National Pulse: Who Are the Combine Risers?


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –We've discussed who will be the fastest man at the combine, but now it's time to explore someone that might be the talk of the town after the combine concludes from Lucas Oil Stadium.

Titans Online caught up with some national reporters who gave their predictions.


Bucky Brooks, "I think at the quarterback position, you're still looking for guys. I thinkSean Mannion** is a guy you have to keep your eye on just like Zach Mettenberger was last year. He's a traditional player in the National Football League at the position – big, strong-arm thrower and pro-style experience. I think when you get through it and you're looking at guys like Brett Hundley and Garrett Grayson, I think you're going to have more teams comfortable with a guy like Sean Mannion than those other guys."

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: "There will be guys who impress, but I'm of the old school belief that you really can't raise your stock that much with a good combine. If anything, like last year there were guys after the combine where I went back and watched film to decide if I was too low or too high on them. For the most part, I don't think you should be able to help your stock that much at the combine."

Rob Rang, CBS Sports: "I think there's going to be plenty of athletes that the media is buzzing about. For the most part, we know who to expect is going to workout well and whom scouts expect is going to workout well. Those types of players that surprise are the ones that create the buzz. The player that I'm excited about and think has a chance to surprise some people this week is Sammie Coates. There are also some players who I think won't workout as well as people are expecting and might drop a bit. Wide receiver Jaelen Strong from Arizona State is a guy I don't expect to run quite as well as everyone anticipates and that might push him out of the first round."

Bryan Fischer, "I think Clive Walford, the tight end out of Miami. If he runs a good 40 time then he could be a guy that gets into that late first round mix, especially if Maxx Williams (the top ranked tight end from Minnesota) is taken a little earlier than expected. He could be a guy who is athletic enough to sneak into the late first. Any of the wide receivers that run faster than expected could be up for this as well. If Dorial Green-Beckham blows people away and answers the off the field concerns in the meetings, he could be a guy who shoots up because of his physical talent. There's always a couple of guys who come out of nowhere."


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