Feb 28 2012
The NFL Combine is a screwy event. Some dudes can earn themselves millions (Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech) and some people could lose millions (Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina) just for participating in a training event. But that is just the way the cookie crumbles.
Speaking of a dude who loves cookie, former University of Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, has earned himself some cake this weekend and no I am not talking about a strawberry shortcake for dessert. My man Dontari has cemented himself as a first round pick (could go as early as 7th overall) after being a mid-twenties pick-borderline first round pick.
Poe weighted in at 346 lbs, and ran a CRAZY good 4.98 in the 40-yard dash. THAT MY FRIENDS IS INSANE. As a matter of fact, check it out.
Now onto a man who may have hurt himself more than anyone in the entire NFL Combine. That would be Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Burfict has his fair share of off-field problems. On the field, Burfict can play and play at a high level. He has the mean streak you love for a linebacker, but his issues and bad combine may have caused himself a legit shot at being picked in the first three rounds. Burfict, at 248 lbs, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.09 seconds. That was the WORST number for any linebacker who ran the 40.
So only at the NFL Combine, will a freakish athlete like Vontaze Burfict, be outrun by a #fatty like Dontari Poe. You’d be hard pressed to find two guys at the combine who have positively (Poe) and negatively (Burfict) affected their draft stock, than those two.