When 2012 draft talks began to heat up, a popular name when it came to linebackers was Arizona State inside linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Many saw him as a hard-hitting Rey Lewis type inside linebacker and in early mock drafts, he was picked to go in the first round to the Eagles or Ravens. However as time went on, Burfict's stock fell as he had image problems, and NFL Network's Albert Breer was told by NFL execs that most see him as a "fake tough guy," and that he's "soft and out of shape" and shouldn't be a first-round pick.
A talent with a natural pop on contact, can hold the point of attack when he wants to and for his size exhibits good range and fluidity. However, due to the character concerns it will be interesting to see what kind of shape he's in when asked to workout. Talent evaluators want to see how passionate he is about the game and this process, and getting a feel for what kind of shape he's in will be key.
With a great showing at the Combine, Burfict could work his way back into the first round. If he doesn't show scouts that he's worth it, he could fall pretty far.