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Who impressed ESPN's Todd McShay at the Combine?

As the NFL packed up in Indianapolis, ESPN's Todd McShay held a post-combine conference call to sort through the last week of action at Lucas Oil Stadium.

From who's rising to who's falling, the college football and draft analyst reviewed what stood out to him among the more than 300 prospects interviewing for NFL roster spots.

Here is a recap of the highlights:

1. Williams, Winston remain top two prospects.

USC defensive end Leonard Williams and Florida State's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston entered last week as McShay's top overall prospects, and the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine confirmed his thoughts on both.

Williams, who measured at 6-foot-5 and 302 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.97 seconds, received a 96 grade by McShay's camp at ESPN Scouts Inc.

That was second to only Winston, who came in at 6-4, 231, and also ran a 4.97 with a grade of 95.

2. This is a thin safety class.

According to McShay, Alabama's Landon Collins is the only safety that could be taken in the top two rounds.

McShay said Collins has limitations in man-to-man coverage while possessing good range in deep zone and run support. After Collins, the next players to look at are Derron Smith from Fresno State and Anthony Harris from Virginia.

Meanwhile, Arizona State's Damarious Randall could be a good value pick in the third round, according to McShay.

*3. Two running backs could be taken in the first round. *

It hasn't happened since 2012, but McShay thinks a running back could be taken in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, which begins April 30.

The two contenders are Wisconsin's Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon and Georgia's Todd Gurley.

Additionally, five more from a very deep running back class -- Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), Tevin Coleman (Indiana), Duke Johnson (Miami), Jay Ajayi (Boise State) and T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) -- have grades that could land them on the second day, according to McShay.

4. Inside linebacker is deeper compared to past years.

The hybrid edge rushers get much of the attention at draft time, but don't sleep on the interior linebackers who play off the line of scrimmage.

While there isn't a lock in the first round, Miami's Denzel Perryman, Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney and UCLA's Eric Kendricks are the guys to look out for in the second round, according to McShay.

Stephone Anthony of Clemson is another one who does everything well and could be a steal early in the third round.

5. Peat, Scherff are only OL in top 10.

Seven offensive linemen have been taken in the top 10 of the last two drafts, including five in 2013.

However, that number could slow down this year, according to McShay, who said Stanford's Andrus Peat and Iowa's Brandon Scherff are the only two he would consider there.

McShay added that Scherff, who was both his and ESPN colleague Mel Kiper Jr.'s pick for the Giants at No. 9 in their latest mock drafts, could be a "great" guard in the NFL, along the lines of what Zack Martin did last year as a rookie for the Cowboys.

"It's not an elite group, but there's a lot of depth to the group," McShay said. "I don't know that I'd be crazy if I was drafting one of these guys in the top 10, but I also think after about six, seven spots, there's a little bit of a drop-off in this overall class."

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