Published February 18, 2013 - 4:10pm
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The NFL Combine kicks off this week, and it’s all televised on the NFL Network. And if you get around to watching it, make sure you watch these five guys. Four are projected to be first-rounders already, and the fifth one is moving up the charts at a rapid pace, passing just the eye test for now.
Here are the five to watch:
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: In a draft which has a defensive tackle logjam, Floyd is already projected to be a first-rounder, although there are mixed opinions on exactly where he stacks up. Floyd’s numbers weren’t shell-shockingly awesome at Florida last season, but once scouts put their eyes on this physical man-child, he’ll be shooting up into the top-10 range. Floyd has an explosive first step and legs the size of California Redwoods, and unlike others, Floyd has the work ethic and want-to desire that will make GMs and coaches fall in love him as a prospect.
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU: Mingo is one of the biggest hybrid players in the combine. He’s almost too light to be a prototypical defensive end, but Mingo makes up for it with his athletic uniqueness. He’s just athletic enough to tear up the combine and rip it to shreds with his agility and speed. He’ll run one of the top 40 times of any defensive lineman, maybe ever, and just watch his ability to cover players during drills.
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: The top-five projected defensive end will put on a show this week. There’s more to lose than there is to gain for Moore, but just watch the way this cat runs, and his explosiveness and crazy agility. You don’t appreciate Moore until you watch him dominate, and he’s versatile enough to play with his hand up or down. Moore is very similar in size to Mingo, but he’s more of a typical defensive end. Moore could become the talk of the combine at its conclusion.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: Patterson is my pick to win the NFL Combine. He could be slightly overlooked heading into this week because he didn’t even have the best receiving numbers on his own team in 2012. Patterson’s physical stature at 6-3, 210 pounds passes the eye test, but once he gets the ball in his hands, jaws will drop. And you must be watching to see him dominate every single receiver at the combine.
DJ Swearinger, FS, South Carolina: Swearinger was one of the most feared hitters in the SEC in 2012, because he’s not afraid to knock your block off and plays with reckless abandon. And not to mention, he has great ball skills in the secondary, too. Although Swearinger isn’t on many radars right now, he will be once the combine concludes. GMs and coaches will fall in love with his aggressiveness, film and athleticism this week.
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