Every year, a host of players slide up or down the draft totem pole when the NFL Scouting Combine arrives.
Here are a couple whose workouts might have caused them to slip in next month’s draft.
Dezmon Briscoe, WR, Kansas
Briscoe ran a yawn-inducing 4.59 and 4.60 in the 40-yard dash, confirming that he lacks the speed others at his position possess. Apparently former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson, who Briscoe worked out with, didn’t have any of his speed rub off on the former Jayhawk. Briscoe had nine reps on the 225-pound bench press, near the bottom for receivers, which would suggest he’d have difficult getting off the line of scrimmage and blocking physical NFL corners.
That said, Briscoe’s numbers would suggest not all his skills show up on paper.
Bowling Green receiver Freddie Barnes set an NCAA single-season record with 155 catches as a senior, 42 more than any other receiver this season and wasn’t one of the more than 300 prospects who received invitations.
Briscoe was ninth among FBS receivers this season, with 84 receptions for 1,337 yards.
Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State
Cox couldn’t stop talking about the “harassment” he received from NFL teams for being suspended for last January’s Cotton Bowl after he broke curfew twice.
Cox admitted it was his mistake and said he regretted letting his teammates down, but bad-mouthing future bosses (who, by the way, are only investigating an investment) to the media is never a good idea. Thanks again to the fine suit-wearing folks at ESPN for giving me this gig.