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Vontaze Burfict has no meetings with NFL teams

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Vontaze Burfict's stock continues to plummet, as agent Charles Price told TheDaily.com that his client doesn't have any private meetings scheduled with teams heading into next week's draft.

It continues a rocky pre-draft circuit for Burfict, who was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and once considered a potential first-round pick. He is now projected as a fifth- or sixth-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com, and with mounting concerns coupled with the decreased value placed on inside linebackers, Burfict might fall out of the draft completely.

Known for his hair-trigger temper at Arizona State that resulted in a locker room scuffle with a teammate and 17 personal fouls over his career, Burfict arrived at the Scouting Combine desperately needing a strong showing. But during his media session he said the Arizona State "coaches kind of messed me up" last season, and followed that with an extremely poor workout.

Burfict's 5.08-second 40-yard dash time was the slowest among linebackers at the Combine, and slower than 36 of the 48 defensive linemen at the event. He also labored through the short shuttle in 4.65 seconds.

"I blame myself, it was just immaturity," Burfict said last month of his Combine performance, saying he could have worked harder. "I'm growing up and realizing what the world is about and I've just got to work harder in everything I do."

Burfict declined to run the 40 during his first pro day in mid-March, raising even more eyebrows. He managed to improve his 40 time to 4.80 seconds at his second pro day on March 30 while bench pressing 225 pounds 16 times, but his second 4.65 timing in the short shuttle was alarming considering Burfict has dropped more than 10 pounds since the end of last season.

Burfict's lack of athleticism in pre-draft workouts has already dropped him from NFLDraftScout.com's No. 88 overall prospect heading into the Combine to No. 185, and all signs point toward a potential further fall in the 10 days leading up to the draft.

 
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