NFL Combine Results 2012: 5 Teams That Will Take This Year's Workout Warriors
Every year, the stars of the NFL Scouting Combine see their stocks rise. There are quite a few stars from this year, and they will undoubtedly be drafted higher because of their combine performances.
But what teams will be drafting these guys?
There are a few simple ways to determine this. One is by just looking at team needs. At some point, need will match up with the workout warriors.
The other is to look at draft history. Which teams have a history of drafting combine stars?
Odds are, these teams will strike again.
In 2009, the Ravens supposedly loved Darrius Heyward-Bey, a combine star in his own right. Now, Baltimore is still looking for wide receiver help, and there are several physical phenoms at the position.
After running a 4.30 in the 40-yard dash, Stephen Hill could be an intriguing option at the end of the first round. The 6'4", 215-pounder is physically similar to DHB, and he possesses unbelievable upside.
More than any team not called the Raiders, the Titans have a history of using the combine to scout. Whether it was Chris Johnson or Chris Henry, Tennessee drafts for speed.
This year, Cordy Glenn just might be the guy. The Titans desperately need to upgrade along the interior offensive line, and Glenn is a physical freak. After all, he ran a 4.96 40-yard dash while weighing 346 pounds.
Like Baltimore, Houston needs a wide receiver. At the end of the first round, Houston may be forced into reaching for one of the combine stars, like Stephen Hill.
The biggest factor here is Houston's lack of needs. The team's lone glaring hole is at wideout, so they can afford to take a developmental player and wait on him.
Those developmental guys tend to be pretty athletic.
The Cleveland Browns will end up with Robert Griffin. If he isn't a combine star, no one is.
Griffin ran an unofficial 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, and he also jumped 39" in the vertical leap. The Heisman winner really stood out, as he showcased just how athletic he really is.
Cleveland has the most ammunition of any team in the RG3 hunt. They pick at No. 4 and also own the No. 22 pick. No other team can offer as much as the Browns can.
The Bengals have shown time and time again that they draft for talent. Character isn't an issue, and often, actual on-field ability isn't much of a factor either.
With this in mind, it seems likely that Cincinnati will draft one of the workout warriors. The team owns two first-round picks, so they can afford to take a chance on a high-upside guy with one of the selections.