Commentary

RG3, others cement their status

Defensive linemen continue to rise; disappointing workouts hurt some big names

Originally Published: February 29, 2012
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.

The NFL combine is in the books, and there are plenty of impressive workouts and interviews to consider as we re-examine the draft board after a week of action in Indianapolis.

The top three spots appear to be locked down, while a top defensive lineman has fallen out of the top 10 and another has rocketed into the top 15 after crushing the combine process.

A big-name running back has returned to my rankings of the top 32 overall prospects for the 2012 draft after showing his speed in Indianapolis, while a top inside linebacker is also back on the list and the No. 1 center on the board makes his first appearance.

Here's how the entire list shakes out as the combine kicks off. As always, non-seniors are noted with an asterisk.


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1
QB
6-4
235

Analysis: Luck's combine workout showed he is more athletic than most thought, and combined with his once-in-a-generation skill set he appears to be a lock as the No. 1 overall pick to the Colts. Last week: 1

2
QB
6-2⅜
218

Analysis: Griffin's ridiculous 4.41-second 40-yard dash and impressive interview sessions have finally pushed him into the No. 2 spot on the board. The speculation is flying about which team will trade with the Rams for the right to draft Griffin at No. 2 overall, and that pick could become the most valuable draft commodity we've ever seen. Last week: 3

3
OT
6-7
295

Analysis: Kalil's showing in Indianapolis blew the rest of the offensive tackle class out of the water. His combination of size, balance, light feet and finishing ability make him a potential franchise left tackle who will be hard to the Vikings to pass on with the third overall pick. Last week: 2

4
RB
5-11
224

Analysis: A minor knee scope prevented Richardson from working out at the combine, but he is expected to be ready for his pro day. His rare combination of size, speed, power, balance and vision make him worthy of a top-10 pick. Last week: 4

5
CB
6-0
173

Analysis: Hands-down the top cover corner in the nation. Claiborne's combination of size, speed, fluid hips and impressive ball skills were on display at the combine and further cemented his place among the top 10 picks. Last week: 5