It's a great time of year for Dynasty Football owners...the Combine! Time for prospects to start separating themselves, as stocks will rise and fall rapidly in Indianapolis. As always, keep an eye out for the "workout wonders" whose Combine performance might artificially inflate their draft stock and subsequent Dynasty stock. There are numerous intriguing prospects performing at this year's Combine, let's take a look at a few we have our eye on.
There may not be a no brainer Franchise QB in this draft class, but there are a number of potential starters that could emerge. Cam Newton will surely put on a physical exhibition at the Combine, but what about the other QB's looking to improve their draft stock? Blaine Gabbert will attempt to move ahead of Newton as the top QB prospect and he does have the skillset to do it. Unfortunately it looks as though he will not throw however. Jake Locker went from potential No. 1 overall pick to potentially a Day 2 draft pick in the span of about a year. Expect Locker to breathe some life back into his stock with a solid performance. Of all the QB's in this class in the 6'2" range, he is the prospect to keep the closest eye on. Once if/he learns to throw from the pocket, Locker could establish himself as on of the best QB's to come out of this class. Ryan Mallet will show of a huge arm, but the interviews are key for him as he tries to put aside rumors of drug abuse in favor of mental focus to accompany a big time arm that can make every throw. Late round QB's like the super-athletic Tyrod Taylor, toolsy Nathan Enderle, the solid Pat Devlin and the undersized Andy Dalton could all use an eye-opening performance this weekend.
Mark Ingram gets all the national attention and it is well-deserved as he should be the first RB off the board this April, but there are a number of Dynasty prospects at the position. The draft is short on true bellcow types, but players like Mikel Leshoure and Bilal Powell are two power backs that could give a boost to their stock with strong showings. What Ryan Wiliams lacked in actual production in 2010, he makes up for in pure skills and upside. Expect a huge Combine. Another powerful inside runner is Alex Green out of Hawaii, who has skills to be a dynamic player. Daniel Thomas needs to make up the ground he lost by missing the Senior Bowl due to injury. Undersized playmakers Noel Devine (19 collegiate games with 100+ total yards) andJacquizz Rodgers (150 collegiate receptions) could also make a splash as they highlight their receiving skills, along with one of our favorite RB pass catchers DeMarco Murray (1,571 career receiving yards).
A.J. Green and Julio Jones headline this deep class of physically imposing wide receiver prospects. One that might be neck and neck with the top two is Jonathan Baldwin, who will showcase perhaps the best combination of size, speed and strength. Small school prospect Edmund Gates has speed to burn, as does the more well-rounded Torrey Smith. One pre-draft sleeper who is gaining serious momentum is Jerrel Jerrigan, whose upside and speed make him a very intriguing Day 2 pick. Tandon Doss needs to show he is fully healthy and if he does, he's a big time riser. Don't forget to not sleep on Dwayne Harris who had 268 college receptions for East Carolina or Vincent Brown with 209 receptions for San Diego State. The Senior Bowl's standout WR Leonard Hankerson is another intruiging prospect who looks to continue a solid Draft season.
While the other 3 fantasy positions get most of the attention at the Combine, there are a number of potential big performers at the Tight End position this year. D.J. Williams and Virgil Green are both undersized and will never be true tight ends, but they could have a Dorin Dickerson like showings this weekend and see their stock soar. Kyle Rudolph, whose upside is tops in this class, will be present for measurements, but will not run until his pro day. The basketball to tight end transition is a popular one and Jordan Cameron will attempt to follow that path. Look for him and fellow former baller Julius Thomas to turn heads with impressive measurables and physicality.