2009 NFL Combine

2009 NFL Draftee: Darrius Heyward-Bey

2009 NFL Draftee: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

This past weekend, numerous young athletes made their way to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana for what could prove to be a crucial step in their futures as football players, and professional athletes.  Some impressed and improved their stock to NFL teams watching, while some disappointed.  Others, surprisingly didn’t even show up.

The Winners: Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry impressed with his interview skills.  He showed everyone that he’s a very intelligent, charismatic player (which are important traits for linebackers in particular to have).  He could be this year’s franchise linebacker option for teams that are looking to rebuild through the draft, and could very possibly end up being picked in the top 3 overall.

South Carolina’s Jared Cook (WR) made the switch to Tight End, and impressed with a 4.43 second 40 yard dash, and a 41 inch vertical leap.  As a player that was projected to be drafted mid to late first round, his stock improves dramatically, and he could possibly be looking at a top 10 overall selection.

Maryland Wide Receiver, Darrius Heyward-Bey (pictured above) ran impressive 40 yard dash times in the 4.27 range.  Heyward-Bey looked like it took absolutely no effort on his part to post these astonishing speed numbers.  He’s been touted as possibly the fastest player in the draft, and with such remarkable proof of his pure speed, it is difficult to believe that he’ll fall any further than 20th overall on draft day.  His combination of size, speed and explosion will make it tough for teams looking for wide receivers to pass him up in the first round… because they probably won’t get another shot at him if they do so.

The Losers: Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree discovered this weekend that he has a stress fracture in his left foot.  The injury could sideline him for up to 10 weeks after surgery, and is a concern for teams interested in him.  Widely considered as a top 5 overall prospect in the coming draft, his stock takes a slight hit with this news.

The Bizarre: Alabama OT Andre Smith failed to appear at Saturday’s morning workout, and after a while it became apparent that he voluntarily returned to Atlanta to meet with his personal trainer.  This is a very interesting move for a player who’s livelihood could possibly depend on receiving a lucrative NFL contract.  Many teams are willing to take on a discipline case if the player is proven at the NFL level, but if that problem child is a rookie, or young player who hasn’t proven anything yet at the professional level, behavior like this can cost a guy some major dollars and/or signing bonuses. 

One Response to “2009 NFL Combine”

  1. […] Smith = Big Loser Yesterday, I posted a quick recap of some of the winners and losers of the recent NFL Combine.  I mentioned the bizarre actions of Alabama Offensive Tackle Andre […]

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