The 2010 NFL scouting combine (which starts Wednesday, Feb. 24th, with live press conferences scheduled for 11 a.m. PST on Thursday, Feb. 25th in Indianapolis) will have over 300 of the best college athletes of the year trying out for pro scouts.
These five players stand out to me the most. They are looking to impress teams and scouts in order to keep improving their draft stock.
1. Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan: After an impressive Senior Bowl, Graham will look to keep on impressing everyone. He needs another solid tryout so teams don't think he is a bust. He needs to show he can make that move from a 4-3 DE to a 3-4 OLB. Making the switch won't be easy, but Graham has all the mechanics to make the move as easy as possible. Possible draft selection: 12-48.
2. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida: Tebow had an embarrassing performance in the Senior Bowl. He now has to show teams he can lead an NFL team to a Super Bowl victory. Tebow may have to change his throwing motion, just like Pat White did after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins. Everyone knows Tebow is a good college QB, now he has to prove he is good enough for the next level. Possible Draft selection: 11-64.
3. Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas: Kindle, who can play both OLB and DE, needs to prove to teams that he can be a great pass rusher. Like Graham, he has the mechanics to be a great pass rusher in the NFL in a 3-4 OLB or a 4-3 DE. Kindle has good length, speed, and can drop back into coverage. He is very athletic. Kindle needs to improve on shedding off blockers and needs to use his hands better. Possible Draft Selection: 12-50.
4. Taylor Mays, S, USC: Mays was a top prospect in 2008, but decided to stay in school. He may have hindered his chances of being the top S in this year's draft. He does the little things great and has the size of a great safety in the NFL (6'3" and 230 lbs.). Mays can come up to the line of scrimmage and be a great run stuffer, and he is known for his big hits. He needs to improve in coverage, where he was exposed this year. Possible Draft Selection: 16-40.
5. Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State: Bryant (6'2", 210 lbs) has the ideal height to be a great No. 1 WR in the NFL. After being suspended for most of the 2009 season, Bryant is still the top rated WR in this year's draft. Bryant needs to prove he can be that No. 1 WR that teams are looking for. He has great hands, adjustment, power, upside, and red zone ability. He needs to work on route running, leadership, and reading coverage. He has potential to become a Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco. Possible Draft Selection 8-18