SEC’s biggest winners and losers at the NFL Combine


There’s only one day left for defensive backs to show out starting this morning at 9 AM. However, every other position has been through the gauntlet, drills and testing, and we have some big winners and unfortunately two losers from the combine.

Let’s check them out:

Biggest Winners

Tyler Bray, Tennessee: Coming at no surprise, everyone is talking about the physically gifted Tyler Bray. Bray always had the big arm strength and upside in talent, but it’s the mental makeup that everyone questions. However, his stock is rising because of his performance at the combine, and few have noted how he’s able to fit the ball into tight windows.

Knile Davis, Arkansas: Davis showed up stacked like a brick house at 227 pounds, and he ran a 4.37 40 and had 31 reps of 225 pounds to lead all running backs. It’s hard to imagine how he struggled on the field in 2012.

Sharrif Floyd, Florida: The defensive tackle Floyd ran a faster 40 than Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore, but his brute force and lateral quickness has Floyd projecting into the top 10. Analysts, GMs, coaches and decision makers fell in love with the future star this week.

Zaviar Gooden, Missouri: Gooden’s 4.47 40 is freak-like for 235 pounds, and there’s been a buzz surrounding Gooden ever since he left the Senior Bowl about his speed and crazy athletic abilities. Gooden was also the position’s top performer in the three cone drill.

Justin Hunter, Tennessee: We knew Hunter was physically impressive and a freak at receiver, and he turned out a 4.44 40 and was a top performer in the vertical jump and the broad jump. Hunter could be chasing his own former teammate Cordarrelle Patterson as one of the first receivers off the board.

Onterio McCalebb, Auburn: McCalebb blew the field away with his 4.34 40. He’s not an every-down back, but McCalebb can do some things on special teams, too.

Christine Michael, Texas A&M: Michael is trying to shake the image of a frustrating senior season, and he’s one of the fastest rising players on the board at running back. Michael set a combine record for running backs with 43” vertical after he vowed to shock the world. I’d say he turned some heads.

Barkevious Mingo, LSU: Mingo and Damontre Moore are very comparable, but Mingo blew the field away with his 4.58 40. Can you imagine being 6-4, 245 pounds and running a nasty 4.58? Wow. Mingo cemented himself as the first former LSU defensive end to be selected.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee: Patterson showed up and did what he needed to do at the combine. He ran a 4.42 40 and was the position’s top performer in the broad jump and vertical jump. Patterson is a freak for his stacked 210 pounds, and some team will take his raw gifted talent and turn him into a perennial star.

Sheldon Richardson, Missouri: Richardson keeps on dominating everywhere he goes. Top analysts describe Richardson as a very gifted defensive end in a defensive tackle body. Richardson, much like Sharrif Floyd, is shooting up the draft boards.

Ryan Swope, Texas A&M: Swope came out and ran a blazing 4.34 40, tying WVU’s Tavon Austin and Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb for the second fastest 40 time. Swope caught 252 passes in his four-year career, and his 40 will propel him to a higher pick.

Cornelius Washington, Georgia: One player who isn’t being talked about too much is former UGA DE Cornelius Washington. He’ll play OLB in the league, and he produced some very good results. He finished with the second fastest 40 time for any LB at 4.55 and finished as a top performer on bench press and broad jump. He’ll be a player at the next level.

Biggest Losers

Damontre Moore, Texas A&M: Arguably the biggest loser of the entire combine so far has been Moore. The once projected top five pick only managed 11 reps of 225 pounds and ran a 4.95. Look, Moore won’t need to bench press anyone on his way to rack up sacks in the league, but he clearly wasn’t ready for the combine and several were very disappointed with his output.

Jarvis Jones, Georgia: Jones decided not to go through drills at the combine, and there has been talk that several teams aren’t willing to take a risk on signing Jones because of his spinal stenosis. Jones will work out at Georgia’s pro day, and unfortunately all eyes will be on him and his neck until draft day.

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