Vikings Combine Review: Five Players Who Got Less Interesting


Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins (52) during warmups prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 21-14 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday we looked at five guys who raised their stock at the combine. Now let’s look at five guys who may have hurt themselves.

Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame

He measured in smaller than people thought and he ran a terrible 40 time. But that’s not even the main problem. My issue with him was how he handled the criticism. After his poor showing in the 40 he claimed he was hampered by stress. Wasn’t that the same excuse people were making for him after the Alabama game? If he can’t handle the pressure of running in shorts in front of some scouts with watches, how’s he going to be able to deal with playing in the NFL? Pass on this guy. He is a total disaster.

Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

He’s in free-fall. He was overweight at the combine and his measurables were not impressive. He’s probably out of the first round. You have to question his commitment if he can’t even show up for the combine in shape.

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford

I initially liked this guy as a mid-round pick. He looked like a potential upgrade from Toby Gerhart as a third-down back. Good blocking skills. Receiving skills. All-around a decent player. But he was so bad at the combine, he may go undrafted. Maybe the Vikes pick him up as a UDFA.

Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi

Missed the Senior Bowl, looked slow at the combine. His knee is a nagging concern. Has nice size but do you want to take a chance on a guy with a physical red flag?

Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

A heart condition was turned up during a physical and he skipped his combine workouts. It’s still not known how much the heart thing will hurt his stock. It’s a cinch he’s no longer the #1 DT. Sharrif Floyd now has that distinction.

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