5 Potential First-Rounders That Will Not Work Out at Combine

By Eric Bendig
February 21, 2013 2:05 pm
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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.

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18 months ago
Eric, another great article with a lot of good information. In your opinion, where do you see Matt Barkley ended up? Considering there is some confusion about how good he might be at the next level. He has had his ups and downs in college. But, let's face it Matt Leinhart had nothing but positives and we see where he ended up.
18 months ago
I think Barkley will end up in the second round when it is all said and done. Teams that are QB needy like a Buffalo, Oakland, Arizona, Kansas City will more than likely pass on taking a quarterback where they are slated to pick and instead try to trade out or wait until 2nd round to pick. The kid has everything you cant coach, and his biggest red flags right now are arm strength and injury possibilities. All he will have to clear up if he wants to stay in top 2 rounds.

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