NFLDraft13 – Weekend Combine Review

Shane February 25, 2013 0
NFLDraft13 – Weekend Combine Review

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Geno Smith (QB – WVU) - The workouts went well (4.59 40yd, 33.5″ vert, 124″ broad), but his interviews were the thing that most impressed.  I’ve been skeptical of Smith, but he may now be the top QB on my board.  (Side note: I actually think Barkley through the interviews and Mike Glennon, despite some accuracy concerns, both did well this weekend. It will be interesting to see where they end up.)

Tyler Eifert (TE – ND) - There has been much debate between Eifert and Ertz, but the Notre Dame prospect all but settled it this weekend.   Eifert looks solid in almost every workout and showed good speed especially at the breaks and strong hands.  Graded as a top performer in every event among TEs.

Lane Johnson (OT – Oklahoma) – The fastest times were put up by the skill players, but Johnsons 4.72 40yd dash was one of the most talked about at the combine.   At 6’6″ and 303 lbs. it was pretty impressive.

Cordarrelle Patterson (WR – Tenn) - As they put it on television, this guy is a freak.  He has the size (6’2″ 216lbs), speed (4.42), and a crazy leaping ability (37″ vertical).  If he had the production in college, he’d be a top 10 pick.  However, there was late word that his interviews did not go well, which could cost him a high selection.

Tavon Austin (WR – WVU) – While Patterson is more of the all-round talent, Austin is the elite slot receiver option in the draft.  He confirmed it in the 40 yd dash with an impressive 4.34.

Josh Boyce (WR – TCU) – He isn’t getting the most press of the wideouts, but I was impressed with him.  He had a fast 4.38 40 time and put up 22 reps on the bench.

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Jarvis Jones (OLB – Georgia) - There are some concerns about the spinal stenosis health issue publicized at the draft.  I’ve heard some overreacting news that this could cause a Da’Quan Bowers type fall, which is a bit excessive.  However, it could be the difference between a top 5 and top 20 rating.

Alec Ogletree (ILB – Georgia) – Ogletree was the hot name at linebacker as Teo’s stock fell with “the situation” over the last two months.  Unfortunately, the Georgia linebacker has even more baggage with a number of questionable character issues topped off by a recent DUI.  Kevin Minter (LSU) has the chance to surge into the top spot with a good combine.

Star Lotulelei (DT – Utah) – The breaking Sunday news about a heart condition for the top DT prospect could have major implications at the top of the draft.  Star was in play for the top spot, so a clean bill of health will be vital to him staying high in round one.

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