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2012 NFL Scouting Combine

What we think we learned

For Dynasty Football owners everywhere, NFL Draft season is just as exciting as the regular sesaon. The NFL Scouting Combine is time for prospects to start separating themselves from others, as stocks will rise and fall rapidly. As the Dynasty owner evaluates talent at the Combine, he or she should also keep in mind that it should be just a small part of the analysis. 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 at what we think we learned. 

Quarterback
Andrew Luck is the total package as a prospect. He ran a 4.61 forty, which is extremely impressive for a QB in general and a QB his size specifically. He is not going to be Cam Newton at the next level, but he can certainly hold his own as a Beast of an athlete. Think more like Aaron Rodgers in that he has the ability to scramble and keep plays alive with his legs. 

Robert Griffin is dripping with athleticism. He also measured at 6'2" and 3/8ths. That was huge for his stock and combined with his supreme athletic ability (4.41 forty, 39" vertical) and football IQ, he has potential to be an elite QB. His NFL stock up even further.  

Kirk Cousins took advantage of a big opportunity. Since Luck, Griffin, Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler did not throw at the Combine, which gave Cousins a chance to show off his skills. He has the ability to be an NFL QB and it showed in his passing drill performance. He helped his stock more than any QB at the Combine outside of maybe RGIII. 

Brandon Weeden is still old, but has the skills to come in and compete. The senior citizen of NFL prospects, also threw at the Combine. He is a Dynasty Rookie Draft question mark because of his age (28), but he can make all of the throws and comes billed as NFL ready. A solid throwing performance at the Combine did enough to maintain his Draft status. 

Russell Wilson
 looks the part of an NFL QB despite his size limitations. Wilson was a top performer in the forty, 20 yard shuttle and 3 cone drill. He didn't do anything to hurt his stock, except measure at under 6' tall. Still, he remains a solid late round prospect. 

Kellen Moore is going to have an uphill battle at even being a back-up QB. 

Jordan Jefferson
 is an athlete that happens to play the QB position, but he should probably consider a change. He lacks some major fundamentals and would be nothing more than a very deep flier. As a WR prospect, his size and speed make him more intriguing, albeit still a long shot. 

Running Back
Trent Richardson did not participate in the Combine, but remains far and away the best RB prospect in the Draft. He's more complete and explosive than last year's 1st back off the board and Alabama teammate Mark Ingram. 

Doug Martin is another impressive physical specimen with complete back skills. He ran a solid 4.55 forty and threw up 28 reps on the bench. In addition, he had a 2nd best among RB's performance in the 60 yard shuttle and important 3 cone drill. Stock way up, both NFL and Dynasty. 

Lamar Miller is fast. Not blazing, but he ran a 4.40 forty and saw his stock increase with an impressive overall Combine performance. He might not be a true three down back, but could be the 2nd RB off the board in April. 

David Wilson is another Top 5 RB prospect that had a very solid Combine. He is an explosive player on the field and that also showed during his drills in Indy. He finished as a top performer in the Vertical Jump, Broad Jump, 20 yard Shuttle and 60 yard Shuttle. He also ran an above average 4.49 forty.

Chris Rainey's 
game was made for the Combine. He's a speed player with superior short area burst and quickness, which was evident to anyone that watched him this weekend. He is a dual threat player, but will need to be deployed properly in the NFL by a creative playcaller. 

LaMichael James is built like a change of pace back and has the speed to go along with that profile. He has good strength for his size and the short area quickness to be 

Robert Turbin
 has ideal size and build. He enters the Draft with a reputation as a below average pass blocker, though. He opened some eyes with a 4.5 forty time and could see his draft stock continue to rise.  

Chris Polk had a tough Senior Bowl and followed that up with a non-descript Combine performance. Still, he is a great example of a prospect with great collegiate stats and the skillset to carry the load in the NFL.

Ronnie Hillman needs to be monitored in the later rounds. He ran a 4.45 forty and cemented his place as a solid change of pace prospect. He is not a tough runner in between the tackles and lacks ideal size and bulk, but he is worth keeping an eye on this April. 

Terrance Ganaway is a quick and powerfully built back that could be a real value late in the Draft. Could be more than just a short yardage/goal line back if he continues to develop. 

Wide Receiver
Stephen Hill might have been the biggest winner at the Combine. He's got excellent size at 6'4" and showed blazing speed with a 4.36 forty. He will still need to show that he can beat the jam, run precise NFL routes and be a consistent threat. But teams will certainly be intrigued with his potential, even given the high bust factor. Dynasty owners will want to follow him closely as the Draft approaches.

Kendall Wright
 was supposed to take the Combine by storm, but it was more like a light shower. While his 4.61 forty time was not impressive, he does play fast on the field and should be one of the first few wideouts taken in the Draft. 

Michael Floyd
 has ideal measurables and the physical profile of a WR1. Not known for his long speed, Floyd ran an impressive 4.47 forty. His combine performance did not set the world on fire, but he might just be the 2nd WR off the board ahead of Wright because of his go-to receiver profile.

Alshon Jeffery did not participate in Combine drills, but showed up a fit 216 lbs. That is huge for a player with major red flags when it comes to conditioning. Can he keep in shape once he's drafted? That remains to be seen, but Jeffery was certainly helped by the scale. 

Dwight Jones
 has major upside, but will need to make significant strides in order to maximize his potential. He had a mediocre Senior Bowl and followed that up with an uninspiring Combine. He lacks deep speed, showed average hands and got the attention of coaches for running a lackadaisical route. He has some serious ground to make up. 

Brian Quick could see his stock continue to climb as the Draft approaches. He has excellent size and the speed to make him a dangerous threat. His athletic ability was on display at the Combine and he is definitely on the rise. 

Tommy Streeter
 did not dominate the collegiate game like a player with his skillset should, but perhaps he's a late bloomer. At 6'5" and 219 lbs., his 4.4 forty time is that much more impressive. He has work to do, but sky high potential is the main attraction in his game. 

Mohamed Sanu ran a slow forty, but that is not the strength of his game. He is athletic and strong, profiling as a possession threat. 

Nick Toon
 ran a decent 4.54 forty, but will intrigue NFL teams and Dynasty owners with his build and pedigree. Although he does not possess elite upside or one outstanding skill, his all around game is solid. Could be good value if he lasts into the middle rounds. 

Tight End
Ladarius Green has intriguing potential. He looked legit at the Combine and has more of a large receivers frame, part of the new NFL trend. Needs to fill out and develop at the position, but his stock is on the way up. 

Orson Charles
 is a manchild. He only did the bench press but knocked out 35 reps and he's a natural catching the ball. Charles got potential to be the best fantasy TE in the class and produce as soon as 2012.

Mike Egnew is a converted receiver that has the size and ability to be a real fantasy contributor. Top performer in 5 of 7 drills with athletic prowess to be NFL mismatch. Not a traditional TE prospect by any means, he could be passable as a blocker with some work. 

James Hanna is an athletic receiving tight end with solid speed. Ran the fastest 40 for his position, could be a nice mid-round value. He's a true risk/reward type but his skillset makes him worthy of following closely this April. 

We will have more detailed analysis of this year's top NFL Draft prospects in the coming weeks!