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2011 NFL Draft Combine Stock Report: Day 4

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

Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh Draft Stock Up
Jonathan Baldwin ran a great 40 (4.45) considering his massive frame (6-4, 228). He also posted a 42-inch vertical and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. Concerns remain about Baldwin's attitude, but there's no questioning his physical ability.

Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State Draft Stock Down
"Vincent... Brown... is a... terrible... playa..." Brown ran a very disappointing 4.66 40 at the Combine on Sunday.

Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse Draft Stock Up
Delone Carter ran a 4.53 40 and notched a 37-inch vertical at the Combine. Not bad for a 5-9, 222-pound back. Carter, who has the same build as Maurice Jones-Drew, has a shot of being a Day 2 pick.

John Clay, RB, Wisconsin Draft Stock Down
John Clay slimmed down to 230 pounds, but didn't look any faster. Clay ran a 4.77 40 and didn't cut very quickly in the drills. He could be an undrafted free agent.

Mario Fannin, RB, Auburn Draft Stock Up
Mario Fannin was the third-string running back at Auburn, but opened up some eyes at the Combine. He ran a 4.37 40 and notched a 37.5-inch vertical at 5-10, 231 pounds. Fannin is not a good runner, but he has proven that he can excel at catching the ball out of the backfield. He could become a solid third-down back in the NFL.

Edmund Gates, WR, Abilene Christian Draft Stock Up
Edmund Gates had a very impressive Combine, running a 4.35 40 at 6-0, 192 and notching a 10-foot-11 broad jump.

Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama Draft Stock Up
Mark Ingram's 40 time wasn't impressive (4.58), but he had the best 10-yard split of all the running backs, which is far more important. It would be shocking if Ingram made it past the Dolphins at No. 15.

Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M Draft Stock Down
Jerrod Johnson was one of the worst quarterbacks at the Combine. He really struggled with his accuracy, and his 40 time (4.75) was a disappointment.

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama Draft Stock Up
Julio Jones blew up the Combine. Prior to Jones' 40, Mike Mayock predicted that the 6-3, 220-pound Alabama wideout would run a low 4.5. Jones responded with a 4.39. He later notched a 38.5-inch vertical and an 11-foot-3 broad jump. Jones now has Twitter nation speculating that there's a new No. 1 receiver. It's still A.J. Green, but Jones narrowed the gap. There's no way he makes it to the Rams at No. 14.

Greg Little, WR, North Carolina Draft Stock Down
Sports Illustrated has reported that Greg Little has been "less than honest" during the Combine interviews - "and that's putting it nicely." SI speculates that Little could go undrafted, but I'm not buying that. He's too talented. Some team that doesn't care about character concerns (Bengals) will take him in the later rounds.

Jake Locker, QB, Washington Draft Stock Up
Finally, a stock up for Jake Locker. Locker performed well during the drills at the Combine and drew praise from most draft analysts. He's still a likely Round 2 selection, but he probably won't fall into Round 3.

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas Draft Stock Up
Ryan Mallett looked spectacular in the passing drills, which shouldn't be a surprise. As I tweeted (@walterfootball), "No one should be surprised Ryan Mallett looked great today. He's like a hot chick w/ STDs. Looks great, but better to stay away."

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Draft Stock Down
Cam Newton was wildly inaccurate during the Combine drills. He went 11-of-21, and nearly all of his misses, including several 10-yard outs, were high. Newton had a great broad jump (10-6), but that's a meaningless stat. Save for Josh Johnson, all of the quarterbacks who have recorded a long broad jump at the Combine in the past decade are either out of the league or rotting on a depth chart.

On a side note, I'm really looking forward to Newton's broadcasting career. Echoing Emmitt Smith's stint on ESPN, Newton told the NFL Network crew that he "wants to be consistency." Somewhere in this world, a striped leopard is shaking its head.

Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State Draft Stock Up
Stephen Paea shattered the Combine bench press record Sunday, posting 49 reps of 225 pounds. Before you dismiss this as a meaningless stat, Mike Mayock opined that this would translate to the football field. If it weren't for a knee injury, Paea would be a near first-round lock.

Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State Draft Stock Up
Christian Ponder was the consensus top quarterback at the Combine. He displayed great accuracy and adequate arm strength. He's currently the favorite to be the third quarterback off the board this April, though Jake Locker and Colin Kaepernick are close.

Joshua Portis, QB, California-PA Draft Stock Up
I thought Joshua Portis was really impressive at the Combine. The big-armed cousin of Clinton Portis, Joshua was one of the more accurate passers on the field. Unfortunately, he has character issues, so he's nothing more than a late-round prospect.

Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland Draft Stock Up
Torrey Smith's microscopic 8 5/8-inch hands are a concern, but he showed us Sunday why he's a legitimate first-round prospect. The 6-1, 204-pound Smith ran a 4.37. He also notched a 41-inch vertical and a 10-foot-6 broad jump.

Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech Draft Stock Up
Ryan Williams had a 40-inch vertical, but that wasn't his highlight at the Combine. Williams made a jaw-dropping cut during one of the drills that prompted Mike Mayock to exclaim, "That's why he's my No. 2 running back!"

Titus Young, WR, Boise State Draft Stock Down
Titus Young has been called a "poor man's DeSean Jackson." Jackson ran a 4.31 at the 2008 NFL Combine. Young managed just a 4.43 on Sunday. He's still a very good prospect, but his chances of going in the first round have pretty much diminished.

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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