Jameis Winston (QB) Florida State, Marcus Mariota (QB) Oregon
Winston may have run (4.97 forty) and even looked pedestrian compared to Mariota in some of the tests, but quite frankly who cares? He threw the ball exceptionally well. More importantly he aced the press conference and said all the right things. The big question is his shoulder and how he did in team interviews.
Meanwhile, Mariota tested very well and ran 4.52 forty. He looked good throwing the football but not Winston good. But it’s going to be a process as he develops his game to the pro level.
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Shane Carden (QB) East Carolina
I don’t think he looked good at Senior Bowl and I don’t think he stood out whatsoever in Indy at Combine. He didn’t test or throw the ball particularly well. But he’s not the biggest guy or the most athletic. Carden doesn’t possess a strong arm. Where he can make it up is in interviews, as Carden is smart and knows where to go with the football.
I am stunned that only three running backs ran sub-4.5 at the NFL Scouting Combine and not one of them was named Duke Johnson (Miami). Jeremy Langford (Michigan State) is not supposed to be a speed back and he ran the fastest time at this position at 4.42. Johnson’s time was somewhat shocking at only 4.54 and he only vertical-jumped 33.5 inches, while his play on the field has always been so explosive.
I think what we learned is that, overall, this is a good group and one of the strongest positions in the draft but they are just not that fast. I would have loved to have seen what a healthy Gurley would have done in the testing at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Kevin White (WR) West Virginia
It was pretty much cemented that Amari Cooper (Alabama) would be the top receiver taken in the draft. But that’s not the case anymore, as White ran a blazing 4.35 forty and caught the ball exceptionally well. He’s also bigger than Cooper, although the former Crimson Tide star runs better routes. It will be interesting now to see who’s the first guy taken off the board at this position on April 30th.
Ty Montgomery (WR) Stanford
This is a player that looks the part and had a very good and productive career as a Cardinal. But he was very inconsistent at the Senior Bowl and didn’t help himself in Indy. He tested okay – 4.55 forty, 40.5-inch vertical jump but wasn’t impressive in drills and catching the football once again.
Devin Funchess (TE) Michigan
First of all, is he a tight end or wide receiver? I see him as a hybrid tight end. Funchess checked in at 6-foot-4, 232 pounds. What stood out was his poor forty time of 4.7 and he didn’t wow scouts in catching the football. He will still pose matchup problems used in the right way, but his stock may be slipping out of the first round.
La’El Collins (LSU), Jake Fisher (Oregon), Ali Marpet (Hobart & William Smith)
There were a handful of offensive linemen that really helped themselves at combine led by this trio. Marpet was a day one star because he tested so well and it’s such a good story. This player is from a D3 school. He ran a sub-5.0 forty and showed he deserved to be in Indy. Look for scouts from all around the shield to flock to Hobart this spring, especially for his upcoming pro day.
I have been on record as saying that I didn’t like Collins in Mobile when he was at guard. He got beat, was out of position and looked very uncomfortable. Sure, the NFL was testing him to see how quickly he could transition to the inside if asked. But maybe he’s just a pure tackle all the way. Collins showed all those skills at an incredibly high level and aced every drill at combine. He looked fantastic. Collins was always a bottom half of the first round guy. Now he may be higher.
Fisher was considered a second-tier tackle prospect. He just was not in the group of Brandon Scherff (Iowa), Collins, T.J. Clemmings (Pitt), etc. He would be somewhere in the next group of offensive linemen. Or will he? This former Duck tested off the charts and had a nice showing in the drills. Certainly there are teams in the NFL that are going back to the tape.
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