10 NFL Scouting Combine Duds Who Should've Stayed Another Year
The NFL combine has come and gone. Once again there are some players who shined, and others who did not have the showing they were looking for.
There were 73 early entries to the NFL draft which broke last year's record of 65 meaning there were plenty of underclassmen with a chance to shine.
For some of those players, the NFL combine was a chance to improve their draft status, while others are already first-round locks.
Even though big-time players like DJ Fluker, Damontre Moore and Luke Joeckel did not exactly have the combine they were looking for, there is no question that they are still likely to be first-round selections.
Some players not so highly regarded did nothing to help their stock come draft day and will have to try and make up for it on their respective pro days.
Here are 10 combine duds who maybe should have hung around at the collegiate level for one more year.
10. Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech
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Da'Rick Rogers is perhaps much better known for his two years at Tennessee, but he spent his junior year at Tennessee Tech.
While he has had some off-the-field issues, there is no question Rogers has the talent for the NFL. That, however, was not on full display during the combine.
Rogers had some solid times, but struggled with only 10 reps in the bench press and also only posted a 4.52 40 time.
He was solid in the vertical and broad jumps, but there are still a lot of question marks surrounding this kid.
Rogers remains one of the most talented wide receivers in the draft, but another year to mature and improve on his route running would not have hurt.
9. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers
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If former Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison had any inclination of being drafted before the final day of the NFL draft, he is going to have to do something special on his pro day to impress the scouts.
After a subpar showing at the combine, Jamison has a lot of work to do in the coming weeks.
His 40-time of 4.68 was nothing to brag about, and he struggled in a few other drills that could cost him some money come draft day.
He did do OK with 20 reps in the bench press, but that did not overshadow an otherwise gloomy performance.
There is still a ton of potential with Jamison, and he is very young, coming out as a redshirt sophomore.
8. Menelik Watson, Florida State
Former Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson is a very intriguing prospect as he is about as raw a talent as there is.
Even though he is 24, he has only played two seasons of football in his life and began his collegiate career as a basketball player at Marist.
While there is a wealth of talent, he might have been best advised to hone his talents one more year at Florida State.
Still, he has first-round talent. Bad news for Watson is that was not on display during the combine.
Nothing he did stood out, so that might stop him from sliding into the first round, but there is no question that he is a supreme talent.
7. Jordan Reed, Florida
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Jordan Reed is one of many early-entry tight ends who did not do enough at the combine to warrant their draft stock going up at all.
He did post a solid 4.72 40 time, but he is also the smallest tight end, meaning a lot of guys bigger than him ran better times.
At only 6'2", he is going to have to shine in other ways, with speed being one of them. That was not the case at the combine for Reed.
Simply put, Reed just did not do enough to help his draft stock. Deciding not to participate in the pass-catching portion of the workout is definitely not going to help either.
6. Dion Sims, Michigan State
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For Dion Sims it was not all bad news at the combine, but a mixed bag.
When Sims could show his strength, he was fine. When it came to speed and catching the ball, it was a bit of a different story.
Sims posted a 4.74 40 time and 22 reps in the bench press. He also had a 35-inch vertical leap, which is very impressive for a guy who measured 6'5", 262 pounds.
Where Sims struggled was in the passing drills. He uncharacteristically dropped multiple passes during the day.
That may not be as big of a concern for some as Sims was known to have good hands in college.
He also did not have a good showing in the speed drills as he was near the bottom of the pack in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.
5. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
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Gavin Escobar was a player who could have used an excellent combine to improve his draft status. Unfortunately for him, that was not the case.
While he did post impressive numbers in some drills, he was expected to be one of the fastest tight ends, but did not post the 40 time he was looking for.
His time of 4.84 left a lot to be desired, and he did not look exceptionally adept in the passing drills either.
Even though he spent four years at San Diego State, he still had one year of eligibility remaining, but decided to forgo it and enter the draft. Hopefully he does not regret that a few months from now.
Either way, Escobar still has NFL size that teams are looking for and still has a shot to be drafted on the second day of the draft with a good showing at his pro day.
4. Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin center Travis Frederick is just the latest of the talented Badger linemen to take his game to the next level. Even though he could have stayed around for his senior season, he made the jump to the NFL and so far, it has not gone as well as he planned.
His 40 time was only 5.58. This was the second slowest of all the offensive linemen.
While speed is obviously not his thing, apparently strength is not either as he only put up 21 reps in the bench press. That was good for 35th among offensive linemen.
Frederick is a guy who had a chance to be the first center drafted before the combine, but it is hard to imagine after his performance over the weekend that he will still be listed in that top spot like he was before the combine according to draft expert Mike Mayock.
3. Levine Toilolo, Stanford
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Stanford could more accurately be known as "Tight End U." The Cardinal have produced some talented players at that position over the years, and the 2013 NFL draft will be no different.
He could have returned for his senior season and been the best tight end on the team now that Zach Ertz is gone. That was not the case as he decided to put his name in the draft and right now it does not look like the best decision.
Even though he measured at over 6'7", he did not have much else going for him. His 4.86 40 time was no good and his numbers in the other drills certainly left something to be desired.
He had trouble catching the ball as well, which could become a big problem if he does not prove himself down the road before the draft.
2. Ace Sanders, South Carolina
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Whether it was nerves, or just a bad day, former South Carolina wide receiver Ace Sanders was a huge disappointment at the combine.
He did not look himself as he dropped numerous passes in individual drills and posted a 4.53 40 time. Of the 35 receivers, only four were slower. No question that it was nowhere near what most expected him to post.
Not that size is a big deal for a player like Sanders as everybody already knew he was small, but he did measure out as the smalest receiver at 5'7", 173 pounds.
Not all is lost however for Sanders as his pro day is coming up in just a few weeks on March 27. He will need an excellent showing to have a shot to go in the first four rounds.
1. Justin Hunter, Tennessee
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Justin Hunter is one of a few very talented Tennessee wide receivers at the combine, and he might have been the biggest disappointment out of the bunch.
He just did not look very fluid running his routes throughout the combine, and does not have the catching ability or the hand-eye coordination that a lot of other players at the combine did.
Where he excelled was in the 40. Hunter posted a solid time of 4.33 and also had a vertical leap of 39.5 inches.
Those numbers were certainly overshadowed by his struggles judging passes in the air and running crisp routes.
Not a good showing for this former Vol.