Top 10 Scouting Combine Sleepers

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky -- The Senior Bowl standout has been refuting doubters and answering questions about his ability to maintain a serious workload at his size (5-foot-8, 186 pounds), but he already showed that he could blast through gaps against elite defensive talent in Mobile, and the combine will be his shot to show how quick and agile he is. Like Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles, Locke is also a threat to run a sub-4.3 40-yard dash. It will be interesting to see if he takes part in the receiver drills as Dexter McCluster did -- Locke could have a similar impact in the right offense.

    Cecil Shorts III, WR, Mount Union -- Another (very) small-school prospect. The Division III star can use the combine to show that he's in line to succeed at the next level, as the Colts' Pierre Garcon (another Mount Union alum) did. Shorts has been tremendously productive throughout his collegiate career, putting up three straight 1,000-yard seasons, and there's enough of a buzz around him to put him in the mid rounds as a prospect with a strong combine. A versatile player, Shorts can also run out of the backfield and play a little option quarterback.

    James Carpenter, OT, Alabama -- Carpenter didn't get the same talk that the other Senior Bowl tackles did, but his performance wasn't any less impressive than Anthony Castonzo's or Gabe Carimi's. The difference for Carpenter, especially in the game, was that he manned the less glamorous right tackle position and did very well -- especially in contrast to Arkansas' DeMarcus Love. Teams looking for a bigger (6-foot-5, 313 pounds) and more physical right tackle type will be watching Carpenter in Lucas Oil Stadium just as they did at Ladd-Peebles.
  2. fishspill

    fishspill Well-Known Member

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    I like Carpenter as a fallback choice at tackle in the second or third. I doubt he falls far into the third if he gets there despite some slipping rankings.

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