In my second installment of Stock Watch, I take a look at whose stock has been dropping due to their most recent postseason performances. Poor showings at the combine, injuries and character concerns are the main culprits behind why the following prospects made my list of top 10 fallers for the week one:
Calais Campbell- Defensive End, Miami
After a spectacular sophomore season Campbell's play really seemed to fall off a bit under new head coach Randy Shannon. No one is questioning his size and body control, but his lack of motor and grit inside really worries scouts. After performing only so-so at the combine, he proceeded to record a 5.0 plus forty at his Pro Day. Campbell looks to be sliding into that late portion of round one.
John Carlson- Tight End, Notre Dame
Carlson entered the year as the nation's top tight end, but after a less than stellar senior campaign and a horrendous combine, he has a lot of ground to make up on his Pro Day, which is scheduled for March 19. Carlson ran a pedestrian 4.93 in the forty and needs to prove he has the athleticism to get separation in man coverage. He looks like an early to mid third round pick
Kevin Smith- Running Back, Central Florida
Scouts realized on tape Smith lacked great straight-line speed, but running in the 4.6 range as such a long strider really hurt him. His draft stock is starting to get swallowed up by the rest of the elite junior running back talent. He needs a really strong Pro Day to resurrect his stock and give himself a chance for the first three rounds of the draft.
Lavelle Hawkins- Wide Receiver, California
After gaining some momentum after a strong Senior Bowl week, Hawkins' stock is really starting to level off and drop after his raw numbers came in at the combine. For a receiver to measure in at 5'11 and 187 pounds, he needs to run better then a 4.57. He caught the ball well at his Pro Day, but for a receiver who relies on his burst and speed, he just hasn't shown much of it at the combine and his Pro Day.
Ali Highsmith- Linebacker, LSU
For a guy who shows such good burst and sideline-to-sideline speed on tape, Highsmith really shocked scouts with a defensive lineman like time of 4.95 at the combine. He showed only average burst in the vertical jump (26.5), and questions about his natural athletic ability are starting to arise. He needs a strong Pro Day on March 26 to have any chance at hearing his name on the first day.
Adarius Bowman- Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State
On the bright side Bowman did improve his forty time at his Pro Day. But on the other hand, he still only ran a 4.75. As a big possession receiver, he can still carve a niche with 4.75 speed, but he needs to show better hands and concentration over the middle. He couldn't catch a cold at the Senior Bowl, and the former first day prospect looks like a mid second day guy at this point.
Letroy Guion- Defensive Tackle, Florida State
Blessed with some intriguing physical tools Guion has yet to put it all together on the field. For someone who is being drafted on his raw measurables alone, his less-than-stellar forty time (5.31) and bench press performance (26) were not what scouts wanted to see. And for a man who depends so much on his first step, his 10-yard spilt (1.81) didn't help his cause either.
Davone Bess- Wide Receiver, Hawaii
The productive slot receiver has yet to show the physical tools to prove he can be a threat at the next level. Bess showcased only average speed at the combine and didn't look particularly impressive during position drills. It's tough to have three guys from a team all getting drafted at the same position, and Bess looks like the odd man out of the Hawaii wideout trio.
Carl Nicks- Offensive Tackle, Nebraska
After having a very solid Senior Bowl outing and showing well at the combine, Nicks started to really generate some positive buzz. But after he was ticketed after holding a party at his college house he is now banned from his own Pro Day. With character concerns becoming more and more a priority in the NFL, Nicks' latest antics really hurt his stock.
Malcolm Kelly- Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
It's hard to raise your stock when you have yet to do one thing since your junior season ended. But that's the case for Kelly, who has yet to run or workout for scouts at the combine or his recent Pro Day. An ailing thigh muscle is what is keeping him from running, so he will run on his own at a personal Pro Day on April 9, with a lot of riding on his numbers.
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