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33. WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State 6-3, 215
Don’t be slow. With his size and his fight and his overall potential, he’s seen as a bit of an unfinished product with a high ceiling. However, he can’t hover around the 4.6s and needs to be somewhere around 4.5 while looking quick and athletic. He’s already a scouting pet project guy, but he could slip into the first round with a great workout.
34. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon 5-10, 195
Just how bad is his knee? He might need a redshirt year, but if he’s given time to heal up, and if he never suffered the knee injury, he’s be the No. 1 corner taken. One of his question marks was his raw speed, but he’s not going to be able to show that yet. Obviously, the physical is the most important part of his weekend.
35. TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota 6-4, 250
Does he have an NFL body and the strength to become more than just a big receiver? He’ll be athletic, and he’s got the buzz about him, but if he can come up with a big bench, he could be seen in a different, and even better light. A fringe first-rounder, now’s his chance to secure a spot in the top 32.
36. OT La'el Collins, LSU 6-5, 321
It he a blasting, run-blocking guard in a tackle’s body? He might be a Right Tackle Only, and he might be a fantastic Right Tackle Only, but his stock needs him to crank up the athleticism.
37. CB Jalen Collins, LSU 6-2, 198
Is he ready? Everything is in place as yet another LSU prototype, but he might need a little time after only really making a splash for a year. He has to hit up to his size, and he has to be fluid, but if he rips up the 40, look out – he could sneak into the late first round if he rocks the workout.
38. RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama 6-2, 221
Can he hit? He’s a big back who doesn’t play with enough power or toughness. Is he good enough at any one thing or in any one area to be a special NFL runner? There are just enough question marks – fumbling? – to knock him down a few pegs, so he has to come up with a great weekend.
39. OT Cameron Erving, Florida State 6-6, 308
Raw strength would be a plus. The bench might be overrated and overblown, but if he rocks it, all of a sudden his versatile and strength overcomes his lack of raw bulk. He needs to show some quickness as a pass protector – he has to prove he’s not a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none.
40. DE Danielle Hunter, LSU 6-6, 240
Can he blow up the workouts enough to crack the upper-echelon of the 2015 defensive ends? He has all the speed, size and quickness, but is he a next-level, first-round caliber football player and not a project and workout warrior? There’s one big problem – he didn’t really do too much last year as a pass rusher. A player of his skills should’ve been a better producer.
41. ILBTaiwan Jones, Michigan State 6-2, 252
Can he move at all? He’s as strong as they come when things are funneled to him, but his game is all about power. He has to look agile and he has to appear fluid to up his stock. He’s a true middle linebacker, but he can’t look like it.
42. OLB Kwon Alexander, LSU 6-2, 227
Can he diagnose? The interviews will be where he has to shine after mostly getting by on his great speed. Everyone is going to like him, but he has problems with his positioning – he makes up for mistakes by flying to the ball. In the drills, he has to be really, really quick and off-the-charts athletic to make up for his lack of raw bulk.
43. RB Duke Johnson, Miami 5-9, 206
Does he have any power or strength? As a speed and quickness back, he has to dominate the speed and quickness drills. The physicals will be a big deal after getting beaten up over his Miami career – there are going to be some big durability red flags.
44. DT Carl Davis, Iowa 6-3, 315
Does he have the speed and quickness to become a dangerous interior pass rusher? He’s going to be a rock against the run, but the more he can show he can move outside of a phone booth, and the more quickness and burst he can show, but better the chance he has of being a top 50 pick.
45. DE Trey Flowers, Arkansas 6-3, 270
Is he athletic enough to be a true end? He’s built more for a 3-4, but if he can show some quickness and burst in the short drills, all of a sudden, his prospects will quickly change. He has to prove to the scouts that he’s a pass rusher.
46. RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska 5-9, 195
The 40. Of course, the quickness and short drills are really more important, but considering Abdullah’s lack of bulk – and with no ability whatsoever to get bigger – he had better fly. He’s going to be sold as one of the best all-around backs in the draft, but he has to shine as an exploder. That has to come with a 4.4.
47. WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami 5-10, 183
Bench press really doesn’t matter for a wide receiver, but if he can at least be a wee bit strong to go along with his speed – he’s in the mix to be the fastest player in Indy – he might show off that he’s not just a wispy speed receiver. He has home run hitting ability that’s missing from most of the top receivers, and if he can do more than run fast, then look out.
48. OG A.J. Cann, South Carolina 6-4, 311
There’s right tackle potential with a good drill or two showing off some lateral movement. He might be the best guard in the draft, but he could up his stock and his payday with a great workout to show off potential versatility.
49. DT Eddie Goldman, Florida State 6-4, 314
Quickness, quickness, quickness. While he was a force at times for the Seminoles, he’s not a pass rusher and he’s not the type who can make enough plays behind the line to scare offensive coordinators. He’s a true nose tackle, but he has to be able to fit more schemes.
50. DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA 6-3, 270
What is he? Does he have enough quickness and athleticism to be an NFL pass rusher? Not really. Does he have the bulk and the toughness to be a tackle or a 3-4 end? Not really. He has skills, and there’s enough there to be an NFL starter, but he has to do more than just look the part of a professional football player.
51. OG Tre Jackson, Florida State 6-4, 330
Does he look like he could potentially drop a little weight and be a bit more agile? At around 315 he could become the most dominant interior blocker in the draft, but he has to be able to move a bit better.
52. DE/DT Mario Edwards, Florida State 6-3, 294
Coming up with a quick-twitch and some athleticism in the drills will go a long, long way to figuring out a spot for him. He’s a 3-4 end at the next level, but he’s not quite enough of a pass rusher to be a three-down defender. He has to create reasons to be drafted as something more than just a big part of a rotation.
53. DE/DT Arik Armstead, Oregon 6-8, 290
He has to appear to be more than a prospect who seems like he should be a top-five overall pick. Is he worth the risk? How NFL-ready is he to become a force as a 3-4 end? He was a better part of a puzzle than he was as an individual talent, now he has to be the reason a defense is great.
54. DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma 6-6, 334
Can he be more than a nose tackle? How is his conditioning? The size is impressive, and he can actually move a little bit, but he’s not a pass rusher and he’s not quite consistent enough to be counted on regularly – the OU defense didn’t do enough with him as the anchor.
55. WR Nelson Agholor, USC 6-1, 190
4.5 is okay, 4.4 would do wonders. Scouts can get past receivers who aren’t flashing sub-4.4s, but Agholor doesn’t have the body or the strength to be a do-it-all No. 1 NFL target if he doesn’t show off the raw speed. The fear is that he can be erased too easily – he has to show the athleticism to negate that.
56. FS Derron Smith, Fresno State 5-11, 197
If his lack of bulk is a problem for some, then he has to run really, really well. He’s a great football player who can be exactly what every and any NFL D needs, but he has to be athletic and he has to measure relatively well. As long as he’s not painfully slow, he could be an early second rounder.
57. WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 5-11, 175
He has to be really, really quick. He’s a tremendous receiver, and he can be a great return man, but he’s not big and he can be shoved around. He’ll have to make his money on speed and quickness, and he has to be one of the top Combine warriors.
58. OG Josue Matias, Florida State 6-6, 325
Is there the potential to round out his game? He’s going to have everyone buzzing after what should be a great workout, and he’ll look the part, but he’s not really a tackle and he doesn’t kill his man as a possible NFL guard. He’s a professional offensive lineman, but it’s going to take a little bit of work to figure out exactly what he is.
59. WR Rashad Greene, Florida State 6-0, 180
Everyone needs a great 40 time, but Greene has to blaze away to be seen as a possible deep threat. At the moment he’s considered more of a No. 2, athletic receiver who can get open and keep the chains moving, but he wants to be dangerous.
60. ILB Ramik Wilson, Georgia 6-2, 237
It will do him a boatload of good to come up with a great bench and to appear physical. He’s not big enough and he’s not that great in coverage, but the biggest question mark is his toughness against the bigger running games. He has to look like someone who can blast away.
61. WR Devin Smith, Ohio State 6-1, 199
Blow up the Combine. He might come out of Indy with a pitch perfect workout showing off great speed, fluid quickness, and good all-around skills. He’s not an elite receiver in terms of pass catching skills, and he’s never going to be a physical fighter, but he could be devastating. He needs to look the part.
62. WR Sammie Coates, Auburn 6-2, 201
Nail the 40. He’s a potentially dangerous deep threat, and he’s not a polished receiver coming out of the Auburn system, but he has to be the one who takes the top off the defense. He’s not going to be a do-it-all, 75-catch receiver at the next level, but if he comes up with something special in his runs, all of a sudden he’s must-have No. 3 part of the puzzle.
63. FS Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State 6-1, 202
Can he hit? It sounds crazy coming from Michigan State, but he’s a playmaker and he’s an athlete who can get all over the field, but strength and toughness will be a bit of a question mark. If he can be solid on the bench and can look nasty when he gets his chance, he could move up.
64. WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri/Oklahoma 6-6, 225
His interviews had better be sincere and they’d better be believable. He has top-five overall pick ability and upside, and he could turn out to be the best receiver in the draft – he was better than you’d think at Missouri – but his character issues are going to drop him to potentially out of the first round. He has to prove he wants it.
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