3 former SEC players mentioned among biggest risers, fallers post-combine
An NFL Combine is perhaps the most comprehensive and nerve-wracking job interview any individual can undergo.
Players are poke, prodded, analyzed, questioned, and tested over a series of weeks. The anxiety for many of the draft-eligible prospects is palpable — especially when one’s future will be somewhat determined by how fast they can run 40 yards in a single sprint.
The “stocks” of the players can fluctuate based upon performance. According to Pro Football Focus, there were three former SEC players seeing their draft stocks drop: Alabama LB Reuben Foster, Alabama DL Jonathan Allen, and Florida DB Jalen “Teez” Tabor.
Foster’s off-the-field issues have arguably been the biggest news coming out of Indianapolis. He left the combine early after an ambiguous incident involving a hospital worker. According to PFF, Foster “did not wow teams with his individual interviews.”
There’s no question Foster is the best linebacker within this draft. The production he accrued in Tuscaloosa truly speaks for itself. With that said, the latest news surrounding Foster hasn’t been positive. Once a lock for the top-10, he may see a fall similar to the one Laremy Tunsil experienced in last year’s draft.
Like Foster, Allen is widely regarded as the best player at his position. He dominated the competition up front for Nick Saban’s defense — flashing immense consistency and versatility in the process. Allen is equally good against the run as he is when rushing the passer.
With that said, Allen is already suffering from moderate arthritis in both of his surgically-repaired shoulders. He insists it won’t be a factor until after he finishes playing, but one can’t be too sure.
Allen didn’t appear to be an elite athlete when looking at his combine numbers — though (like Foster) his play on the field speaks for itself. There’s still a huge likelihood we will see Allen drafted within the first ten picks.
Heading into this season, Tabor was projected to be one of the best corners in the country. While the Florida defensive back was recognized as an all-SEC player, he failed to be one of the finalists for the Thorpe Award — given to the nation’s best defensive back. He also lacked the overall consistency he had displayed in year’s past.
During the combine, he ran a pedestrian 4.62 in the 40, and struggled with both jumping and bench press. It will be fascinating to see whether these numbers cause him to fall out of the first around all together.