As we near the start of the Combine tomorrow morning at 9 am, with coverage on NFL Network, there will be some very apparent absences from some of the drills. Whether it is not running the 40-yard dash, not competing in the bench press, or not throwing in quarterback drills, some of the best prospects in the Draft will not be showing their stuff in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Currently there are five potential first round prospects that will be coming into Indianapolis with much more to prove in the medical examination room than they will in the on the field drills.
Let’s also not forget the running back from South Carolina, Marcus Lattimore, who is still trying to come back from a gruesome knee injury.
While it is not a character flaw or a red flag on a player to sit out due to injury, it is something that you do not want people to focus on as you prepare for the biggest job interview of your life.
With a Draft that is deep in prospects with late first to late second round grades, prospects are in desperate need to stand out one last time to give the scouts a great impression of them up close.
A player that comes into the Combine injured is not necessarily going to see his stock plummet; it is just another headache to deal with in this long process of pre-draft preparations.
Here are five guys who all carry first round grades from draft analysts who will be forced to sit out some of the more physical aspects of the Combine.