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NFL combine: Jameis Winston stumps for No. 1 candidacy

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talks with the media during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talks with the media during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. AP

Everything you need to know about Friday at the NFL scounting combine, in three minutes.

Three things we learned

1. Quarterback Jameis Winston unsurprisingly won his press conference Friday. In 11 minutes he managed to squeeze in his wish to be the face of an NFL franchise, reflect on what he wants children to think of him and say, without giving any specifics, how he hopes to repair his bruised image.

2. Georgia running back Todd Gurley, the top rusher in this year’s class, refused to let doctors evaluate his knee three months after he tore his ACL against Auburn according to reports. It’s unusual, but he’ll have to get checked out before April’s draft.

3. Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley said most teams want him as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He grew up a Falcons fan and has interest from the Saints but doesn’t fit what Carolina does.

Observations

▪  Clemson defensive end Corey Crawford said the NFL woke him up at 4 a.m. Friday to take a random drug test. The combine is already nerve-wracking enough, and the league shouldn’t interrupt a player’s much-needed sleep to do something that could be done at a reasonable time during the day.

▪  When Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat spoke at the podium Thursday, he looked very lean to be 313 pounds. We found out where he was hiding the weight during the 40-yard dash Friday. Peat’s lower body could substitute for the trunks of oak trees.

▪  Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, who’s projected to go in the top five of the draft, checked in at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. He’s going to need at least another 15 pounds before he gets on an NFL field as a defensive end. Gregory’s trainer said on Twitter that Gregory had a stomach virus recently.

By the numbers

4.98 Second 40-yard dash for 307-pound Ali Marpet, the fastest among all linemen.

25 Reps of 225 pounds on the bench press for Duke guard Laken Tomlinson.

Panthers prospects to watch

Cameron Erving: Erving said he didn’t think twice when FSU coach Jimbo Fisher asked him to move from tackle to center. He feels he can play either position in the NFL.

Devin Smith: One of the fastest receivers in the draft, Smith brought in 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions for the Buckeyes in 2014 and plans to run the 40 in the 4.3 range.

They said it

“A lot of people thought I was fat. But I look good and I know it.” – Quarterback Jameis Winston

“My mom is a strong single parent. She took care of five kids who were all my size so I’m pretty sure it was hard for her to put a lot of food on the table...Hopefully one day I’ll be able to repay her.” – Defensive lineman Leonard Williams

What’s next?

Saturday’s highlight: This is the big day at the combine. Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers will do on-field workouts.

Combine on TV: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., NFL Network.

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