Day Two of the NFL Scouting Combine consisted of weigh-ins for quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, as well as various psych evaluations, interviews, physicals, x-rays, etc. for the players already in Indianapolis. Like Day One, there aren't any 'real' risers or fallers at this point before players actually start working out, so take any of the surprises of the day with a grain of salt.
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Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada Wolf Pack: It's hard to find a player whose stock has risen as quickly as Kaepernick's. Once considered a middle-round pick, he's now a fringe first-rounder by most accounts with NFL Scout Jayson Braddock and I sending him to Minnesota with the 12th pick in our last mock. One of the concerns about Kaepernick was his slender frame and while he may never grow into a body like that of Cam Newton or Ryan Mallett, he did show up eight-pounds heavier (233 lbs) than he did at the Senior Bowl (225 lbs).
Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech Hokies: Williams was listed at 202 pounds by the Virginia Tech athletic site, but weighed in at 212 pounds at the Combine, adding some bulk as he prepares for life in the NFL.
Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson Tigers: It has been said that Harper was up to around 250 pounds at the end of last season, but he weighed in Friday at 233 pounds, two pounds lighter than what Clemson listed him on their website. Harper is a big back, but staying conditioned and keeping his weight from ballooning will be important..
Marcus Cannon, G, TCU Horned Frogs: Weighed in at 358 pounds yesterday, down from a reported 375 pounds last season. Followed that up with 33 reps in bench press today, tied for the second most at the Combine behind Syracuse's Ryan Bartholomew. He won't be drafted as a tackle, although some won't give up on him as a right tackle, but should be a formidable guard.
Rob Housler, TE, Florida Atlantic Owls: Listed at 215 pounds by FAU's athletic site last season, Housler looked to be undersized for the position. However, he weighed in at 248 pounds at the Combine and measured 6'5. He put up 22 reps and looks like a viable receiver/blocker at the next level. This is a kid to watch moving forward.
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas Razorbacks: It will be nice when we see these guys throwing the ball, as weigh-ins don't really tell us much about their on-field ability. However, Mallett reportedly did not look physically imposing at 6'7 253 pounds. In fact, the 253 pounds is a good 15 pounds heavier than what most media outlets had him listed last season. His hands measured 10 ¾ inches, which is impressive.
Nate Solder, OT, Colorado Buffaloes: Solder, a big 6'8, 319 tackle generally considered one of the top in the draft, recorded just 21 reps on the bench press. At 6'8, many point to the length of his arms as a reason for why he may not have lifted as much as others, but his 34 ½ inch arms are the same as Anthony Castonzo's, who recorded 28 reps. Tyron Smith, with 36 3/8 inch arms, recorded 29 reps. Of course, Solder won't be blocking on his back, so some dispute the value of such a workout at the Combine.
Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State Bulldogs: Sherrod showed up about ten pounds heavier than he did at the Senior Bowl, then recorded 23 reps in the bench press. Sherrod would have quelled a few of the concerns about his weight with a good performance in a strength exercise like the bench press, but with just 23 reps he was unable to do that.
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