Five players who had issues at the 2009 NFL scouting combine, but did surprise during their rookie season:

1. OT Michael Oher, Mississippi


There were concerns about Oher's ability to adapt to NFL schemes after the round of interviews at the combine. That scrutiny worked out to the Ravens' advantage. When he started sliding in the draft, they traded up to the 23rd pick to get the physically-imposing Oher. He had a spectacular rookie season, playing both left and right tackle. He started every game and was arguably the team's most effective lineman; he was clearly the best tackle. Not only that, he had a movie made about his improbable success story.

2. CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

Jenkins arrived in Indianapolis last year needing to show scouts he had the requisite speed to play cornerback. After he ran a 4.55 40-yard dash, many considered him a safety. But the Saints liked him enough to take him with the 14th pick of the first round, and the gamble turned out to be a good one. Jenkins played in 14 games with six starts on the vastly-improved Saints defense. A physical corner, Jenkins had one interception, two forced fumbles, and 55 tackles.

3. ILB Rey Maualuga, USC

Maualuga was the hard-hitting dynamo in the middle of USC's ferocious defense in 2008, but he carried some off-the-field concerns to Indianapolis, too. And when he pulled up lame at the end of his 40-yard dash, there were more questions. Whether it was that or undisclosed issues, Maualuga slipped into the second round to the Bengals. Stung by his draft position, Maualuga made a big impact in the middle, improving the team's run defense from the outset.

4. WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech

His appearance in Indianapolis was tumultuous: there was the stress fracture in his left foot, ensuing confusion over when he would have surgery and when he would run for the scouts, and surprise that he didn't measure up to his "listed" height of 6 feet, 3 inches. Crabtree came off the poorer for it. And it didn't help when reports surfaced that he acted the diva in an interview with the Browns, who needed a play-making receiver. Then the Raiders upset the apple cart by making Darrius Heyward-Bey the first receiver taken in the draft. Crabtree went 10th to the 49ers, staged a long holdout and became an afterthought. But he finally signed, played in 11 games and caught 48 passes to reaffirm his status as the draft's top receiver. All's well that ends well?

5. CB Vontae Davis, Illinois

The younger brother of former Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, Vontae rubbed some personnel people wrong with an attitude, and he also had a history of clashing with his college coaches. Not the best way to impress your future employer. But the Dolphins were desperate for a big cornerback and took the 5-11 Davis with the 25th pick in the first round. He turned out to be better than his scouting report with four interceptions (one for a touchdown) in nine starts and 16 games.