NFL Combine 2012: Day 3 Winners and Losers
It's Day 4 of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine and the first big day of workouts is nearing its conclusion, as the tight ends, offensive linemen and special teams players are put through their paces by scouts and coaches from across the National Football League.
As is the case every year, there are players who shined in Indianapolis and others who stunk up the joint. So let's take a look at who came out on top at Day 4 of the combine, and who likely wishes they'd just stayed in bed.
WINNER: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil left very little doubt as to who the top offensive line prospect in this year's draft class with his performance in the combine.
The 6'6", 306-pound junior followed up his top-10 showing in the bench press with top-five numbers at his position in the 40-yard dash and three-cone drill.
The quickness and agility that enabled Kalil to go all of last year without allowing a sack was on full display Saturday.
Given their need at the position, it's hard to imagine the Minnesota Vikings passing on Kalil with the third overall pick if the Robert Griffin sweepstakes concludes before it's their turn.
LOSER: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
At this time Friday, it appeared that Georgia tight end Orson Charles was well on his way to inclusion in the "winners" portion of this list, as Charles did an impressive 35 reps in the bench press drill (best among tight ends and better than all but one offensive lineman).
However, the 6'2", 251-pound junior somewhat puzzlingly chose not to run Saturday, and Charles, who had 45 catches for 574 yards and five touchdowns a year ago, may have squandered any momentum he built towards being the first tight end chosen in April's draft.
WINNER: Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
Offensive tackle Tom Compton was a big fish in a small pond at the University of South Dakota.
This week, the 6'5", 314-pound Compton was just trying to get noticed, and after a disappointing showing in the bench press Compton was badly in need of a good performance Saturday.
The senior got that good showing, displaying excellent leg strength and agility while finishing in the top 10 in the 40-yard dash, broad jump and 20-yard shuttle.
Upper body strength remains a concern, but a team using a zone-blocking scheme, which calls for smaller, quicker offensive linemen, likely liked what they saw from Compton.
LOSER: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Mike Adams was a second team All-Big Ten performer as a senior at The Ohio State University, and the 6'7", 323-pound offensive tackle was projected in many mock drafts as a first-round pick this April.
That may no longer be the case, however, as Adams had a miserable showing at the combine, posting a measly 19 reps in the bench press and following that up by failing to place in the top five in any of Saturday's drills.
WINNER: James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma
Oklahoma tight end James Hanna wasn't on a whole lot of radars entering the combine.
Hanna caught just 27 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns last season, but the 6'4", 252-pounder turned some heads at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Hanna placed in the top five of all six major drills, including first among tight ends in the 40-yard dash, 60-yard shuttle and vertical jump.
Hanna's performance in Indy was certainly a shot in the arm for his draft stock.
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