Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive lineman Quinton Coples does the vertical jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The combine has wrapped up in Indy, the players have been measured, poked, prodded and debated and now the debate begins over who were the big winners and losers.
First the winners.
Robert Griffin III was an unambiguous winner and not only solidified his status as the likely #2 pick, but also had more than a couple people wondering whether he might be a better prospect than Andrew Luck. That said, the real winner from RG3's workout is probably the St Louis Rams, who are now set to get a bounty of picks for their #2 overall slot.
Luke Kuechly - People were high on LK prior to the combine, but his stock was really solidified when his workout showed that he has the athleticism to back up his monster numbers. Mike Mayock said he's now a guaranteed top 20 pick.
Stephen Hill - The 6-4 WR from Georgia Tech turned a lot of heads when he ran a 4.36 40 and turned even more when he caught every pass his way in the drills. His production in college was so-so, but he played in an awful offense and made the best of his touches. He's also already a good blocker, so he could be a 2nd-3rd round target.
Dontari Poe - This guy blew away everyone at the combine. He's 6-4, 365 pounds and yet he runs a sub 5 40 and was did more bench reps than anyone else. There's almost no one his size with that much athleticism. That said, his college numbers don't really seem to reflect his ability.
Burflict is almost certainly the biggest loser of the entire combine. There was plenty of discussion, based on Burflict's play on the field, that he could be a first-round pick. That's laughable at this point, and it's possible that Burflict could even go undrafted. He ripped his old coaches, he ran the slowest linebacker 40 time and he didn't look like the elite talent people claim to have seen on tape.
CBS also didn't like WR Kendall Wright, who may have dropped out of the first round with his performance.
Wright came into the combine as a top-three wideout on almost every board. With Justin Blackmon not working out, Wright had a shot to potentially even leap to the top of the wideout lists, particularly if he blazed his 40. But he didn't, running a 4.61, and possibly costing himself a shot in the first round. The good news is that Wright's still gets to perform at Baylor's pro day, where he'll have a pile of scouts on hand to view RG3. But in a year with a weak wideout class, Wright really didn't take advantage of an opportunity given to him at the combine.
He had some of the most underwhelming workouts of any of the highly-touted offensive linemen, bench-pressing 225 pounds 19 times and running 5.4 in the 40. There were already some red flags around the 6-foot-7, 323-pounder because he was one of five OSU players suspended for first five games of 2011 due to NCAA rule violation of receiving improper benefits. "I don't see the core strength. He's long, he's got good feet, he's got the prototypical left tackle's body," Mayock said. "I'm not buying that he's definitely going in the first round just because of his strength and some questions about his maturity."
As for the guys that no one disagrees on, Florida CB Janoris Jenkins was the subject of some debate. TheCharlotte Observer found his interview refreshing and honest while also being impressed with his workout.
Jenkins was grilled about his past transgressions: two marijuana-related arrests in a four-month span that got him kicked out of Florida. But he took responsibility for his mistakes, then went out and had an outstanding combine. Jenkins ran the 40 in 4.46, and his 10-yard split was the fastest of any defensive back. Jenkins looked like the second-best corner, behind LSU's Morris Claiborne.
On the other hand, WEEI took his interviews as a big negative.
Positives? He was honest in his sitdown with the media. Negatives? The stuff he was being honest about. He copped to three arrests for possession of marijuana and a bar fight. While he had good workouts, his checkered past will likely cost him in the eyes of some teams