oil Stadium could make or break their draft stock.

 

Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma

When the senior receiver tore his ACL, it essentially cost Oklahoma its season. Landry Jones looked lost without him and they simply fell apart from an offensive standpoint.

Broyles wasn't just productive as a Sooner, he was dominant. Despite missing the final three games of the season, he still managed to record his third straight 1,000-yard, 10-plus touchdown season.

He finished his Oklahoma career with 349 catches, 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns.

At 5'10", 185 pounds, Broyles cannot count on his size, so teams will want to know exactly how well he's recovering and what his speed is like.

 

Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State

The Seminoles tackle has struggled with his health for a long time now. His multiple shoulder injuries are a big concern and has driven him down the board from where he was once a potential first-round pick.

At 6'6", 314 pounds, Datko has the prototypical size and ability to be a potential starter in the NFL.

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Jermaine Thomas #38 pats Christian Ponder #7 on the head as he is held by Andrew Datko #67 of the Florida State Seminoles after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florid
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Teams need to know what his medical situation is before they take a chance on him, though. Unfortunately, both of his shoulders are an issue. 

 

Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M

Another senior, Gray burst onto the scene in 2009 and became a bigger weapon in 2010. He ran for over 1,000 yards and scored 12 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons, averaging over five yards per carry.

At 5'10", 200 pounds, Gray has solid size for the league and can make plays out of the backfield as well.

The shoulder injury he suffered kept him out of the final two games of the season as well as the Senior Bowl.

This will be the best opportunity he has to show off. 

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