Green Bay Packers' 2014 Scouting Combine Stock Report
The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, and the Green Bay Packers certainly learned plenty about potential prospects they could be adding to their roster come May.
While they learned plenty of good things, there were also some performers in this year's combine who saw their stock fall after a poor showing. That's not necessarily a bad thing for Green Bay; it simply means that some of those players the team was interested in will be available in the later rounds.
Let's take a look at the stock report for some of the key prospects the Packers would have been interested in heading into the combine.
*All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
Stock Up: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
One of the premier players for the Green Bay Packers in this draft has to be safety Ha'Sean "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix of Alabama. Unfortunately, his performance Sunday was good enough to make it highly unlikely that he'll still be on the board when the Packers select with the 21st pick.
The Alabama product looked smooth transitioning (open hips), changing directions and he did showcase the range to go get the football. He's a nice fit for a team looking to upgrade at the free-safety position.
If there is any team in the NFL that needs an upgrade at the safety position, it's Green Bay. Not only would Clinton-Dix instantly improve a secondary that struggled in a major way last year, but his playmaking abilities are greatly needed on the entire defensive side of the football.
There is no doubt that Clinton-Dix is a high-priority player for the Packers, and they can only wish that he'll still be available later in the first round.
Stock Down: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
Anyone who watched defensive tackle Will Sutton at Arizona State during the 2012 season saw a potentially dominant defensive player. However, Sutton's 2013 season left much to be desired in the eyes of NFL teams.
One of the main reasons for this was due to to his increase in weight during his senior season. Sutton did look thinner at the NFL combine, but it didn't seem to improve his speed, acceleration or burst. His time of 5.36 seconds in the 40 was one of the slowest times over the weekend. His 7.93-second three-cone drill also left quite a bit to be desired.
Sutton certainly wasn't an early-round prospect heading into the combine. However, a strong showing could have bumped him back up into the early days of the draft. Now, he looks like a late-round prospect at best.
The Packers could still be interested in Sutton in the later rounds of the draft because they certainly have big needs along the defensive line. If he can keep his weight down and get back to being the disruptive player that he was in 2012, he could end up being quite the steal for Green Bay.
Stock Up: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Ra'Shede Hageman is the reason why only looking at numbers from the combine for a player can be deceiving at times. Hageman's 40 time of 5.02 seconds seems rather slow, but for a player who is 6'6" and 310 pounds, it's ridiculously fast.
However, it wasn't the 40-yard dash that made his stock rise this weekend; it was his strength. Hageman recorded 32 reps at the bench press, good enough for the third-most among defensive linemen.
When you combine the obvious strength that he has with the obvious athleticism that jumps off his tape, it's easy to see why he's such an intriguing first-round prospect for the Green Bay Packers. His ceiling is ridiculously high, and he has the potential to become one of the premier players at his position early in his career.
As long as Hageman is available when the Packers are picking in the first round, it's hard to see them passing on a talent like him. Not only would he fill a huge need along the defensive line, but he could turn into a premier player for Green Bay.
Stock Down: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
While it's unlikely the Packers will take an offensive lineman early in this year's draft, they could definitely be looking at one in the middle rounds. That's likely where Antonio "Tony" Richardson will now be available after a poor showing at the NFL combine.
At 6'6" and 336 pounds, Richardson certainly has the size to be a starting NFL tackle. He also proved to have the strength after posting an impressive 36 reps on the bench press.
However, his lack of speed or athleticism will likely force him to the right side of the offensive line in the NFL. Richardson also looked "heavy and lethargic" according to Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports.
There is probably still a place for Richardson in the NFL, but it's not likely with the Packers. The last thing Green Bay needs is a slow, nonathletic offensive lineman.
Stock Up: Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, Wide Receiver
It's hard to imagine the Green Bay Packers drafting a wide receiver early in the draft with talents like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb already on the roster. However, if an elite talent like Odell Beckham Jr. falls to them and he's clearly the best player available, the Packers should jump all over him.
Beckham Jr. cemented his status as an elite talent by putting together some solid numbers in drills. His 40 time of 4.43 seconds along with a 3.94 20-yard shuttle and a 10.93 60-yard shuttle were all near the top times for his position. What these times show is his quickness in short areas.
He also did well during the route-running portion of drills while in Indianapolis. Simply put, Beckham Jr. showed everyone that he's a top wide receiver in a very deep group of receivers this year.
While the Packers don't necessarily need a player like Beckham Jr., it can never be a bad thing to add offensive weapons for quarterback Aaron Rodgers to throw to.
Stock Down: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
There's quite a bit to like about Austin Seferian-Jenkins as a potential tight end prospect. In fact, Matt Smith of NFL.com has the Green Bay Packers taking him in the first round of his latest mock draft.
However, that's unlikely now after Seferian-Jenkins was unable to participate at the combine due to a preexisting foot injury. While the injury may not be extremely serious, it will certainly be enough to drop him down a number of draft boards for NFL teams.
Seferian-Jenkins could have solidified his spot as a top tight end and potential first-round pick with a strong showing at the combine. Now, he'll have to hope his foot heals before his pro day so he can workout for teams.
Stock Up: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
Heading into the NFL combine, there was believed to be a major drop-off at the safety position after Alabama's Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor. Well, that gap likely closed quite a bit after the strong performance Deone Bucannon had Tuesday.
This is what Bleacher Report's Matt Bowen had to say about Bucannon after watching him at the combine:
I came away from the Senior Bowl last month impressed with Washington State safety Deone Bucannon. At 6’1”, 211 pounds, he is a physical, downhill safety. During the workouts, his movement skills were better than expected for a player many think is limited in the deep-middle/deep half. And his 4.49 40 time should draw some attention.
That's some strong praise from a former NFL player.
By proving he has the speed and open-field movement to succeed in the NFL, Bucannon should hear his name called in the earlier rounds of the NFL draft.
The only potential problem for the Packers with Bucannon is that he appears to be better suited as a strong safety. However, after his great combine performance, they may want him on their roster no matter what position he's best suited at.
Stock Down: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
We just talked about the difference between the top two safeties and everyone else in this year's draft. Well, before the combine, Norther Illinois' Jimmie Ward was fighting to be considered the third-best safety.
Unfortunately, a foot injury kept Ward from participating in any drills at the combine. While other safeties like Deone Bucannon were improving their stock, Ward was forced to sit on the sidelines and watch.
What ultimately hurts him is that he didn't have the opportunity to perform next to top players at his position. Playing in a lesser conference like the MAC will make teams wonder whether or not Ward has the same playmaking skills against elite competition.
While he will be able to show teams his speed and other skills at his pro day, it would have been good for him to participate next to the likes of Bucannon, Clinton-Dix and Pryor.
Stock Up: Dri Archer, RB/KR, Kent State
Look, anytime you come within .02 seconds of matching running back Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash time, you're going to see your stock improve. That's exactly what Dri Archer did at this year's combine.
His 40 time of 4.26 seconds was easily the fastest from the event. Archer also posted a 1.47 10-yard shuttle, had 20 reps on the bench press and showed off a 39" vertical. All of those numbers for a 173-pound player are extremely impressive.
He projects to be a do-it-all offensive weapon in the NFL. He'll likely be an instant contributor as a return man, but he could also produce as a running back or receiver in many offenses around the league.
Before the combine, Archer was expected to be a late-round pick. Now, a team like the Packers would likely have to spend a mid-round pick on him in order to add him to their roster.
Archer proved with his elite speed that he'll be a difference-maker in this league, though, and Green Bay should have no worries about adding him to its roster with a mid-round pick.