5 Things To Watch At The NFL Scouting Combine

North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins' name could be everywhere during the combine.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

The NFL scouting combine is February 22nd-28.  And while eyes will be on the big name players, most of the 300 invitees will not be surefire first rounders and some may not be drafted at all.  Below are some of the biggest questions to be answered this weekend.


1. Which prospects have character issues that need to be addressed?
Vontaze Burfict – LB, Arizona State
Michael Floyd – WR, Notre Dame
Janoris Jenkins – CB, North Alabama
The individual interview process will be key for all three of these prospects as teams try to assess each player's ability to conduct themselves on and off the field.  Burfict's questions center around maturity and a tendency to take dumb penalties throughout the season.  Floyd has had several run-ins with the law, including alcohol related incidents. Jenkins has had several arrests for marijuana possession which led to his transfer from Florida.

2. Who is the third best quarterback prospect?
Ryan Tannehill – Texas A&M
Brock Osweiler – Arizona State
Brandon Weeden – Oklahoma State
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are by far the two best QB's and could go 1-2 in the draft.  The prospects listed above all have a chance to be #3, but all have issues that could potentially hold them back.  Tannehill has just over a season of experience and is recovering from a foot injury.  Osweiler needs to address his inconsistency and quirky throwing motion.  Weeden is a former baseball player and at 28 will need to be ready to play right away.

3. Who can help/hurt their stock the most?
Kirk Cousins – QB, Michigan State
Dontari Poe – DT, Memphis
Alshon Jeffery – WR, South Carolina
Cousins isn't flashy, but good showings on the field and in interviews could put him into the 2nd round.  Poe is a raw talent that could have scouts drooling after his strength drills, I have him going to the Steelers in the first round but a good showing could move him into the mid 1st.  Jeffery has been dropping down boards because of his inability to separate from defenders, if he has good times in the speed and agility drills he could work his way back into the mid-late 1st round.

4. Don't be surprised if small school prospects that transferred from bigger programs have good showings.
Janzen Jackson – S, McNeese State
Janoris Jenkins – CB, North Alabama
B.J. Coleman – QB, Chattanooga
Rishaw Johnson – G, California (PA)
These prospects had the talent to be recruited by big time programs but for different reasons transferred to small schools.  Jackson could jump into day 2 of the draft after his speed and agility drills.  Coleman has good size and if he throws well could be a 3rd-4th round pick.  Johnson is a potential 4th rounder who must show well in strength drills to stay there.

5. What small school prospects will have a big showing?
Janzen Jackson – S, McNeese State
Janoris Jenkins – CB, North Alabama
Trumaine Johnson – CB, Montana
Brian Quick – WR, Appalachian State
Amini Silatolu – G, Midwestern State
Jackson, Jenkins, Johnson and Quick could all rocket up draft boards if they do as well in speed and agility drills as expected, each have good size for their positions as well.  Silatolu is big and quick but strength drills could determine whether his position in the NFL is at tackle or guard.

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