The NFL concluded its annual ‘world’s largest job interview’ AKA the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis yesterday, and several college football players helped their draft position, while others’ draft positions were hurt by their performances.
NFL Draft Stock-Up:
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: Sporting News.com’s Clifton Brown reported, “He could be the first overall pick in the draft, especially if the Chiefs trade for Alex Smith. In that scenario, the No. 1 pick could be determined by which left tackle the Chiefs like better-Fisher or Joeckel. ‘I don’t see a whole lot of difference between Joeckel and Fisher,’ Mayock said.”
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: The Honey Badger went from looking at being an undrafted free agent in the aftermath of his suspension from LSU’s football program at the start of the 2012 season for marijuana possession, to being rated as high as a third-round pick after running a 4.4 40-yard dash and looking fluid in the CB drills. “He could go in the third round, but more important, he clearly will get a legitimate NFL opportunity if he stays out of trouble between now and the draft,” Brown speculated.
Tayvon Austin, WR, WVU: The junior ran a 4.34 (40-yard), ran crisp routes and demonstrated sure-hands in passing drills. Along with showing his ability to break anywhere on the field the past two seasons, Austin’s draft stock rose from a third or fourth-round pick to being considered to rising to a mid-to-late first-round pick according to ESPN’s John Clayton. Clark Judge of cbssports.com have him going to St. Louis at no. 14
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A & M: The 6-foot 2, 205-lb Swope’s running a surprising 4.34 (40-yard) certainly rose his draft stock to a projected 3-rounder according to CBCSports.com. He helped Ryan Tannehill get drafted in the first round with his 89 catches for 1,207 in 2011, and helped Johnny Maziel win the Heisman Trophy with his 72 catches for 913 and 8 TD’s.
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: Running a 4.3 (40-yard), Milliner solidified his position as the top CB in this draft and if he last past Philadelphia at no. four or Detroit at no. five would be shocking. Though his hands were questionable during the DB-drills, Milliner had 2 INT’s and 20 pass-breakups for the National Champs last season.
NFL Draft Stock-Down:
Mantai T’Eo, ILB, Notre Dame: The Heisman runner-up’s 2013 down-tuned continued. Along with Getting humiliated physically against Alabama in the National Championship Game and the fallout behind the much-publisized Catfish-scheme story, T’eo ran a disappointing 4.82 (40-yard). Mark May reported ESPN’s sports Center that T’eo finished in the bottom third among LB’s in the 40-yard, Long-jump, Vertical-Jump, and Cone Drills. T’eo was a projected top-10 pick going into the BCS Championship, but he’ll probably go to Cincinnati at no. 21.
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A & M: Moore went into the combine projected as a top-five pick, but his stock fell with his combine performance. His strength has come into question with 12 reps in 225-lb bench press. Judge projects him going to Green Bay at no. 26.
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: Jones was projected not going past Cleveland at no. 6, but his health has come into question with him holding himself out of combine drills due to spinal stenosis. Judge projects him going to Pittsburgh at no. 17 in the first round.