For the past two days, National Football League (NFL) hopefuls have illustrated their physical and mental talents in front of coaches and scouts in Indianapolis.


The NFL combine is a week-long event held annually to enable college football athletes to show off their speed, strength, size and ability. This year’s showcase came with a lot of buzz due to athletes like Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and Michael Sam, with increasing draft stock prior to the combine; however, the evaluation results from other prospective players over the past few days now demand some attention.


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Blake Bortles, UCF Quarterback. Photo: USATSI

On the offensive side of the ball the quarterback receiving the most positive hype, is Blake Bortles from the University of Central Florida. Bortles gained some consideration for a top ten pick after leading his team to a win in a BCS bowl game against a power conference team. Bortles followed that up with a solid performance at the NFL combine and is now in the top ten to watch on draft day.


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Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh Defensive Tackle. Photo: Ben Liebenberg AP

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh Defensive Tackle. Photo: Ben Liebenberg/AP

On the defensive side, former Pittsburgh athlete Aaron Donald turned in a 4.68 second 40 yard dash time, which is a great performance for a player in his position. Prior to the combine, analysts suggested that Donald would be selected in the late first or early second round of the NFL draft. After his performance in Indianapolis, draft experts have Donald moving up into the mid or early first round of the draft.




What are your thoughts on these unheralded draftees and their ability to continue performing at the highest level possible, to increase their “draft stock”?  Please share your thoughts via the comments section below or tweet me @procsss.