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The NFL Scouting Combine is like the stock market.
Players’ statuses rise and fall.
Here’s a look at three players who likely did some moving on draft boards across the NFL:
WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech The 6-foot-4 wideout tied for the second-fastest, 40-yard dash time at the combine at 4.36 seconds. He also made a diving catch on a bomb in position drills. Hill entered the combine as a potentialmid-round prospect, and may have put himself amidst the top clump, perhaps in the second round. Hill left Georgia Tech with just 49 career receptions in three seasons, but he proved the tools are there.
ILB Mychal Kendricks, California The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year was the top inside linebacker in the 40-yard dash (4.47), vertical jump (39.5) and broad jump (10-7). While smaller than his peers at 5-foot-11, Kendricks may have gone from a third-round prospect to a possible second-rounder. He showed the athleticism that can translate to also playing outside linebacker in the NFL.
TE James Hanna, Oklahoma Hanna blew away the rest of the weak tight-end class, logging the fastest 40-yard dash (4.49), and tying for the highest vertical (36 inches). The 6-foot-4, 243-pound senior only logged 52 career receptions and was seen as a very late-round prospect. Hanna likely took a big step forward and will now get a second look from around the league.
ILB Vontaze Burfict, Boston College Burfict’s stock continued to plummet. His 40-yard dash of 5.09 is well below the average. He was slower than Southern California offensive tackle Matt Kalil. Burfict skipped the bench press, as well as other drills. Add a lack of explosion to character issues and the concerns escalate.
OT Mike Adams, Ohio State Adams very much looked the part, measuring in at 6-foot-7, 323 pounds. But he only put up 19 bench-press reps, better than just five linemen at the combine. The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said, “That’s not acceptable for that position, not even close.” He was considered a first-round prospect.
WR Kendall Wright, Baylor Seen as one of the fastest wide receivers in the draft, Wright ran a 4.61 40-yard dash. The explosive playmaker was getting compared to Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson, but that promptly ended. Wright’s a first-round talent, but the 5-foot-10, 194-pounder’s speed was considered his greatest asset.