2010 NFL Combine Stock Up, Stock Down: Wide Receivers
Every year, it's up to countless scouts and regional beat writers to come up with an extensive list of pros and cons for each player at the combine and, at times, it can be a little painstaking. Each player has a specific strength and weakness that stands apart from the rest.
This year's class of wide outs doesn't have a solidified order just yet, but the top and bottom rung players are becoming a little more clear after a week in Indianapolis.
Players Whose Stock Went Up
1. Arrelious Benn (Illinois)
40-Yard Dash (4.48) Bench Press (20) Vertical Jump (37.0) Broad Jump (9'10')
Benn really showed up at the Combine, posting the best numbers at the bench and running a decent 40-yard. There are still concerns about his natural athleticism; some don't consider him a finished product.
There is still ample time for Benn to show us more when Illinois holds their Pro Day on March 23. For now, he looks to be in the Top 3 of available wide outs in April.
2. Brandon Long (Louisville)
40-Yard Dash (4.46) Bench Press (20) Vertical Jump (41.5) Three-Cone Drill (6.45)
20-Yard Shuttle (4.09) 60-Yard Shuttle (11.06) Broad Jump (10'03")
Long is not a highly touted name at wideout, but he will be after his Combine workout.
The former Louisville star posted lead numbers at the bench, in his vertical leap, and at the Three-Cone drill. He may not have had the best production at the collegiate level, but owning the best numbers in three categories at the Combine will speak volumes about this young man.
3. Emmanuel Sanders (SMU)
40-Yard Dash (4.41) Bench Press (12) Vertical Jump (39.5) 3-Cone Drill (6.60)
20-Yard Shuttle (4.10) Broad Jump (10'06")
Sanders is another relatively unknown prospect out of SMU who has tremendous physical capabilities; it showed in Indianapolis this week.
He ran a near-perfect 40-yard, finishing second only to Clemson's Jacoby Ford.
Without the numbers, Sanders is merely a late-round acquisition but his performance at the Combine really boosted his chances at becoming a sought-after commodity in April.
4. Carlton Mitchell (South Florida)
40-Yard Dash (4.49) Bench Press (16) Broad Jump (10'02")
Mitchell hasn't garnered a lot of attention since his performance in '09 at USF, but his numbers at the Combine were all-around very impressive. He has the athleticism and the size you look for in an NFL-ready wide out.
Although Mitchell didn't participate in all of the drill at Indy, but scouts are impressed by his potential alone.
He still needs work to polish his ball skills, but given time, he could be a legitimate threat at the next level.
5. Jacoby Ford (Clemson)
40-Yard Dash (4.28) Bench Press (13) 60-Yard Shuttle (11.58)
We already knew Ford was quick, but holding the fastest 40-yard time at the Combine just solidified that. He is scary fast and has all of the tangibles you look for in an elite wide out.
His bench numbers weren't overly impressive, but strength isn't a particular concern for a player of his size anyway.
Some have called him the C.J. Spiller of the receiver bracket and it's easy to see why. He is an explosive player who could be an immediate threat as a return specialist in the NFL.
Players Whose Stock Went Down
1. Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State)
Bryant didn't participate in any of the drills at the Combine so, at the present moment, his stock will be on the decline until his Pro Day.
At his best, Bryant is a purely productive wide out who has all of the tools to be successful at the professional level.
Reports indicate he will be 100 percent at his Pro Day, so we should expect to see the usual flawless route-running and quick speed we expect from him.
2. Eric Decker (Minnesota)
Bench Press (15)
There is something to be said about showing up at the bench and putting up decent numbers, but without any further results at the Combine, it's hard to really put Decker's abilities in perspective.
Decker's size has been a concern for scouts this offseason, but he has great hands, a very good feel for the route tree, and the physicality needed to be a lethal slot receiver, he just has to show us.
3. Brandon LaFell (LSU)
40-Yard Dash (4.59) 3-Cone Drill (6.81) Broad Jump (9'05")
LaFell really failed to impress at the Combine, putting up a marginal 40-Yard and finishing near the bottom of those who chose to run the Three-Cone.
His size is a strong contributor to his slow time, but he needs to be faster to eclipse an early-mid round selection.
We expect someone with LaFell's size to have better lower-body strength but his low broad jump shows us there is still work to be done.
LaFell's production at LSU was so-so late in his career but a decent Pro Day at Death Valley may make up for all of it.
4. Dez Briscoe (Kansas)
40-Yard Dash (4.61) Bench Press (9)
Briscoe looked legitimate at the Senior Bowl but his Combine numbers were not as impressive as many would have liked to see.
His performance at the bench was minimal at best and his 40-yard still needs a lot of work.
As a wideout, Briscoe is physical and tough but he's not quite a polished product just yet. Despite concerns over his attitude and willingness to play the game, Briscoe will still be talked about with great aplomb in April.
5. Mike Williams (Syracuse)
40-Yard (4.45) Bench Press (8) Vertical Jump (33.5)
Despite running a good 40-yard, Williams failed to show us anything more with a downright bad performance at the bench and marginal jumping capabilities at the vertical.
Williams isn't in the elite bracket of receivers, but a good showing at the Senior Bowl had his stock go up considerably.
Now, it looks as if he has fallen back to mediocrity and that's where he'll stay until he gets a shot at redemption on Syracuse's Pro Day.
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