NFL Combine 2012 Results: Nick Foles' Poor Outing Crushes Fragile Draft Stock

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2012

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 19:  Quarterback Nick Foles #8 of the Arizona Wildcats is sacked by linebacker Carl Bradford #52 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Nick Foles should have skipped the combine.

His best attributes are his size (6'5", 245 pounds) and his mega numbers in college (10,011 yards, the most in Arizona history). There are multiple aspects of his game he needed to shield from scouts looking to pick apart everything he did.

Foles reminded scouts as much over the weekend. He ran a 5.14 40-yard dash and registered low marks in both the vertical (30.5) and broad jump (9'4"), to put together one of the worst performances at the quarterback position (via

ESPN’s Mike Sando watched once he started throwing with the rest of the scouts, and the results weren’t pretty:

Foles struggled with his throws, particularly on post-corner routes. Coaches appeared to advise him on his deep-ball trajectory after Foles overthrew Arizona teammate Juron Criner on an early deep pass. Foles put too much air under subsequent deep passes. He did not hit receivers in stride on those balls. Foles did elicit a 'good throw' commendation from one coach after connecting with Michigan's Kenneth Hemingway on a 10-yard out route. North Carolina State's Trevor Graham dropped pass from Foles on a hitch route.

Ryan Tannehill skipped the festivities and is considered a top-10 pick. Part of the reason is the mystery and intrigue that now surrounds him.

Scouts have all the info they need on Foles. He lost 13 of the last 17 games he started in college, isn’t very athletic and takes too many sacks on top of coming up short at the combine.

From a borderline first-round pick to a third- or fourth-round selection, Foles cost himself big this past weekend at Indy.

All of the doubts scouts had were reinforced.  


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