2010 NFL Combine
The Offensive Losers
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2010 NFL Combine Results
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Only Colonel Reb, the controversial mascot who was voted out by the Ole Miss students, had a rougher week than QB Jevan Snead and RB Dexter McCluster.
After an extremely disappointing year, Snead, who at one time last offseason was considered skilled enough to be a sleeper for a top ten draft slot, didn’t do anything to impress. It was a shocker when he chose to forgo his senior season to come out after throwing for just 2,632 yards and 20 touchdowns with 20 interceptions, but family financial issues necessitated the move. He wasn’t a total disaster in Indy as the ball zipped out of his hands on the basic throwing drills, but he didn’t do anything to improve his stock with sloppy mechanics, mediocre athleticism, and no special NFL skills. McCluster didn’t fare much better.
At only 5-9 and 172 pounds, McCluster was seen as a potential weapon who at worst could handle the ball a few key times a game, sort of like a poor man’s Reggie Bush, and at best could’ve grown into a Chris Johnson-like breakout player with the same raw skills, and then came the workout. The 4.55 40, compared to the rest of the pack, was a complete and utter disaster. However, he threw up 20 lifts on the bench and showed off his quickness in the cone drills, but he came up with nothing as a receiver. If he had come up with a 4.4 in the 40 he would’ve been a fringe second rounder, but now it might be tough for many to find him a regular role.
No one was expecting much out of the quarterback class in Indianapolis since Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen weren’t working out and Tim Tebow weren’t going to throw, but there it was still a disappointing session. Dan LeFevour chose not to throw when he had a chance to stand out and make a huge statement, but the rest of his workout was solid. Everyone else was fine, but nothing special in a mediocre lot.
Penn State’s Daryll Clark is built like a fullback, and he occasionally threw like one, too. West Virginia’s Jarrett Brown did the most to help himself, but he didn’t stand out enough to overcome his inconstant play on the field. Appalachian State’s Armanti Edwards proved he’s not an NFL quarterback in any way, shape or form, Oregon State’s Sean Canfield showed off a pop-gun for an arm, and no one else jumped off field as anything more than a developmental prospect. That’s not to say there weren’t a few bright spots.
Fordham’s John Skelton is big, strong, and showed off a big-time arm and surprising quickness. Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson had a surprisingly nice arm and did enough to warrant a long look as a backup in some NFL camp, Troy’s Levi Brown created a buzz with his strength and the drive on his throws, and Western Michigan’s Tim Hiller, one of the smartest players at the Combine, was an athletic shocker with a 9’ 10” broad jump and good, crisp zip on the ball. However, they didn’t show anything to suggest they could start in the NFL any time soon. Out of all the quarterbacks, though, the biggest disappointment was …
Tony Pike, QB Cincinnati
Was most of the star quarterback prospects either out or not doing a full workout, this was Pike’s Combine to own. It wasn’t Sugar Bowl vs. Florida ugly, but he did absolutely nothing to stand out.
He appeared too thin even at 223 pounds on his 6-6 frame, showed mediocre athleticism, and was nothing special throwing the ball. While he was ultra-accurate and tremendously productive at Cincinnati, it was time to see if those skills might translate into a pro-style, NFL offense and he ended up spraying his throws a bit too much, didn’t throw tight spirals, and the ball never seemed to explode off his hands. He changed up his throwing motion a bit over the last few weeks and will still get more workouts to show what he can do, but his time in Indy proved that he’s more of a project than a starter-ready prospect.
LSU has been loaded with NFL-caliber athletes and talents over the last several years, but two of the most intriguing prospects, WR Brandon LaFell and OT Ciron Black, failed to live up to expectations and ended an extremely disappointing journey from the top of many scouts’ projections to the middle of the pack.
Black, a massive 6-4, 327 pound blocker, was considered a potential franchise tackle early in his LSU career. He had the bulk and he had the talent, but he needed to progress and he needed to improve. Instead, he struggled way too much with his consistency, didn’t grow into an elite all-around blocker, and finished with an underwhelming senior year. With a chance to show that he deserves a longer look as a tackle at the next level, he bombed by coming up with a mere 23 reps on the bench and looking like a stick in the mud in the athleticism drills. One of the slowest players in the Combine, he also showed no foot quickness and lumbered through the drills. No longer considered a tackle prospect, he’s mainly a guard from here on.
LaFell has been in the discussion of the top receiver prospects for the last few years, but his decent, not great senior season meant he needed to light up Lucas Oil Stadium like a Christmas tree. The 4.60 40 was glacier slow, he wasn’t quick or athletic compared to the top receivers, and he was sloppy in the pass catching drills. Overall he was decent, but there was a time he was considered a possible top 15 overall prospect and now he might be lucky to go in the second round.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB Georgia Tech
The toughest scouting task over the last few years is to figure out how spread players might fit into an NFL system. This year, trying to evaluate Dwyer, a superstar in Georgia Tech’s option running attack, is one of the biggest jobs in the draft. He’s a big 229 pound runner who looks great on film when he’s getting the ball on the move, but does his open field speed translate to a pro-style attack? Now there are question marks after he ran a mediocre 4.59 and broad jumped a running back low 8’ 11” (which measure explosiveness). Making matters worse was the way he lumbered a bit during quickness and passing drills. He’s not a natural receiver and he seemed to fight the ball on the easiest of plays. Had he been great in the workouts he would’ve been a sure-thing first rounder, but not he might plummet down into the middle rounds.