So, with the draft approaching fast, and the combine underway, there have already been 3 massive surprises in the combine. There have been disappointments as well. But, this post is dedicated to the fabled Workout Warrior, or a previously unknown commodity (to some lesser degree that is) turned potential superstar after thousands of mind explosions were heard around the world. Lets talk about 3 of them, and choose our favorite!
During the combine, 3 players in particular drew many heads away from some of the top prospects as the combines are being held at Indy. Those 3 players are: Stephen Hill (WR, GT), Cordy Glenn (OL, Georgia), and Dontari Poe (DT, Memphis). All could possible be 1st round picks, and I think any of them would look good in a Bears jersey. Lets break each of them down.
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech - He is listed at 6'4" and 215 lbs, where he just burned the scene away running a 4.30 in the 40 yard dash. He heralds from the same institution that produced first rounders Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas. Here's the catch (no pun intended), he caught just 49 passes in his college career. There is, though, the factors of being in a college option offense as well as having a less than ideal QB situation. His YAC numbers are scary, and accounted for nearly 40% of the total team receiving yardage. And, it's not just his stunning 40 yard dash that impressed everyone. It was said that he looked like one of, if not the best performer in all receiving drills. He ran smooth, crisp routes and caught pretty much anything thrown to him, in near perfect form. Right now, he is a second round pick, but the range to his selection is very wide now with a thrilling performance at the combine. After all, the Bears really need a WR.
Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia - This 4 year starter already has a great resume, including being included in the 1st team All-SEC following his senior season. He started 49 total games at Georgia: 28 at LG, 4 at RG as a Freshman, and 17 at LT. Although rated considerably higher as a Guard, he also is an interesting prospect at LT. I mean, look at him, he's a MONSTER at 6'5" and 345 lbs. He really reminds me of Carl Nicks (remember him?). He was already rated as high as a late first rounder in some boards due to his versatility. This is where it gets terrifying, as he not only is he so big, but he reportedly ran a 4.9 in the 40, while posting 31 reps on the bench. The bench shouldn't surprise anyone, but his 40 time...are you kidding me!? A 6'5" 345 lbs monster running right at you with a 4.9 speed!? Get out of the way! Now, some could see him as a top 20 pick after that performance. Got issues with the OL? Select this Swiss Army Knife of a monster.
Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis - So Anthony Adams has been released in probable favor of re-signing Amobi Okoye. We already have two young talents in Henry Melton (ranked 2nd in his position in the NFL in sacks with 7) and Stephen Paea. Why a DT in the 1st round, then? He's a rare talent, and well we still don't have a real consistent presence at NT. Coming in at 6'4" 345 lbs much like the man described above, he is a NT that could pose a problem for anyone in the NFL. He is very strong, yet there is no way a guy his size could run a 4.8, is there? False, as he timed said 4.8 in the 40 yard dash not too long ago. That's faster than a good amount of DTs nearly half his size. His stock is also on the rise, and well with the Bears, we have a HC who believes you can't have too many good DL, and a GM in Phil Emery who has stated this is a big man's sport. Tempting enough?
Realize that the combine is not, nor ever will be, the "says all, ends all" event that determines how good someone can be. So, lets not get too carried away and throw the draft away for players such as these 3 beasts. Yet, as I said, they're all beasts, and all of them would be fantastic additions to the Chicago Bears. Now then, onto the question for the fans as usual: