2011 NFL Draft: The Most Impressive Highlight for 2011's Top 15 Prospects
The scouting combine can make or break a college football player's draft stock, but all the numbers and measurements in the world don't do justice to what these athletes are capable of on the field.
That's what the game film is for: to see how these stars perform at the highest level of competition. These tapes and highlights separate the guys who are the real deal from the guys who just have raw potential.
So here are the greatest highlights for the draft's 15 top prospects.
Note: Videos are not ranked by awesomeness.
Nick Fairley Makes Aaron Murray Bleed
Fairley is known to have a little bit of a mean streak, and he shows it in this play, getting up close and personal with Georgia's quarterback.
Maybe the reason he's such a great pass rusher is because he just likes hitting people.
Cam Newton Dazzles Against LSU
Newton may technically play quarterback, but he's really at his best when he's in the open field. He's bigger, stronger and faster than most defenders and he has a filthy juke move for a thrower.
Watch him dazzle the LSU defenders here on his way to the end zone.
A.J. Green Makes Incredible One-Handed Grab
This clip is from Green's high school days, which makes it all the more incredible. There are Hall of Fame receivers who couldn't make this catch, and Green makes it look natural.
He's going to be spending a lot of time on SportsCenter's top 10 plays in the next few years.
Patrick Peterson Punks Julio Jones
There are the types of cornerbacks who you don't want to throw to and the types of cornerbacks you know you shouldn't throw to.
Then there's Patrick Peterson, a guy who makes you regret a pass before you even release it.
In this video, Peterson shows why he's considered the best prospect in the draft by effortlessly beating one of the country's best receivers, Julio Jones.
Julio Jones Amazing One-Handed Catch
Jones may have nightmares every time he lines up opposite Peterson, but against pretty much any other defensive back, he's unstoppable.
To be that tall and that fast with that kind of body control should just be illegal.
Blaine Gabbert Is Picture Perfect
There's a reason Gabbert is the favorite to go No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The guy is good.
Watch the video and see why so many scouts are drooling over him. Something tells me he'd make a good darts player.
Marcell Dareus Rumbles to the End Zone
Dareus is already known as a great pass rusher and a great run stopper.
But a dangerous cover guy?
You have to see it to believe it. He really can do everything.
Da'Quan Bowers Is Unstoppable
Quarterbacks must have nightmares at the thought of playing against Bowers.
He doesn't just hit quarterbacks, he punishes them. And no double-team can stop him.
Von Miller Levels a Receiver
Miller is the best linebacker in the draft, and for good reason—the man is a fearsome tackler.
Here he knocks a receiver into next week. Just imagine what he could do if he was going full speed.
The Prince Is Fast
There weren't any videos on the Internet that showed what Amukamara was really capable of, so I settled for this clip from the scouting combine.
Look at the way he accelerates and just imagine how that speed translates to the football field.
He could be off his man by five feet and still close the gap to make the play.
Mark Ingram Can Do It All
Some people probably think Newton is the best open-field runner in this draft. But that honor really belongs to Ingram, a running back who can run through you, over you or past you.
Check out some of his best highlights from his career at Alabama.
Robert Quinn Lives in the Backfield
Quinn sat out last season because of some silly NCAA infractions, but when he was last on a football field, he made sure everyone knew where he was.
The defensive end spends so much time in the backfield that he might as well just join the offensive huddle.
Aldon Smith Is Bigger and Faster Than You
Smith is an athletic freak who is only beginning to harness his talents on the football field.
Here we see just one of those many talents on display as he makes a big play on defense.
Cameron Jordan Does It All
Jordan has unbelievable speed and athleticism for someone of his size.
Those natural talents make him one of the draft's best players and an exciting one to watch.
Check out some of his best highlights above.
J.J. Watt Is What Your Team Needs
We end the slideshow with the longest clip of one of the draft's best players.
Watt is a terrific defensive end who can get after the quarterback and get outside to bring down the ball-carrier. He's one of the smartest players in the draft and always seems to make a play.
And yes, the pun was intended.