NFL draft experts: Final combine thoughts

March, 2, 2012
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We have spent a lot of time talking about who did what at the NFL combine. For one final look at a few standouts, we turn to the ESPN NFL draft experts.

Mel Kiper has put together his revised list of the top five players at each position, Insider following the combine. Kiper now lists Kendall Reyes from UConn as the No. 4 defensive tackle available. Kiper says Reyes is a first-round option (he does have Reyes in his latest big board) and says he intrigues a lot of NFL teams.

Among safeties, Phillip Thomas from Syracuse is also ranked No. 4 even though he struggled during combine workouts.

Now on to Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones, a player Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. profiled as one of five players who could play more than one position. Insider Though Jones could be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, Muench believes Jones is a better fit at defensive end:
Jones laid down a quick 10-yard split (1.63) and showed good bend during drills, and there's also a lot to like about his arm length (35.4 inches) and upper-body strength. His 22 reps on the bench press are slightly below the four-year average for ends, but given his arm length it's a noteworthy number. Jones is on the fringe of the first round, where the New England Patriots (Nos. 27 and 31) could be looking for help along the line. The Jacksonville Jaguars are another possible fit early in the second round.

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