Combine Day 3: Ohio State surges ahead in medals count

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here's the NFL Scouting Combine medal count following Sunday's workouts (gold for first-place finish, silver for second, and bronze for third). Thanks largely to LB Darron Lee, Ohio State has emerged as the leader three days into the 4-day event:

8t. Indiana -- GOLD: 2, SILVER: 1, BRONZE: 1, TOTAL: 4

8t. Northwestern -- GOLD: 2, SILVER: 0, BRONZE: 2, TOTAL: 4

8t. Missouri -- GOLD: 1, SILVER: 2, BRONZE: 1, TOTAL: 4

8t. Stanford -- GOLD: 1, SILVER: 1, BRONZE: 2, TOTAL: 4

8t. Auburn -- GOLD: 1, SILVER: 0, BRONZE: 3, TOTAL: 4

8t. San Jose St. -- GOLD: 0, SILVER: 3, BRONZE: 1, TOTAL: 4

8t. North Carolina St. -- GOLD: 0, SILVER: 2, BRONZE: 2, TOTAL: 4

16t. La. Tech -- GOLD: 2, SILVER: 0, BRONZE: 1, TOTAL: 3

16t. UCLA -- GOLD: 2, SILVER: 0, BRONZE: 1, TOTAL: 3

16t. UTSA -- GOLD: 2, SILVER: 0, BRONZE: 1, TOTAL: 3

16t. South Carolina St. -- GOLD: 1, SILVER: 2, BRONZE: 0, TOTAL: 3

16t. Montana St. -- GOLD: 1, SILVER: 1, BRONZE: 1, TOTAL: 3

16t. Oregon-- GOLD: 1, SILVER: 1, BRONZE: 1, TOTAL: 3

16t. Oklahoma St. -- GOLD: 0, SILVER: 2, BRONZE: 1, TOTAL: 3

16t. Alabama -- GOLD: 0, SILVER: 1, BRONZE: 2, TOTAL: 3

Two medals: Arizona State (2G), Florida (2G), Southern Utah (2G), Utah State (2G), West Virginia (2G), Clemson (1G, 1S), Memphis (1G, 1S), Virginia Tech (1G, 1S), Michigan State (1G, 1B), South Carolina (1G, 1B), USC (1G, 1B), Wisconsin (1G, 1B), Baylor (1S, 1B), Utah (1S, 1B).

One medal: Liberty (G), Nebraska (G), Notre Dame (G), Appalachian State (S), Maryland (S), Miami (S), Temple (S), Texas A&M (S), Texas Tech (S), Boise State (B), Cincinnati (B), Colorado (B), Eastern Kentucky (B), Kansas State (B), Minnesota (B), Purdue (B), Vanderbilt (B).

5 things to watch for on Monday

  1. Expect Clemson's Mackensie Alexander to close the gap between himself and two defensive backs considered better first-round options: FSU's Jalen Ramsey and Florida's Vernon Hargreaves. He's not only got the speed to measure up with those two, but the quickness, explosiveness and agility to match them in other drills. And he hasn't been shy talking about it.
  1. Nobody matched Houston CB William Jackson III last year in terms of on-field production; he intercepted or broke up 28 passes. Now the onus is on him to measure up well with the rest of the cornerback class at the combine. If he tests in the same neighborhood with the other top corners, his game film will look all the better when clubs re-shuffle their post-combine boards.
  1. Three defensive backs who could help themselves a lot: Baylor's Xavien Howard, Miami's Artie Burns, Minnesota's Eric Murray.
  1. CB Rashard Robinson hasn't been heard from since he was suspended indefinitely at LSU in 2013, but he'll likely leave Indianapolis with renewed recognition. He's a special athlete -- just as Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans, whom Robinson stymied as a freshman -- and he could test near the top of the charts at his position.
  1. With good times at the combine, Duke's Jeremy Cash has a chance to fight the "box safety" label that hounds him because of his size (6-0, 212) and the run-stopping prowess he showed with the Blue Devils.

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