2012 NFL Draft Combine winners and losers: DBs

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It’s combine time, the male version of a swimsuit calendar shoot. But don’t get too high or too low about this stuff. Like my friend Bill Smith says, “beware the workout warrior.” The site of the past Super Bowl, Indianapolis is also hosting the 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine. Let’s take a look at who’s draft stock is trading higher and who’s trading lower after the workouts.

Harrison Smith, Notre Dame

It’s rare for safeties to go very high, but Smith could go as high as any safety in this draft. Mark Barron is probably the only one who might go ahead of him. One of the biggest and tallest DBs at the combine, Smith measured well, and ran a 4.56. Had a nice bench press too. His former backfield mate Robert Blanton, now listed as R.J. Blanton, did not do as well. But it begs the question: what was up with the Irish pass defense this season being so bad, given how they had two DBs in the combine? I know covering for Gary Gray’s blown assignments is difficult, as Gray was one of the worst defensive backs in all of college football, but still.

Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama

The Florida Gators cast-off comes with a ton of baggage. His off-the-field history will keep him out of the first round probably, but he did have a great combine. Jenkins posted a 4.44 forty and the fastest ten yard split of any DB.

Josh Robinson, Central Florida

Ran a 4.29, making him the 40 yard dash champion of the 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine. From obscurity to up the DB charts.

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HOLD

Morris Claiborne, LSU

Was a top 5 pick heading in, and he performed like a top 5 pick in Indy

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SELLING

Mark Barron, Alabama

He did the weigh-in and the arm measurements- that’s it. HOW EXCITING! Why even go to the combine at that point? Barron’s agent must believe he’s the defensive version of Trent Richardson, no need to risk anything by running the drills. Of course, after the Crimson Tide pro day, I may be buying his stock again!

Other combine stock reports:

RB

WR

QB

OL and TE

DL and LB

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