The Football Expert: 2012 NFL Combine

2012 NFL Combine

by Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Analyst
February 14, 2012

Every year there are players who rise up draft boards because of their performance during the Combine. Having a good Combine not only improves your draft stock but gives you momentum leading into the NFL Draft.
So without further ado, here is a quick list of players who I think could gain the most momentum from having a good Combine.

Most to Gain

Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
He had a terrific Senior Bowl. He was the best playmaker on the field and he was always a threat with the football in his hands. He has a great opportunity to improve his draft stock at the Combine.

Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
He has decent size and good speed for a receiving TE. I am very interested in seeing what he runs in the 40 at Indianapolis. If he can run a good 40, that will surely improve his draft stock.

Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
He caught 90 balls during his Junior season, but had a disappointing senior season after Gabbert left for the NFL. However, I still believe he could be valuable to NFL teams in the mid rounds of the draft. If he can run a good 40 time, I believe he will rise up draft boards.

Casey Heyward, CB, Vanderbilt
Heyward is a ballhawk who snagged 4 INTs this season and 6 INTs last season. He is a strong coverage corner who I believe is a strong second round pick.

Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
Smith is an underrated prospect at this point. I believe he is a strong 2nd round pick but with a strong combine he could sneak into the 1st round; especially in this safety class.

Players I expect to stand out

Chris Rainey, RB, Florida
Rainey is a small undersized RB but I expect him to put up some crazy numbers at the combine. He is extremely athletic and I expect him to stand out throughout the combine.

Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
Brown has always been athletic and during the combine, I wouldn't be surprised if he really stood out. He's got the talent and the ability to really shine and if he does, his stock will rise through the roof.

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