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Combine winners and question marks

Combine winners -- and where they stand in the draft -- plus some question marks

Originally Published: February 29, 2012
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Robert Griffin IIIBrian Spurlock/US PresswireRobert Griffin III solidified his draft stock with a strong performance at the NFL combine.

The NFL combine this year didn't deliver what I'd call any out-of-left-field performances, the kind you simply couldn't fathom going in. And the physical testing gets a little bit overrated to the extent it helps create a profile. The profile is already there -- the combine provides a series of indicators. See something you didn't think was there, well, you go back to the tape to see where you missed it. And sometimes, other numbers matter more. For instance, people will talk about Robert Griffin III's great run in the 40, but this is what we expected from of a track-level athlete. The biggest number that came out of the combine for RG3 was actually the confirmation of his height, at 6-2⅜. There are magic numbers for QBs, but the 40 isn't one of them.

That said, there are certainly some notable players whose stock rose and fell. So let's take a look at both sides of the ball. I'll also put in where their current draft grade (or projection) is. And remember, if I didn't mention someone you're looking for, this is more about guys who may have changed a perception, or a grade, not simply did well or struggled.

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