It's nice to have a draft order set and the Senior Bowl behind us (other all-star games, too, I suppose). The combine is the other big event of the offseason, so we really are halfway to the draft. Sort of.
Quan Cosby, WR, Texas
Height: 5-9. Weight: 198. Projected 40 Time: 4.44. Combine 40 Time: 4.48. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Vertical: 34.5. Broad: . Projected Round (2009): 6-7. 1/20/09: Quan Cosby measured in at 5-9 instead of his projected 5-11. Ouch.
1/4/09: Quan Cosby could be a Day 1 prospect if he weren't turning 27 soon. He finished with 78 catches, 952 yards and eight touchdowns.
10/19/08: Old Man Cosby had nine receptions for 122 yards against Oklahoma, and followed that up with seven catches and 74 yards against Missouri.
5/22/08: Quan Cosby is much more talented than an average mid-round prospect. He's got the 40. He also has the production (680 yards, five touchdowns). And he can return kicks as well. So, what's the problem? He'll be 27 as a rookie.
Cedric Dockery, G, Texas
Height: 6-4. Weight: 320. Projected 40 Time: 5.24. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.40. Benchx225: 21. Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 1/8/09: Now two years removed from an ACL tear, Cedric Dockery was an All-Big XII honorable mention.
5/25/08: Despite tearing his ACL in 2006, Cedric Dockery bounced back to play pretty well in 2007.
2007: Cedric Dockery's 2006 campaign was ruined by a torn ACL in October. He'd be ranked higher if it wasn't for that injury. Younger brother of current Buffalo
Aaron Lewis, DE, Texas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 277. Projected 40 Time: 4.76. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.01. Benchx225: . Vertical: 30.5. Projected Round (2009): FA.
Henry Melton, DE, Texas
Height: 6-4. Weight: 269. Projected 40 Time: 4.72. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.64. Benchx225: . Vertical: 34.5. Projected Round (2009): 5-6.
Roy Miller, DT, Texas
Height: 6-2. Weight: 312. Projected 40 Time: 5.04. Combine 40 Time: 4.97. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.93. Benchx225: 36. Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 1/10/09: Roy Miller finished the season with 9.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks.
11/23/08: Roy Miller stepped up when Brian Orakpo was out; two of his 3.5 sacks came during that span. Miller has 36 tackles and 8.5 TFL on the year.
5/9/08: Roy Miller doesn't get to the quarterback much (4.5 career sacks) but he's still a solid force in the middle of the defensive line. A mid-round prospect.
2007: Another promising prospect in the class of 2009. Roy Miller started five games as a sophomore.
Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 263. Projected 40 Time: 4.66. Combine 40 Time: 4.70. Benchx225: 31. Vertical: 39.5. Broad: 10-10. Projected Round (2009): Top 7 Pick. 2/24/09: Brian Orakpo reestablished himself as the top defensive end at the 2009 NFL Combine. However, I don't think he did enough to put himself into consideration for third overall.
1/9/09: Brian Orakpo finished the year with 15.5 TFL and 10.5 sacks, but struggled against Alex Boone in the Nacho Cheese Doritos Fiesta Bowl. The latest I could see him going is No. 11 to Buffalo, though the Chiefs could still take him at No. 3.
11/16/08: Brian Orakpo has been dominant this season, registering 13 TFL ands 8.5 sacks in nine games. He'll thrive at the combine as well, so it's likely he'll be a top-three selection come April.
5/7/08: Notched five sacks in 2007. Brian Orakpo's freakish athleticism will get him noticed.
2007: Brian Orakpo recorded 4.5 sacks despite starting just one game as a sophomore. He is now the full-time end, taking Tim Crowder's place. Orakpo will have a
role in someone's 3-4 defense.
Ryan Palmer, CB, Texas
Height: 5-8. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.41. Combine 40 Time: 4.60. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.58. Benchx225: . Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 12/13/08: An All-Big XII second-teamer, Ryan Palmer notched 28 tackles, three sacks, three TFL, three picks and four passes broken up.
Cody Brown, DE/OLB, Connecticut
Height: 6-2. Weight: 244. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Combine 40 Time: 4.84. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.60. Benchx225: . Vertical: 36.5. Projected Round (2009): 2-3. 12/6/08: Cody Brown put up great numbers as a senior - 12.5 TFL, nine sacks and eight passes broken up.
5/16/08: A ton of bricks at linebacker (244 pounds) with a very nice 40 (4.65) to go along with his size. Cody Brown had 7.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss in 13 starts his junior year.
Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
Height: 5-10. Weight: 183. Projected 40 Time: 4.36. Combine 40 Time: 4.53. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.38. Benchx225: . Vertical: 43. Projected Round (2009): 1. 2/25/09: Though everyone ran slowly at the 2009 NFL Combine once again, Darius Butler's 40 was especially disappointing. Some speculated that he would be in the high 4.2-low 4.3 range. At least his 43-inch vertical and broad jumps (11-2) were impressive.
12/13/08: Though he missed all of November with a knee injury, Darius Butler still made the All-Big East First Team. Butler had 37 tackles and four passes broken up.
7/22/08: Darius Butler will make some noise with an excellent 40 at the combine. But he's more than just an athlete; Butler had four interceptions as a sophomore. Oh, and he's a solid kick-returner to boot.
Stanley Arnoux, ILB, Wake Forest
Height: 6-0. Weight: 232. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Combine 40 Time: 4.61. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 31. Projected Round (2009): 6. 2/24/09: Who is this guy with the French last name? Stanley Arnoux really impressed with a 4.61 40. He also had a 10-1 broad jump.
Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
Height: 5-9. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.41. Combine 40 Time: 4.56. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Benchx225: . Vertical: 32. Projected Round (2009): 1-2. 1/13/09: Alphonso Smith qualified for the AP All-America First Team. That's not surprising, as he tied the ACC career record for interceptions (Dre Bly, 20).
12/13/08: Thanks to a whopping 13 passes broken up, six picks and a blocked kick, Alphonso Smith qualified for the All-ACC First Team.
5/17/08: All Alphonso Smith did in 2007 was lead the country in picks with eight.
2007: Alphonso Smith started three games as a sophomore, registering four sacks and three picks.