NFL Draft 2012: 5 Players in Most Trouble After Pro Day
As individual school's hold their pro day for NFL scouts, the draft picture is beginning to clear up.
The Indianapolis Colts will still take Andrew Luck No. 1 overall and the Washington Redskins will take RG3, after moving up in the draft. Dontari Poe has greatly improved his draft position after a strong combine and pro day.
Some players have helped themselves at their pro day like Stanford tight end, Coby Fleener, who improved upon his 40-yard-dash time compared to the NFL combine. Also, Kirk Cousins has improved his draft stock by showing off his arm during Michigan State's pro day.
However, there are some people whose stock has taken a deeper dive because of their pro day. Whether it is because of things they said or their performances.
Here are five players who saw their NFL draft stock decline because of their pro day.
Cliff Harris: DB
Cliff Harris was once thought to be a first-round draft pick.
Now he is hoping he will get drafted.
He still possess all the tools to become a defensive back in the NFL, but it's his character that is holding him back. He had numerous run-ins with the authorities, and was kicked off the team for good because of multiple driving violations.
During his pro day, he bulked up about 20 pounds from his playing days, to about 185-190 pounds. However, that bulk might have been too much for him. There were times when he left the field to go throw up outside.
For a player who is under 200 pounds, he doesn't run like it. He posted a 40-yard dash time of mid 4.6. He also struggled with the shuttle drills, having some scouts question his balance and his quickness.
Vontaze Burfict: LB
Vontaze Burfict had a horrible combine, and a just as bad pro day at Arizona State.
It seems like Burfict doesn't feel the need to prepare for anything. That his physicality and on-field performance will help him get drafted.
That is not the case.
For claiming to be a strong, physical player, he only managed 16 reps of 225 lbs.
It was reported that he looked poor during his positional drills.
If he wants to get drafted or even make an NFL squad, he is going to have to learn some humility and cut down on his boneheaded plays.
Chase Minnifield: DB/S
Chase Minnifield was picked as a preseason first-round draft pick. But after an average senior season, his stock has fallen.
His lingering ankle issue limited him to only a few drills. His 40 time was in the mid 4.6s, which was not entirely unexpected but still, scouts had hoped that he would be a little bit faster.
He did not participate in the shuttle or cone drills.
He leaves Virginia Tech with 13 interceptions and showed a great ability to play the corner back position, earning himself 2011 All-American status, but his recent injury issues have been a huge red flag for NFL teams, and they have started to question his durability.
Damarlo Belcher: WR
Damarlo Belcher was let go from the Indiana football team after nine games in 2011, due to team violations.
He finally revealed the reason why—a failed drug test.
The Indiana officials still allowed Belcher to use their workout room and participate in their pro day.
Belcher's 40-yard dash time left most scouts wanting more, running a 4.7 and a 4.8 and not performing particularly well in the vertical leap or the broad jump.
He was only two catches away from being Indiana's all-time leading pass catcher with 189 receptions, but failed to reach that mark.
He is now looking to join a team as an undrafted free agent, since the likelihood of him getting drafted is low.
There are three things that have Marc Tyler falling in the NFL draft. His durability, off-field issues, and his speed.
During USC's pro day, Tyler was only able to run mid 4.6, which needs to be faster if he wants to be a feature back in the NFL.
The reason that he didn't run particularly well was because of his hamstring issues. This brings up the second point of durability. He pulled his hamstring during the combine in Indianapolis and had previously hurt his shoulder a few times.
The last thing that might bring down Tyler's stock is his off-field habits. He has had problems with drinking too much, which lead to this awkward encounter with TMZ.