10 Players to Watch at the NFL Combine

10 Players to Watch at the Combine

2/22/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) runs for a first down in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY SportsLe'Veon Bell, RB, MSU: Bell was a beast at Michigan State, rushing for 1793 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He's a proven workhorse, as he carried the ball a ridiculous 382 times in 13 games last season. Bell is a bowling ball of a runner with the ability to bounce off tacklers and run over defenders, but teams are very unsure of his speed and lateral movement. He'll look to run the forty-yard dash, three cone drill, and shuttle run well to prove that he is a potential every-down back in the NFL. He also hopes to weigh in at 228 pounds, down from his 2012 playing weight of 244.

Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook: Here's a player you've probably never heard of. Maysonet was the runner-up for the FCS player of the year, running for 1964 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2012. The thought is that he has the size and speed to be an effective NFL runner, but scouts will likely want to see him prove it at the Combine. A hamstring injury will keep Maysonet from running the forty-yard dash at the Combine, but he will run it at Stony Brook's pro day on March 21st. Never having missed a game in four years at school, the injury is not any cause for concern.

Denard Robinson, ?, Michigan: Robinson is a player that we all know, but may have forgotten about since the pre-draft process has gotten underway. Robinson has unquestionable playmaking ability, but he struggled with route running and pass catching when he attempted to play receiver during Senior Bowl week. His place in the NFL could be at receiver, or it could be as a wildcat specialist/kick returner, like Brad Smith was for the Jets and Bills. No one will question Robinson's athleticism, but he will want to prove that he can run fluidly in his routes and display sure hands.

EJ Manuel, QB, FSU: Manuel has Cam Newton-esque size at 6'5'' 240, and he has displayed exceptional athleticism in the pocket as well, making him a very intriguing prospect. He put up very good numbers the past two years at Florida State, completing more than 65% of his passes and posting better than a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio in both seasons. What Manuel needs to prove is that he has an NFL-caliber arm. Scouts will be watching closely when he takes the field to throw.

Matt Scott, QB, Arizona: Scott is another one of those raw, physically gifted players who will look to use the Combine in an effort prove he's worth a shot as a project player. He can run well, use his athleticism to extend plays, and has drawn praise for the zip on his passes. Teams will be looking mostly at Scott's ability to throw this weekend, but an exceptional display in the other workouts could start getting heads to turn. One scout referred to Scott as "the guy lying in the weeds that I could see jumping up and surprising people with how high he goes."

A few other intriguing prospects at the Combine: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU), WR Marquise Goodwin (Texas), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), DE/OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon), WR Terrance Williams (Baylor), DE Sam Montgomery (LSU), and all of the top quarterbacks.
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