Leading up to the NFL combine, the we projected some potential draft targets for the Baltimore Ravens, who are drafting near the bottom of the first round. Here is how they fared in Indianapolis:
Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri: He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds, which is a scorching time for a player who measured in at 6-foot-5, 237 pounds. When you combine Green-Beckham's vertical jump of 32 inches with an impressive wingspan (79 3/4 inches), he has a huge catch radius, which is a term you hear coach John Harbaugh use frequently. Outside of one bad drop, he made the on-field drills look effortless, displaying strong hands and outstanding ball skills. While he proved that he has all of the physical tools (especially for someone who hasn't played football in over a year), the biggest concern is his off-the-field issues. One NFL evaluator told Yahoo! Sports that he worried about Green-Beckham's maturity and football IQ after meeting with him. Post-combine stock watch: Rising.
Jaelen Strong, Arizona State: He answered questions about his speed with two good showings in the 40-yard dash, including an official time of 4.44 seconds. That was just outside the top 10 for receivers, but it's a positive time for a 6-2, 217-pound target. Strong's 42-inch vertical jump was the fourth-best among wideouts in the past 10 years, according to the NFL Network. His performance in the combine solidified his place in the first round. Post-combine stock watch: Rising.
Devin Funchess, Michigan: His disappointing showing at the combine will cause teams to question where he fits. Funchess was considered a hybrid wide receiver-tight end prospect but he didn't deliver explosiveness or strength. His 40-yard time (4.70 seconds) makes you wonder whether he can line up outside. His 17 bench-press reps won't convince anyone that he can hold up at the point of attack as a tight end. Post-combine stock watch: Falling.
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin: It was a solid but unspectacular performance at the combine. His 40-yard time (4.52) was fifth-best among running backs, although some thought he would be in the high 4.4s. His 19 reps on the bench press were average. Where Gordon really impressed was catching passes in the receiving drills. Gordon didn't blow anyone away at the combine, but the bottom line is he did nothing to hurt his standing as the top back in this draft. Post-combine draft stock: Same.
Tevin Coleman, Indiana: He's in a walking boot after having toe surgery in December, so he did nothing on the field. Coleman's 22 reps on the bench press were a more than solid total. He will work out for scouts at Indiana's pro day on April 15. "I expect to run a 4.39 or 4.4 (in the 40-yard dash)," he said. "That's what I'm reaching for." How he fares there will likely determine whether he's a second-round pick. Post-combine draft stock: Same.
Duke Johnson, Miami: His 40 time of 4.55 is a little discouraging because Johnson is considered the best combination of runner and receiver in this draft. Many thought he would post better than an average time. Johnson also chose not to lift. He made his mark on the field where he was solid in the pass-catching drills and showed great change of direction. It still looks like Johnson is a third-round selection. Post-combine draft stock: Same.
David Johnson: Northern Iowa: He wasn't on my original list to watch, but he certainly deserves to be after putting together the best performance by a running back at this year's combine. Johnson's speed and power was on full display. His 40-yard time (4.50 seconds) was fourth-best among running backs (one spot ahead of Gordon, who weighed nine pounds lighter than Johnson), and his 25 reps on the bench press also ranked fourth among backs. This power back caught the ball well in receiving drills. Johnson could be a steal in the middle rounds. Post-combine draft stock: Rising.
Maxx Williams, Minnesota: The only tight end expected to be taken in the first two rounds had a deflating effort at the combine. Williams had a surprisingly slow 40-yard time of 4.90 before bouncing back with a time of 4.78 in his next try, which was third among tight ends. Even though it's known he has to add strength, his 17 reps on the bench press fell significantly short of last year's top tight end Eric Ebron, who had 24 reps. His best effort came on the field, where he made several nice catches. Williams likely hurt any chance he had of going in the top 20, which may be a positive for Baltimore if the Ravens want him at No. 26. Post-combine draft stock: Slipping.