Sunday was Day Five of the combine but technically it's the "Day 2 Arrivals" who were--or not--participating in the drills and workouts.
It was the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers turn to rise to the challenge of performing in front of an audience whose observations go a long way towards the size of their future bank accounts.
Sure, it's conceivable to think many of these young men may buckle under the pressure and scrutiny of clicking stopwatches, constant note-taking and whispers of their potential future players. So even though these five prospectw ws may have hurt their draft position today, I'm pulling for those who at least accepted the challenge of performing to step it up during their pro day in a few weeks.
The word on the productive Jayhawks receiver’s game was size and speed of which he only demonstrated the former at the combine. He ran a 4.64 40-yard dash today—hardly the time of a prospect noted for “top-end” speed.
Despite his durability (three-year starter) and fluidity as a route-runner, Briscoe needs to step it up at his pro day and hopefully shave one or two tenths off of this unimpressive time.
Teams were probably split on whether they were seriously considering the talented receiver before the combine. Lying to NCAA investigators about his relationship with Deion Sanders caused Bryant to miss most of the 2009 season.
Bryant apparently has a hamstring injury so he took his ball and went home. What stands out about this is not so much his failure to participate but the fact that he actually left Lucas Oil Stadium. Sam Bradford or wide receiver Eric Decker aren’t performing in the drills either, yet neither had the nerve to ask to go home—they at least stayed for the duration.
After an injury-filled junior year Canfield rebounded nicely this year. Scouts have noted his key skills in nice arm strength and very good accuracy.
However, he is not showing the touch on his passes at the combine as many of his throws continued to zip well over his intended targets on Day five of the combine.
The Downers Grove, Illinois native is on several teams’ radar this year as a potential third or fourth-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft.
With Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford not participating in drills, LeFevour’s decision to not throw to live receivers is puzzling. Scouts and front office personnel realize the benefit of certain intricacies participating quarterbacks have with their receiver teammates during their pro day exhibition. But refusing to do this is borderline-suspicious and perhaps demonstrates a fear of failure—not exactly the trait of players expected to take command of the huddle.
It pains me to write this because so many prospects have elected to skip workouts and drills until their pro day. But McCluster not only elected to accept the challenge, but he did one better by participating in two positional workouts (RB & WR).
In fact, many believe McCluster’s a triple-threat option as a third-down back, slot receiver and special teams returner. His collegiate film shows a player that looks lightning quick but teams might question that now because of his lackluster 4.58 40 at the combine.
Let’s hope the diminutive play-maker can rebound from this showing during his team’s pro day.