PROSPECTS THE SCOUTS WILL BE LOOKING AT VERY CLOSELY
Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman will be given the opportunity to make or break himself as a first round talent. Scouts will be paying close attention to his footwork, arm strength, and overall ability to grasp basic NFL concepts. Freeman's arm strength really isn't much of a question, but he will need to show he can throw the ball accuratly and in time.
Harris, who is making the move from safety to outside linebacker still has a lot to prove. What Harris can do is wow the scouts with his athletic ability and make teams a little more willing to work with the young raw talent. Harris could potentially post a blazing fast 40 time in terms of a linebacker prospect and should be impressive in the other on field drills. Paramount in order for Harris to have a successful combine will be the bench press. Teams will want to know he has adequate strength, and a good showing will show his level of commitment as well.
With a mind bogling 40 time, Harvin could cement himself as a first round prospect. But perhaps even more important that that will be his medical examination portion of the weekend. Harvin's biggest knock is his injury history. Teams will want to clear up any red flags where Harvin's health is concerned. It will also be important for Harvin to impress as a route runner.
Perhaps no prospect has more mixed reviews than Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson. No one has ever questioned Johnson's physical abilities, but his production has been highly scrutinized. Maybe no single prospect has more on the line at the upcoming combine. If Johnson wants to stay in the mix as a first round prospect, it's very simple. Blow scouts away at the combine. Johnson's 40 time and verticle may very easily be the best of all the DL prospects. Where he will need to shine is on the bench press and during the interview process. It's also important that he fair well in the OLB drills to show his ability to stand up and play 3-4 OLB. Versatility will only help his stock.
Aaron Maybin should fair very well in all of the test that guage his speed and athletic ability. Perhaps the most important portion of his weekend will be the beginning, the weigh in. I think it's important that Maybin comes in 10-15 pounds heavier than he was this past season at Penn State. It will be important to show he can add the weight and also carry it well. It will also be important for him to show his strength on the bench press. If he hasn't gained any weight and doesn't fair well on the bench press he could slide out of the first round.
Teams know about his insticts, his football IQ, his productivity, and all of his other intangibles. What they don't know is, what kind of athlete is this kid. How smoothly McKillop looks during the on field drills could mean the difference between being a late 2nd round pick, and being a 4th or 5th round pick.
The combine could be the last chance for William Moore to stay in the mix as one of the top safety prospects in this class. Moore's on field performance has not matched his junior season. Teams will want to know what was different and will be asking during the interview portion. Moore could turn things around by showing he's faster and a better overall athlete than scouts expected.