Who's Climbing? Who's Falling?

Mike Campbell reviewed the player performances at the Combine and shares his thoughts on which players boosted their stock and which ones may have slipped.

THE CLIMBERS

QB Marcus Vick – Prior to the combine there were so many questions surrounding Marcus Vick's character that he was no longer considered a viable draft pick. In all likelihood he was going to go undrafted and sign with a team as a rookie free agent. After running a 4.42 forty and throwing fairly accurate passes however he's now probably secured himself as a third or fourth round pick.

OG Max Jean Gilles
– Gilles didn't do anything earth shattering while participating in the combine but he did do a couple of things better than expected. For a player his size I thought he moved really well in the pass protection mirror drills and his vertical jump was impressive as well (good explosion). His performance might not have moved him up the draft boards at all but it was good enough to keep him stationary with a lot of movement around him.

OT Marcus McNeil
– McNeil showed some fabulous straight line speed for a 340lb player with a 5.07 forty yard dash. He also did remarkably well in pass protection and pulling drills as well.

OT Eric Winston – After Winston's strong performance in the 20yd shuttle, broad jump, and forty yard dash (4.94) he could very well be moving back in to the second round but only if he is willing to become an interior lineman. After watching him again at the combine and then taking in to consideration the way he's looked on film during pass protection I am convinced that Winston might be better off moving to the inside.

C Chris Chester – Very athletic and reminds me a lot of Casey Weigmann. Ran a 4.87 forty and will be perfect for teams with an offense that pulls their centers as well as their guards.

OG Davin Joseph – Joseph did a solid job through all of his drills this weekend but what stood out the most was his unbelievable wing span. Joseph has the best of both worlds while playing on the interior because he can out reach most of the players lining up in front of him yet his actual height allows him to keep his pad level low (something a 6'6" tackle would normally struggle with). This is a major advantage in Joseph's favor that many people don't realize.

DT Dusty Dvoracek – Dvoracek had a solid performance at the combine and he sorely needed it after the way he struggled at the Senior Bowl. Although he wasn't spectacular he definitely did enough to jump from the late fourth round in to the early third round. After watching all of his drills I suspect he might get as much attention from 3-4 teams to play defensive end as he will from 4-3 teams to play defensive tackle.

DT John McCargo
– To this point McCargo has been overshadowed by teammates Manny Lawson and Mario Williams. McCargo however did a lot to help his draft stock this weekend with a nice display of quickness, leverage, and power. Right now I would consider him a mid to late second round pick and a poor mans Broderick Bunkley.

DE Mike Kudla
- Kudla tied the all time record for the bench press at the combine with 45 repetitions of 225lbs. Since he wasn't overly productive as an end at Ohio State he probably considered to be more than a 6th or 7th round prospect but after his impressive display of strength he may have moved up a round to the 5th.

DE Mark Anderson – With Anderson's long arms and slender build he is somewhat reminiscent of Jason Taylor when you see him with his hand on the ground in a three point stance. He might have even passed for Taylor running through his drills as well with his silky smooth transitions and 4.61 forty speed. The way he was able to move so effortlessly through all of his drills with the perfect amount of balance and leverage had to have caught the attention of everyone present.

DE/OLB Chris Gocong
– Gocong was extremely fluid through all of his drills and showed a very quick initial burst. He appears to be moving as fast during his first ten yards as he is in his last thirty. He's been an ultra productive pass rush specialist but not at the Division 1 level and assessing him physically I wonder if he has the arm length to be a productive pass rusher in NFL.

WHO'S FALLING?

Cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie (4.49 and 4.58), Charles Gordon (4.53), and Cedric Griffin (4.52), all ran sub par forty yard dashes. Each of those players were possible first round picks but will now surely fall to the second and third rounds unless they miraculously improve at their pro days.

Tight end Mercedes Lewis also fell victim to the stopwatch with a very pedestrian 4.79. On the bright side Lewis caught everything thrown his way but it's hard to make catches when you cannot separate from defenders.


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