2012 NFL Combine: 5 Players Who Killed Their Draft Stock
Who killed their stock at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine? Is it really dead?
At the 2011 NFL combine, we saw medical concerns raised at the event torpedo the draft status of Da'Quan Bowers, but possibly save the life of Marcus Cannon.
Poor press conferences and interviews may have cost Ryan Mallett a chance at the first round, but did nothing to deter Cam Newton's eventual top overall selection.
On to who destroyed their draft stock and, like Newton, who has a chance of reviving it.
Vontaze Burfict (LB, Arizona State)
Where do you begin? Not only was Burfict bested by multiple defensive tackles in the 40-yard dash, but I'm relatively certain that given another month or two to train, Rich Eisen would give him a run for his money.
Burfict followed up his great sophomore season by playing erratically, engaging in hot-headed incidents on and off the field, blaming others for his poor play and, eventually, being removed from the playing field by his coach. All of this culminated in one of the most underwhelming combine performances of a pre-draft Top 15 pick that I have ever seen.
All the damage control in the world might not be enough to push Burfict back into the first 50 picks.
Mike Adams (OT, Ohio State)
Although Adams may still be a first-round prospect due to playing a premium position, his dreams of going in the Top 15 picks might have ended in Indianapolis. After his weak performance in the bench press confirmed some of my strength and power concerns from film, one must wonder if he is the top-notch left tackle you want protecting your quarterback.
Adams still has an obscene amount of talent. An NFL team looking to upgrade a poor offensive line would love to see Adams sitting there near the end of day one.
Dwight Jones (WR, North Carolina)
Jones was a consensus Top 50 draft pick just two short months ago. After a poor Senior Bowl performance, Jones needed a strong combine to get back into the good graces of NFL draft scouts.
Instead, those attending the combine saw Jones showcase subpar speed and questionable hands. However, he did show the ability to quickly draw the ire of coaches in positional drills.
Jones will need to have an immense pro day back in Chapel Hill to salvage his chances of being an early pick on day two.
Rishaw Johnson (OL, Cal-PA)
Like Jones, Johnson hasn't had a great last couple of months.
After digging holes with his shotgun snaps in Mobile, Ala. in the Senior Bowl, Johnson showed up at the NFL combine with character concerns buzzing around him like flies, which completely undermined his athletic feats.
"His past off the field transgressions have been well documented but we’ve been alerted to a situation during the Shrine Game where Johnson’s roommate demanded to be moved to a different room after several situations occurred involving the Cal-Pa offensive lineman," Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.com said.
Add to that his failure to understand many of the positional drills at the combine, and some teams might have removed Johnson from their board altogether.
Travis Lewis (LB, Oklahoma)
Starting with a foot injury, Lewis has had a pretty poor year of football. Once thought of as a first-round pick by many, Lewis has even almost completely fallen off the day-two map.
Guerin Emig of TulsaWorld.com had this to say about Lewis' combine performance:
Lewis was already being knocked for his inability to shed blockers (thus, perhaps, his showing up at the combine weighing 20 pounds more than he did at OU), and now he'll have to overcome a second red flag.
He can do it. He'll surely head back to the gym and chip away at that 4.88 between now and OU's pro day in two weeks.
It's just that you never like leaving poor first impressions if you're a mid-round prospect. It can turn you into a late-rounder if you're not careful.
If Lewis can "chip" that 4.88 down into the 4.7s, perhaps a selection within the first 100 picks is still possible.