While some—many—took advantage of the opportunity the NFL Scouting Combine presents, the other side of the coin presents a group of five players that wish the precession in Indianapolis had gone the other way around. After the premier pre-draft showcase event, here are a handful of players whose stock is trending downward as the combine enters the rearview mirror.
DEREK STINGLEY JR., CB, LSU
Talented, no doubt, but with a lack of success the last two seasons and an injury-riddled tail end of his LSU career, the dominating play Derek Stingley Jr. enjoyed in 2019 seems like a lifetime ago. While many of the class’ premier corner talent showcased elite linear speed in the 40 with fluid hips and sure hands in positional drills, Stingley Jr. watched on the sideline in street clothes as he continues to recover from a Lisfranc injury in his left foot.
TREYLON BURKS, WR, ARKANSAS
Although his film remains some of the more impressive of any pass-catcher in the class, Treylon Burks’ lack of, well, anything dynamic to hang your hat in Indianapolis presents a litany of issues that teams will 100% factor into his profile. With substandard numbers posted in explosion drills like the vert and broad, while his 4.55 40 time at 225 pounds will more than play, his limitations as a pure athlete on the outside will raise issues for teams when attempting to project where his most immediate success will be found on Sundays.
DANIEL FAALELE, OT, MINNESOTA
After the first practice at the Senior Bowl, Daniel Faalele looked like a potential top-20 pick. As the weeks have passed and more information has been made available on one of the class’ largest prospects, he has a long way to go both in his skill at tackle and in improving his athletic profile. At 384 pounds, he lifted 225 pounds (roughly 60% of his body weight) just 24 times in the bench press and was absent in on-field drills. He will be a full participant at Minnesota’s Pro Day but has a long way to go to earn back the hype he had entering Mobile.
DAVID BELL, WR, PURDUE
A lock as an early day-two pick entering the combine, David Bell was extremely underwhelming in all facets in Indianapolis. We knew he’d showcase sticky hands in drills, but a look into his fundamental athletic profile has raised questions considering the ways in which he won on the outside at Purdue. At 211 pounds, a 4.65 40 won’t sit well with teams. However, his clean footwork, route-running, and competitiveness at the catch point should steady his slot as a day-two wideout.
MATT CORRAL, QB, OLE MISS
There’s no really no reason why Matt Corral didn’t throw. I didn’t need to see him run the 40 or jump in the vert, but for a talent that was absent at the Senior Bowl due to injury, following reports that he’s been throwing in stationary drills for nearly three weeks, I would have liked to have seen Corral gut it out and sling the rock around a little bit. A competitive signal-caller by nature, Corral not even attempting to participate in any on-field drills should have teams raising major questions about his health.
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