2011 NFL Pre-Combine
2011 Pre-Combine Buzz
The Tim Tebow Factor
Cam Newton is expected
to do it all
The star defensive
All the North Carolina
talent and what they'll do
Where have all the good
running backs gone?
The lousy tight end
The 40 star speedster
will be ...
The three players
everyone will be talking about
The offensive tackle
The strongest position
Da'Quan Bowers' knee
Breaking Down the 2011
2010 NFL Combine Quick Looks & Post-Combine Rankings
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2010 NFL Combine Results
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1. A.J. Green, Georgia 6-4, 205
Positives: Extremely productive even though he was the No. 1 target everyone was trying to stop. He always came through with great catches and clutch plays whenever needed. … Has all the tools with size, speed, hands, length, and toughness. He’s not a diva and will go across the middle and isn’t afraid to take big shots to make a play. … Makes quarterbacks look better. He makes up for a lot of throwing mistakes by adjusting on the fly and making the spectacular look routine.
Negatives: Thin. He’s not a big, thick receiver like a Larry Fitzgerald or an Andre Johnson, and while he’s tough, he’ll have to prod he can handle getting shoved around by the more physical NFL defensive backs. … He’s not the quickest or most fluid of targets. He’s more of a sprinter than a jitterbug on short, sudden routes. … A willing blocker, but not a great one.
2. Julio Jones, Alabama 6-4, 220
Positives: It’s all there with tremendous size, great hands, and the toughness to shove around NFL defensive backs without a problem. … Ready to go right now. In fact, he was polished enough and good enough to be an NFL starter about ten minutes into his freshman season. … Perfect attitude and perfect personality. He wants to be a great receiver and he wants to be a No. 1 target, but he doesn’t have the jerkweed diva streak. More Calvin Johnson than Terrell Owens.
Negatives: Always hurt. While he was able to play through his bumps and bruises, there was always something that kept him from being consistently explosive. … Not a blazer. He’s extremely quick and runs terrific routes, but he’s not an NFL deep threat flier.
3. Torrey Smith, Maryland 6-0, 205
Positives: Great speed and size ratio. He’s not the fastest receiver in the draft, but he plays like he is. … Physical enough to get open against the stronger defensive backs, and fast enough to blow past the speedier defenders. … Phenomenal returner who can be used in a variety of ways and will do whatever is asked. Great leader and great character.
Negatives: Needs work on the route tree. He might be a deep threat only to start his career. … Not a natural receiver. Seems to fight the ball a bit too much. … Doesn’t have NFL No. 1 skills, but could be a whale of a complementary target.
4. Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt 6-4, 225
Positives: The best combination of size, speed, and raw skills among the receivers in this draft. Is built like a tight end and can fly. … Turned into a big-time playmaker who managed to make big things happen both as a deep threat and with yards after the catch. … Can jump out of the stadium. With his height and leaping ability, he’ll get every jump ball.
Negatives: Looks the part. LOOKS the part. He has a lot of work to do to harness all of his skills. He’s not Antonio Bryant, but he’s not Larry Fitzgerald. … He has to learn how to be a real, live NFL receiver. Could be heartbreaking if he doesn’t want it. … Decent hands, but will miss a few balls.
5. Greg Little, North Carolina 6-2, 215
Positives: The potential is there to be terrific. Great size, great strength, and extremely physical. … He’ll push around NFL defensive backs. No one will outmuscle him, and he has the strength to bust through tackles. … Former running back who’ll hit people. He’ll block without a problem.
Negatives: Attitude and character. Beyond getting suspended all of last year, he’s also going to have to prove he wants to be a special player and will do all the little things needed to work his craft. … Not fast. His game is about being physical. He’s not going to blow past anyone. … Not for every offense. He could end up being just an inside target who doesn’t have to stretch the field.
6. Randall Cobb, Kentucky 5-11, 185
Positives: Did it all for Kentucky. Was a quarterback when he had to be, was a runner, was a returner, and was a top receiver who got better once he concentrated mostly on being a No. 1 target. … Extremely quick. Gets in and out of his breaks in a heartbeat. … Will work to be better. Great effort player.
Negatives: Not big. He doesn’t have NFL No. 1 size and might end up being forced to be just a slot target … Not a deadly blazer for his size. He’s not fast, but he’s not deadly. … Not physical. He’ll get beaten up at times.
7. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy 5-9, 181
Positives: Extremely fast with the wheels to be used in a variety of ways. He can be a runner, a returner, or a deadly deep threat. … Zips in and out of breaks smooth as silk. Cuts on a dime. … Tough for his size. He’s not physical, but he’ll take a pounding and will keep on producing.
Negatives: He’ll get pushed around a bit too much. He’s not a physical target and he’ll get knocked off his routes by a stiff breeze. … Small. He’s not going to outleap anyone and he’s not going to block anybody. … Might be more of a returner than a receiver and could get pigeonholed into a role. Could be Steve Breaston (which isn’t all that bad).
8. Leonard Hankerson, Miami 6-1, 205
Positives: Productive. Turned in a great senior season despite a soap opera at quarterback. Was fantastic during Senior Bowl week. … Smooth as glass. He runs, cuts, and looks like a natural receiver. Great route runner. … Will work to be better. Almost no bust potential. He’ll make sure he improves at the little things.
Negatives: Not the greatest of athletes. Decent speed, but nothing that’ll scare anyone. … Missed too many catches. Nice hands, but he’ll blow a few layups. … Limited upside. He might be good, but he’s not going to be special.
9. Dwayne Harris, East Carolina 5-10, 200
Positives: Nice hands and makes lots of plays. Extremely productive over the last two seasons and made 268 career catches for over 3,000 yards. … Can be used as a return man with the quickness to make things happen as a receiver. … Will make plays inside and out. Isn’t afraid to go across the middle for the tough catch.
Negatives: Not all that fast. Quicker than blazing and he isn’t going to be a deep threat. … Old. Already 24, he has been around for a while thanks to injury problems with a broken foot. … Might only be a returner and he doesn’t have the all-around skills to be a special receiver.
10. Vincent Brown, San Diego State 5-11, 184
Positives: Extremely productive. Might have been the best receiver in America over the first half of 2009 before suffering a hand injury, and was rock-solid last season. … Decent size and decent speed. A good all-around set of tools. … Nice hands. Catches everything that comes his way.
Negatives: He’s a good talent, but doesn’t have the skills to be anything special. … Not built to take too much of a pounding. He’s not going to do much as a blocker. … Will be erased by any above-average NFL corner who can get an early jam.
11. Titus Young, Boise State 5-11, 174
Positives: Fast, fast, fast. If nothing else, he’ll be a deadly No. 2 or 3 target as an explosive deep threat. … Nice moves and mobility. Great yard-after-catch target. … Nice hands. Catches everything that comes his way.
Negatives: Smallish and thin. Not a physical receiver. … Needs route running work. Might be a one-trick pony (deep threat only) for a while. … Doesn’t have exceptional skills at anything but speed.
12. Tandon Doss, Indiana 6-3, 200
Positives: Has the frame and the strength to be a deadly possession receiver. He has the hands and the talent to be a reliable go-to target. … Rock solid. Not spectacular, but he’ll run the right routes and do most of the little things right. … Nice hands. Won’t make any quarterback look bad.
Negatives: SLOWWWWWW. Forget about him running past anyone at the next level. … Nothing truly special about his game. Low floor on his bust potential, but there’s a hard ceiling on what he can do. … He’s not going to work on the outside and needs to be surrounded by more talented receivers.
13. Terrence Toliver, LSU 6-4, 211
Positives: The basics are all there. He’s very big, fast, and looks the part of an NFL receiver. … Makes a lot of plays with great hands. Considering how poor LSU’s quarterback play has been over the last few years, his marginal stats shouldn’t be seen as an issue. … Can become a matchup nightmare on the outside. He won’t blow by anyone, but he could simply be too big for many corners.
Negatives: Doesn’t use his skills nearly well enough. He doesn’t push anyone around and he didn’t do enough as a deep threat. … No quickness and not enough explosion. He’s not going to do much after the catch. … Looks the part, but doesn’t play like it. Does he want to be great?
14. Edmund Gates, Abilene Christian 5-11, 189
Positives: Fast, fast, FAST. A deep threat with some of the best wheels in the draft. … It was at a lower level, but he was a big-time producer on big plays averaging close to 20 yards per career catch. … Smooth as glass. He’s a special athlete who can be molded into a dangerous wide receiver.
Negatives: More of a track guy playing football than the other way around. He needs a lot of work on the finer points after dominating at the D-II level. … OLD. Is already 25 and won’t have a long shelf life. … Purely a one-trick pony. He’s a deep threat. That’s it.
15. Niles Paul, Nebraska 6-1, 225
Positives: Big, physical receiver who uses his bulk well. Might be the best blocking receiver in the draft. … Phenomenal speed for his size. Can be a dangerous, tough deep threat who’ll fight to make the big play. … Could be a gem in the rough. He didn’t exactly have top passing quarterbacks throwing to him, and he has the work ethic and the want-to to become a good pro.
Negatives: Despite being a returner, he doesn’t cut all that well. He’s a point A to B runner. … Was shut down way too often. That might be a function of playing for Nebraska, but he didn’t always stand out when he needed to. … Has to prove he can do it all. He was good for the Huskers, but he only made five touchdown catches in 46 games.
16. Jeremy Kerley, TCU 5-9, 188
Positives: Great value as a returner and a No. 3 receiver. He could be deadly as a third option in the right system, and he’s a game-breaker with the ball in his hands. … Zips. Great when he gets the ball on the move, and he can also start and stop on a dime. … Stronger than he looks. Doesn’t get pushed around.
Negatives: Wasn’t exactly a superstar receiver at a non-BCS level. Ten of his 12 touchdown catches came last season. … Small. Very, very small. He’s a little target who might only be a slot target. … Not an elite speedster. He’s quick as a hiccup, but his straight-line is just above-average for his size.
17. Greg Salas, Hawaii 6-1, 206
Positives: Ultra-productive as the go-to target in the Hawaii system. Caught a whopping 225 passes for well over 3,500 yards in the last two years. … Big. Is a strong, tough target who made a lot of plays by fighting for the ball. … Surprisingly creative with the ball in his hands. Not fast, but he uses his quickness well.
Negatives: Not fast. He’s not going to be a deep threat of any sort and will only play in the slot. … Got knocked around a lot. Plenty of tread on the tires with all the catches he made, and he got beaten up. … Numbers inflated by playing for Hawaii.
18. Austin Pettis, Boise State 6-2, 205
Positives: Ultra productive and got better as his career went on with 39 touchdowns and 24 in his last two seasons. … Nice size and good hands. Sucks in every pass that comes his way and is good at getting physical. … Makes plays. Adjusts to the ball extremely well and makes the quarterback look good. Could be a great, reliable possession receiver.
Negatives: Way, way too slow. He’s slow for a tight end much less a wide receiver. … Will strictly be an inside target. Won’t beat anyone deep and there won’t be any yards after the catch. … Needs to get stronger to have a bigger role. He’ll hit, but he’s thin and won’t beat anyone up.
19. Cecil Shorts, Mount Union 6-0, 200
Positives: A nice combination of skills with good size, great speed, and terrific hands. … Superior production catching a whopping 247 passes and scored 60 times over the last three years. … Good leader and good character. Will take the question marks about playing at a lower level and will use it for positive motivation.
Negatives: Good speed, not great speed. He’s not going to blow past anyone and might be limited to becoming a solid possession receiver. … Not strong. Needs to get far more physical and far stronger to beat the jam on a regular basis. … Only decent in and out of his cuts. Managed to look better because of the competition.
20. Jock Sanders, West Virginia 5-6, 175
Positives: Phenomenal speed. Untouchable quickness who’ll be uncoverable at times and will be terrific with the ball in his hands. … A top return prospect. Great at making the first man miss. … Can be used in a variety of ways. Might be a fun X factor for a top offensive coordinator to play around with.
Negatives: Extremely small. EXTREMELY small. Was even tinier than the scouts expected at the Senior Bowl. … Not physical in any way. He’s a willing blocker, but he won’t be able to do it. … Not nearly creative enough. He always relies on his tremendous quickness.
21. Armon Binns, Cincinnati 6-2, 211
Positives: Great size and is physical. Great at fighting and outmuscling for balls. … Terrific hands and catches everything thrown his way. Bails out quarterbacks with his adjustments. … Ultra-productive. Caught 21 touchdown passes over the last two seasons and was consistent.
Negatives: Lacks the needed wheels. He doesn’t have breakaway speed and won’t pull away from any NFL defensive back. … Not a great athlete. Doesn’t have any explosion and has to use his size to make plays against the better DBs. … Needs route running work. Can’t be anything but perfect on his cuts to make up for his lack of quickness.
22. DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss 6-5, 240
Positives: HUGE. Built like a tight end but with better athleticism and quickness. … Tough and isn’t afraid to go across the middle. He doesn’t have any deep speed, but he still manages to get behind the secondary. … Moves like a much smaller player. The all-around skills are there.
Negatives: Not fast. He’s not a blazer of any kind and isn’t going to be able to get by an NFL defensive back without pushing his way past. … Not nearly the same player he was after a brutal leg injury. Lost his wheels. … Needs to work at wanting to be better. He’ll need a fire lit under him.
23. Ronald Johnson, USC 5-11, 186
Positives: Fluid. He has no problems getting in and out of his breaks and finding the openings. … Can stick on a roster as a returner. He might not be a special returner, but he’s good enough to get a shot. … Terrific hands. Won’t put anything on the ground.
Negatives: Doesn’t have great tools. Isn’t all that big and isn’t all that fast. … Will get pushed around. Isn’t physical enough and won’t be able to block anyone. … If he doesn’t show anything as a returner, he could have problems making a roster. He needs to stand out right away as an inside target.
24. Ryan Whalen, Stanford 6-1, 204
Positives: Tremendous hands. Makes every play close to him and makes many difficult grabs look easy. … Great toughness on the inside. Never afraid to take a hit on the tough catch. … Terrific for the running game and special teams. He’ll do all the little things to be a factor.
Negatives: No speed. He’ll never get past an NFL defensive back who’s trying. … Doesn’t do anything with the ball in his hands. He’ll make the catch, and then that’s it. … If he doesn’t produce on special teams, he’s not going to make it. He’s not a good enough pure receiver to make a difference as anything but a No. 4.
25. Darvin Adams, Auburn 6-3, 185
Positives: Excellent size and uses it well. Extremely tough and will take a shot. … Turned into a dangerous deep threat over the last two years, and it wasn’t just because of Cam Newton last season. Averaged more than 17 yards per catch over his career. … Will fight for the ball and will outmuscle most defensive backs for it.
Negatives: Not fast and not quick. He doesn’t have the extra gear and made most of his big plays as a function of being in the right offense. He was always open. … Mediocre hands. Put way too many on the ground. … Needs to be surrounded by a ton of talent. Will never be a key target and will always be a complementary receiver.