2014 NFL Combine Results: 10 Players Whose Stock Has Plummeted
2014 NFL Combine: 10 Players Whose Stock Has Plummeted
The 2014 NFL Combine wrapped up this past Tuesday. Players each and every year have failed to make a major impression at this showcase event. 2014 was just like every other year as prospects either did not impress the scouts, or saw their draft stock take a major hit. There are several ways in which players can see their stock plummet. From injuries that force players out of competition to disappointing on-field performances, and even questionable decisions or comments at the Combine, these players did not help themselves in Indianapolis, and will have a lot of work to do before the NFL Draft in May.
While a majority of these prospects impressed or came off the radar, some of the top talent in this year's Draft did not pass the eye test at the Combine. Some range from the big-name top-five caliber players to the players who made lots of headlines off the field.
At the Combine, teams try to perfect an inexact science through drills in which most of them do not translate to the field. From the 40-yard dash and the broad jump to the off-field interview process, these drills become the basis for whether a team selects a prospect or not. Each team can do as much work as they possibly can on a single player, yet while they know the tangibles like height, weight and body fat percentage, these teams do not know how these players will adjust to adverse situations or circumstances these athletes might not have experienced in college.
The combine is still the most important event where scouts from all 32 teams can see a player in-person doing football-related drills and interviews. While the Pro Days are important as well, teams can't spend all of their resources on a single player as most Pro Days for prospects occur on the same day.
These 10 players saw their draft stock either stagnated, or dropped this past week in Indianapolis.
10. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
His impressive 40-yard dash will not drop South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney out of the top 10 picks in this year's draft, but Clowney's character and demeanor can potentially drop him out of the top five. I don't care much about him only putting up 19 reps on the reps, but what I care most about was his flip-flopping when it came to the on-field drills. While this might be trivial and over-blown, Clowney did not show anything on the field that would warrant a first-round pick. Also, his reaction to Dee Ford's comments earlier in the week didn't do too much to convince me that he can handle being a first-overall pick.
9. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Similar to Clowney, Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater will not drop past the top-10 in this year's draft as his talent is worthy of being a top-five pick. However, his choice to not perform at the Combine was a wasted opportunity. Bridgewater could have sealed his place at the top of this year's quarterback class with a solid showing in the field drills. While again this may seem trivial, Bridgewater will have to perform well at his pro day to guarantee himself a top-five selection.
8. Adam Muema, San Diego State
Running Back Adam Muema's decision to leave the Combine because God told him he would be a Seattle Seahawk won't sit well with any NFL team, even the Seahawks. Sadly, no one has heard from Muema, the former San Diego State Aztec, since his decision to leave. Hopefully he is okay, but if he's hoping for an NFL shot, luck won't be on his side.
7. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
A sure-fire first-round pick two seasons ago, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has since seen his draft stock drop out of the first-round. After not participating in the draft due to health concerns, the questions are just beginning for this talented prospect. Seferian-Jenkins also has to answer to some questions about his character and his off-field troubles as well.
6. Dee Ford, Auburn
Defensive end Dee Ford from Auburn saw his draft stock rise after an impressive season for the national runner-up Tigers. Ford was yet another player who didn't work out at the Combine, but his mouth sure was just fine. Ford took shots at Clowney for his lack of effort and his play on the field. For a player like Ford to get any consideration in the Draft, he will have to let his play do the talking rather than his mouth.
5. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
After being less than impressive in the on-field drills, Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio also failed physicals from several teams. Kouandjio doesn't have the overall quickness to compete at left tackle, making him a limited offensive lineman. With lots of questions surrounding Kouandjio, it would not be surprising to see the big tackle fall out of the first-round entirely.
4. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Already a project at quarterback, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas did nothing to suggest that he could be an NFL-caliber passer. There has also been talks that Thomas would fit better as a tight end prospect rather than at QB. Although his arm is strong, arm strength is not the sole credential when finding an NFL quarterback (just ask Jamarcus Russell).
3. Michael Sam, Missouri
With the off-field issues laid to rest, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam did not impress enough to warrant even a late-round pick. His vertical jump was a poor 25 inches and when competing in the field drills, Sam looked awkward and out of place. Sam will have plenty of on-field issues to correct at his Pro Day, or else the former SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year will fight for a roster spot as an undrafted free agent.
2. David Yankey, Stanford
While David Yankey is the best guard prospect in this year's Draft, his Combine performance did not measure up to snuff. Yankey ran the 40 in only 5.42 seconds, slow for a lineman, and did not look like the player who helped turn Stanford into one of the dominant college programs in recent years. With UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo having a great Combine, another very real possibility is that Su'a-Filo will overtake Yankey as the best guard prospect in the draft.
1. Allen Robinson, Penn State
For a receiver on the fringe of the first-round, Penn State's Allen Robinson did not prove himself as a first-round receiver. Robinson ran a slow 40 time with a 4.6. If he doesn't improve his speed before May, his chances of being a first-round pick and a player on a contending team will go down the drain. Would have improved his stock by staying another year without a stacked group of receivers in front of him.
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