Combine review with an analysis of how the prospects I flagged did:
AJ Green WR Georgia: He did nothing to hurt his stock, but Julio Jones’ leapfrogged him with an amazing combine
Julio Jones WR Alabama: I said: “theoretically, he could run a sub 4.40 and potentially leapfrog Green”, and he did. On a broken fucking foot!
Christian Ballard DL Iowa: : He solidified his stock with a 4.8 40 at 280 lbs. But teams are wary of him because he’s always had these physical tools and played soft.
Sam Acho DL Texas: : See Ballard, Christian. But 6-1 262 with 4.68 speed means top 60 34 OLB imo
James Carpenter OL Alabama: 6-4 320 with 5.28 speed. Not great, but solid compared to the rest of the 2nd tier OTs. He made himself some money in Indy.
Cliff Matthews DE South Carolina: 6-3 260 with 4.8 speed probably puts him in the discussion for the 2nd tier of 4-3 RDEs. Maybe mid 3rd right now.
Lee Ziemba OL Auburn: Turned a 5.6 40 and looked rough in drills. He appears to have been banished to 5th Round island for now.
Jake Locker QB Washington: Flashed great athleticism and looked smoother in the drills—but I don’t know how much that helps him. The book on his is becoming how Mayock described him: Great out of the pocket, nervous in it.
Greg Jones LB Michigan State:: Not a great combine, but not a bad one. 4.80 40 helps along with what appeared to be a good shuttle time(I’m seeing conflicting numbers). Maybe late 2nd/early 3rd now.
Jeremy Beal DL Oklahoma: Small, slow, and destined for a pick in the draft that happens during a commercial break.
DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma: 4.41 speed at 213 lbs. Holy crap son. That’s what the scouts were looking for!
Ryan Mallet QB Arkansas: His footwork still is a work in progress, but he aced his interviews and flashed an amazing arm. Freefall: ended!
Colin McCarthy LB Miami: Really had a strong combine. Showed good physical ability and looked fluid in the drills.
Cameron Heyward DL Ohio State: He didn’t take part in much, so I can’t say much more than that he’s gambling a lot on his pro day.
Drake Nevis DL LSU: He probably hurt his stock not being Stephen Paea, but he looked pretty solid in the combine imo.
Stephen Paea DT Oregon: He outdid Nevis with his 49 reps lol. Maybe high 2nd? Its going to depend on who needs a 1 gapper.
Greg McElroy QB Alabama: Didn’t flash great arm strength, but the 48 at the wonderlic(supposedly) helps him into the top of the 3rd tier of Qbs.
Ronald Johnson WR Southern Cal: Eh, a so-so combine. 4.47 speed but only 199 lbs. He’s still in that 4th tier of WRs.
Jacquizz Rodgers RB Oregon State, Noel Devine RB West Virginia, Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma State, Dion Lewis RB Pittsburgh and Shane Vereen RB California(together): Rodgers, Lewis and Hunter killed their stock by running bad 40s(0ver 4.55 40s). Devine showed up at 179 lbs and didn’t run(which speaks volumes). Vareen probably did the best by not screwing it up.
DeMarcus Love OL Arkansas: He didn’t help or hurt his stock, his athletic times weren’t anything special, so teams will just look at his tape more.
Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech: He showed, predictably, great physical tools. There were some throws of his I liked, but he didn’t wow the scouts imo.
Lawrence Wilson OLB Connecticut: Small and didn’t post a great 40 time. He’s going to stay in the late rounds barring some great pro day.
Jabaal Sheard DE/OLB Pittsburgh: 6-2 264 with 4.69 speed. Still has questions about consistency, but he answered the physical questions imo.
Cam Newton Qb Auburn: : He had a circus of a combine. His comments to Peter King, referring to himself constantly in the 3rd person and looking like crap in the drills(all this before seeing his wonderlic score) means that he’s the new great enigma of the draft.
Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada: According to the radar gun, he had the strongest arm out there. He looked like he did in the senior bowl: an advanced project.
Christian Ponder QB FSU: He looked very strong in the drills and comfortable in front of the media.
Roy Helu Jr RB Nebraska: Answered the speed question with a 4.42 40 at 219 lbs.
Ryan Kerrigan DL Purdue: Showed better speed and strength than Cam Jordan. Stock is headed back up.
Tori Gurley WR South Carolina: Lost a lot of weight(showed up at 216) with 35 inch arms, but his 40 time was a meh 4.56. He could sneak into the mid 4th.
Derrick Locke RB Kentucky: 4.40. Sneaking into that late 2nd range.
Leonard Hankerson WR Miami: 4.43 puts him in the top 20 right now.
Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State: Decided not to run the 40, but showed up at a cut 230 lbs.
Kendric Burney CB UNC: The Turd Ferguson of the physical drills: turned in a 4.7 40 time while actually being 5-6. Yikes.
John Clay RB Wisconsin: 4.87 40 and I hope he enjoys Canada or the UFL.
Jonathan Baldwin WR Pittsburgh: 4.5 40 time. He’s in the 2nd right now.
Randall Cobb WR Kentucky: He ran a 4.46 and had good shuttle times. Late 2nd rounder right now.
Greg Little WR North Carolina: He showed up bigger and a little faster than expected. He might be a 3rd rounder—high 3rd rounder.
Bilal Powell RB Louisville: Didn’t run, not a good sign for a guy who the scouts were looking for his 40 time.
Da’Quan Bowers DE Clemson: Showed in shape-ish(280 with some flab from what I understand), and didn’t impress in the only workout he did(reps). He’s on the Heyward plan.
Cedric Thorton DL Central Arkansas: Solid combine physically, looked decent in the drills. I have a feeling that there will be a surprising number of teams at the Central Arkansas Pro day(maybe their first one ever lol).
Nate Solder OT Colorado: Amazing 40 time(5.05), but struggled at times in the drills. Bruce Campbell 2.0?
Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College: He answered a lot of questions at the combine and put himself back in the mid/late 1st round imo.
Marvin Austin DL UNC: He had a great combine, showing up cut, fast(4.9) and posted 38 reps. Mid/High 2nd round pick right now.
Terrance Toliver WR LSU: Crapped the bed with a 4.59 40. Someone will get a steal at Flanker in the mid 3rd now.
Gabe Carimi OL Wisconsin: He showed up at 6-7 314 lbs and ran a decent 40. He looked very fluid in the drills.
Lawrence Guy DL Arizona State: Really had a strong combine. He looked fast, big, cut and strong. He also did well in the drills.
Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU: He showed at 250 lbs and didn’t run. Not good.
Robert Sands FS West Virginia Showed up at 6-4 with the longest arms of any Safety(33.5 inches) and ran a low 4.5 40. Generally did well in the drills also.
Some players who also impressed:
Chris Culliver FS/CB South Carolina: 4.40 40 and good physical drills
Jimmy Smith CB Colorado: ran a 4.46 40 at 6-2 211 lbs.
Justin Houston LB UGA: 4.68 40 at 270 lbs. Looked very sharp in the drills
Mark Herzlich LB BC: bad physical tools, looked amazing in the position drills.
Dontay Moch LB Nevada: Ran a 4.44. Not surprising, but GMs should watch the tape on him before falling in love.
Da’Rel Scott RB UMD: great physical tools, pretty decent in the position drills
Virgil Green TE Nevada: see Da’Rel Scott.
Marcus Cannon OG TCU: 5.28 while weighing in at 350+ lbs.