I have never been one to place too much importance on the work outs and exercises performed at the Combine, instead choosing to look at each player's performance on the field as a better indicator of that player's future potential, but a player's performance at the Combine has nonetheless proven to have a fairly significant impact on players' draft stocks. Each day throughout the NFL Scouting Combine (February 24 to March 1) I'll be breaking down the day's risers and fallers. Enjoy.
- NFL Scouting Combine Risers & Fallers: Day One
- NFL Scouting Combine Risers & Fallers: Day Two
- NFL Scouting Combine Risers & Fallers: Day Three
- NFL Scouting Combine Risers & Fallers: Day Four
- NFL Scouting Combine Risers & Fallers: Day Five
- NFL Top Ten 2011 NFL Draft Prospects by Positions
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Brandon Harris, CB, Miami Hurricanes: Harris looked fluid during position drills. He demonstrated good feet and change of direction. Already projected as a first rounder, his stock could be high enough to warrant a mid-round pick even if he measured around 5'9.
Rahim Moore, S, UCLA Bruins: Moore demonstrated good movement in the drills and notched an impressive 3.96 in the short shuttle.
Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia Cavaliers: If you can run a 4.46 forty after injuring a hamstring with about five yards to go, you're alright in my book.
Darryl Skrine, CB, Tennessee-Chattanooga: OThis was Deion Sanders' guy on Tuesday. He ran a good forty, clocking at 4.48 officially, and showed good jumping ability, reaching 37.0" in the vertical. His position drills were solid, too.
Chris Culliver, S, South Carolina Gamecocks: Ran 4.40 forty and a 38.5" vertical. He also performed well in the drills and could be a bit of a climber throughout March if he continues to separate himself from other safeties in the class.
Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado Buffaloes: I was disappointed that Smith looked tight during his position drills. I had him pegged as a possible riser after the Combine and his 4.46 forty and 36-inch vertical were certainly good, but his performance in drills didn't live up to expectations. Reports of character concerns won't help him climb draft boards, either.
Aaron Williams, CB, Texas Longhorns: Williams has been facing speculation of a possible move to safety, and did little to quell that talk at the Combine. His forty wasn't bad, but he did not look fluid during the drills.
Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina Tar Heels: He looked good in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and the Combine would have been a nice forum to take that next step forward to improve his stock, but he measured at 5'9 and clocked slow in the forty.
Ahmad Black, S, Florida Gators: Black did himself no favors with a very disappointing forty time. His size was underwhelming as well, a combo that may be tough to overcome as a safety at the next level.
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