Missouri Football: How Did Tigers' Players Fare at the 2012 NFL Combine?
The Missouri Tigers were fortunate enough to send four players—Michael Egnew, Dominique Hamilton, Jacquies Smith and Jerrell Jackson—to this year's NFL combine.
These four guys have been consistent producers for the Tigers in all of their years at Missouri, but how did they fare at the combine?
What do NFL scouts think of these guys' potential in the NFL and where are the likely destinations for them?
Here's a review of how all four of your Missouri Tigers performed at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine:
Michael Egnew, Tight End:
This year's tight end class doesn't feature any game-breaking talents like we've seen in the past, however, that doesn't mean it's short of talent.
He was a Mackey Award finalist in 2010 when he caught 90 balls for over 750 yards and five touchdowns, and followed that up in 2011 with 50 receptions, 523 yards and three touchdowns.
Egnew is the epitome of a pass-catching tight end. In fact, he may be the best receiving tight end in this class.
However, when you consider the fact that he's a converted wide receiver, it should come as no surprise that he's also not the best blocker at his position.
He possesses great size, and standing at 6'5", 252 pounds, it's incredible that he was able to run a 4.62 40-yard dash. He'll present a speed mismatch for any linebacker at the next level which will make him a dangerous offensive threat outside of the numbers.
Egnew currently projects as the fourth or fifth tight end coming off the board and depending on team needs he could be drafted as early as the third round or as late as the fifth.
Dominique Hamilton, Defensive Tackle:
We've enjoyed Dominique Hamilton's wide body on the Tigers' defensive line for the last four years because it seemed like he was there for us every down and made the big defensive stop when we need one.
Hamilton is a tough sell for NFL squads because he possesses great size for his position (6'5") but he's a completely one-dimensional player.
He's fantastic in run defense when he can play in a traditional 4-3 defense, but struggles in almost all aspects of his game if he were to move and play a traditional nose tackle position.
Unfortunately, he's not a three-down lineman in the NFL and that will hurt his draft stock.
At the combine Hamilton bench pressed an average 31 times and ran a 5.51 40-yard dash.
Dominique Hamilton will make an NFL squad and you will likely hear his name once or twice down the road. I don't foresee him getting drafted but maybe, just maybe, a team in the seventh round takes a chance on him because of how well he fared at Missouri.
Jerrell Jackson, Wide Receiver:
What Jerrell Jackson was asked to do at Missouri will be completely different than what we're likely to see him do in the NFL.
At Missouri, Jackson played most of his snaps on the outside because Michael Egnew and T.J. Moe were the primary slot receivers. However, at only 6'0", Jackson will primarily be a slot receiver on the NFL level.
He had an impressive 41-inch vertical jump and was also a top performer in the three-cone drill, posting a time of 6.82 seconds.
Jackson never posted gaudy numbers while at Missouri, but it always seemed like he was there to make a big catch in a big situation when the offense needed a big play.
He's a good route runner and despite not having exceptional speed, he has the ability to create separation at the line of scrimmage.
The NFL has a love for wide receivers and that certainly helps Jackson's cause. He has the potential to be a late-round draft pick and, like Dominique Hamilton, he'll find his way onto an NFL roster.
Jacquies Smith, Defensive End:
Jacquies Smith has what we call football speed. He's very fast off the ball and often looks faster than he actually is when in pursuit of the quarterback.
When you watch Jacquies Smith on game film and in realtime, you see a player with real natural ability and an understanding of what's going on around him.
His strength is the pass rush, but not so much that he's non-existent in rush defense.
Smith performed decently, but not great, in all of his drills at the combine. His 4.81 40-yard dash wasn't exceptional, but it's a solid number and he looked good in almost all of his position drills.
I foresee Jacquies Smith being drafted somewhere in the fifth or sixth round because he's a player with a lot of natural ability that will be easily coached on the next level.
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