Combine should pay off big for Miami's Greg Olsen

If the Chicago Bears want a tight end in the first round, they may have to move up if they want Miami's Greg Olsen. An impressive NFL combine performance could make Olsen a Top 20 pick in April's draft.

Updated: March 1, 2007, 2:46 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
Miami tight end Greg Olsen appears to have made himself a lot of money after his NFL combine workouts.

In my initial first-round projection, I had the 6-foot-5-inch junior going to the Chicago Bears with the 31st pick. Now, however, Olsen should go somewhere in the middle of the first round because he's fast (4.54 40-yard dash), sure-handed and very athletic. He has similar characteristics that tight end Todd Heap had when he came out of Arizona State and was the last pick in the first round of the 2001 draft.

My next first-round projection is scheduled for March 8, once teams have had a chance to address needs in free agency.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst