Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Winston Perfection; Gator Lineman Humphries Turns Heads, but FSU TE O'Leary Doesn't

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Winston Perfection; Gator Lineman Humphries Turns Heads, but FSU TE O'Leary Doesn't

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

The NFL Scouting Combine, also known as the Underwear Olympics, is over. The draft process is now fully geared up with pro days coming next month for the majority of prospects. So, who left Indianapolis with a dose of momentum and who stumbled? Here is a breakdown of the combine's winners and losers.


QB Jameis Winston, Florida State

Winston dazzled in passing drills, but his greatest victory came off the field. Winston reportedly was impressive to teams in their 15-minute interview sessions. He navigated his press conference without any pitfalls. Basically, Winston threw a perfect combine. At this point, it would be stunning if Tampa Bay doesn't take Winston with the first pick on April 30. His pro day on March 31 should be a showcase.

OT D.J. Humphries, Florida

Humphries needed to show he could physically play at the next level. He weighed in at 307 pounds, 23 more than his listed playing weight at UF. Humphries also showed solid strength, recording 26 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. Humphries also kept his high-quality movement skills, running the 40-yard dash in 5.12 seconds. His stock is rising in many circles, although his college production still makes it hard to see him being selected in the first two rounds.

DE Vic Beasley, Clemson

Beasley was arguably the MVP of the combine. His biggest concern was his weight and strength. Beasley erased those question marks by weighing 246 pounds, 11 more than potential top-five pick Randy Gregory. Beasley did an astounding 35 reps on the bench and ran a 4.53. Any hopes of Beasley reaching the 20s likely ended in Indianapolis. He looks like a top-15 pick.

SS Landon Collins, Alabama: At safety, there's Collins and no one else. Collins enjoys a separation at his position larger than any other prospect in the draft. That margin only widened as Collins ran a 4.53 40 time and many of his closest competitors didn't run at all. Collins will be in high demand and should be selected in the first half of the opening round.

RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin: One of the safest picks in the draft got even safer. Gordon showed why he set a Football Bowl Subdivision record with a 7.79 career rushing average per carry. He clocked a 4.52 time in the 40-yard dash. At 6-feet, 215 pounds, Gordon is now close to a lock to go in the first round. He's a terrific mix of collegiate production and next-level athleticism.


The Jets: The odds of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota sliding to them at No. 6 seems less likely now. Mariota threw well in drills and ran a 4.52 40 time. Tennessee might not take Mariota with the second pick (assuming the Bucs draft Winston). However, the Jaguars, Raiders and Redskins will all likely field trade interest from teams looking to acquire Mariota. …

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