Well, the NFL Combine is over and there wasn’t a thread started. I’m really starting to worry about you guys. Is it despair over the CBA talks? Have I offended you with my bombast? Is it Mel Kiper’s hair that’s the problem? Did you flip over the NFL Network and see too many slow-mo shots of packages flopping around under a wisp of spandex?
I didn’t watch as much of the Combine as I usually would but I’ve been catching up on replays the last couple days. Nothing has really stood out to me but I came away with a few impressions of some of the bigger names.
Marcell Dareus was by far the most impressive DL I saw in the workouts. The guy looks like a monster and he made Nick Fairley look like a child. I think he might end up being a top 3 pick if the game tape holds up. Fairley is a one year wonder and I’m pretty sure Dareus is the guy I’d want.
Von Miller was hugely disappointing. The guy is an athlete but I just don’t think he’ll manage in the NFL. His strength and speed are good but not special and he seems like he’ll get swallowed up easily but decent OTs.
Corey Liuget lived up to my expectations but didn’t entirely stand out. Perhaps this will help him slip down to the Bears.
Patrick Peterson was even better than advertised. He’s not just a workout warrior because he put up great tape but the numbers and the fluidity he showed in the workouts was almost eye popping. Definitely a potential #1 pick.
Julio Jones really came to this event ready to perform, he must have had an excellent trainer. Doing this on a broken foot is impressive but also curious. I want to watch his ball skills and film a bit more because it’s possible that he’s just a workout warrior. He was inconsistent in Alabama and has injury concerns. That said, he might slip to the end of the first round and make the Bears make a decision.
Martez Wilson had a blazing 40 time and has looked like one of the most athletic LBs out there. He’s always been a guy who looks much better out of pads than in them but I think he measured up well against Von Miller. They talk about him like a interior LB but I think he might end up outside because of his speed. The Combine numbers probably lifted him out of the 3rd or 4th round and into the end of the second at the latest, which probably takes him out of the running for the Bears.
Unfortunately I haven’t really seen much of the RBs or QBs yet, nor the OTs. I’ll be keeeping an eye out for those guys. I’m especially interested in seeing Jacquizz Rodgers and Gabe Carimi.
Supposedly Ryan Mallett was the best thrower at the workout. I saw some highlights and the kid was really poised, the interviews will be big for him though. I wouldn’t be shocked if he ended up going to one of those teams at the top of the second round, maybe even trading up into the back half of the first if Gabbert and Newton both go top 10.