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5 Biggest Misses In NFL Combine History

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There are two kinds of “misses” when it comes to the NFL combine. Some players jump up draft boards because of a freakishly good combine, only to disappoint their hopeful employer, fizzling out of the league after several lackluster seasons.

Other players put up weak numbers at the combine, slide down draft boards, and become a bonafide “steal” for an NFL team.

Let’s consider two examples of bad “misses.” You know, the kind of player who tricked scouts into thinking he would be a good pro.

Mike Mamula wasn’t viewed as a top draft prospect after his career at Boston College. Then the combine came around, and Mamula put up these sick numbers: 4.58 in the 40, 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench, a 38” vertical and a 49-of-50 on the Wonderlic test. Wow. The Eagles ended up trading several picks in the draft to move up and take him 7th overall. After five lackluster seasons, Mamula was out of the league.

The Saints traded away two first round picks to move up and select Johnathan Sullivan 6th overall. When did they really “fall” for him?  At the NFL combine. Tipping the scales at well over 300 pounds, the Georgia defensive tackle ran a 5.03 in the 40. The only time he moved that fast in New Orleans was at the buffet line. I don’t need to remind Saints fans how disappointing Sullivan’s career was.

For more on Sullivan, and a 4 other combine misses (the good and bad variety) of the last decade, check out’s list of the 5 biggest misses at the NFL combine. Click here to view the article.

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