This draft class lacks an Andrew Luck or a Robert Griffin III. In fact, the top-four rated prospects last year — Luck, Griffin, Trent Richardson and Matt Kalil — likely would be the top-four rated prospects this year.
But don’t sleep on the 335 prospects invited to Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine, including a combine-record 67 underclassmen.
Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, an Arlington High and Texas A&M product, could come out of the combine rated as the No. 1 overall prospect.
“I think there’s excellent depth in this class, especially at certain positions — running back, wide receiver, tight end,” said Dane Brugler, a draft analyst for NFL Draft Scout.com and CBSsports.com. “It just doesn’t have that top-heavy feel. The elite talent isn’t there. It’s not a great year to be picking in the top five, because the 15th pick is similar to the fifth pick. But I think the second through fourth rounds will produce some good players.”
The biggest question going into the combine is whether Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o addresses the media. If so, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt expects Te’o’s appearance Saturday to draw the biggest media gathering in combine history.
“We don’t know [whether he will talk],” said Brandt, the Dallas Cowboys former player personnel director. “If he does, he’ll be bigger than [Tim] Tebow or [Cam] Newton.”
Here are six prospects to watch this week:
Here are six prospects the Cowboys will be watching this week: