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2012 NFL Combine Results: Vontaze Burfict, Mike Adams Big Losers

As the Pittsburgh Steelers look for players on the offensive and defensive line and at the linebacker position for the 2012 NFL Draft, there are a few players who really hurt themselves at the 2012 NFL Combine. One player in particular who was potentially a low first round pick, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict, saw his stock completely fall off a ledge at the combine. In Burfict's press conference, he blamed his lack of improvement on the Sun Devils coaching staff and completely bombed his workout. Burfict also came in much heavier than expected at 248 pounds and ran a very, very slow 5.09 40-yard dash. To cap it all off, Burfict looked absolutely miserable in linebacker drills. Some even think he might have bombed his way into undrafted territory with his horrendous workout.

Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams had quite a bit of hype coming off the Senior Bowl, but he didn't really do anything in the NFL Combine to keep the hype going and stopped it right in its tracks. Adams ran a lumbering 5.40 40-yard dash at only 323 pounds and then put up just 19 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. Most have Adams kicking over to the right side to play tackle because his feet aren't generally quick, but the right tackle position is more of a power position and there are mumblings that Adams is a finesse player who's a little on the soft side. Adams didn't really do anything to dispel that belief at the combine.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the draft, there's Mocking The Draft.

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