Mel Kiper has been working as an ESPN draft analyst since 1984 and is considered one of the best by many. Following the NFL Combine this past week, Kiper highlighted prospects that dramatically increased their draft stocks, five of them being IMG Academy Combine trainees. QB Kirk Cousins, WR Stephen Hill, OG Cordy Glenn, DT Kendall Reyes and LB Luke Kuechly all showcased their NFL potential in a positive way according to Kiper.
Combine Winners (According to Kiper)
Kirk Cousins, QB: Not great in any one area, but solid across all of them, and Cousins has intangibles that evaluators love. I can see him safely into the second round now, where before a third-round grade was a better bet. A good week for him.
Stephen Hill, WR: He averaged more than 29 yards per catch in 2011, but a wacky total like that can happen in Georgia Tech's offense when you have an explosive deep threat. Well, we have a better sense of Hill's explosiveness now. A 4.36 while measuring 6-4, 215, could get him into the late first-round mix. The Niners could be a fit there.
Cordy Glenn, OG: Considering I have Glenn as a mid-first-round pick best suited for guard, it's hard to say he could move up, but some teams could probably see him at right tackle, too. Workouts confirmed what we believe -- powerful yet plenty nimble for his huge frame.
Kendall Reyes, DT: I had him as a Round 1 guy in my last mock and got some questions, but I still see him as a good fit late in the first.
Luke Kuechly, LB: I had him at No. 12 in my latest mock, already high praise for an interior linebacker. Question was his size, but Kuechly came in at 242, and didn't lose a step, and in fact, probably surprised people with how athletic he is. Good story, great player. Safe mid- to high-first grade.
Over the past two months, 30-plus NFL draft prospects have committed to twelve hour days at IMG Academy eating, breathing and sleeping football. Prospects have been training specifically to the demands of the NFL Combine focusing on cutting down speed and agility times by tenths of a second, adding reps to their 225 lbs max out and completing position drills with ease. IMG Academy had the prospects working under former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke,world-renowned Speed Coach Loren Seagrave, Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Gadeken, Communications training with former Actor Steve Shenbaum and Mental Conditioning with Trevor Moawad. IMG Academy continues to prove itself as one of the world's most advanced innovative and comprehensive training programs for today's pro player.