SI:A look back: Combine winners and losers

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    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Cam Newton looked uncomfortable throwing the ball and didn't wow teams at the NFL Combine. (AP Photo)
    1. Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal. He was a star of the Senior Bowl and then ran the 40-yard dash in the low 4.7-second range. In other drills, he displayed rare explosiveness, quickness, agility and speed for a big defensive end. He showed excellent body control and fluidity when changing directions. Jordan proved he is a top-level athlete and now will be a top-15 pick by a team that plays a 3-4 defense.

    2. Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State. Coming off December elbow surgery, he looked great throwing the ball. He lacks elite arm strength but clearly was the most consistent passer. He displayed great footwork and smooth passing mechanics. He lacks elite physical tools but is consistent and accurate and could be the third QB off the board.

    3. Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona. This hard-nosed overachiever displayed good athleticism and now projects as a future NFL starter at outside linebacker. Throughout his workout, he displayed the quickness and agility to change directions smoothly and play well in the open field. He also displayed the hand usage and technique to be a consistent pass rusher. He now has a legit chance to be a second-round pick, surpassing Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan on some team's draft boards.

    Note, is Brooks Reed any good hostile?

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