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February 14, 2012

Ex-Wildcats Foles, Criner 'shining' entering NFL combine



With the NFL combine in Indianapolis just eight days away, former NFL scout-turned-National Football Post columnist Greg Gabriel broke down the strengths, weaknesses and projections of former Arizona standouts Nick Foles and Juron Criner.

A three-year starting quarterback and UA's all-time leading passer, Foles was noted for his "fairly quick overhand delivery," "good arm strength" and "fairly good accuracy," Gabriel wrote.

Among the concerns, however, was Foles' inability to "work his way out of trouble." Along with his 4,334 passing yards and 28 touchdowns this season, Foles was intercepted 14 times - although, an inexperienced offensive line with no returning starters did not make things easy for the signal caller.

As of right now, Gabriel wrote, Foles possesses "marginal NFL starter traits."

Criner, meanwhile, who stands 6-2, 220 pounds instead of his listed 6-4 at Arizona, is a "good route runner" with "excellent hands" that shows "very good flexibility and body control."

Gabriel did not find many flaws and projected Criner to be a "solid 2nd-round pick" with "the traits to be a starter early in his career."

Gabriel attended the Senior Bowl as well as the practices leading up to the game, in addition to three UA games this season against UCLA, Utah and Washington.

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