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2011 NFL Draft Combine Stock Report: Day 3

2011 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Prospects - Weigh-Ins and 40 Times:
QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB

2011 NFL Draft Combine Stock Reports:
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6

This is a list of players who have seen a change in their 2011 NFL Draft stock. Click here to see how this has affected the 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings.

2011 NFL Draft Combine Stock Report

Marcus Cannon, G, TCU Draft Stock Up
Marcus Cannon weighed in at 6-5, 358. Based on his size, you'd expect him to be fat, slow and lethargic. On the contrary, Cannon did not appear as though he was anything close to 358. He ran a 5.20 40 and looked very fluid in all the drills. Cannon seems to have cemented his Round 2 status. He may even be selected at the end of Round 1 if a team believes he can play right tackle.

Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College Draft Stock Up
Anthony Castonzo ran just a 5.21 40, but was phenomenal in the drills, showing great athleticism and technique. He could be the second tackle off the board behind Tyron Smith.

Marcell Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama ???
I really don't know what to make of Marcell Dareus' new weight of 319 pounds. wrote that Dareus is "built like a tree." The added mass may make Dareus more versatile. It could, however, limit his pass-rushing ability. I'm really interested to see how Dareus looks on Monday.

Virgil Green, TE, Nevada Draft Stock Up
Virgil Green showed off his great athleticism at the Combine. He notched a 42.5-inch vertical and a 10-10 broad jump. He also ran a 4.54 40. Don't think he's going to be selected in the top three rounds, however. Green is extremely raw and doesn't know how to run routes. He's a project, but could turn into a good player in a couple of years.

Rob Housler, TE, Florida Atlantic Draft Stock Up
While Virgil Green stole the show on Saturday afternoon, Rob Housler was just as impressive. He had a 4.51 40 and a 37-inch vertical, and unlike Green, Housler looked like he knew what he was doing in the drills.

Rodney Hudson, G, Florida State Draft Stock Up
Rodney Hudson may not carry 299 pounds very well, but his weight gain didn't seem to affect him in the drills. In fact, Hudson's footwork is still as good as ever.

Justin Houston, DE, Georgia Draft Stock Down
Justin Houston has constantly been mocked to 3-4 teams. That may change. Houston weighed in at 270 pounds Saturday, up 13 pounds from his listing during the season. His ability to drop into coverage is now a big question mark.

Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois Draft Stock Down
Corey Liuget measured in at 6-2, which would pretty much eliminate him from 3-4 contention. Lots of teams run the 3-4 now, so it's possible that Liuget will slip into the bottom of Round 1 if the Rams aren't interested.

DeMarcus Love, G, Arkansas Draft Stock Down
DeMarcus Love is a guard only. After watching him in the drills at the Combine, I'm further convinced that he can't play right tackle.

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas Draft Stock Down
In one media session, Ryan Mallett refused to deny drug use; lashed out at the reporters; accused someone of setting him up to take a fall; said wise words like "Some people don't like my confidence. I can't do nothing about it;" and stormed off the podium.

The consensus from everyone there is that Mallett is very unlikable. In fact, Wes Bunting tweeted, "Don't trust Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett... end of story, guy rubs me the wrong way and he wouldn't be on my draft board. Period."

Mallett won't be on many draft boards. In fact, he'd be a late-round flier if it weren't for teams like the Bengals, Raiders, Eagles, etc.

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Draft Stock Up
While Ryan Mallett destroyed his draft stock Saturday, Cam Newton increased his chances of becoming the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The consensus was that Newton was very likable in the press conference. When asked to explain his "icon" and "entertainer" comments, Newton said the quote was misunderstood and taken out of context. He also explained the stolen laptop at Florida. Whereas Mallett barked at reporters for asking tough questions, Newton addressed everything, calmly and confidently.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post called Newton "respectful, intelligent and engaging." Klis added, "[Newton] is no JaMarcus Russell or Vince Young, another athletic quarterback who was a poor interview."

Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State Draft Stock Up
"Derek... Newton... is a... great... playa..." This is what I wrote when Derek Newton ran his 40 time. Despite his 6-5, 311-pound frame, Newton ran a 4.99 on Saturday. Expect Al Davis to target him early on Day 3.

Weslye Saunders, TE, South Carolina Draft Stock Down
Weslye Saunders couldn't do anything at the Combine because of a broken foot. With red flags popping up everywhere, Saunders will probably go undrafted.

Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State Draft Stock Up
I was concerned about Derek Sherrod's sudden weight gain to 321 pounds. Well, Sherrod carried the 321 well and maintained his solid athleticism. He ran a 5.20 40 and looked good in the drills. He could go as high as No. 23 to Philadelphia, but will probably be selected in the 28-35 range.

Nate Solder, OT, Colorado Draft Stock Up
Nate Solder sucked on the bench press and still has some bad tape to answer for, but he really stood out at the Combine. At 6-8, 319, Solder ran a 4.97 and displayed incredible athleticism in the drills.

Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State Draft Stock Up
The next basketball player turned stud tight end? Julius Thomas looked very natural at the Combine, making receptions with ease during the drills. Thomas (6-5, 246) ran a 4.63 40 and notched a 35.5-inch vertical.

Isaiah Thompson, G, Houston Draft Stock Down
I didn't have Isaiah Thompson in my rankings entering the Combine, so I'll be nice. I'll just point out that Thompson ran a 6.01 40 and barely managed six feet in the broad jump. The broad jump was really pathetic; imagine playing a video game, and instead of pressing the jump button, you accidentally barely tap it, leading your character to do a half-hearted jump into a pit of lava. That's what Thompson looked like.

Shane Vereen, RB, California Draft Stock Up
The 210-pound Shane Vereen benched 225 pounds a whopping 31 times. That's more than most of the offensive linemen! Vereen clearly put a ton of work into bulking up for the 2011 NFL Draft. I can't wait to see what he looks like on Sunday.

Click here to see how this has affected the 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings (update coming soon).

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Jabroni Mahoney 02-26-2011 11:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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The TE from USC looked pretty damn good in all the drills as well.
Carl 02-26-2011 10:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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I'd just like to point out that Gruden has gone on record saying the Bengals will be looking for a smart, intelligent, charismatic guy that the team can rally around. Someone who is a good leader. To me that is a pretty good indication that they will not be pursuing Mallett.
Ryan C. 02-26-2011 10:26 pm (total posts: 1)
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I played a pick up game with Ryan Mallett at the University gym his first year he was at Arkansas. I was just a regular student and I have to say he really impressed me with the way he carried himself. He introduced himself to his teammates, encouraged everyone on our team, and got everyone involved in the game. Also, we had a girl on our team and we still ran about 5 games which, no offense ladies, but that usually doesn't happen. That being said, this was his first year on campus when he had to sit out after being transferred, so perhaps the success over the next two years went to his head and he changed.

Walter, don't forget though, you can't say this guy isn't a winner. He led Arkansas, I repeat Arkansas, to a Sugar bowl. He led Arkansas to the second best record in the SEC ahead of LSU, BAMA, SOUTH CARO, etc. And our only losses were close games to pretty good teams Auburn, Bama, Ohio St. You can say he lost the bama and ohio st game, but you can also say he almost beat them while quarterbacking, I repeat, "Arkansas". Which is not exactly a perennial power.

My QB Draft rankings:
1. C. Newton
2. R. Mallett
3. B. Gabbert
4. J. Locker
5. C. Ponder

BTW Walter keep up the great work, love the site. Your Shawn Green pick didn't help, but I still managed to win the league bc of the Arian Foster advice.

When are you coming out with an early look at 11 fantasy football?
Bob L 02-26-2011 10:04 pm (total posts: 2)
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I think another player that raised his stock was TE Charlie Gantt out of Michigan State if you watched/listened the NFL network broadcast. They all seemed pleasantly surprised by his performance and how fluid is motions and good his hands were. Might move him up to a late 3rd round selection if teams think he can do more than block well.
Nick 02-26-2011 09:06 pm (total posts: 1)
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I really think Vereen is a stud at the next level. Would love to see the Rams grab him in the 3rd.
Ohana 02-26-2011 12:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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To say that Jerry Jones will use the #9 pick to select Tyron Smith because he's from a big-time school certainly explains:
DeMarcus Ware-Troy, Mike Jenkins-South Florida, Anthony Spencer-Purdue, Terence Newman-Kansas State, Felix Jones-Arkansas, etc.
Chris 02-26-2011 11:50 am (total posts: 1)
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Bartholomew goes up too! you might want to add that.
Brandon 02-26-2011 09:28 am (total posts: 1)
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All of these guys are fairly strong... but what the bench shows is a player's dedication in the gym and to getting better. Low reps for an OL by no means means the guy is weak...just not dedicated... and conversely the opposite is true. How dedicated is a 300+ lb OL when he is getting reps in teh low 20's? I;m 195 lbs and put 23 reps of 225 yesterday... I would think a guy with more than 100 lbs on me should be able to get far more.
Nate 02-26-2011 04:06 am (total posts: 1)
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Why would Smith take over the #1 OL spot from Solder based on repetitions of 225 pounds? That's a pretty lame way to separate them in my mind, as that has no way, shape or form any showing of how good of a blocker they are.
You guys WAY OVER-REACT to size and weight measurements 02-26-2011 01:53 am (total posts: 1)
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seriously, it doesn't mean all that much in the scheme of things.
Bob L 02-25-2011 09:35 pm (total posts: 2)
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Looks to be just one of many tests that will expose Solder and justify my criticisms of him. Tyron Smith will probably come out as the number one overall OL prospect, as predicted and mentioned in Greg's mock a few weeks ago, but I am still not sold on OL being the choice for the Lions in the first round. Cannot wait to see how the defensive players measure up on Tuesday.
HeHateMe 02-25-2011 02:55 pm (total posts: 1)
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As a USC and Viking fan I hope that the Vikings pass on Tyron Smith. I like him but the Vikings need a left tackle to replace McKinnie. Not a right tackle. Phil Loadholt may not be the answer but he deserves another year or two before they pull the plug. It is funny how WRs for example can be expected to make an impact in their 3rd year yet Loadholt is expected to dominate right off the bat. McKinnie is the player the Vikings need to replace either this year or next.

The thing that bothers me with Smith is that he has never played left tackle on any level. he could not even beat out Matt Kalil last year at USC. Now maybe they wanted it that way but if I am going to take a tackle in round 1, I will go with a player that has actually done it and done it well. Like Castonzo, Solder, or Carimi.

I'll let another team go for "potential". I'll take the production.
Jayrock 02-25-2011 12:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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Hey do you know how they measure arms at the combine? Like where do they start on the arm and where they end
Adam 02-25-2011 11:57 am (total posts: 1)
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Did Hudson look like he carried 299 well?
K2 02-25-2011 10:04 am (total posts: 1)
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The Steelers would love for Iji to be there at the end of round 2, that would be a great pick if it happens.

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