The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine is wrapping up, and things were relatively quiet for the region. Arizona and Arizona State only sent three non-special teams players total to the combine: Arizona quarterback Matt Scott, Arizona State safety Keelan Johnson and Arizona State outside linebacker Brandon Magee.
None of these guys are big-name players, though all three have been considered draft-worthy talent by scouts around the Internet. Scott is possibly the most intriguing prospect. Many have called him a sleeper in a rather weak class of quarterbacks.
Scott has been projected as a late fifth-round pick or going totally undrafted, but he may have boosted his stock a little at the combine, given his athleticism.
He finished among the top players at his position in many of the drills. He ran a 4.69 40-yard dash, which was third-best behind EJ Manuel of Florida State and Geno Smith of West Virginia. He managed a vertical leap of 31 inches, a broad jump of 118 inches and ran the three-cone drill in 6.69 seconds.
By comparison, Magee had a pedestrian showing in which he only put up solid numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.74 seconds) and the broad jump (114 inches).
Then there was Johnson, who fared pretty well and may have cemented himself as a selection come draft day. Johnson finished fifth among safeties with a 4.54 40-yard dash, posted a good vertical leap at 36.5 inches, one of the best broad jumps at 125.0 inches, a good three-cone drill at 6.77 seconds (fifth among safeties) and 4.07 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle, which was third among safeties.
Many have considered Johnson a sixth-round pick at best, with some suggesting he will be an undrafted free agent. With a strong showing at the combine, he may have ensured his spot on the final day of the draft.
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