There are two players who the Arizona Cardinals should let slide on by during the NFL draft. The combine showed that these two guys are not worth the risk of drafting.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
The combine may not be the best predictor of talent for NFL teams, but it sure can expose risk from time-to-time.
This time, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict should've been arrested for his indecent exposures. Yes, exposures. First, he came up lame on the bench press—19 reps of 225lbs. Second—and more importantly—Burfict cemented the saying, "It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."
In Burfict's press conference, he actually blamed his college coaches on his declining performance in 2011:
I played average. I could've played better. That's what hurt me at times. The coaches kind of messed me up. I didn't know if I would start a game or be benched. It hurt me, but I tried to fight through it.
And with that statement, Burfict has removed all doubt. He should also be removed from the Arizona Cardinals' draft board.
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
The 40-yard dash may mean little for teams evaluating most players, but for wideouts, it can be a telling sign. In Kendall Wright's situation, the 40-yard dash was the most important drill at the combine.
At 5'10", 190 lbs, Wright's pull for teams was the fact that he was fast enough to stretch the field. Prior to running his 40-yard dash at the combine, Wright was expected to run in the 4.3 range.
Apparently forgetting to take off the parachute behind him, Wright ran a 4.61 40-yard dash. That poor 40-time will remove Wright from the first round and from many teams' draft boards. Arizona should use the whiteout on his name as well.