NFL Combine Results 2012: 5 Skill Position Players Who Hurt Themselves

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 27, 2012

NFL Combine Results 2012: 5 Skill Position Players Who Hurt Themselves

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    For skill position players, the NFL scouting combine is a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills as athletes—but it doesn't always workout. 

    The majority of the non-positional drills are meant for skilled players and they're designed to show how much of an athlete a player really is.

    With that being said, here are five skill position players who hurt themselves over the weekend. 

Kendall Wright

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    Baylor's Kendall Wright came into the 2012 NFL scouting combine as one of the most hyped-about deep threats in this year's draft class but really hurt his stock Sunday in Indianapolis.

    Wright ran a 4.61 40-yard dash time which is shockingly slow for a guy with his alleged speed as his former teammate, quarterback Robert Griffin III, was faster than him with a 4.41 40-yard dash time.

    There's no question that teams are going to be more careful when they're analyzing Wright. 

Alshon Jeffery

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    South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery came into the 2012 NFL scouting combine with some questions. Many believed that he was out of shape but he checked in with an impressive 216 lbs. 

    Jeffery, however, failed to improve his stock one bit this past weekend as he declined to participate in any of the drills. 

Brock Osweiler

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    With Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III failing to throw the ball this Sunday in Indianapolis, that immediately opened the door for a guy like Brock Osweiler to steal the show—but he failed to do so.

    Osweiler did not workout Sunday as he was dealing with a foot injury so he was unable to increase his stock whatsoever. 

Vick Ballard

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    Vick Ballard had a really bad showing at the 2012 NFL scouting combine. 

    We all knew that Ballard wasn't the fastest guy as he's more of a power-runner, but we didn't realize that he was that slow as he posted a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash. 

    Ballard is now likely going to be a later-round draft pick. He could have been a middle-round draft pick but he didn't impress too many in Indianapolis. 

Ryan Tannehill

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    Much like Brocker Osweiler, Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill failed to participate in any of the workouts Sunday with a foot injury.

    Tannehill could have really used the opportunity to show off his skills as he's a converted wide receiver now playing quarterback. He could have proved to the NFL scouts that he can throw the ball and accurately.