Posted: 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
By Trevor Woods
Even as the Alex Smith trade fallout continues, there is plenty to consider for the 2013 NFL Draft. The NFL Combine is a wrap, which means we had plenty of winners and losers. Stocks rose, and stocks fell at the combine. We've got plenty of names for you.
Nick Chiamardas handled the offensive line, tight ends, and secondary. I provide you with stock updates on all the other positions.
Tyler Bray, Tennessee: I was the most impressed by Tyler Bray. He had a live arm and showed he can zing it as far as he wants. The knock on Bray has been his accuracy, but he was fairly accurate throughout the day. The only trouble he had was on the quick out pattern, where he threw behind the receiver. Bray will be a second round selection and separated himself from some of the other quarterbacks in the group.
Mike Glennon, NC State: Glennon is known for his great arm, but nothing looked great about it at the Combine. When Glennon missed his receivers, he missed them badly. There were times when the ball was way off the mark, and thrown with power into the turf. NFL scouts are going to look at that performance and see a developmental project. He's not even close to being ready to step in as a starter year one.
Collin Klein, Kansas State: Klein's stock was never too high to begin with, but with a good combine he could have boosted his stock quite a bit. Klein showed bad mechanics and wasn't as accurate as I hoped he would be. He doesn't have a lot of power either, and will likely end up being a 7th round choice. He has too much to work on to even compete for a backup job. He should probably listen to scouts and try converting to tight end. The sooner the better.
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA: Franklin looked good in every drill. He showed he can change direction while losing no speed. Franklin could be a 2nd round selection now.
Le'veon Bell, Michigan State: Bell is a power back at 6-1 230 lbs, who can also run at a decent speed for a guy his size (4.60 forty). His forty was better than expected. This changes the perception that Bell is just a short yardage back, as he can be on the field multiple downs at a time.
Stepfan Taylor, Stanford: I'm highly disappointed to have to include him in this category. I expected Taylor to run in the upper 4.5's, and he didn't come close to that. Taylor ended up running a 4.72 forty, which is bad for a running back. Taylor will have to put up a better number during his pro day to propel him back into the 3rd or 4th round. Right now he may have dropped down to a late round pick.
Montee Ball, Wisconsin: Ball also ran a forty that was a little slower than I expected (4.66). This is going to hurt Ball's stock. This bumps him out of the second round and maybe even the third.
Tavon Austin, West Virginia: Austin was the most impressive receiver out there at the combine. I'd give his performance an A+ in the drills. He ran as good of a gauntlet as I have ever seen, ran good quick outs, curls, and go routes. Austin displayed good hands, good route running, and top tier speed (4.37 forty). He's fighting with Justin Hunter for the second receiver to be drafted in round one. I'd be shocked if Austin makes it past the Vikings or Patriots.
Robert Woods, USC: After an okay season on a sinking ship of a USC team, Woods put together a solid combine. Woods did better than I thought he would do and looked like he can be a #2 receiver in the NFL right out of the gate. Woods showed he's runs clean routes and despite some drops at USC, he has good hands. Woods will be taken early to mid second round.
Marquess Wilson, Washington State: Wilson is a guy who needed a good performance after quitting Washington State for what he deemed as abuse by the coaches Wilson looked good in the three cone drill and appeared to be a guy who can get in and out of cuts with ease. He also showed good hands throughout the day, especially in the gauntlet. At 6-3, his forty time of 4.51 is very good.
Marquise Goodwin, Texas: I wouldn't bump his stock up more, but teams are going to that love speed. Goodwin had a 4.27 forty, but looked quite raw besides that. He dropped balls throughout the day, most notably in the gauntlet. He could be a late round 2 selection if a team is drafting speed and hoping for production with everything else.
Aaron Dobson, Marshall: Dobson didn't perform any drills at the combine. With strong performances by a lot of receivers, Dobson lowered his stock for the time being. He can change that at his pro day.
Chris Gragg, Arkansas: A 4.4 40 and top performances in the broad and vertical jumps will have scouts re-evaluating their grades. Is a true deep threat at the tight end position despite average numbers in college.
Zach Ertz, Stanford: I didn’t expect blazing speed but I also didn’t expect an average performance in the vertical and broad jumps. Both of these drills are good indicators for explosiveness, and Ertz was disappointing in both posting a 30.5" and 111" respectively.
Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff: Posted fastest 40 time for offensive linemen in history of Combine with a 4.71. Also had great numbers in vertical and broad jump further demonstrating his athleticism.
Lane Johnson, Oklahoma: Arguably the top performer in the OL group, Johnson was at or near the top in most of the workouts. He was already expected to be a top 15 pick but with this performance he could be looking at a top 5-10 pick.
Brian Schwenke, California: Schwenke posted that fastest time among centers with a 4.97 in the 40. He was also a top performer in the 3-cone drill showing off his quickness, which is rare for a center his size.
D.J. Fluker, Alabama: A slow 40 time is ok for a tackle but he also only benched 225lb 21 times. Fluker didn’t participate in any of the other drills and just seemed uncomfortable in the team drills. He’s teetering between round one and two and a practical no-show at the Combine doesn’t help.
Chance Warmack, Alabama: It may sound odd to have his name in the ‘stock down’ section but Warmack looked really stiff during his drills. Warmack only participated in two workouts in addition to the positional drills. Passing on the bench press is cause for concern and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah called his performance ‘marginal’. If anything, the gap is closing between he and the consensus #2 guard, Jonathan Cooper.
Margus Hunt, SMU: Hunt ran a 4.6 forty (fastest time for a DL) and put up 38 reps of 225 lbs (most reps). Hunt did well in the other drills as well. Showing good footwork along with a good burst off the line. Hunt is a lock to be drafted in the early second round now.
Sheldon Richardson, Missouri: At 294lbs, Richardson moved around well and did so with quick feet. I think he's a beast and will be a top 10 selection now.
Star Lotulelei, Utah: Star wasn't able to perform after being diagnosed with a heart condition. Because of this, he may be leap frogged by Shariff Floyd and Sheldon Richardson.
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M;: Moore may have been one of the biggest sliders during Combine week. Moore only had 12 reps on the bench, and ran a 4.95 forty. He looked slow and stiff. I question his ability to change direction and play in space. Many had him going in the top 10, but I think he's a late first now.
Zaviar Gooden, Missouri: Gooden ran the fastest forty at linebacker (4.47) and had the second best long jump (131.0 inches). He showed in drills he can play sideline to sideline well.
Jamie Collins, Southern Miss: With a 4.64 forty, and the best vertical jump (41.5 inches), Collins stock is rising. He didn't receive any attention before the combine because he was on a winless team. Teams are paying attention now, and he could be a solid 3-4 outside linebacker.
Cornelius Washington, Georgia: Washington ran a 4.55 forty and had a 36 rep bench press showing. He could turn into a dangerous 3-4 pass rusher.
Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech: Taylor showed good footwork, but that was about it. A 5.01 forty will make Taylor a round 7 selection or an undrafted free agent.
Chase Thomas, Stanford: Thomas had a bad bench press, only 19 reps. He didn't have a good forty either at 4.91. Thomas is a football player who has never shown flash, just smarts. He may end up being a fine player in the NFL, but as far as draft stock goes, his stock took a hit.
S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse: Thomas absolutely dominated the combine. He was one of the best performers in just about every single workout including 28 reps in the bench press an eye-popping 40.5" vertical. His quickness and power impressed scouts as did his ‘bounce-ability’ during a post-40 stumble.
CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State: Taylor may have improved his stock as much as anyone can at the Combine. He was a top performer at corner in the 40 with a 4.39, the bench with 22 reps, and the 20 yard shuttle with a 4.06. Taylor looked smooth in his drills and impressed with his technique and footwork.
CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU: Admittedly I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mathieu’s draft prospects. After an above average combine performance I’m warming up to him. While his official 40 time was 4.5, Mathieu looked faster. After missing a year of football, his footwork and technique where fluid and he looked as though he hadn’t missed a beat. Likely went from late round prospect to legit mid round pick.
CB Desmond Trufant, Washington: Solidified a first round selection with a 4.38 forty and impressive performance in drills. I think he even closed the gap some between he and FSU's Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes ran well, but was just average in drills, and dropped some balls.
S Eric Reid, LSU: (From Trevor) Some doubted Reid's speed before the combine, thinking he was slow. Reid silenced them, running a 4.53 forty. That time is really good when you factor in he is 6-1 and 213 lbs. and had a 40.5 inch vertical leap and 134 inch broad jump. In drills Reid also showed he can change direction well, and he appears to be a safety who will be able to play coverage. His performance should bump him up into the first round.
Johnathan Banks, Mississippi State: Banks didn’t have a great day. Aside from a slow 40 time of 4.61 his footwork seemed off and didn’t show the hip turn you’d expect from what many believed to be a late first round pick. Some believe he might strictly be a zone corner.
Jordan Poyer, Oregon State: Poyer was ok in the 40 with a 4.54 time and he didn’t really have a bad day. But it wasn’t great either. His workouts were average but I felt he looked slow with just ok footwork in the drills. I was hoping to see more of someone I thought could battle for that third or fourth best corner spot. Will need to have a better pro day to impress scouts.
Zeke Motta, Notre Dame:(From Trevor) Motta had the worst forty time from a safety at 4.83, ouch. Motta will now be lucky to be drafted in rounds 6 or 7.
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State: Hopkins ran a 4.74 forty, take that Manti Te' o.
Who do you think helped or hurt their stock?