Bolden and Burfict at ASU's pro day

March, 19, 2012
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The big story from the NFL combine, at least Arizona State's angle, was bad news and no news.

LB Vontaze Burfict, once thought a sure first-round draft pick, had a notoriously bad combine showing at the end of February, both with his measurables and his interviews, and cornerback Omar Bolden didn't run the 40-yard dash, which might have caused some scouts to question his surgically repaired knee.

We have good news on both fronts. While Burfict still doesn't seem to be in A-list shape, he seems to be arriving at a better level of maturity. From the Arizona Republic:
Burfict didn't do many media interviews during his time at ASU, but he was among the last to leave Sun Devil Stadium. He answered every question, including those about his work ethic the past two seasons.

"I blame that on myself," he said. "Just immaturity. I'm growing up and realizing what the world is about and just trying to work harder in everything I do. ... This is where I want to be, so I just got to stay dedicated."

If Burfict stays dedicated — both to his football craft and to growing up — he's going to be an outstanding NFL linebacker. And if he's fueled by skeptics, he should know there are plenty of them out there now.

As for Bolden, Doug Haller reports he ran a 4.45 40. That's a good but not great time, but it will surely get him back on draft boards.

Ted Miller | email

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