The NFL combine is quickly approaching as it starts Feb. 24 and as always there are players who need a good combine showing to improve their status. Some players are just going to to the combine to prove what scouts already know.
They are good and they are worth the a top pick in the draft. Other guys are there to creep into the first round or stay in the second round.
Then there are the guys for there to prove they are worth a third or fourth round pick. No matter why they are there they all want to improve their draft stocks. These 10 guys are that I think need to have a good combine or they will see their draft stock plummet.
The list kicks off with a guy who is going to get drafted in the first round no matter what. If he has a bad combine it won't drop him out of the first round and probably won't drop him out of the top 15.
Dropping a few picks may not so like a big deal, but it equals millions of dollars lost.
Teams will also want to know if he is rusty or out of shape since hasn't played football since Sept. 9 of last year. If he shows up out of shape that will hurt his stock considerably.
Jermaine Gresham was the hottest TE coming into this year before he got hurt but he is still rated very highly on many draft boards. He is likely to go in the first or second round and his combine will play a major role in that. He had 950 yards and 11 TDs in 2008 so the talent is there. As long as he shows up in shape and isn't to rusty he shouldn't fall out of the first round.
Everyone remembers Edwards for one thing. Being the QB in the biggest upset in college football history. When Appalachian State upset Michigian Edwards was put on the map. Since then we haven't seen much of him since he plays for a FCS team but he is a good QB.
His career numbers are good with 10,392 yards passing and 74 TDs with only 33 INTs.He also has good wheels as he ended his career with 4,361 yards and 65 TDs. Passing and rushing TDs combined he has 139. He has improved every year and it seems that he will compete at the NFL level and most importantly he won a lot of games.
He won his division every year and a NCAA FCS title twice. A good showing at the combine may improve his stock considerably.
He will be drafted in the first two or three round regardless of how he does at the combine. Teams will want to see his arm strength and how his shoulder is after the injury in the BCS title game. If he shows off some arm strength and it seems his shoulder is okay then he will improve his stock or at the very least stay where he is.
The biggest problem he could have is showing weak arm strength. With that being said Drew Brees just won the Super Bowl completing 70 percent of his passes. That could help his draft stock more than anything.
Another player from a small school who isn't on teams radars, or barely is. If Joique Bell has a big combine all of that will change. He went to Wayne State and is currently looked at as a fourth or fifth round pick. A good combine could move him into the third round possibly.
He ended his career with 6,728 rushing yards and 89 touchdowns in addition to 79 receptions for 918 yards and eight more scores. He rushed for over 2,000 yards in two of his four years (2,084 in 09 2,065 in 06).
He has gotten some buzz since having a good Senior Bowl game and got very high praise from the Ravens RB coach.
Tony Pike has the size to be an NFL player 6'6", 225 pounds and has the D-1 experience. He is a smart QB but he needs to prove that his arm is strong enough to make the big throws at the NFL level. He also has a broken foreman that has given him problems in each of the last two years.
He reminds me of Drew Bledsoe in the pocket because he is basically a statue. What may concern NFL scouts the most is how Pike plays in big games. He all but disappears in games that matter the most. His biggest asset is his football IQ.
He may read defenses better than any other QB in this draft. If he lands on the right team and has some time to develop he could turn into a good NFL QB.
Jarrett Brown sat behind Pat White for three years before getting his chance to shine. He is a very interesting prospect because he has the size at 6'4", 221 pounds but we only got one year to see him. Unlike the last QB on this list he is a very athletic QB but uses it wisely to buy time in the pocket.
He has a good arm and is very natural in the pocket. His main problems are his accuracy and his struggle to read a defense. If he gets some time to develop he will learn how to read a defense and could turn into a solid backup quarterback.
Jahvid Best can play football, that is without a doubt. I think he lives up to his name and is the best back in this draft. He was on a roll until his injury ended his season early. He was considered by most as the best RB in the draft until the injury ended his year.
The scouts are going to look at his health while at the combine. If he seems okay and runs well his stock may bump up a little bit. He has always had problems with injuries and that scares teams but I think he can be a very good NFL RB.
LeGarrette Blount was another running back who was hyped coming into this year and it seemed like he was going to be a high first round draft pick. Then he punched another player on national tv and got suspended.
Most questions about him aren't about his playing ability it is about his mental state. He has had some issues off the field and teams will be looking at his interviews very hard. If he shows up in shape and has a good combine he will surely improve his stock.
Toby Gerhart is one of, if not the most powerful back in this draft. He is a power back and all teams know this but this is still the NFL. In the NFL speed kills and if Gerhart runs a slow 40 time his stock is going to plummet.
I personally like Gerhart and think he fits on a team that uses or whats to use a power running style. Most teams don't do that and most teams don't want to do that. By running a slow 40 time (which I think he will) he is going to take a lot of teams out of the mix and that means your stock is going to nose dive. I think his combine, more than anyone else, will negatively affect his stock.