NFL Combine 2012: Winners And Losers After A Week In Indy

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 29: Stephen Hill #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fails to pull in this reception against Darius Robinson #21 of the Clemson Tigers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

There were big winners at the NFL Combine, like defensive tackle Dontari Poe. And there were also losers, like Vontaze Burfict. We break down a few of the top winners and losers after a week in Indianapolis.

The 2012 NFL Combine is officially over which means that coaches are now busy discussing which players are rising up the draft boards and which ones hurt themselves in Indianapolis this week. This was the biggest job interview in each player's life as it gave them a chance to show and tell coaches why they're worthy of a draft pick. Of course, not all the prospects did every drill -- the top three quarterbacks didn't throw -- but of the ones that did, there were some very clear winners and losers.

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Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

Hill, who stands at 6'4, ran an amazing 4.36 40-yard dash proving that he can be an effective deep threat for any team and he also looked impressive in receiving drills. He may not be a first-round guy -- yet -- but depending on his pro day, he can continue to rise after his great combine performance.

Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

Martin isn't Trent Richardson but he did show during the Combine that he may have what it takes to be an NFL running back. He's a Ray Rice-type of back and ran a 4.55 40-yard dash. He also tied Utah State's Robert Turbin for the most bench press reps at 28. He helped himself a lot this week as he tries to become the next guy after Trent Richardson in the draft.

Cordy Glenn, OT/G, Georgia

Glenn, who stands at 6'5 and weighs 345 pounds, ran an unofficial 4.96 in the 40-yard dash. With that 40 time, Glenn showed that he is athletic enough to be a good pass blocker yet has the quickness and power to push people around as a run blocker. Glenn should feel better about the possibility of being a first round pick after this Combine performance.

Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Poe managed to move his 346-pound body 40 yards down the field in less than five seconds (4.98 to be exact) and he also managed 44 reps on the bench press. He's a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense and with his performance at the Combine he showed that he can combine the power to stop the run with the athleticism to rush the passer, which is a rare combination. He's becoming a solid first rounder.

Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Jenkins may worry teams with the numerous off-field issues he's had in the past, but he showed he's ready to be an NFL cornerback. He ran a 4.46 40-yard dash and looked great in drills. He looks like he's athletic enough to play man-to-man and, depending on how teams feel about his off-field issues, makes a strong case as a first round pick.


Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Wright was a top-three wide receiver heading into the Combine, but a very poor 40 time of 4.61 seconds may cause his stock to slip a little. Let's face it, wide receiver is a stopwatch position and while a solid 40 doesn't always translate to a great player on the field, teams look at 40 times. Fortunately for Wright, there's already some buzz that his 40 times won't hurt him.

Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

More than anyone, Burfict needed a great Combine performance to shake off the questions marks in his game. Unfortunately for him, that didn't happen. Burfict ran a slow 40, looked bad in drills and reportedly didn't come off any better when he talked to coaches and scouts. There's a real chance that Burfict, who was considered a first-round pick at one time, is now just struggling to be drafted at all.

Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Brockers didn't look too athletic during his individual drills and his slow 40-time is a red flag from teams that are looking for defensive linemen who can stop the run and rush the passer. He only had 19 reps on the bench press, the lowest for his position. He looks the part, standing 6'5 and weighing in at 322 pounds, but he doesn't seem quite like the prospect we thought he was before the Combine. Brockers has a chance to redeem himself at his pro day.

Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

Adams needed a big day which could have moved himself into the top half of the first round. But, even with his size (6'7, 323 pounds), he was only able to do 19 reps on the bench press. There were running backs that did better than that and now there are major concerns about Adams' upper body strength, which isn't good considering that part of being an offensive tackle is handling the strong defensive linemen.

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