While Tyler Gaffney had the best overall workouts in Indianapolis, several other Cardinal players impressed the scouts with their power and work ethic over the weekend - including Trent Murphy, Cam Fleming and Josh Mauro
Official Combine results for all Cardinal invitees:
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We already checked out how one half of the group did in Indy, but let's break down the other half of the Cardinal contingent:
The question going into the Combine was simple: What to make of Trent Murphy? Will he transition into a defensive end or outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme or continue to wreck havoc for QBs coming off the edge in the 3-4? That question might not have been completely answered as Murphy's position ultimately comes down to the needs of the team that drafts him. On Monday, Murphy worked out with the linebackers and didn't overly impress scouts, but outshined Pac-12 rival Anthony Barr in bench press (Murphy 19, Barr 15), vertical (Murphy 35.5, Barr 34.5) and 3-cone drill (Murphy 6.78, Barr 6.82). Murphy is projected as a top 5 DE in the draft and a potential 2nd round or late 1st round selection. He has been connected to the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.
Projected: 2nd round
Cameron Fleming looks to follow in the footsteps of former teammates Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro as Stanford lineman drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. He'll have a tough time replicating Martin and DeCastro's draft position, but a second day selection isn't completely out of the realm of possibility. Greg Robinson of Auburn stole the headlines with his incredible performance, but Fleming put together a solid performance. He ran a 5.28 40 yard dash and out bench pressed projected top 5 selection Jake Matthews 26 reps to 24. Scouts really like Fleming's wide base and length. Pay close attention to the Carolina Panthers selections on day 2 of the draft to see if Fleming comes off the board for them.
Projected: 4th round
Mauro didn't have the headlines or notoriety of fellow teammate Trent Murphy going into the Combine, but he solidified his place as a mid-round selection. He didn't exhibit Aaron Donald-like strength in the bench press (21 reps) or show Jadaveon Clowney-like speed in the 40 yard dash (5.21 seconds), but his work ethic and energy were evident in every drill. Mauro's tremendous motor in his drills even caught the attention of Mike Mayock. Mauro showed that he's a solid mid-round pick that will come in and make an immediate impact to a team that runs a 3-4 defense.
Projected: Round 4-5
There's really no point in comparing Ryan Hewitt to the other running backs at the combine - because after all, how many 6-foot-4, 246-pound running backs do you see in the NFL? Hewitt wasn't expected to impress with his speed, and he ran the second slowest 40 yard dash time out of the running back group clocking a 4.87. Hewitt's experience as a tight end could ultimately end up being his biggest asset as he tries to take his unique skills into the NFL. Hewitt showed good hands in drills and could easily transition into an H-Back type player for a team looking to add a big-bodied pass catcher. There wasn't a lot of buzz coming out of Indianapolis surrounding Hewitt, but I can certainly see him finding a roster spot as an undrafted free agent. Keep an eye on what Indianapolis does post-draft if Hewitt goes undrafted.