Make or break?
Twenty players to watch at the all-important combine
Posted: Tuesday February 19, 2008 8:17AM; Updated: Tuesday February 19, 2008 12:18PM
More than 325 of the top prospects available in April's NFL draft descend upon Indianapolis this week for the annual combine. The coaching staffs, scouting departments and medical staffs from the league's 32 teams will join them. Over the course of six days teams will test the players physically, mentally and medically. Here's a look at the players who have a lot hanging in the balance.
Those who have the most to gain
Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville: Brohm was significantly overrated coming into the season, as many projected him to be a top 10 pick. He is equally underrated at the present time with some scouts thinking he could slip to the late part of Round 1.
Dre' Moore, DL, Maryland: Moore hopes to capitalize on his terrific Senior Bowl performance. He is expected to put up good numbers during his workout. Moore could gain an advantage during the interview process, as he is an engaging, bright individual.
Brandon Albert, OL, Virginia: The Virginia underclassman is considered the best interior blocker in the draft. He could move into the late part of round 1 with a good positional workout. Many teams feel he has the ability to play the all-important left tackle position in the NFL.
Vince Hall, LB, Virginia Tech: Hall was omnipresent during his Tech career, finishing with 100 tackles as a senior even after missing four games with injuries. His speed is suspect, yet a good 40 time could move him toward the top of a weak inside linebacker class.
Dwight Lowery, CB, San Jose State: Lowery quickly became one of the nation's most opportunistic cornerbacks, intercepting 13 passes after transferring to San Jose State in '06. Scouts are concerned he does not have the speed necessary to be a starter in the NFL, but fast workout times could quell that criticism.
Those who have the most to lose
Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU: His recent inactivity, coupled with the outstanding play of USC's Sedrick Ellis, has people wondering which player is the top defensive tackle in the draft. Dorsey needs a big combine to quiet the doubters, many of whom thought he was the top prospect in the nation just three months ago.
Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky: Woodson has watched his draft stock drop sharply in recent months. He will continue to fall down boards if his passing workout is anything less than stellar.
Tommy Blake, DE, TCU: Blake's troubles have been well-documented, as has his tumble down the charts. The medical staffs on hand at the combine must determine the downside risk of this one-time first-round prospect.