Scouting Combine Day 3: Rising and Falling

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Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber discloses the prospects that are rising and falling in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine.

RISING


Bruce Campbell
, OT, Maryland

Campbell is the talk of the Scouting Combine after his amazing performance on Saturday. He showed up on Thursday wearing a fatigue spandex shirt that displayed his pronounced broad shoulders and chiseled upper-body. He looked the part at 6-foot-6, 314 pounds and came across well to the media. On the field, Campbell was the best looking athlete and lived up to his freakish stature when he set a new Combine record for an offensive lineman: a 4.78 in the 40-yard dash. As impressive as Campbell was on Saturday during his workout, he still has a long way to go as a player. But in a business where your last impression is your first impression, Campbell distinguished himself as a sure first round selection, and somewhere Al Davis is ready to make the former Terrapins standout the eighth pick in the draft.

Dickerson has great speed, but he's a tweener at the next level.
AP/Michael Conroy

Dorin Dickerson, TE/FB, Pittsburgh

A classic tweener prospect, Dickerson had a solid 2009 season and caught 49 passes for 529 yards and 10 touchdowns. But measuring in at 6-foot-1, 226 pounds this weekend, Dickerson doesn’t possess the size necessary to line up at tight end. But on Saturday, he demonstrated the speed to separate in the open field. Dickerson had arguably the best workout on Saturday, as he registered the best time in the 40 (4.4) and vertical jump (43.5-inches). After the performance that Dickerson turned in on Saturday, his draft stock can only increase; most likely he will move into the fourth or fifth round.

Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Already considered one of this year’s best offensive tackle prospects, Williams measured in on Thursday at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds and referred to his versatility as a huge asset in front of the media. Williams showed his versatility on field on Saturday during workouts and turned in a sensational 40-time of 4.82. Currently, Williams is the No. 2 rated offensive tackle in Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings, and, while many believe he’s best suited to play right tackle, Williams is on a mission to show scouts that he can play left tackle.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami

A former basketball player for the University of Miami, Graham decided to turn his attention to football after three years of focusing on basketball. Graham emerged on the scouting scene at the Senior Bowl and turned in an impressive week in Mobile. That ascension continued at the Scouting Combine, where the 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end solidified himself as a potential third round draft pick. Graham didn’t participate in the bench press, but ran a 4.58 in the 40 and recorded a 38.5-inch vertical.

Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale College

While Bruce Campbell is the most athletic tackle in the draft, Veldheer is the most intriguing and a player that’s undoubtedly on the rise. A Division II Hillsdale College product, Veldheer is an imposing 6-foot-8, 312-pound athletic bookend and was one of the most engaging interviews at the Combine. Veldheer’s intelligence and willingness to learn will impress scouts and NFL personnel, but what will ultimately land him in the mid-to-late second round is his uncanny agility and speed, not to mention his strength. Veldheer ran a 5.02 in the 40-yard dash on Saturday and registered a 32-inch vertical. Veldheer also impressed during the bench press by putting up 225 pounds, 32 times.

A small school player, Harbor is making a name for himself amongst the best in the nation.
AP/Michael Conroy

Clay Harbor, TE, Missouri State

Possibly the draft’s biggest sleeper, Harbor is coming off of a senior campaign where he caught 59 passes for 729 yards and five touchdowns. At the Combine, the 6-foot-3, 252-pound Harbor shined among the nation’s elite. Harbor arrived in Indianapolis eight pounds heavier than his playing weight this past year and impressed during the bench press with 30 reps. On the field on Saturday, Harbor ran a respectable 4.68 in the 40 and displayed tremendous explosion with a 40-inch vertical. Harbor’s stock is on the rise, and he has gone from a late round pick at the start of the draft process to a potential fourth round selection.

Marshall Newhouse, OT, TCU

Newhouse was a mainstay on the TCU offensive line for the last three years and showed up at the Scouting Combine measuring in at 6-foot-4, 319 pounds. Newhouse ran extremely well in the 40 and was timed at 5.00. He also looked fluid during drills. Newhouse has upside and could be in the late round mix.

Shelley Smith, OG, Colorado State

A three-year starter at Colorado State, Smith is a tremendous athlete who uses his hands well and possesses quick feet. He was impressive in all of the drills he participated in; he ran 5.11 in the 40, recorded a 34-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump. Smith is a late round prospect who will continue to impress scouts this offseason. He could climb up to the sixth round.

Chris DeGeare, OG, Wake Forest

An under the radar offensive line prospect, DeGeare got everyone’s attention when he showed up in Indianapolis at 6-foot-4, 325 pounds. A big, physical interior presence, who has surprising athleticism, turned heads on Saturday when he ran a 5.09 in the 40-yard dash. DeGeare also managed a better than expected vertical leap at 32.5-inches. He’s a late round prospect who could rise into the sixth round.

Joe Hawley, OG, UNLV

UNLV’s Joe Hawley is a somewhat unknown prospect, who, despite his lack of size at 6-foot-3, 297 pounds, had an impressive showing on Friday in the bench press by recording 35 reps. Hawley also ran well in the 40 and was timed at 5.18. He’s likely to be an undrafted free agent, but could sneak into the seventh round.



FALLING


Ciron Black
, OT, LSU

Black started 53 consecutive games at left tackle for LSU, but the 6-foot-4, 327-pounder has struggled to impress this offseason. He’s displayed slow feet, and it really showed when he ran a 5.49 in the 40. Black isn’t the most athletic tackle available in the draft, and his 25.5-inch vertical revealed his lack of explosion. Black’s stock is tumbling and he could ultimately come off the board in the fourth round.

Calloway failed to impress on Saturday.
AP/Michael Conroy

Kyle Calloway, OT, Iowa

The tackle who plays opposite highly touted left tackle prospect Bryan Bulaga, Calloway (6-foot-6, 323 pounds) had a disappointing workout on Saturday. He was timed at 5.51 in the 40 and was handed the lowest vertical (23.5-inches) of all the offensive linemen.

Chris Scott, OT, Tennessee

Scott, who measured in at 6-foot-4, 319 pounds, continued to have a forgettable offseason on Saturday. He had a poor showing at the Senior Bowl and followed it up with a lackluster 5.49 in the 40. Scott lacks explosion off the line and doesn’t have the feet to play on the outside.

Dace Richardson, OT, Iowa

An injury-plagued career hurt the versatile Richardson from developing into a consistent starter for Iowa, and after his performance at the Combine on Saturday, where he turned in a 5.78 in the 40, there’s no chance he will be drafted.

 

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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