Given all of the attention paid to how quarterbacks perform during the throwing sessions, the rest of the positional drills may be the most overlooked portion of the annual NFL Combine. Who stood out this year among WRs? DBs? LBs?
Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett shed his New England Patriots' uniform for a day and threw passes to Razorbacks pass-catchers during Wednesday's Pro Day. Unfortunately for the current Hogs looking to be drafted into the NFL, Mallett was one of the few who impressed.
Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses left no doubt as to the identity of the South Team's top offensive lineman with a stellar practice Tuesday afternoon at the Senior Bowl. Several other linemen left impressions on scouts and perhaps two highly regarded underclassmen who were surprise visitors to Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Overshadowed by his QB and even fellow offensive linemen throughout much of his career, Matthews' dominant play against Arkansas and their SEC sack-leader Chris Smith erased any doubt scouts had about his ability to remain at left tackle in the NFL.
Only 254 prospects will hear their names called on draft weekend and with more and more underclassmen entering the NFL early, the number of draft slots dwindles for college football seniors. However, almost every FBS-level football program will have at least one prospect who will sign a free agent contract or receive a tryout.