Here are 7 prospects we feel will deliver disappointing performances at the 2017 NFL Combine.
Fair or not, there are few things that can trash an NFL draft prospect’s stock like a horrible showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. First round prospects can become second day fallers in an instant. Late round sleepers can be reconsidered undraftable with a bad combine performance. While the vast majority of front offices understand that game film is king, there are always those that apply too much weight to combine numbers. Whether or not this happens, we feel the following players will have a disappointing showing at the Annual Underwear Olympics.
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Williams is a big, strong wideout with above-average body control. However, I’m not quite sure he’s all that fast or explosive. The combine is an ideal setting for receivers with superb speed, athleticism and hands…not so much for guys like Williams. If he can run the forty in the 4.48-4.55 range, he’ll be fine. The feeling is Williams will run closer to the 4.6 mark. While that number is not a killer, it could drop Williams to a late first round selection; especially if he doesn’t catch the ball with perfection.
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Tabor is among the top cover men available in the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s also a feisty, competitive defender. All that scrappiness may make him a special player, but it does not necessarily equate to combine success. Tabor doesn’t appear to be the most fleet-of-foot, especially in comparison to other top-flight corners in this class (Marshon Lattimore and Marlon Humphrey). Tabor will likely turn out to be a marvelous pro, similar to former Gator, Joe Haden. Also, like Haden, the combine will not be so Kind to Tabor.
Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA
There is a spreading narrative among the draft community that Takk McKinley is an elite athlete. While I see a no-nonsense, try hard defender, I do not see a truly special athlete when I watch McKinley’s tape. The stiffness in his lower body does not bode well for agility testing. The growing sentiment of his athletic genius will only serve to leave people in that camp disappointed with his results. I’m expecting average workout numbers across the board for McKinley when it’s all said and done.
Desmond King, CB, Iowa
King is another highly regarded secondary prospect. He’s also been highly productive in his college career. But, there are justified questions about his long-speed and explosiveness. With the talk that King could see a switch to safety in the NFL lends validity to those questions. I’m not sure King’s performance will be held as a disappointment, as no one is really expecting him to blow it out of the water anyhow. But, I’ve got a feeling King will be ultra-pedestrian in his combine showing.
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
McMillan is a big thumper in the run game and has been a non-factor as a pass defender, primarily because he is removed from the field on passing downs. He can do a lot for his one-dimensional reputation if he performs well. However, I don’t see that happening. McMillan will show enough movement skills to pretty much stand pat as a run-down linebacker and second day prospect.
Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
Sheehan has seen his stock rise during the offseason, as he’s been one of the annual small-school darlings of the draft community. He’s big (6-7, 277) and completely overmatched his opponents in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. But, he doesn’t have the movement skills to be a dominant athlete on the NFL level. I feel that his average workout numbers will let down many of the folks banking on him posting elite athletic numbers at the combine.
Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Let me get this out of the way first. I love Samaje Perine as a football player. I just don’t think the combine is a setting for him to shine. Perine is the all-time leading rusher in Oklahoma history. But, he’s a bruiser who is a bit of a one-speed runner. His vision, instincts and power will not be on display at the combine and no one will be impressed with his work in tights and track shoes.