The term “draft stock” may be an incalculable concept, but the fate of football player’s lives — good and bad — can be decided during one weekend when the NFL combine commences in Indianapolis.
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Unfortunately, the stock of three particular players may have dropped a round or more during Saturday’s combine drills:
1. Cyrus Kouandjio
From the day Kouandjio committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, he was destined to be an NFL left tackle. However, reality appears to have gotten into fate’s way.
Kouandjio may have fell out the first round entirely for two reasons.
First, Kouandjio didn’t test well. In particular, the 6-7, 322-pound tackle lacked explosiveness. Part of it may be due to concerns about an injured knee.
Second, Kouandjio simply wasn’t athletic enough, particularly as a left tackle, in positional drills to be considered a first-round talent. Kouandjio labored around the field and lacked the fluidity to block a quarterback’s blindside at the NFL level.
Kouandjio entered this season as a potential Top 10 selection. His status as a first-round prospect is now in question.
Back from combine workout. Bills scout commented earlier, "Cyrus Kouandjio say goodbye to round one"...sluggish, slow & totally unprepared.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) February 22, 2014
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
After a poor junior year, Seferian-Jenkins still decided to declare for the NFL draft.
Seferian-Jenkins only caught 36 passes for 450 yards in 2013. It was his least productive season with the Washington Huskies. But he had an opportunity to impress NFL decision-makers at the combine with a strong workout.
The tight end fully expected to compete at the combine, but he was prevented from doing so by NFL team doctors.
In an interview with NFL Network, Seferian-Jenkins said he’s “fine” but he wasn’t sure if he’ll be able to participate April 2 during Washington pro day.
With an opportunity to prove himself in Indianapolis, Seferian-Jenkins instead left the combine with another mark against him.
3. Morgan Moses
The NFL combine isn’t the best setting for some athletes to prove what type of football player they are.
Moses isn’t considered a top athlete, even as a left tackle prospect. During his workout, Moses looked awkward and stiff. He didn’t finish as a top performer in any of the timed events, and he wasn’t very fluid during positional drills.
The Virginia product had an opportunity to cement his status as a first round pick with a good showing. He fell short of the goal.