According to the NFL Network, 82% of the players at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine were selected in last years NFL Draft, which shows you the impact it can have on a players stock. Watch out for the "workout wonders" of the Combine. Workout wonders are top performers of nearly every exercise who will get drafted and never do anything in their career. It is important to take the Combine when analyzing a prospect's potential, but you must also look at many other factors including college performance, meaurables, football IQ and future projection. Below we will take a look at the Dynasty stock of some of the top performances at the Combine, as well as some of the disappointing ones.
Important notes about Combine workouts:
The 40 yard dash is awesome and the truest measure of a players straight line speed. You can lose sight of a players explosiveness or change of direction speed (See 20 and 60 yard shuttle). Vertical Jump and Broad Jump are good measures of a players explosiveness. A good indication of how fast an RB can hit a hole at the line of scrimmage or how agressively a WR can make an attempt at a jump ball. 20 and 60 yard shuttle is a good indication of a players quickness compared to straight line speed. Top performers have amazing change of direction and utilize various speeds in traffic.
Dynasty Stock Up
QB Jevan Snead was highly ranked coming into this season, but stock plummeted after disappointing Junior campaign. Showed accuracy that he did not in 3 years of college at the Combine. Also got high marks for coachability and could jump 2 or 3 rounds in April. He remains a high risk / high reward fantasy prospect.
QB Jarrett Brown flashed athleticism and potential to be a solid passer in the NFL. He is a project that will require patience, but he has starter ability.
RB Ben Tate did not receive much love prior to the Combine, but his performance should boost his name. Underwhelming college career because of inconsistency, Tate had a solid senior season as Auburn’s bell cow. Could very well be a second round pick in your Dynasty Rookie Draft if he lands in the right spot.
RB Montario Hardesty is not a big play threat or a power back necessarily, Hardesty does possess ideal size and tackle breaking ability. Very competitive and it showed during his excellent Combine performance.
WR Carlton Mitchell was widely unknown before the Combine, Mitchell made scouts take notice this past weekend. He is an ideal size / speed combination and big play ability after the catch. Could end up a second day pick in the NFL, making him excellent value as a 3rd rounder in your Dynasty Rookie Draft.
WR Scott Long was an absolute Combine Beast with excellent performance in just about every event. The Louisville prospect has upped his stock in a big way, but there is workout warrior potential here. Long looks the part for sure, but will he be more than a WR4 at the next level?
TE Dorin Dickerson was perhaps the biggest riser of the entire Combine. He is undersized as a true TE, but ran an impressive 4.40 Forty and looked like a dangerous specimen in the passing game.
Dynasty Stock Down
QB John Skelton has a huge arm and prototypical size, but his lack of accuracy is limiting his NFL upside. Accuracy does not usually get taught and his Combine showing hurts his stock. Most likely will still get drafted as a project because of his measurables.
QB Dan Lefevour decided not to throw at the Combine. When you have scouts questioning your arm strength and you decide not to throw, it is not likely to improve your stock. Lefevour has the makeup and intangibles to be a successful QB, but he will need a very impressive pro day to get drafted on Day 2.
RB Keith Toston needed a big Combine to break through the clutter, but now it seems Toston might get lost in the shuffle. Disappointing 40 time and in the drills, he’ll need a solid pro day to boost his stock back up.
RB LeGarrette Blount is a big power back, Blount has questionable long speed (along with questionable character issues). He did not show much burst and his 40 time was slow. He is still likely to get drafted, but it might be as a full back. If a team still believes he can be a running back, he could have fantasy potential along the lines of a LeRon McClain.
WR Dezmon Briscoe's college production was top notch in Kansas’ spread offense, but there were questions about his transition to the NFL. He did not do anything to answer those questions at the Combine. Work ethic is still a question, as is his game speed.
WR Jordan Shipley failed to break 4.5 in the Forty yard dash, which would have boosted his draft stock. Upside is limited and durability is a question mark, but Shipley is a player. He is a strong route runner with a tireless work ethic. He will likely fall into the 3rd or 4th round in April, but do not drop him too far in your Dynasty rankings.
TE Aaron Hernandez is undersized as a tight end, Hernandez remains a dangerous pass catching prospect. He did not run the 40 however, due to a back injury and he is a suspect blocker. A strong pro day should breathe some life back into his stock.