Scouting Combine: Best and Worst Performers

The 2015 NFL Combine began on Feb. 17. It is always up in the air as to how much the combine results really mean, but for the ones who shine and for the ones who don’t, it could really impact their stock in the NFL Draft on April 30.

Best Performers:

Jameis Winston, Florida State QB

At 6-foot-4, 231-pounds, quarterback Jameis Winston may not have ran the most impressive 40-yard dash among the quarterbacks (4.97 seconds), but neither did Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. In fact, being a pocket passer is sometimes a very good thing; there's less chance of getting hurt like a Robert Griffin III.

The former Seminole is not just talented, but he’s football smart. He’s compared to a quarterback like Michael Vick who may not have had as high of an IQ off the field as he had on the field.

Winston also did not try to down play his confidence, like last year’s Johnny Manziel, which scouts seemed impressed by.

Kevin White, West Virginia WR

Kevin White may have solidified being the first wide receiver to go in the draft.

What helped the 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver the most was his 40-yard dash. Scouts doubted White had the speed to be a top-notch receiver, but after running the dash in 4.35 seconds, he put those talks to rest.

He’s compared to NFL receiver DeAndre Hopkins for his hands, toughness and ability to get downfield.

La’el Collins, LSU OT

Going into the combine, teams were skeptical about the athletic ability of La’el Collins. However, Collins was able to take advantage of the draft and possibly land a spot in the first round. Collins is compared to a Maurkice Pouncey for his power on the line especially in the running game.

Worst Performers:

Devin Funchess, Michigan WR

As a wide receiver, it is most important to have speed and Devin Funchess did not help himself in that category.

Funchess ran a poor 4.7 second 40-yard dash where most scouts are looking for a wide receiver to run around a 4.5.

His size at 6-foot-4 and 232-pounds also makes him a matchup problem.

Paul Dawson, TCU LB

Paul Dawson may have been impressive during games, but at the combine he was not.

He ran an unexpected 4.93 40-yard dash that may cause teams to reevaluate one of the draft’s top linebackers.

The 6-foot, 235-pound linebacker has proved he has great instincts on the field, but his showcase at the combine did not help his draft stock.

Denzel Perryman, Miami LB

Linebackers are known for their size, strength and ability to move quickly on the field. Denzel Perryman struggled to showcase any of those qualities this week.

One big concern for the linebacker is his height. Perryman is just about 5-11 and did not help rectify it with his drill work or speed at the combine.

The linebacker clocked in at 4.78 for the 40-yard dash, which was significantly slower than other top linebackers in the draft such as UCLA’s Eric Kendricks (4.61).

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