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I really wanted to avoid a combine post. I really did. Unfortunately, due to my lack of time this weekend (my first article in my new place!) and the lack of anything else going on the Dallas Cowboys world, I realized this article was going to be about the combine after all. Fortunately, this one will take a slightly difference approach. I recently read Tom Firme’s article on bleacherreport.com, where he talked about possible Cowboys draft picks that had injury concerns. This article will focus on the combine results for those prospects.
Peter Konz, C Wisconsin: Konz is the top center of the draft and is projected to be drafted at the end of the first round. His 6’5″ 314 lb frame is perfect for the O Line and he is a proven leader with the Badgers. Unfortunately, he has missed at least two games in every year since 2009 and his size allows quick rushers to blow by him at times. At the combine, his grade was 85 (immediate starter) and did 18 reps on the bench press.
Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama: Both his injury concerns (torn labrum suffered early in 2010) and off field issues (multiple arrests forced him to transfer from Florida) make him a questionable pick. No one is doubting his cover ability, but his 5’10″ 193 lb size has some people wondering if he can cover big NFL receivers. At the combine, his grade was 91.5 and ran a 4.44 time in the 40 yard dash.
Jared Crick, DT Nebraska: Unfortunately, Crick tore his pectoral muscle and had to miss the majority of his senior season. Despite that, he has the ability and the size (6’4″ 279 lbs) to play either inside or defensive end in a 3-4 package. At the combine, his grade was 89.7, ran a 4.99 in the 40 yard dash, 31 inch vertical leap, 104 inch broad jump, 7.47 in the three cone drill, and 4.40 seconds in the 20 yard shuffle.
Cam Johnson, DE Virginia: The Cavalier suffered ankle, knee, and pectoral injuries during his collegiate career, but did play 12 games in both 2009 and 2010. He is a great speed rusher at 6’3″ 268 lb that can play in 3-4 or 4-3, but has had his effort strongly questioned at times, especially when he’s double-teamed. At the combine, his grade was 68.2 (draftable player), ran a 4.81 in the 40 yard dash, 35 inch vertical leap (top performer), 105 inch broad jump, 7.2 in the three cone drill, and 4.38 seconds in the 20 yard shuffle.
Marcus Forston, DT Miami: Forston’s concerns are the biggest in this group. He missed most of two season with a knee and ankle injury. However, he has shown the ability and strength in his 6’1″ 301 lb frame to stop the run, which can allow Ratliff to shift to end. At the combine, his grade was 64.5, ran a 5.17 in the 40 yard dash, 35 reps in the bench press (top performer), 28 inch vertical jump, 105 inch broad jump, 7.64 in the three cone drill, and 4.79 seconds in the 20 yard shuffle.