The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine has passed and now the league moves into the free agency period of the off-season, which starts at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
With the 2017 NFL Draft just more than a month away, prospects don’t have many chances left to raise their stock, especially if they performed poorly in Indianapolis.
The combine had its winners, those who truly stood out and improved their stock, but it had its losers as well.
Several players failed to perform up to expectations, potentially hurting their draft stock. With pro days left before the draft, they will have one more shot to show NFL teams their true value, but will it be enough?
Here are the prospects who left Indianapolis in worse shape then when they arrived.
DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Allen went into the combine as a lock for a top three pick but medical records revealed he has moderate arthritis in both shoulders. The arthritis came from Allen having surgery on both shoulders during his time at Alabama. Allen still participated in drills at the combine but his stock could drop to the middle of the first round. The problem with arthritis is that it doesn’t go away. It also never gets better and only gets worse.
LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
Foster was another first-round Crimson Tide player who tested poorly at the combine. In fact, Foster didn’t even participate in drills. The linebacker got into an argument with a hospital worker Friday night, just a day before he was set to take part in on-field workouts. Foster was dismissed from the combine and has sent an apology letter to all NFL teams for the incident. He’s expected to meet with teams to discuss what happened in an attempt to keep his draft stock from falling even more.
CB Teez Tabor, Florida
The former Florida cornerback didn’t have an incident or injury that hurt his draft stock, but he did not test well. Tabor ran a 4.63 and 4.68 in his two 40-yard dash attempts. The knock on Tabor is that he doesn’t have enough speed to keep up with NFL wide receivers on deep balls. Tabor’s stock may have fallen from a first-round pick all the way to a third rounder. If he does fall that far, the Bears could select him as a value add, as speed isn't everything.
QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
The 2017 draft class isn’t particularly strong for the quarterback position. Kizer entered the combine with a chance to prove scouts wrong on red flags like accuracy and decision making. Yet, after running through drills, Kizer may have hurt his stock even further. The former Notre Dame product showed poor footwork and wasn’t accurate during passing drills. He also ran a 4.83 40-yard dash, which isn't very impressive for a QB who has been lauded for his athleticism. He'll get one last shot to improve in those areas at his pro day but if he doesn't, there's an outside chance Kizer could slip to the Bears in the second round.
WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
Kupp had a nice performance on the Senior Bowl stage just more than a month ago but couldn’t translate that to the combine. His numbers, including the 40-yard dash (4.62), weren’t eye-popping and didn’t show enough to propel him into the first two rounds. With his likely position being in the slot, Kupp will have some work to do before the draft in April.