Five Cats to perform at NFL Combine

Mike Bell can improve his stock.

The NFL Combine starts today and five Wildcats will be on hand trying to enhance their draft status. None of the Wildcats in attendance is a sure thing, but all are intriguing prospects.

Mike Bell has a lot of upside, but also a ton to prove. He has the physique and quickness to impress but must prove that his lack of production was due more to the quality of the teams he played on and not his ability. He'll pass the eyeball test and a good time in the 40 could boost him a few spots.

Right now Bell is rated as the 14th best running back in the draft by Scout.com but there is room for him to slide either way. ESPN has him rated in similar spot. Bell should fare very well in the interview portion and that could help him as well.

Gilbert Harris is one of just five fullbacks invited to Indy and a lot of folks are intrigued by the multi-purpose back.. Harris needs to show that he can be a Larry Centers type back. One who can run, block and, most importantly, catch. Harris is rated by Scout.com as the third overall fullback in the draft. If he can show off good testing numbers and an ability to be a reliable receiver he could entice a team who needs a fullback to take him earlier than maybe he's projected.

Copeland Bryan could do a lot to help himself this weekend. He already impressed scouts at the all-star game he played at in Las Vegas and it is not out of the realm of possibility that he is the first Wildcat taken. Scout.com has him tabbed as the 24th best defensive end, while ESPN has him barely cracking their top-50 at the position.

With Bryan's lack of size, he'll have to show great speed and quickness. His best bet at the pro level is as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, so he will really need to show good footwork and reactions. The good news is that Bryan should blow teams away in the interviews. He's well spoken and intelligent and clearly knows how to handle himself.

Darrell Brooks can help or hurt himself the most this weekend. Brooks has the instincts and everyone knows he can hit, but he has to show the physical tools. Teams want to see if he is fast enough for man coverage and if he is strong enough to cover tight ends.

Right now Brooks is rated by both ESPN and Scout.com as a top-20 safety prospect and it looks like he will go in the later rounds. His interviews should go great and an endorsement by Mike and Mark Stoops does carry some weight.

Danny Baugher won't do a whole lot this weekend. He's already weighed in and will go through the personality profiles, intelligence tests and interviews. He just began kicking this week and won't kick for scouts until the Arizona pro day in March.

Several Wildcats did not get invited. Kili Lefotu is rated by Scout.com as the 49th best guard in the draft and his ability to play center may get him a training camp look. Lamon Means is Scout.com's 41st best safety and will probably need to blow scouts away at the UA pro day to get a free agent look.

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