On The Decline
Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
Gilyard has had a tremendous offseason so far. He had a great week of practice at the Senior Bowl, was impressive during the game earning offensive MVP honors and witnessed his draft stock maintain its second round status. But on Sunday, in the NFLís ultimate track meet, Gilyardís flaws were exposed. The 6-foot, 187-pound Gilyard, who has playmaking ability, ran a poor 4.56 in the 40
, but was able to show his explosion by registering a 39-inch vertical. As good as Gilyard was at the Senior Bowl, he struggled during drills at the Combine. He didnít run crisp routes and dropped a few balls.
Gilyard didnít look confident and appeared to having timing issues with the quarterbacks.
On The Rise
Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
One of the most productive wide receivers in the nation over the last two seasons, Tate was known for his explosiveness in space and ability to be a game breaker. But, there were many questions about his straight-line speed. Tate silenced those critics on Sunday when he blazed through the 40 with a 4.42; maybe it was the shiny gold shoes he sported? Tate proved his worth in the 40, but struggled during the gauntlet drill by dropping a few balls. However, he rebounded during receiver drills, was quick in and out of his breaks and didnít drop another ball. Tate was projected to be a late first round pick, but with this latest development, he could end up being a mid first rounder.
Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel
Roberts had a strong week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, and on Sunday during his workout at the Scouting Combine, he will find his stock continuing to rise after he ran a 4.46 in the 40 and displayed great explosion by posting a 10-foot broad jump. Robertsí athleticism and versatility could make him a third round possibility.