2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players Teams Should Stay Away From

Ross DautelContributor IIIMarch 1, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players Teams Should Stay Away From

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    With the NFL Combine in the books it's now time to make the final push towards the draft in late April.

    As there always are this time of year, we have players whose stock is rising and others whose stock is falling.

    In this slideshow, we examine five players that NFL teams would be wise to shy away from come draft day...

Vontaze Burfict

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    Early in his football career, Burfict was regarded as a player with tremendous ability and potential and his attitude and work ethic were the only things keeping him from being elite.

    Still, many teams were intrigued by his size and skill at the linebacker position and there was talks of him being selected in the middle of the first round.

    After last weekend's combine performance, Burfict will be lucky to hear his name called on the first day let alone in the first round.

    The former-Arizona State linebacker ran a 5.09 40 yard dash, a horrendous time for a player at his position.

    To make matters worse, Burfict followed up a poor demonstration of speed with a poor demonstration of athletic ability in the broad jump and high jump, finishing second to last among linebackers in the former and dead last in the latter.

    Burfict elected not to participate in the bench press, failing to answer questions that have arisen regarding his strength.

    The bottom line is that Burfict is an explosion waiting to happen.

    His attitude issues combined with a pathetic combine showing should be enough to scare off any potential suitors come draft day.

Alshon Jeffery

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    Jeffery is a player that could remove himself from this list with a solid showing at South Carolina's Pro Day, but until he answers some big questions about his speed and separation ability, teams should elect to steer clear.

    Jeffery did weigh in at 216 pounds, dispelling any rumors of his offseason weight gain.

    The wide receiver chose not to participate in the 40-yard dash however, which leave questions regarding his quickness unanswered.

    NFL Draft expert has openly criticized Jeffery for his inability to separate at the line of scrimmage, a skill that is paramount for success in the NFL.

    Again, Jeffery could really help his cause with a good Pro Day in Columbia, but until he demonstrates some quickness and agility, teams should be cautious when contemplating selecting him in April.

Mike Adams

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    There's no question that the stock of Vontaze Burfict dropped the most as a result of a poor showing at the combine, but if there was a consolation prize, Adams might take the cake.

    The former Buckeye measured in well at 6'7", 323 lbs but his speed (5.40 40-yard dash) and strength (19 reps of 225 lbs) are definite causes for concern.

    Adams was one of the five Ohio State players to be suspended for accepting improper benefits while in Columbus, so many teams were already questioning his character.

    Adams is a guy who will need an excellent Pro Day to show he's serious about the sport and that he can succeed at the next level.

    Until then, teams should shy away from the offensive tackle.

Janoris Jenkins

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    With a player like Jenkins, it's not so much a question of talent but rather a question of character. The former Florida defensive back was kicked out of the Gators program, has been arrested on three separate occasions, and has four children with three different women.

    At the combine, his 40-yard dash (4.46) and vertical jump (33.5 inches) were impressive, and probably good enough to land him a spot in the first round.

    Instead of focusing on Jenkins' talent, NFL teams should emphasize his troubled past and use it as a deterrent for selecting him in April.

    Jenkins clearly has legal and family issues that should take precedence over football and his focus may not be entirely on the football field.

    Until he proves he can handle his off the field issues, teams should avoid Jenkins despite his potential on the field.

Michael Brockers

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    Brockers has elite size (6'5", 322 lbs) to go with a monstrous wingspan (84 inches) but even those impressive measurables couldn't make up for his poor demonstration of athleticism (5.36 40 yard dash).

    Brockers had an illustrious career at LSU and was a defensive stalwart for the Tigers.

    He was heralded for his size, but failed to demonstrate anything close to elite strength at the combine, registering just 19 reps on the bench press, tied for the worst total among all defensive linemen.

    The defensive tackle only started one year in Baton Rouge so his experience is somewhat limited compared to other prospects.

    Brockers can make up for his poor showing at the combine with a solid workout at LSU's pro day, but until then teams should be turned off by his lack of burst and power along the line.