2012 NFL Combine: 10 WR Prospects to Watch
The NFL Combine is always a fun time in the NFL off-season. But it’s important to remember what it is, guys in tights running straight lines and doing other drills which in no way compare to analyzing film. Personally, I’d like to see them wear full pads and do more football relevant activity. But in the end, this is a chance for teams to check the measurables and mental aspects of many players at once before deciding whether to invest in them or not.
Who knew is would grow so big and that teams would over-value the results so much? It is what it is … I enjoy watching and writing about it. With all that said, I’m starting with my favorite position the wideouts.
- Alshon Jeffrey (SC): Drew lots of coverage and destroyed man to man in college, but he has to prove he has the speed to play with the big boys outside, in order to get back in rd. 1 consideration (he surely can up top, so vertical should be really high).
- Joe Adams (Ark): This kid can fly. Did very well in the Senior Bowl and has turned heads all year with his big play ability. With a low time, he could climb. Greg Childs, his former teammate, another one to watch as he tries to get back after an injury.
- Mohammed Sanu (RU): He’s a big possession WR who does a real good job of positioning himself and catching the ball in front with his hands. Looks to be a complimentary #2, but a good time will solidify early draft status.
- Jarrett Boykin (VT): Quite a few rankings have him going undrafted, but this guy can play and as long as he doesn’t run extremely slow there’s a place for him in the pros [see: 2011 Orange Bowl].
- Ryan Broyles (OU): Suffered an unfortunate injury, but becomes a value play. Has good speed and agility – all the makings of a slot receiver and returner who can be had for a good price.
- Juron Criner (AZ): Rightfully has ascended back draftboards and rankings after injuries slowed him down this past season. Some questions remains about how many gears this guy has, but he showed fluidity, route understanding, and good hands in Mobile. A lot to like after the top of class.
- Stephen Hill (GT): All accounts say this guy is a physical freak and should show that off in this setting. Whether he can adequately follow Calvin and Demaryius is another question.
- Marvin McNutt (Iowa): Clutch route runner who could use to separate himself from the middle of the pack with strong times.
- Devier Posey (OSU): Strange last year in Columbus, but has flashed his ability from day one. Quick player who could use some positive talk.
- Brian Quick (App St): The top rated Division-II WR, who Josh B. has said will go in the top 50.
5 others: Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, Reuben Randall, Nick Toon, TY Hilton.
My Pre-Combine Top 10
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