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The scouting combine is about more than running a fast 40-yard dash. For many players, this is their first chance to talk with NFL front offices and scouts. It's also the first time NFL teams can ask players about their pasts.
Defensive players Vontaze Burfict (LB-Arizona State), Cliff Harris (CB-Oregon), Janoris Jenkins (CB-N. Alabama), Donte Paige-Moss (DE-North Carolina) and Dre Kirkpatrick (CB-Alabama) all came to Indianapolis knowing their past transgressions would be a hot topic for NFL front offices and members of the media.
Based on press conferences sat through by Bleacher Report staff and contacts with NFL scouts, four of the players did not help their cause this week.
Vontaze Burfict failed to take responsibility for his actions at Arizona State, instead partially blaming his coaches and then saying the referees had targeted him as a problem player. Not the answer anyone wanted to hear.
Janoris Jenkins was kicked out of Florida after failing drug tests and being arrested three times—but we learned today that he has four children already. Again, more red flags for Jenkins.
Dre Kirkpatrick, per a source, was respectful and polite, which could help his cause if his demeanor carries over to NFL team meetings.
Donte-Paige Moss was labeled as "uncoachable" by one team source we talked to this weekend. After leaving North Carolina and lighting the program on fire verbally on his way out, this isn't a stretch.
And finally, Cliff Harris. When asked about driving 120 mph and being arrested, Harris said it was "fun" before saying it was also a mistake.