Yesterday, we detailed the “winners” of the NFL Combine . Today, we analyze those players who may have substantially hurt their draft stock.
Ole Miss RB/WR Dexter McCluster
We think McCluster’s poor performance at the Combine is a bit over-hyped. Yes, he ran a 4.58-40, but he showed explosion with a 37.5 inch vertical. In addition, McCulster also proved he has been working out, posting an incredible 20 bench press reps while weighing just 165 pounds. McCluster certainly plays faster than he timed, so we think he will bring excellent value to any team that selects him.
Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour
With so many quarterbacks not working out at the Combine, LeFevour had a shot to move up boards. He likely would have been the best signal-caller participating in drills; Instead, he chose to only work out at his Pro Day, displaying a lack of competitiveness which will hurt his draft stock.
Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe
Briscoe was a guy not many people were high on pre-Combine, yet we had him ranked as our No. 21 overall prospect . We knew he would have a sub-par 40 (4.61), but his nine bench press reps call his work ethic into question. We still love his body control and ball skills, but Briscoe will likely slide down boards into the third or fourth round.
Gilyard, a player most were expecting to run in the 4.40 range, posted just a 4.56-40. In a way, this could help the Cowboys a lot, as Gilyard could easily drop to the back of the second round (after pre-Combine rumors of him jumping into the back of the first). We know Gilyard plays fast and brings tremendous upside to the return game.
Like Gilyard, Shipley’s poor Combine performance could help the Cowboys. In addition to a 4.57-40, Shipley also looked shaky in position drills. We have watched enough tape on him, though, to know what Shipley brings to the table. Instead of using their second round pick on Shipley, there is now a chance a team could grab him with their third.
LSU OT Ciron Black
We are not worried about Black’s numbers as much as we are about what we saw in the drills. He looked slow, stiff, and out of shape. Black bent over at the waist instead of the knees, displaying poor form and an overall lack of athleticism. He could easily drop to the late rounds of the draft.
Johnson’s 4.99-40 was by far the worst of any linebacker (there was only one other player above 4.90). We were surprised by this result, perhaps more than any at the entire Combine. Johnson displays good sideline-to-sideline speed on tape, so it is possible he was not completely healthy. He would likely only be a two-down linebacker at this point.
Michigan CB Donovan Warren
Donovan Warren had a shot at being the third cornerback taken in the 2010 draft. That is unrealistic now, as Warren displayed inadequate speed (4.59) and poor strength (12 reps). A cover-two team might jump on him, but he probably will not go to a team that runs a lot of man coverage.
Florida CB Joe Haden
How bad was Joe Haden’s Combine? He went from a consensus top-10 pick to possibly losing his status as the first cornerback taken to Boise State’s Kyle Wilson. One scout we talked to actually said Haden could drop to the back of the first round because elite corners must have either size or speed, and Haden showed neither.
Nebraska S Larry Asante
Larry Asante is in the mix with Morgan Burnett, Nate Allen, Chad Jones, and Reshad Jones to be the fourth safety off the board come April. He may have dropped to the back of that pack after his Tuesday workout, running a 4.63, posting just 14 reps, and exhibiting poor hips and change of direction in position drills.
LSU S Chad Jones
Chad Jones ran nearly as poorly as Asante (4.57), but at least Jones is 15 pounds heavier. However, at 230 pounds, Jones’ nine bench press reps are pathetic. With teams transitioning to smaller play-making safeties, Jones' stock could take a slide on draft day.