Sunday's combine observations

It was no surprise that Manziel and Bridgewater didn't throw. Both are saving their best for their pro days. Manziel did impress scouts with a 4.68 40, and one handheld time had him at 4.56. The quarterback who most needed to work out, Carr of Fresno State, elected not to throw, and that might have been a mistake. Maybe it's unfair, but so many people around the league equate Derek with brother  David Carr, who was the first overall pick in 2002 but had a disappointing career. Derek Carr would have had the perfect stage to win a lot of support. A good throwing day could have put him in line ahead of McCarron and Garoppolo to be the fourth quarterback drafted. Instead, there are questions that remain.

3. Concerns about quarterback depth were validated: Though there are expected to be 12 or more quarterbacks drafted, several throwers created more questions than answers. Tajh Boyd of Clemson has a strong arm, but his release point is all over the place. Some of his throws came a little sidearm, while the longer throws exposed a loop in his delivery. David Fales of San Jose State was inconsistent with his accuracy. Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech has the body to be a great pro quarterback (6-6, 248 pounds), but he doesn't get his legs into his throws and was inaccurate. Aaron Murray of Georgia didn't make a big jump with his combine workout. After the top six quarterbacks, there is a significant drop-off.

4. The receiving class is for real: The concept that this is the best wide receiver draft in years is true. This group has size, speed and great pass-catching ability. One of the main drills is "The Gauntlet,'' which requires receivers to go across the field while catching passes thrown from each side of the path. Rarely did the ball hit the ground. Sammy Watkins of Clemson was clearly the best receiving prospect and is a candidate to be a top-five pick. He's 6-0¾ and 211 pounds and ran a 4.43. He catches the ball with his hands exceptionally well. He reminds me a lot of  A.J. Green of the Bengals. The big winner Sunday was LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham. At 5-11¼ and 198 pounds, he ran a 4.43 40 and looked explosive with this speed and solid with his hands. His performance could vault him in the top 15. Mike Evans of Texas A&M secured a top-15 rating with a 4.53 40 and strong hands. Marqise Lee of USC might have slipped a little with a 4.52 40. Jarvis Landry of LSU had a rough day with a 4.77 40 and a tight calf. But cases can be made for more than seven wide receivers going in the first round. Brandin Cooks of Oregon State was exceptional with a 4.33. This group is deep enough to get provide quality at receiver until maybe the fourth round.

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