Everything you need to know after four days of testing at the NFL scouting combine, in three minutes.
Three players whose stock is rising
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: The former Heisman winner did nothing to hurt his standing as the presumed No. 1 pick. Winston dismissed concerns about his shoulder with a solid throwing session. Looks to be Tampa Bay-bound.
2. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson: The edge rusher – likely a 3-4 outside linebacker – showed up in Indy weighing 246, up about 20 from his playing weight at Clemson. But the extra muscle hardly slowed him down: Beasley blistered the 40 in 4.53 seconds and was impressive in the other tests and drills.
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3. Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut: So much for how the good-sized (6-foot-1) corner would come back from shoulder surgery. Jones didn’t run the 40, but he crushed the combine record with a broad jump of 12 feet, 3 inches and hit 44.5 inches in the vertical jump.
Three players whose stock is falling
1. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: Gregory was supposed to challenge Beasley as the top edge-rusher in the draft. But carrying only 238 pounds on his 6-6 frame, there are now questions about how he would fare even in a 3-4 scheme.
2. Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan: There were concerns before the combine that the 6-4, 232-pounder might be better suited as a tight end. Then Funchess ran a 4.7 in Indy. Time to get in a three-point stance and learn to block.
3. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: Already a raw prospect after moving from defensive end two years ago, the 6-5, 309-pound Clemmings had an up-and-down showing. While his vertical jump (32.5 inches) and 20-yard shuttle were among the best by an offensive lineman, his 22 reps in the bench press were disappointing.
▪ There’s a big drop-off after the top two quarterbacks in the draft. Marcus Mariota, like Winston, looked good throwing in Indy and handled himself well. The other passers? Not so much.
▪ This draft seems to be lining up well for the Panthers. It’s deep at receiver, offensive tackle and defensive end – all areas of need for Carolina. The weakest position groups appear to be tight end and safety. While the Panthers could stand to add another safety, it’s not a huge area of need.
▪ Besides their speed and athleticism, this group of edge rushers seems to have a joie de vivre. Florida’s Dante Fowler Jr. wore a gold watch while running his 40. Missouri’s Shane Ray didn’t work out, but yelled encouragement while holding the blocking bags.
By the numbers
1 Players from Division III schools at combine – Hobart College’s Ali Marpet. His 40 time (4.98) nearly matched Winston’s (4.97).
10 Receivers who ran the 40 in 4.42 seconds or faster, led by Ala.-Birmingham’s J.J. Nelson at 4.28.
37 Reps by Miami tackle Ereck Flowers in the 225-pound bench press, most among offensive linemen.