The NFL's Scutty Warehouse is a place where stars can be made. Each year, 300 of the best candidates meeting the requirements of the soccer college dropped to Indianapolis for a week to prove their value to leaders and coaches from across the league.
But a number of neighboring soccer exercises and too serious job interviews do not always capture the player's future potential. Some bad set of workouts can be a turning point that temporarily diverts the hopes of NFL. For others, this is the point of jumping into exceptional careers, some of which end in the Hall of Fame.
Then there are people who set the limits of expectations too high with a strong 40-track or record vertical jump. These are the players who inflate a few minutes of work in March in a monolith that overshadows their entire NFL career. This does not mean that they are not yet useful players ̵
Here are six players who have increased their stocks to unsustainable heights, then landed somewhere between "bust" and "star" during careers, mostly memorized for their workout.
Mike Mamula, DE, Philadelphia Eagles No. 7 of the project from 1995)
The incredible combined performance of the Mamula has become an example of what the mastery of basic exercises can do for the prospect. The inadequate pass was killing his training in Indianapolis, moving from possibly a second or third round to the seventh election in 1995, after illuminating a combine with an extremely obvious strategy: getting really good at all the workouts.
"I went into the factory by doing every test hundreds of times," Mamula told ESPN in 2008. "Some other guys have never done some of the specific exercises."
Mamula had a decent NFL career for a third around, recording 31.5 sacks in five seasons with the eagles. But that was not what Philadelphia registered after making number 12 and two rounds of choosing the Boston college star. If the eagles had sunk in No. 12, they could choose Warren Sapp who was in the piles of where Philli was released. Matthew Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 21 of 2005) project)
Jones's impressive combination convince Jackson that the former defender of Arkansas has the potential of Pro Bowl. The signal from the 6th 6th signal fired at 4.37 seconds to establish itself as a potential threat to the red zone, even if it had only taken four courses in college.
Jaguars were quite right! Jones was a useful target that took 166 passes and 15 touchdowns, starting 15 matches for a team that made two post-season appearances for four years. He could do even more if not for stopping drug use and for arrests that ended his Jackson's job. In 2010, he will miss out on 53-year-old Bengals chart and retire instead of trying with Washington a few months later. Jones was fine, but if Jags needed a successor, they could choose Roddy White. The four-time Pro Bowler went later to the Falcons.
Heyward-Bey's best season in Maryland saw him pass for 786 yards – not exactly the number 1 WR number.
Darry Heyward-bey, WR, Oakland Raiders (# 7 in 2009) Why then did the referees spend top 10 in one of the players who failed to produce in three seasons like Terrapin? Since Al Davis has never loved anything more than speed, and Heyward-Bey is the fastest man in 2009.
The large 2, 210-pound wide remains the biggest prospect ever to go 4.3 seconds or less in 40, and that's all Davis had to ignore his worry about the hands and the tree of the route. He moved from the mediocre perspective to the seventh peak – after that he took only 35 passes in his first two seasons as a pro.
The business has risen for years three and four with 1581 receiving yards and a healthy 15.1 yards of catches, but it will be a sign of Heyward-Bey's career. He has managed to hold on as a profitable (though a little used) deep threat and to make his NFL go through the decade.
Davis's fast-paced thirst has prevented Oakland from preparing colleagues Michael Crabtry and Jeremy McClinton, each of whom would have made a more threatening target than Hayward Bee.
Mingo was the first team of all the names throughout his career, but the incipient teenage season threatened to fill his reserve.
Barkevious Mingo, DE / OLB, Cleveland Browns
All questions about his potential were starred in Indianapolis where he ranked among the first two defense ambulances for 40 times, a vertical jump and a three-cone drill.
It will be composed as part of the shamanic curse. in Cleveland, where 16 games started … in three seasons . His status as an unsuccessful high-ranking candidate pushed the Patriots to trade with the 5th round for his services in 2016. He won the Super Bowl Ring as part of the biggest comeback in NFL history – although he did only four regular seasons.
This was enough rehabilitation to convince other teams to throw the dice of the athletic leader. He made several runs for Colts in 2017 before moving to full time with the Playahifs-bound Seahawks in 2018. Mingo is a perfect player who can play a role for good teams – but that's not Browns had when they made it in 6th place in 2013
So who could prepare Cleveland? 2013 was a terrible project – see the two entries on this list – but Sheldon Richardson would have added a little extra shot to Browns, albeit in a different position.
If Austin was on Day 3, he would have been overlooked a Swiss Army knife capable of filling the gaps like runner, receiver, and returner – cheaper Cordarrelle Patterson. Instead, his performance of electric harvesters has helped him join the top 10 of the draft for 2013 and has created the great expectations that he failed to complete throughout his six-year career. Austin highlighted the speed of the Indianapolis competitions, holding a 4.34-second 40 and recording the second best time for the 20 yard jet in 2013 to torture Scouts who need a dynamic offensive threat. 190 carries as a hot jet-jipping jet using a burner with an average of eight yards in touch. He is also a dynamic collaborator of the special teams leading the league in profitability in 2016, returning three touch probe samples in his first three seasons as a pro, and generally giving his opponents a chance to think about something before they started the ball. It was all Jeff Fischer had to offer him a four-year, $ 42 million extension to the contract, which did not make much sense in 2016, and it looked stupid after he finished 2017 with 13 receptions. how to make it a player for everyone. It does not go back and is not consistent enough to be a threat. The exhausted Dallas, who received a corpse, traded it in hopes of unlocking his potential (and gave Dak Prescott somebody to throw him), but Austin still managed only eight games in seven games. Austin's status means he has earned more than $ 185,000 in catches as a pro-course that would make Julio Jones $ 20.9 million last fall. He will not get an almost as good deal as the free agent this spring.
If the rams were ready to reach some scope, they could have DeAndre Hopkins – made on the 27th in 2013
Margus Hunt, DL, Cincinnati Bengals (No 53 of the 2013 project)
] The Estonian blow is one of the harshest prospects for 2013. He originally came to America to study with the SMU team, but when the university interrupted his program, he found a way to stay in Dallas by taking his talent in the grid. He became the talent of the All-Conference USA, but his limited resumption and advanced age (25 years of age on the day of the project) did not exactly shout "Day 2" to the teams concerned. the second 40 times of 6 and 277 pounds, 38 of the bench reps – done. This convinced the Bengal to hit him in the second round. Because of his investment, the club regained zero starts and 1.5 sacks over four seasons on something that looked like a losing choice.
But Hunt did not just take a seat at Cincinnati; he has studied a game he has not mastered until he is 22 years old. The big European moved 90 minutes west to Indianapolis as a low-risk signature for general manager Chris Ballard and slowly turned into a starter after moving from the defensive edge to the nose. In 2018 he recorded 30 strokes and 5 sacks – more than he had in his four seasons as a Bengal combined.
The choice of Hunt in the second round was not as great a risk as the other players in this list, but other defensive ones. The lines still on board when elected include Benny Logan, Brandon Williams and Alex Okafor.