There is a fear amongst collegiate athletes entering the the NFL game and it lies within the many workout opportunities heading into the NFL Draft. Such is the case with the biggest workout showcase of them all--the NFL Combine. For some players, the Combine is a great opportunity to generate buzz and make themselves money in the coming months. Some players took advantage of the situation and performed well.
Others, unfortunately, have soured in some scouts' eyes in just one day of workouts. Some teams have preconceived notions on players and if they are unable to shake them in workouts after months of preparation, red flags will be raised. Some players just had a bad day and sadly it could cost them quite a bit of money. Here is our list of offensive players whose stock may have dropped over the weekend in Indianapolis.
Tajh Boyd, Clemson: Usually a 4.84 40-yard dash time is solid for a quarterback. But, for a guy that was hoping to rely on speed and mobility to help ease concerns on his arm, he didn't really do that. He wasn't overly impressive in other agility drills, either.
Good And Bad/Need To See More-- Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech; Stephen Morris, Miami; David Fales, San Jose State: Thomas is an athlete and proved it over the weekend, but is he a quarterback? Morris has good straight-line speed, but struggled in other agility events and didn't throw the ball with great accuracy. Fales had accuracy issues and didn't run well.
De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon: Thomas is a personal favorite of mine and usually 4.5 is a solid 40-yard dash time for a running back, but it had to be a little disappointing for him. He was arguably the fastest player in the Pac-12 and many thought he should have shaved a whole tenth of a second off of that time--especially at 175 pounds. He also only benched 225 pounds eight times, which was the lowest of all of the backs who participated.
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona: Another Pac-12 product who was viewed as one of the top backs in the draft didn't run well this weekend. Carey, an uber-productive back over the past two seasons, ran a disappointing 4.7 40-yard dash and didn't finish near the top in any other event.
Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky: If you listen to Who-Dey Weekly, you would know that Andrews is a favorite of contributor Timm Bates. Unfortunately, when you're a small school product, you don't have the luxury of running a 4.82 40-yard dash without consequence. Andrews also didn't fare towards the top in other drills, so teams will likely have to rely on game tape as their main source of scouting him.
Jarvis Landry, LSU: The Tigers have two good wideouts entering this draft, Landry being one of them. Unfortunately, Landry ran a 4.7 which isn't exactly fast for a 5'11", 205-pound receiver. He also was not at the top of the other events and might be labeled more as a "gamer" over being a workout warrior.
Willie Snead, Ball State: Snead has a future in the NFL as a slot-type, but he ran a pedestrian 4.62 in the 40-yard dash. That was one-hundreth of a second slower than Kelvin Benjamin, who is six inches taller than Snead. He didn't finish near the top of his group in other events either.
Jordan Najvar, Baylor: Najvar is one of lower-rated tight ends at the Combine and ended up being the slowest of all tight ends that ran. He did well in a couple of drills, but was average in others. He has great size, but had one of the lowest amount of reps on the bench.
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin: I'm going to preface this by saying that I think Pedersen has a decent future in the NFL. He just didn't jump out as the same kind of athlete that you normally see at the position and didn't impress in most drills. He might be a game tape guy.
Cyrus Kouandjio, Tackle, Alabama: With all of the good traits that surround Kouandjio, "over-rated" seemed to surface a lot. He was the slowest of all linemen and had a somewhat low 21 reps on the bench press, though that may be a product of his long arms. I still believe that he has talent, it's just that a team may ignore his Combine stats and get enamored with his size and where he played college ball. He also appears to have a major knee issue.
Antonio Richardson, Tackle, Tennessee: Cincy Jungle's Jason Marcum already posted about this, so read his well-written thoughts on the subject.
Connor Boffeli, Guard, Iowa: Boffeli is largely viewed as a guy who could vie for backup roles at the NFL level and didn't do anything to shatter those beliefs. Usually a prospect with relatively short arms should do well in the bench press, but Boffeli didn't with only 21 reps. He didn't make up with it in speed or other aspects, either.