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2012 NFL Draft: Reviewing the 5 Biggest Red Flags After the Scouting Combine

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2016

2012 NFL Draft: Reviewing the 5 Biggest Red Flags After the Scouting Combine

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    The NFL Scouting Combine is a chance for former college and current NFL hopefuls to show off their skills in a series of football-related tests.

    There have been plenty of impressive showings over the past couple of days, but we sometimes forget that the combine can do more bad than good for some players who do not live up to their lofty expectations.

    Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were certainly as advertised, but that wasn't the case with every pro prospect.

    Let's take a look at the five biggest red flags after the NFL combine.

Kendall Wright

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    Heading into this year's NFL combine, everyone knew that Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon was the top wide receiver in this draft.

    But the question was, who was going to be the second wide receiver taken this year?

    Many believed that the answer to this question was going to be Baylor's Kendall Wright, but after his showing in Sunday's combine testing, that might not be the case anymore.

    Wright, who was known as a speedster, ran just a 4.61 40-yard dash, which was in the bottom half of participating wide receivers.

    After a stellar day of testing by Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, it looks like Wright might drop to No. 3 or 4 on the wide receiver chart heading into draft day.

Vick Ballard

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    The numbers don't lie: Vick Ballard was a great college running back.

    After rushing for more than 2,000 yards over the past two seasons, there is no secret that this kid is talented. But his testing at this weekend's combine was far from impressive.

    The former Mississippi State standout ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, which was in the lower half for running backs.

    Heading into this year's college football season, many believed Ballard could be a first-round draft pick after a great senior season.

    Now, it's looking more like a third- or fourth-round selection is in his future.

Janoris Jenkins

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    No questions asked: Janoris Jenkins is talented enough to be an early first-round draft pick and probably the first defensive back off the board outside of LSU's Morris Claiborne.

    But even before the combine, we knew that this kid had trouble with the law, and now that the combine is coming to an end, we know just how much trouble he has been in.

    In addition to already being a father of four kids, he has two separate arrests and has been kicked out of a major Division I university.

    I would be shocked if Jenkins fell out of the first round because of just how talented he is, but when you talk about a red flag, that is going to be the difference between him being a top-five pick and being a mid to late first-round selection.

Mike Adams

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    Many expected Mike Adams to be a first-round draft choice in this April's NFL draft, possibly even a top-20 selection.

    Well, his combine performance certainly didn't help his chances.

    Adams already had one red flag attached to his name after being suspended this past season for his involvement with the scandal at Ohio State. But after Adams only put up 19 reps on the bench press, another red flag arose when it comes to this offensive tackle's upper body strength.

    Adams did not place in the top five in any combine tests, and now it wouldn't be surprising to see him slip to a late first-round or possibly even a second-round selection.

Alshon Jeffery

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    Many people referred to Alshon Jeffery as the next Terrell Owens when he hit the scene hard after his freshman season at South Carolina.

    As Jeffery prepared to enter the NFL draft, questions regarding his weight had his draft stock plummeting by the day.

    Jeffery debunked that myth, showing up to the combine at just under 220 pounds, which is around 10 pounds less than what he played at during the college football season.

    But he offset that by not participating in any drills, which is mind-boggling.

    Jeffery now has even more red flags surrounding his name, at least until his pro day comes around, where he can make up some ground on what is a pretty weak wide receiver class this year.

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