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NFL combine: Jameis Winston solidifies his No. 1 ranking

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston gestures at a camera before running a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston gestures at a camera before running a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Saturday. AP

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.

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.