22 February 2012

Players to watch at the 2012 NFL Combine

The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off today in the Circle City today. I've given you things to watch but here are some individual players to keep an eye on over the next week.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Blackmon is the clear top receiver in the NFL draft and is going to be a top six pick. But Blackmon is not known to be a speed demon and there are questions about his straight-line speed. Many folks will be watching his 40-yard dash time.

Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College
Kuechly is the clear top inside linebacker in the draft and he's as instintctive, intelligent and as good of a run defender as we have seen from linebackers in the last couple of draft cycles. He's not known to be an incredible athlete but if he blows folks away, he could be a top ten pick.

Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Wright's stock has been soaring of late and a lot of people think he is the best receiver in this draft not named Justin Blackmon. Wright is a speed demon and if he runs a ridiculous 40-yard dash and shows good hands, it's not crazy that he could go as high as to Jacksonville at seven, maybe Washington at six.

Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Devon Still has been the clear top defensive tackle in the draft thus far but Brockers is really coming in hot and it seems that the two are neck and neck. Brockers' stock is all over the place and if he has a strong combine week, he could potentially overtake Still and go as high as to Carolina.

Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
Poe is another defensive tackle that has seen his stock rise of late. He is your classic 3-4 nose tackle and players of his type are hard to find. As the 3-4 is now the chic defense in the league, teams are always looking for the talented nose tackle types. Poe is said to be deceptively athletic and if he has a strong combine, he will solidify his stock in the first round.

Vontaze Burfict, MLB, Arizona State
Burfict is an athletic freak but he did disappoint in his senior season, in which he entered being lauded as a potential Heisman dark horse. He will work out very well but he is known to have attitude issues so his interviews will be very important. If Burfict does not interview well, he could very well fall into the second round.

Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Ingram is said to have killed it at the Senior Bowl and it really boosted his stock to where he is a serious late top ten contender. If he has another strong performance in Indianapolis, it is not crazy to see him battling with Quinton Coples as the top defensive end prospect in the draft/

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