NFL Combine 2012: Lamar Miller and Playmakers Who Boosted Their Draft Stock

Austin GreenCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Lamar Miller #6 of the Miami Hurricanes rushes during a game  against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The 2012 draft class is loaded with playmakers, and they were out in full force this weekend at the combine.

With scouts from every NFL team in attendance, a few prospects separated themselves from the crowd by posting insane numbers in the physical drills.

With their blazing speed, great leaping ability and impressive strength, the following players boosted their draft stock.


Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

Miller entered the combine as a fringe first-rounder, but he solidified his status as a top 32 pick after owning the 40-yard dash.

The explosive running back and occasional kick returner blazed his way to an insane 4.38 40-yard dash time. It was the third fastest among running backs, and sixth best overall.

While a lot of guys struggle to translate their speed into on-field success, Miller has no such issues. He racked up 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns on 227 carries for the U last season.

I'm expecting Miller to be the second running back off the board, after Alabama stud Trent Richardson. The Bengals, Browns and Giants will all take a close look at him.


Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Everyone knew Wright was fast and he didn't disappoint, posting a 4.42 40-yard dash time. That was the fastest time of this year's top-tier receivers.

The former Baylor basketball player also posted impressive numbers in the jumping drills, showing off his 38-inch vertical.

Where Wright gained the most points, however, was in the gauntlet drill, where he caught every pass thrown his way. His hands were a bit of a question coming in, but he quieted some of those concerns with his performance.

The Jaguars, Panthers, Bears, Browns and Texans all need help at wide receiver. I'm expecting one of those teams to select him in the 16-23 range.


David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

Wilson was an early-to-mid second-round pick coming in, but his strong performance at the combine will likely bump him into late first-round territory.

Wilson glided to a 4.40 40-yard dash time, fourth best among running backs. Like Miller, Wilson has also proven that his speed translates to game time. Last season, he scampered for 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns on 290 carries.

This year's running back class is shallow, so Wilson's value is higher than it would normally be. If the Browns pass on him at No. 22, I'm expecting the Giants to snag him with the final pick of the first round.