It was a busy few days at the NFL combine in Indianapolis as former Big 12 stars tried to impress during the NFL's annual interview process. Here's a recap of the top Big 12 performers at the NFL combine.
Headliner: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia. One of the stars of the combine with his 4.35 40-yard dash time. Heading into the weekend his 40 time was considered a potential determining factor as analysts tried to separate White, Alabama’s Amari Cooper and Louisville’s Devante Parker. The former Mountaineer might have cemented himself atop the list of receivers and could find himself in the top 10.
Made some money: Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State. The Wildcats all-time leading receiver erased any questions about his speed. His 4.4 was among the best receiver times, and he backed it up with a 4.07 in the 20-yard shuttle and 11.14 in the 60-yard shuttle. His playmaking during his four years spoke volumes about his talent and he just reiterated those skills with a stellar combine. Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia. Much like the 2014 season, White grabbed the headlines while Alford was quietly productive. He was among the combine's top performers in the three-cone drill (6.64), 20-yard shuttle (4.07) and 60-yard shuttle (11.22). Alford also ran a 4.43 40-yard dash with a 34-inch vertical.
West Virginia WR Kevin White just made a statement with a bullhorn! 4.35 is blazin! #NFLCombine— George Whitfield Jr. (@georgewhitfield) February 21, 2015
One for the future: Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma. The tight end position, as a whole, was underwhelming. But Bell was one of the top performers while recording a 4.8 40-yard dash, 4.32 20-yard shuttle and 11.81 60-yard shuttle. He's raw and inexperienced at the tight end spot, but he proved his athleticism at the combine which could convince a team that his long-term upside is worth taking a chance on.
Amari Cooper and Mario Alford are the only WRs this year in the top 5 in both 3-cone and 20 ss— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) February 22, 2015
"Well, at least I have pro day": It was a rough weekend for a trio of TCU standouts. Linebacker Paul Dawson Jr., safety Chris Hackett and cornerback Kevin White disappointed at the combine. Dawson ran a 4.93 40-yard dash, Hackett ran a 4.81 40-yard dash, and White ran a 4.63 in Indianapolis. They'll get the chance to redeem themselves during TCU's pro day on March 27. All three players earned All-Big 12 honors in 2014 but their slow times will force teams to take another look at their game film and adds pressure to excel at their pro days. Dawson's post-combine tweet pretty much sums up the situation for the TCU trio.
Blake Bell is raw, but he's an impressive athlete with super sweet footwork. And he improved a ton from Week 1 to Week 12.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 20, 2015
I'm an awesome football player. The best/most productive linebacker in this draft. Not a track Star. #meetmeonthefield— Paul Dawson Jr (@PjDawson47) February 22, 2015
Keep an eye on: Ben Heeney, LB, Kansas: The Jayhawks best player had a strong showing at the combine. The Big 12’s leader in tackles per game was among the combine’s top performers in the 40-yard dash (4.59), three-cone drill (6.68), 20-yard shuttle (4.00) and 60-yard shuttle (11.06). Those strong numbers could spark teams to take a deeper look at his chances of being an impact player on the next level.