Combine recap: Tebow makes mistake

Greetings, draftniks.

At least I assume you’re here to read a combine recap because

you’re a draftnik, not because you’re looking to do a book report.

I’ll try to keep this fantasy-related and stick to potential

standouts we might consider drafting in our leagues next year.

The good

Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy solidify themselves as top

picks: And while I’m convinced they’ll go 1-2 in the

draft, it’s still debatable which order they’ll be chosen, much

like the

Chris Johnson vs.

Adrian Peterson debate for No. 1 overall in next

year’s fantasy drafts. We’ll dissect their IDP potential later.

Eric Berry’s standout performance: Why am I

leading off a fantasy article raving about defensive guys? It’s not

to appease the IDP geeks, if that’s what you’re thinking. I’ll get

into that later. Berry was able to post a strong 4.47 40-yard-dash,

a 43-inch vertical jump and 19 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

He also showed off some nice athleticism, and you’ve probably seen

highlights on how hard he hits. From a Browns fan’s perspective, I

was hoping he’d fall to Cleveland’s No. 7 spot. I seriously doubt

that’s likely now.

Golden Tate’s speed: Tate’s currently expected to

go sometime early in the second round of the draft. He had a nice

4.36 40-time, but dropped a few passes in the drills, even though

his timing with the quarterbacks wasn’t really an issue. He may

have helped himself more than he hurt himself and could jump into

the first round with a strong pro day.

Ryan Mathews breaks out: I kept telling you about

this guy all offseason long since you didn’t watch him at Fresno

State (unless you’re a hard-core college football fan). Mathews ran

a speedy 4.45 40 and added 19 bench press reps. He almost reminds

me of a

Marion Barber type who cuts quickly and is

difficult to bring down since he rushes with a low center of

gravity. Keep your eye on him.

Jarrett Brown rebounds: Brown’s almost like a

smoother, more athletic and infinitely less banged-up version of

Jason Campbell. Some pundits thought he might be

taken sometime after the fourth round, but the combine helped him

improve his stock a great deal. The quarterback prospect from West

Virginia ran a 4.53 40 and showed nice poise and command during the

drills. He seems to know which chances are appropriate to take and

doesn’t panic if he’s on the run from an angry mod of defensive


The bad

Offensive skill positions … all of them: Let’s

just put it this way – neither the best wide receiver or the best

tight end on the board played at all last year in college, there

might not be a running back taken in the top 10 and there isn’t one

single quarterback we can label as a franchise guy in sight. Wide


Dez Bryant didn’t even participate at the combine

because of an injury, and tight end

Jermaine Gresham posted a slow 4.73 40 time.

Gresham’s 20 bench press reps weren’t enough to offset that. If

anything, this is going to be a year where a later-round pick comes

out of nowhere and tears it up. It’s not like there’s a

Larry Fitzgerald or

Antonio Gates type talent waiting to blow up your

fantasy league. This is going to be a big year for defense in the

draft, not the offense.

Stay in school: If you read my


preview a few weeks back, I’m now even more confused as to why

Jevan Snead declared for the draft a year early.

He posted the worst 40-time (5.01) of any quarterback and was

erratic in the passing drills. Remember, this is a guy who threw 20

touchdowns and 20 picks last season. I have a hard time believing

he won’t be buried on someone’s depth chart for however long

(short?) his NFL career lasts.

The puzzling

Dexter McCluster’s 40 time: Don’t tell me you

haven’t seen this kid play. Like I mentioned in my


preview piece, he’s shown blazing speed so often that I was

looking forward to his 40-time in full man crush mode. I felt like

I was looking at a 401k balance sheet that crashed when I saw the

results: 4.58. Really, Dexter? Four-point-five-eight?!? Just watch

the highlights of one of the many long touchdown runs he amassed

during his time at Ole Miss, and you’ll see why I was fully

expecting him to get very close to the 4.24 time Chris Johnson

posted two years ago. I guess McCluster has more game speed than

raw track speed.

Tim Tebow not throwing: Why, Tim? The one thing

people have knocked you for during your entire career is your

inability to play in a conventional offense because you can’t throw

the ball. That’s why the one (and only one) thing every scout

wanted to see at the combine was how well you can throw. Tebow had

a truly weird throwing motion in college – it almost looked like

he’d bring the ball down to his chin to scratch an itch there

before letting it fly. He said he’s been working on new delivery

mechanics and will display them at his pro day, but it’s a little

late for that. Heaven help him if he has a bad day.

Dan LeFevour also not throwing: At least with

LeFevour, we have plenty of film we can use to see how well he

handles himself in the pocket and how accurate a passer he really

is. Maybe some GMs will be a little more at ease since the MAC

conference has produced a handful of successful NFL quarterbacks.

But coming from a mid-major program, he needs every chance he can

get to show GMs and scouts he can play with the big boys. He and

Tebow are banking too heavily on a big pro day.

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