The final field day of the Combine is in the books. Now comes all of the fallout from Draft “experts” on who will be making less money come draft day because they ran a forty that was .10 off of what scouts expected. The Combine is just an event to put a number to the tape. At the end of the day a player is a player.
Here is the schedule and more info:
Here’s today’s prospects that improved and bruised their stock:
Jason Varrett, CB, TCU – Varrett was a fringe first round guy before the Combine, but with a great forty (4.38) and a very good vertical (39”) he may have put himself into the first. He isn’t a big corner at 5’9”, but his athleticism lets him play much bigger. He reminds me of Brent Grimes.
Keith McGill, CB, Utah – The NFL is a copycat league. So the 6’3”, 211 pound corner McGill is will be coveted. Running a 4.51 forty is very helpful to his cause, along with an explosive 39” vertical and 129” long jump will have a team jumping on him in the late second or early third round.
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State – Some scouts had some doubts about Dennard’s speed, but his 4.51 forty helped silence the critics. That may not be fast enough for some teams, but Dennard is more of a press man corner anyway. A team that wants a tough corner will love Dennard in the first.
Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida – Purifoy at the beginning of the 2013 season was considered as the top corner in the draft because of his playmaking ability, but now he finds himself as a late day three. He’s a project, but may have trouble finding a home. His 4.61 forty was pitiful for what he showed on the field in 2012, not 2013.
Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State – Bucannon has more of a corner build than a safety, but it’s ok because he still likes to lay the wood. He showed his athleticism on day four posting a 4.49 forty, 19 reps on the bench, and a 36.5” vertical. He is the consolation prize behind Pryor and Clinton-Dix.
Ha’Sean “Haha” Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama – The Combine didn’t really determine who the top safety out of Clinton-Dix and Pyror, but it’s safe to say a team will be fine with either of them. Clinton-Dix didn’t do anything great at the Combine, but solidified his status of being a good all around safety.
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville – Pryor didn’t do anything spectacular at the Combine, but he is the hammering run stopper choice for teams. He and Clinton-Dix at this point are 1a and 1b for teams in need of help in the secondary.
Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois – Ward isn’t really falling as much as he didn’t help solidify the number three safety spot. A foot injury kept Ward from participating, but with a good pro day he can reclaim his spot.