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2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Stock Report

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Prospects - Weigh-Ins and 40 Times:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Stock Report:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Workout Analysis:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Bench Press Analysis:
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These is my 2012 NFL Combine Stock Report for the linebackers. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

2012 NFL Combine: Stock Report - Linebackers

Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Zach Brown nearly crashed Twitter when he ran a 4.44 despite pulling up twice. His 10-yard split of 1.52 was also impressive. Brown was a fringe first-round prospect heading into the Combine, but he definitely strengthened his case to be chosen on Thursday.

Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
Remember when Vontaze Burfict was a top-15 prospect? He could go undrafted. That's how bad his Combine was.

It all started when Burfict blamed others for his struggles this past season during Sunday's press conference. When asked about his terrible 2011 campaign, Burfict called out his coaches for not putting him in a better position. Burfict would later reportedly bomb during the team interviews.

It got even worse when he hit the field. Burfict ran 4.93 and 5.10 in his two 40 attempts with an awful 10-yard split of 1.70. He simply looked like he was out of shape. His broad jump (8-8) and vertical leap (30 inches) also indicated that he has no burst.

I'm not done. Burfict had some of the shortest arms of any linebacker in Indianapolis (31 1/4). You'd think this would help his bench press, but he elected not to participate in the weight room.

Again, Burfict could go undrafted. It's amazing how far he's fallen in six months.

Tank Carder, LB, TCU
No bias here despite the fact that Tank Carder has a draft diary on this Web site. He legitimately looked great during the drills, but if you don't want to believe me, Mike Mayock repeatedly praised him as well. This is not a surprise, as Carder's stock slipped during the fall because he was playing hurt. He's healthy now, making him a sleeper in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Carder's measurables held up as well. He ran a 4.56 40, and notched a 10-1 broad jump and 34.5-inch vertical leap. His arms are a bit short (31 1/2), but he remains a strong Day 2 prospect.

Audie Cole, ILB, N.C. State
Audie Cole did not look good in the drills. He was stiff, and this was after he ran a 4.72 in the 40. He'll be limited to two downs in the NFL.

Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Dont'a Hightower is a big player (6-2, 265), so he wasn't going to look as smooth as some of the other smaller linebackers. Still, the fact remains that he struggled a bit in the drills. On the bright side, he ran a 4.62 40 with a 1.65 10-yard split; solid numbers for a player of his size.

Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California
Mychal Kendricks was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year this past season, but the scouting community didn't expect much of him heading into this weekend. That certainly isn't the case anymore, as Kendricks stood out as one of the top linebackers in Indianapolis.

Kendricks ran the fastest 40 (4.41) of any linebacker since 2000. His broad jump (10-7) and vertical leap (39.5) were also outstanding. And to top it off, Kendricks was one of the top performers in the drills. The production is obviously there, given how dominant he was at Cal, so he's moved himself into second-round consideration.

Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
It's amazing that some scouts thought Luke Kuechly would run 4.8 or 4.9. The Boston College product silenced his detractors in Indianapolis, notching a 4.50 and 4.59 on two separate occasions. He also showcased his great explosion with a 10-3 broad jump and a 38-inch vertical leap.

Kuechly, who was as good as advertised during the drills, won't get out of the top 20 picks. Unless the Eagles sign Stephen Tulloch, I don't know how they'll be able to pass on Kuechly at No. 15 in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
Sean Spence ran well at the Combine, notching a 4.56 40 with a 1.59 10-yard split. However, his bench performance (12 reps) was alarming; even Mike Mayock expressed serious concern over it. Spence's arm length (31 1/2) was also disappointing, and it really makes you wonder how he wasn't able to muster more than 12 reps.

Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
Courtney Upshaw did not look like a linebacker during the Combine. He was terrible during the drills, showing very limited hip flexibility and slow feet. Teams may want to move him to 4-3 defensive end because of this, but that'll be an issue as well because of his height (6-1). Melvin Ingram has the same problem, but he is a really explosive player who can drop into coverage. Upshaw can't do that, and he's also stricken with limited explosion. Upshaw essentially has no natural position, which could really hurt him on Draft Day.

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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Prospects - Weigh-Ins and 40 Times:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Stock Report:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Workout Analysis:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Bench Press Analysis:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Weigh-In Analysis:
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In the loop 03-07-2012 10:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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Terrell Manning from NC State is the real deal.
Jo 02-29-2012 06:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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put Poe at RB
Johnny 02-28-2012 04:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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If you watched Burfict play this year, you already knew how bad he is. Dude's just not very good.

@Vince...because he would've been behind Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen
wpl 02-28-2012 01:15 pm (total posts: 1)
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No mention of Demario Davis of Arkansas State. He was considered a mid to late round guy but posted numbers in the group that Keuchly and Kendricks and Brown posted. Too bad because I had him as a sleeper pick for the Lions. Now he will be noticed.
Adam C 02-28-2012 05:09 am (total posts: 1)
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Granted Carder played through injuries but if you're going to take that into consideration you have to do it with everyone. Devon Still played the Badgers with injuries and the flu plus it was in the middle of the Sandusky scandal when the team was getting death threats.
Vince 02-28-2012 03:17 am (total posts: 2)
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Courtney Upshaw doesn't need a natural position, because he's the best pass rusher in this draft class. No matter where he's taken, whatever team grabs him will get a monster who only cares about getting better.
Mike 02-27-2012 10:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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Zach Brown has all the makings of another UNC headcase - just as his teammates Coples, Dwight Jones are showing.

There's no excuse for how that size and speed doesn't show up consistently at the college level. He looked so dominate at times - and then disappears. Maybe he can turn it around if Ray Lewis is in his earhole, but short of that he's more likely to take the easy money and sit.
Vince 02-27-2012 08:47 pm (total posts: 2)
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Mychael Kendricks is 5-11, 239 and ran a 4.41. Someone find out (and let me know) please why no one stuck him at running back.
Evil Weevil 02-27-2012 06:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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Personally, I'm not putting too much stock into Burfict's 40 time. Seeing as he plays off of emotion, I think you judge him off of game tape. Players like him usually don't get up for what is basically a workout.

Kuechly, on the other hand, is definitely now the #1 LB in the draft. I don't see him lasting past Philly.
wtf 02-27-2012 06:18 pm (total posts: 2)
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vontze burfict was suppose to be a good athlete?!
wtf 02-27-2012 06:18 pm (total posts: 2)
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vontze burfict was suppose to be a good athlete?!
Zach 02-27-2012 05:48 pm (total posts: 1)
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Kuechly and Burfict are huge surprises for me in their 40. Kuechly was supposed to be 4.8 ish and I never would've guessed Burfict would run a nearly 5.0
Luke Kuechly 02-27-2012 03:00 pm (total posts: 3)
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Luke Kuechly HOLY CRAP MAN.

Talk about crushing the only doubt people had about you.

Some scouts thought he might run a 4.9 - so much for that.

ILB's don't go high very often, but Kuechly should go to any team with a need now, because his speed is great.
Zach Brown 02-27-2012 02:49 pm (total posts: 3)
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Brown ran that 4.45 while pulling up during part of the sprint.

It looked like he could have run a 4.3 flat if he finished out his 40 at full speed instead of basically stopping mid-way.
Burfict 02-27-2012 02:48 pm (total posts: 3)
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Vontaze Burfict running a 4.93 is going to disappoint all those people that thought he was the sure-fire diamond in the rough of this draft.

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