Going into the NFL Combine, who are the five big-name players – who aren’t quarterbacks – who have bigger concerns than many might think?
Daily Five: Big Names, Big Questions
What if we’re all wrong?
What if all the things we believe about some of the biggest names and top prospects aren’t quite on the money?
How’s former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson working out as a cornerstone of the Rams offensive line?
The 2013 top three picks of Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Dion Jordan were colossal whiffs for their respective draft positions, and No. 7 pick Jonathan Cooper was an all-timer of a bust.
2012 No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson, anyone?
It happens. In every draft a few yellow jacket-lock prospects – I’m still all in on Detroit taking Charles Rogers second overall in 2003 – turn out to be total disasters. And there will be some in this one, too.
Keeping the quarterbacks out of this version of Big Names, Top Prospects, Big Concerns, going into the NFL Combine, who are five sure-thing first round talents who have a glaring question mark?
5. DT Taven Bryan, Florida
Combine Question: With all that talent, where was he?
Get ready for him to wow the scouts in Indianapolis.
The 6-4, 290-pounder is lighting-quick off the ball with just enough athleticism and speed to be a pass rushing terror on the outside, and the bulk to hang out inside in just about any scheme.
Everything is going to be there in the workouts.
He’s going to move like a tight end, he’s going to be fluid, and he’s going to be that guy that everyone will be saying, “I’ve got to go back and look harder at the tape” after watching what he’s going to do.
The upside is limitless, and he might turn into the type of player who grows into his talent and athleticism to become a special player as he matures into a pro, but he was just an okay college player.
Barely a factor in his first two seasons, he came up with 40 tackles, four sacks and six tackles for loss, disappearing a bit too often for a player with his first round skills.
Of those six tackles for loss, here’s one …
He’s a project, but there’s a chance on greatness if someone is patient with him.
However, always, always, always be afraid of taking mediocre college players in the first round.