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NFL Combine 2012: Draft Decisions the Combine Helped Make

The NFL Combine only tells us so much about a player, but their results are definitely worth taking note of. Player’s results can make the difference between them being taken in the first two rounds, to potentially dropping out of the draft.On Saturday, the scouts tested tight ends and offensive lineman. While these are not the flashiest positions in the draft, the biggest men on offense are becoming more and more important in this league.Here are three players who either helped or hurt their case in this year’s draft at the combine. Michael Egnew, TE – Missouri Tigers Eric Francis/Getty Images With Stanford Cardinal tight end Coby Fleener skipping out on this year’s combine with an injury, many tight ends will be fighting to try and take that top spot.Egnew, who is currently ranked fifth amongst TE’s, has been making a case a to be pushed to the top. He recorded the fourth best 40 yard-dash time, coming in at 4.62. That was a little slower than the rest, but top-placed James Hanna came in at 4.49.He also had impressive showings in the vertical and broad jumps, where he took the top spot in each category. Egnew actually tied the record for tight ends in the broad jump, matching Dustin Keller’s 10’11″ leap. Donald Stephenson, OT – Oklahoma Sooners Ronald Martinez/Getty Images There is a lot of talent in this year’s offensive tackle and lineman group, but Stephenson has been making a case to be considered one of the top guys.Currently ranked 18th amongst offensive tackles, the Sooners’ big man has been taking over the combine. He recorded the best 40 yard dash time in his group, beating out USC Trojans’ Matt Kalil’s 4.99 with a 4.94.Not only that, he took the vertical jump by three inches and the broad jump by two inches with a 9’6″ leap.This is a tough group to beat, but Stephenson is making a convincing case to move up the board. Orson Charles, TE – Georgia Bulldogs Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Coming in ranked third amongst tight ends, Charles has not impressed many at this year’s combine.He has struggled mightily in the speed and jumping drills, as he has only found success in the bench press. He did get the highest score amongst tight ends with a 35, but besides that, he hasn’t looked good.He also didn’t do so well in the passing drills, completely missing the throws on the deep pass attempts. His speed is definitely an issue, but a team may still find him desirable for his strength and size. Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.Follow @Real_Jeff_Chase

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