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2012 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE NEWS & NOTES – DAY 7 RECAP

Written By: Mark Scott

The final day of the Combine showcased the Defensive Backs for coaches, executives and scouts. Projected first round talent was on display as Morris Claiborne, Dre Kirkpatrick and Janoris Jenkins took center stage. Central Florida’s Josh Robinson dominated the workouts and really got his name out there, while Notre Dame’s Harrison Smith took advantage of Mark Barron’s absence due to injury showing that he was the top safety competing at the Combine. This wraps up the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.

  • Workout Results – Cornerbacks
    • 40 Yard Dash – 1.Josh Robinson, UCF, 4.33 / 2.Ron Brooks, LSU, 4.37 / 3.Stephon Gilmore, Scar, 4.40 / 4.Coty Sensabaugh, Clem, 4.42 / 5.Dwight Bentley, LaLaf, 4.43 / 6.Janoris Jenkins, NAla, 4.46 / 7.Jayron Hosley, Vtch, 4.47 / 8.Coryell Judie, TxAM, 4.48 / 9.Asa Jackson, CalP, 4.49 / 10.Morris Claiborne, LSU, 4.50 / 11.Dre Kirkpatrick, Ala, 4.51
    • Vertical Jump – 1.Justin Bethel, Pres, 39.5” / 2.Josh Robinson, 38.5” / 3.Ron Brooks, LSU, 38” / 4.Alfonzo Dennard, Neb, 37” / 4.Coryell Judie, TxAM, 37” / 4.Coty Sensabaugh, Clem, 37” / 7.Antwuan Reed, Pitt, 36.5”
    • Broad Jump – 1.Josh Robinson, UCF, 11’1” / 2.Justin Bethel, Pres, 10’11” / 3.Coryell Judie, TxAM, 10’6” / 4.Jamell Fleming, Okla, 10’5” / 5.Josh Norman, CCar, 10’4” / 5.Antwuan Reed, Pitt, 10’4” / 7.Stephon Gilmore, Scar, 10’3” / 8.Trumaine Johnson, Mont, 10’2” / 8.Coty Sensabaugh, Clem, 10’2”
    • 3 Cone Drill – 1.Josh Robinson, UCF, 6.55s / 2.Terrence Frederick, TxAM, 6.59s / 3.Coty Sensabaugh, Clem, 6.60s / 4.Stephon Gilmore, Scar, 6.61s / 5.Robert Blanton, ND, 6.71s / 5.Jamell Fleming, Okla, 6.71s / 7.Casey Hayward, Vand, 6.76s / 8.Justin Bethel, Pres, 6.79s / 8.Cliff Harris, Oreg, 6.79s/ 10.Antonio Fenelus, Wisc, 6.80s
    • 20 Yard Shuttle – 1.Casey Hayward, Vand, 3.90s / 2.Stephon Gilmore, Scar, 3.94s / 3.Robert Blanton,ND,3.97s / 3.Jamell Fleming, Okla, 3.97s / 3.Josh Robinson, UCF, 3.97s / 6.Trevin Wade, Arz, 4.00s / 7.Terrence Frederick, TxAM, 4.03s / 7.Asa Jakson, CalP, 4.03s / 9.Charles Brown, UNC, 4.06s / 9.Coty Sensabaugh, Clem, 4.06s
    • 60 Yard TD Shuttle – 1.Jamell Fleming, Okla, 10.75s / 2.Casey Hayward, Vand, 11.10s / 3.Terrence Frederick, TxAM, 11.13s / 4.Stephon Gilmore, Scar, 11.15s / 5.Janoris Jenkins, NAla, 11.23s / 6.Trevin Wade, Arz, 11.25s / 7.Robert Blanton, ND, 11.28s / 7.Mike Harris, FSU, 11.28s / 9.Leonard Johnson, IWSt, 11.40s / 10.Morris Claiborne, LSU, 11.44s
    • *Jamell Fleming – New Combine Record – 60 Yard TD Shuttle
  • Top rated corner Morris Claiborne didn’t blow scouts away with his results in the measureables, although they were decent numbers, but it was his outstanding work in the field drills that solidified him as the clear cut top cornerback in the draft and a top ten pick. Scouts also love his length, especially his long arms, the longest among cornerbacks.  Janoris Jenkins continued to impress scouts with his ability as he put together very good results in the measurables and then looked absolutely fantastic in the football drills. He was easily the best of the group in the field drills as he looked fast, agile and smooth while moving backwards, changing directions and in his anticipation. Jenkins is without a doubt a top half of the first round talent, but will have to show that all of his off-the field concerns are behind him. Dre Kirkpatrick also had a very good Combine displaying good speed and footwork to go with his excellent height and length. While the top three corners had great days, it was Central Florida’s Josh Robinson who was the star of the workouts as he finished among the top results in the majority of drills, including top finishes in the 3 cone drill, broad jump and the fastest time of everyone at the Combine with a 4.33 in the 40. He definitely caught the eye of multiple scouts and may have moved himself into a possible Day 2 selection. Dwight Bentley continued to surge up draft boards since the draft season started as he put in another great workout for scouts. He came out of the college football regular season as a late round pick, but after a great Senior Bowl and Combine, Bentley has moved himself all the way into possible second round discussions. Stephon Gilmore, Casey Hayward, Jayron Hosely and Jamell Fleming also had good performances in the workouts. The massive Trumaine Johnson put up some good results in drills, but also looked a bit stiff when changing directions and is probably a better fit as a safety with his size and strength.  There wasn’t really any awful performances, but Iowa State’s Leonard Johnson did not perform all that well in any of the drills and probably saw his stock drop a bit with all of the great workouts by others at the Combine. He does have very good game tape though, which should keep him in the third round.
  • Workout Results – Safety
    • 40 Yard Dash – 1.Christian Thompson, SCSt, 4.50 / 2.Sean Richardson, Vand, 4.52 / 2.Trent Robinson, MCSt, 4.52 / 4.Kelcie McCray, AKSt, 4.54 / 5.Corey White, Sam, 4.55 / 6.Jeron McMillian, Mai, 4.56 / 7.Harrison Smith, ND, 4.57 / 8.Brandon Taylor, LSU, 4.58
    • Vertical Jump – 1.Sean Richardson, Vand, 38.5” / 2.Corey White, Sam, 37.5” / 3.Charles Mitchell, MSSt, 37” / 4.Janzen Jackson, McNSt, 36.5” / 4.Jeron McMillian, 36.5” / 6.Johnny Thomas, OKSt, 35.5” / 7.Duke Ihenacho, SJSt, 35”/ 7.Trent Richardson, MCSt, 35” / 9.George Iloka, BSSt, 34.5”
    • Broad Jump – 1.Sean Richardson, Vand, 10’8” / 2.Charles Mitchell, MSSt, 10’7”/3.Corey White, Sam, 10’6” / 4.Janzen Jackson, McNSt, 10’5” / 4.Trent Richardson, MCSt, 10’5” / 6.George Iloka, BSSt, 10’4” / 7.Johnny Thomas, OKSt, 10’3”
    • 3 Cone Drill – 1.Harrison Smith, ND, 6.63s / 2.Jeron McMillian, Mai, 6.69s / 3.Corey White, Sam, 6.72 / 4.Duke Ihenacho, SJSt, 6.78s / 5.Janzen Jackson, McNSt, 6.90s / 6.Charles Mitchell, MSSt, 6.93s / 7.Delano Howell, Stan, 6.97s
    • 20 Yard Shuttle – 1.George Iloka, BSSt, 4.03s / 2.Harrison Smith, ND, 4.12s / 3.Christian Thompson, SCSt, 4.13s / 4.Sean Cattouse, Cal, 4.15s / 4.Delano Howell, Stan, 4.15s / 4.Janzen Jackson, McNSt, 4.15s / 4.Trent Robinson, MCSt, 4.15s
    • 60 Yard TD Shuttle – 1.Kelcie McCray, AKSt, 11.56s / 2.Antonio Allen, Scar, 11.59s / 3.Christian Thompson, SCSt, 11.72s / 4.George Iloka, BSSt, 11.75s / 5.Charles Mitchell, MSSt, 11.78s
  • It was Harrison Smith who stepped up among the safety class with the top rated Mark Barron out of the workouts recovering from recent surgery. Smith put on a fantastic performance in the measureables finishing among the top results in every drill including a first place finish in the 3 cone drill and then performed even better on the field in the football drills. He was smooth and showed great movement and good balls skills. He is easily the No.2 rated Safety after the Combine and could enter first round discussions. LSU Safety Brandon Taylor stated his case that he was an integral part to the Tigers’ secondary and not just a benefactor of his more famous teammates Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu with an excellent performance at the Combine and should see his stock improve. George Iloka proved to be a bit of a workout warrior as he did well during the measureable drills, but struggled and looked very stiff in the on the field drills. He could be moved to linebacker if he can add another 20lbs to his frame.
  • Media Mentions
    • Reports have the Cowboys very interested in signing Kansas City unrestricted free agent CB Brandon Carr to help improve their secondary. Signing Carr will allow Dallas to focus on another position like Outside Linebacker or Guard at the draft.
    • There are reports that New York Jets are looking to trade OLB Bart Scott and have given him permission to seek one. There is sure to be teams that are interested in the veteran linebacker, though they will all likely wait for the Jets to cut him loose largely due to Scott’s declining production and $4.2 million salary. It is most likely that his days with the Jets are over. New York was already looking at 3-4 outside linebackers in the draft as a possibility, but now with Scott’s probable departure, it is a position that goes straight to the top of the needs list. Expect them to take an outside linebacker in the first round.
    • The San Diego Chargers are reportedly interested in Colts free agent Reggie Wayne should they miss out on resigning their own free agent Vincent Jackson.  They are also looking at another Colts free agent in Robert Mathis to help improve their pass rush.
    • Speculation has the Denver Broncos interested in signing Bengals free agent DT Jonathon Fanene to improve their defensive line, particularly on the interior.
    • John Clayton has reported that the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins appear to be the favorites to work out a deal with the Rams for the No.2 pick to land QB Robert Griffin III. The Dolphins and Seahawks have an outside shot.
    • The Seattle Seahawks are could be the favorites to land Houston free agent DE Mario Williams.
    • San Francisco resigned OLB Ahmad Brooks to a new 6-year $44.5 million contract. The 49ers probably won’t look at taking an outside linebacker till later in the draft, if at all.
    • The Chargers will likely be in the market for some new offensive linemen as Kris Dielman looks to be headed for retirement and LT Marcus McNeill could be cut. They already released DE Luis Castillo.
    • In an attempt to get under the salary cap and bring back restricted free agent WR Mike Wallace, the Steelers could release DE Aaron Smith, NT Casey Hampton and ILB James Farrior among others. They have already restructured a number of contracts including Ben Roethlisberger and Lamar Woodley.


2012 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE NEWS & NOTES – DAY 6 RECAP

Written By: Mark Scott

The Defensive Linemen and Linebackers went to work on Monday and displayed their freakish athletic ability in drills across the board. Scouts were left drooling by the likes of Dontari Poe, Nick Perry, Melvin Ingram and a number of others, while some other highly rated prospects like Michael Brockers, Devon Still and Vontaze Burfict did not impress with their performances.

  • Workout Results – Defensive Line
    • 40 Yard Dash – 1.Bruce Irvin, WVU, 4.50 / 2.Shea McClellin, BSSt, 4.63 / 3.Nick Perry, USC, 4.64 / 4.Whitney Mercilus, Ill, 4.68 / 5.Andre Branch, Clem, 4.70 / 6.Quinton Coples, UNC, 4.78 / 7.Fletcher Cox, MSSt, 4.79 / 7.Melvin Ingram, Scar, 4.79
    • Vertical Jump – 1.Nick Perry, USC, 38.5” / 2.J.R. Sweezy, NCSt, 36” / 3.Derrick Shelby, Uta, 35.5” / 4.Cam Johnson, Virg, 35” / 4.Chandler Jones, Syr, 35” / 4.Scott Solomon, Rice, 35”/ 7.Melvin Ingram, Scar, 34.5” / 7.Markus Kuhn, NCSt 34.5” / 7.Kendall Reyes, Conn, 34.5” / 7.Olivier Vernon, Mia, 34.5”
    •   Broad Jump – 1.Scott Solomon, Rice, 10’4” / 2.Bruce Irvin, WVU, 10’3” / 4.Olivier Vernon, Mia, 10’2” / 5.Andre Branch, Clem, 10’0” / 5.Chandler Jones, Syr, 10’0” / 5.Jonathon Massaquoi, Try, 10’0”
    • 3 Cone Drill – 1.Bruce Irvin, WVU, 6.70s / 2.Melvin Ingram, Scar, 6.83s / 3.Jake Bequette, Ark, 6.90 / 3.Vinny Curry, Mrsh, 6.90s / 5.Justin Francis, Rut, 7.05s / 6.Fletcher Cox, MSSt, 7.07s / 6.Chandler Jones, Syr, 7.07s / 6.Shea McClellin, BSSt, 7.07s
    • 20 Yard Shuttle – 1.Bruce Irvin, WVU, 4.03s / 2.Jake Bequette, Ark, 4.07s / 3.Melvin Ingram, Scar, 4.18s / 4.Jamie Blatnick, OKSt, 4.20s / 5.Vaughn Meatoga, Haw, 4.21s / 6.Andre Branch, Clem, 4.25s / 6.Jack Crawford, PSU, 4.25s / 6.Mike Martin, Mich, 4.25s / 6.Scott Solomon, Rice, 4.25s
    • *Bruce Irvin – New Combine Record – 20 Yard Shuttle
  • The Defensive Linemen group put in impressive workouts for the most part though there were some big names that disappointed. Dontari Poe blew away scouts with an unbelievable workout. The gigantic Nose Tackle out of Memphis displayed unreal speed and athleticism while running a 4.98 in the 40 with a 10-yard split of 1.68 seconds, a Combine leading 44 reps in the Bench Press and excelled during the football drills. His stock is skyrocketing after his performance and risen him into early first round discussions. He may have helped himself more than any other prospect at the Combine. After starring at the Senior Bowl, Melvin Ingram has continued his ascent up draft boards to being considered the top pass-rusher available in the draft with another awesome performance at the Combine. He finished among the top in the majority of the drills. He showed fantastic athleticism, great footwork and excellent movement in the football drills, while looking particularly good performing linebacker drills. He looks like the ideal 3-4 outside linebacker, though has the versatility to play defensive end, defensive tackle and even inside linebacker in various different schemes. Quinton Coples lived up to the hype putting together a terrific workout and showed that he is a special athlete to scouts confirming his top of the first round rating. He ran a 4.78 in the 40 and performed well during football drills. Nick Perry and Fletcher Cox put in two of the more impressive workouts of all the defensive linemen. Both put up very good numbers in all drills and looked incredibly fast and agile for men of their size at 271lbs and 298lbs respectively. Like Coples, Perry looks to be a 4-3 defensive end only, though a very good one at that. Cox looks to be one of the more versatile linemen in the draft that can play different positions along the line in multiple schemes and looks like he can still add another 20lbs or so to his frame, while still maintaining his elite athleticism.  As one of the smaller pass rushers, Bruce Irvin needed to be fast and he was in running a 4.5 in the 40. He is still undersized, but could sell himself as a Von Miller type as a pass-rushing 4-3 OLB. Other notable performances were had by Kendall Reyes, Whitney Mercilus, Shea McClellin and Ronnell Lewis. Andre Branch also changed some minds with a solid workout after he came in smaller than expected at the weigh-ins. Michael Brockers who came to the Combine as one of the top rated linemen was a big disappointment as he didn’t finish among the leaders in any of the drills including an eyebrow raising 19 reps in the bench that was the worst of the entire group. The redshirt sophomore probably could have used another year in school, though he will still is worthy of a first round pick, maybe just not as high as some thought he would go before the Combine. After proclaiming to everyone that he was hands down the best DT in the draft during the media sessions, Devon Still did not quite live up to that claim with just an average workout and will have to hope his impressive game tape from this past season is good enough to keep him in first round discussions. Another highly rated defensive tackle, Brandon Thompson also disappointed with an average workout and struggles in the bag drills and probably fits more as a second rounder than a first. Pass-rushers Vinny Curry and Chandler Jones also struggled to impress scouts.
  • Workout Results – Linebackers
    • 40 Yard Dash – 1.Mychal Kendricks, Cal, 4.47 / 2.Zach Brown, UNC, 4.50 / 3.Luke Kuechly, BC, 4.58 / 4.Demario Davis, AKSt, 4.61 / 5.Nigel Bradham, FSU, 4.64 / 5.Najee Goode, WVU,4.64 / 7.Lavonte David, Neb, 4.65
    • Vertical Jump – 1.Mychal Kendricks, Cal, 39.5” / 2.Demario Davis, AKSt, 38.5” / 3.Luke Kuechly, BC, 38” / 4.Miles Burris, SDSt, 37.5” / 5.Nigel Bradham, FSU, 37” / 5.James-Michael Johnson, Nev, 37” / 5.Tahir Whitehead, Temp, 37”
    • Broad Jump – 1.Mychal Kendricks, Cal, 10’7” / 2.Demario Davis, AKSt, 10’4” / 2.James-Michael Johnson, Nev, 10’4” / 2.Tahir Whitehead, Temp, 10’4” / 5.Luke Kuechly, BC, 10’3” / 6.Travis Lewis, Okla, 10’2”
    • 3 Cone Drill – 1.Nathan Stupar, PSU, 6.84s / 2.Tank Carder, TCU, 6.89s / 3.Chris Galippo, USC, 6.90s / 4.Luke Kuechly, BC, 6.92s / Audie Cole, NCSt, 6.96s / 6.Darius Fleming, ND, 7.03s
    •  20 Yard Shuttle – 1.Brandon Marshall, Nev, 4.09s / 2.Chris Galippo, USC, 4.10s / 3.Luke Kuechly, BC, 4.12s / 4.Tank Carder, TCU, 4.18s / 5.Mychal Kendricks, Cal, 4.19s / 6.Lavonte David, Neb, 4.22s
    • 60 Yard TD Shuttle – 1.Luke Kuechly, BC, 11.43s / 1.Tyler Nielsen, Iow, 11.43s / 3.Tank Carder, TCU, 11.53s / 4.Nathan Stupar, PSU, 11.64s / 5.Demario Davis, AKSt, 11.65s / 6.Chris Galippo, USC, 11.78s
  • Luke Kuechly came to the Combine as the top rated linebacker and did nothing to dispel that as he had a fantastic workout that only raised his already very high stock. He exceeded expectations in all drills with a 4.58 in the 40, 27 reps on the bench press, a 10’3” broad jump and a 38” vertical. Some thought he was just a great football player, but he showed everyone that he is also an elite athlete as well. He showed more speed, agility, strength and power than anyone thought. Zach Brown didn’t disappoint either showing off incredible athleticism including running a 4.50 in the 40, though some had hyped him up into the 4.3s heading in and he showed also very well in the football drills. California’s Mychal Kendricks was the top performer of the group and improved his stock more than any other linebacker. Undersized at 5’11”, 239lbs, many scouts were considering him to be more of a Safety than a linebacker, but he blew everyone away with just an incredible Combine performance that saw him lead the way in the 40, broad jump and vertical jump with scores of a 4.47 40, a 10’7” broad and 39” vertical. He also looked great and showed terrific movement in all of the football drills. His Combine performance to go with Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year game tape should have him flying up draft boards. Dont’a Hightower was impressive throughout the Combine, but he did show some struggles to drop into pass coverage and move in space during the field drill, although he is excellent moving forward and attacking the line of scrimmage and backfield. LaVonte David, Tank Carder and especially Demario Davis also put together great workouts raising their stock among scouts. As for the disappointments, look no further than Vontaze Burfict, who continued his plummet down draft boards after being considered a Top Ten pick heading into the 2011 college football season. His struggles during this past season especially with ridiculous major penalties have been well documented and now with a very poor performance at the Combine to go with blaming the Arizona State coaching staff for his awful season during the media sessions have Burfict looking to just hold on to a spot on Day 2 of the draft. Reports also have him being very unimpressive during private team interviews. As a linebacker Courtney Upshaw disappointed, but as a defensive lineman he looked pretty good. Due to his mammoth size, he struggled to be fluid in the field drills and showed that he won’t be very effective dropping into pass coverage, but he still has the makings of an elite 4-3 defensive end focused on rushing the passer on every down. He really didn’t hurt or help his stock in any way at the Combine, although he did raise some questions among scouts with just 22 reps in the bench press and by not running a 40. Audie Cole struggled in his workouts and looked slow. He might be forced to add some weight and turn himself into more an in-the-box thumper.
  • Bench Press Results – Defensive Backs
    • Safety – 1.Eddie Pleasant, Oreg, 22 reps / 1.Sean Richardson, Vand, 22 reps / 3.Delano Howell, Stan, 21 reps / 4.Duke Ihenacho, SJSt, 20 reps / 4.George Iloka, BSSt, 20 reps / 4.Johnny Thomas, OKSt, 20 reps
    • Cornerback – 1.Omar Bolden, AZSt, 25 reps / 2.Jamell Fleming, Okla, 23 reps / 3.Antonio Fenelus, Wisc, 20 reps / 4.Justin Bethel, Pres, 19 reps / 4.Casey Hayward, Vand, 19 reps / 4.Asa Jackson, CalP, 19 reps / 4.Trumaine Johnson, Mont, 19 reps
  • The St. Louis Rams have let it be known that they have decided to trade the No.2 pick of the draft. According to multiple sources, they have already had trade discussions with Cleveland, Washington and Miami. All three teams own a pick among the top eight selections, while the Browns also own the rights to the No.22 pick, acquired at last year’s draft from Atlanta in the Julio Jones trade that saw Cleveland land multiple picks. Speculation has the Rams looking for a deal similar to the Eli Manning trade at the 2004 Draft, where New York acquired the first overall pick Manning from the Chargers in exchange for two first round picks (No.4 overall, 2004/No.12 overall, 2005), a third round choice and a fifth round pick. The two first round pick turned into Philip Rivers and Shawne Merriman.
  • Add a five-technique Defensive End to San Diego’s needs list as sources have reported that the Chargers will cut DE Luis Castillo, who has been with the team since they drafted him in 2005.


2012 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE NEWS & NOTES – DAY 5 RECAP

Written By: Mark Scott

The Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III show got going on Day 5 of the NFL Scouting Combine as the Quarterbacks, as well as the Running Backs and Wide Receivers took to the field for their chance to compete in drills. Meanwhile the Defensive Linemen and Linebackers battled it out on the Bench Press and the Defensive Backs had their day with the media.

  • Workout Results – Quarterbacks
    • 40 Yard Dash – 1.Robert Griffin III, Bay, 4.41 / 2.Russell Wilson, Wisc, 4.55 / 3.Jordan Jefferson, LSU, 4.65 / 4.Andrew Luck, Stan, 4.67 / 5.Aaron Corp, Rich, 4.72 / 5.Jacory Harris, Mia, 4.72
    • Vertical Jump – 1.Robert Griffin III, Bay, 39” / 2.Jacory Harris, Mia, 37” / 3. Jordan Jefferson, LSU, 36.5” / 4.Andrew Luck, Stan, 36” / 4.Darron Thomas, Oreg, 36”
    • Broad Jump – 1.Andrew Luck, Stan, 10’4” / 2.Darron Thomas, Oreg, 10’1” / 3.Robert Griffin III, Bay, 10’0” / 4.Russell Wilson, Wisc, 9’10” / 5.Jordan Jefferson, LSU, 9’8”
    • 3 Cone Drill – 1.Austin Davis, SMSP, 6.73s / 2.Chandler Harnish, NIll, 4.78s / 3.Andrew Luck, Stan, 6.80s / 4.Jordan Jefferson, LSU, 6.81s / 5.Russell Wilson, Wisc, 6.97s
    • 20 Yard Shuttle – 1.Jordan Jefferson, LSU, 4.06s / 2.Russell Wilson, Wisc, 4.09s / 3.Austin Davis, SMSP, 4.11s / 4.Chandler Harnish, NIll, 4.15s / 5.Andrew Luck, Stan, 4.28s / 5.Darron Thomas, Oreg, 4.28s
  • While Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III elected not to throw at the Combine, but instead wait till their pro days, they still stole the show as the two top Quarterbacks were highly impressive performing in various other drills. Luck posted numbers among the top five in every category, including a 10’4” Broad Jump that led all Quarterbacks. Griffin III was outstanding in the three drills he chose to do as he posted a 4.41 in the 40 to lead all QBs, as well as the top score in the vertical jump with 39”. Despite not throwing, Luck and Griffin III only solidified themselves as not only the top two Quarterbacks in the draft, but as the two best players in the draft.  Meanwhile the consensus No.3 and 4 rated Quarterbacks, Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler did not compete in any drills because of foot injuries, although some have questioned the validity of Osweiler’s injury. Possible late round picks, Jordan Jefferson, Darron Thomas and Russell Wilson all put up very good numbers during the measureable drills, but Jefferson and Thomas did not perform well throwing the ball, while Wilson did show that he has a good arm and one of the top pure athletes at the position, it will be his short stature that hurts his stock.  Kirk Cousins might have made a move up the draft boards in the absence of Tannehill and Osweiler, as the Michigan State product put up okay numbers in the measurable drills, but looked fantastic throwing the football displaying excellent accuracy and decent arm strength to all levels, while showing off good footwork and a great delivery. He also has a ton of experience, leadership and that crucial clutch gene. Off the radar players Aaron Corp and Austin Davis performed well during the football drills too. Nick Foles was the biggest disappointment of the group as he put together a poor workout in most drills and was very erratic when throwing the football. His stock definitely took the biggest hit of any of the Quarterbacks. Case Keenum also had a bad day.
  • Workout Results – Running Backs
    • 40 Yard Dash – 1.Lamar Miller, Mia, 4.40 / 2.Ronnie Hillman, SDSt, 4.45 / 2.LaMichael James, Oreg, 4.45 / 2.Chris Rainey, Fla, 4.45 / 5.Cyrus Gray , TxAM, 4.47 / 5.Isaiah Pead, Cin, 4.47
    • Vertical Jump – 1.David Wilson, Vtch, 41” / 2.Brandon Bolden, Miss, 38” / 3.Terrance Ganaway, Bay, 37.5” / 4.Ronnie Hillman, SDSt, 37” / 5.Bradie Ewing, Wisc, 36.5” / 5.Bernard Pierce, Temp, 36.5” / 5.Chris Rainey, Fla, 36.5”
    • Broad Jump – 1.David Wilson, Vtch, 11’0” / 2.LaMichael James, Oreg, 10’3” / 2.Bernard Pierce, Temp, 10’3” / 4.Robert Turbin, UTSt, 10’2” / 5.Bradie Ewing, Wisc, 10’0” / 5.Doug Martin, BSSt, 10’0” / 5.Chris Rainey, Fla, 10’0”
    • 3 Cone Drill – 1.Chris Rainey, Fla, 6.50s / 2.Doug Martin, BSSt, 6.79s / 3.LaMichael James, Oreg, 6.88s / 4.Isaiah Pead, Cin, 6.95s / 5.Brandon Bolden, Miss, 6.96s
    • 20 Yard Shuttle – 1.Chris Rainey, Fla, 3.93s / 2.Dan Herron, OSU, 4.04s / 3. LaMichael James, Oreg, 4.12s / 3.David Wilson, Vtch, 4.12s / 5.Bradie Ewing, Wisc, 4.16s / 5.Doug Martin, BSSt, 4.16s
    • 60 Yard TD Shuttle – 1.Chris Rainey, Fla, 11.06s / 2.Doug Martin, BSSt, 11.29s / 3.Davin Meggett, Myld, 11.53s / 4.David Wilson, Vtch, 11.59s / 5.Dan Herron, OSU, 11.60s
    • *Chris Rainey, New Combine Records – 3 Cone Drill, 20 Yard Shuttle, 60 Yard TD Shuttle
  • Despite top rated Trent Richardson sitting out the Combine following knee surgery, the Running Backs put on a number of excellent workouts and only a few disappointing ones. Chris Rainey was the star of the group as he finished among the top five in every category and set new Combine records in the 3 Cone drill, 20 Yard Shuttle and 60 Yard TD Shuttle. He also looked fantastic in the football drills, especially as a receiver. Lamar Miller and LaMichael James, as well as Rainey topped the list in the 40 with Miller posting an official 4.40 as the fastest 40 at the position. Doug Martin had a fantastic day, on top of his 28 reps in the Bench Press Saturday to lead the group and had scouts talking about him more than any other back. He performed well in all of the football drills and is now being labeled as a three-down back. He could now be the second Running Back off the board behind Richardson. David Wilson put on a great performance too as showed serious speed with an official 4.49 in the 40 and excellent athleticism with a 41” vertical and 11’0” broad jump to lead both categories by big margins, while showing terrific receiving skills. Robert Turbin and Ronnie Hillman need to be mentioned as they both looked great, especially the thickly built Turbin who showed great speed to go with all of his strength and power. Chris Polk made up some ground after a horrible Senior Bowl week, but is was Rainey, Martin and Wilson who stood out and had the best performances off all the Running Backs. As for the disappointing workouts, Terrance Ganaway was okay, but may ultimately find himself playing as more of a fullback at the next level and USC’s Marc Tyler was awful with a day to forget. Dan Herron struggled too and was a big disappointment as well.
  • Workout Results – Wide Receivers
    • 40 Yard Dash – 1.Travis Benjamin, Mia, 4.36 / 1.Stephen Hill, Gtch, 4.36 / 1.Chris Owusu, Stan, 4.36 / 4.A.J. Jenkins, Ill, 4.39 / 4.Devon Wylie, FRSt, 4.39
    • Vertical Jump – 1.Kashif Moore, Conn, 43.5” / 2.Jerrell Jackson, Mizz, 41” / 3.Chris Owusu, Stan, 40.5” / 4.Stephen Hill, Gtch, 39.5” / 4.Keshawn Martin, MCSt, 39.5”
    • Broad Jump – 1.Stephen Hill, Gtch, 11’1” / 2.Chris Owusu, Stan, 10’9” / 3.Jerrell Jackson, Mizz, 10’7” / 4.Kashif Moore, Conn, 10’6” / 4.Mohamed Sanu, Rut, 10’6”
    • 3 Cone Drill – 1.Junior Hemingway, Mich, 6.59s / 2.Danny Coale, Vtch, 6.69s / 3.TJ Graham, NCSt, 6.77s / 4.Marvin Jones, Cal,6.81s / 5.Jerrel Jackson, Mizz, 6.82s / 5.Kashif Moore, Conn, 6.82s
    • 20 Yard Shuttle – 1.Junior Hemingway, Mich, 3.98s / 1.Eric Page, Tol, 3.98s / 3.Jarius Wright, Ark, 4.03s / 4.Kashif Moore, Conn, 4.05s / 5.Marvin McNutt, Iow, 4.07s
    • 60 Yard TD Shuttle – 1.Jerrell Jackson, Mizz, 11.08s / 2.Junior Hemingway, Mich, 11.16s / 2.Keshawn Martin, MCSt, 11.16s / 4.Jarrett Boykin, Vtch, 11.22s / 4.Danny Coale, Vtch, 11.22s / 4.Chris Owusu, Stan, 11.22s
    • *Kashif Moore, New Combine Record – Vertical Jump
  • Michael Floyd and Stephen Hill were the two most impressive wide outs of the days as both put together excellent workouts. At 6’3”, 220lbs, Floyd showed fantastic speed with an official 4.47 in the 40 and displayed his terrific receiving ability and route running. He is now firmly the No.2 Wide Receiver available in the draft after Kendall Wright disappointed. Looking to follow in the footsteps of former Georgia Tech WR and first round pick Demaryius Thomas, Hill blew scouts away with a 4.36 in the 40 to tie for the fastest time, while leading the way with an 11’1” broad jump and an impressive 39.5” vertical to finish among the top five in the drill. He also looked good in all of the receiver drills and probably made the biggest move up draft boards of all the wide outs. Marvin Jones, Danny Coale, A.J.Jenkins and Chris Givens put in good performances. Jones looked great at the Senior Bowl and has had one of the best off-seasons on any prospect. Mohamed Sanu did well in the receiving drills, but ran a very slow 4.67 in the 40. Tommy Streeter ran very well, but showed that he is still very raw as a receiver. Top rated Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon was unable to compete in any of the measurable drills due to a hamstring injury, but gave it go in receiving drills and looked solid. He didn’t help or hurt his stock, though there will be a lot of eyes on him and added pressure when he performs at Oklahoma State’s pro day. There were a number of disappointing performances from the Wide Receiver group starting with Kendall Wright. He ran a surprisingly slow 40 at just 4.61, which shocked many after he was thought to be able to challenge for one of the fastest times of anyone at the Combine. He didn’t stand out either during any other drill. He will have to hope for a better performance at his pro day and that his terrific game tape holds up to maintain his first round status. Alshon Jeffrey began his Combine well by coming in at 216lbs instead of a reported 250lbs that he was believed to be following the season, but then chose not to compete in drills which raised more than a few eyebrows, especially those who had hoped he would run the 40 and answer major questions about his speed and agility. Reuben Randle and Dwight Jones were very disappointing, while Juron Criner and Greg Childs also struggled.
  • Bench Press – Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
    • DL – 1.Dontari Poe, Mem, 44 reps / 2.Loni Fangupo, BYU, 36 reps / 2.Mike Martin, Mich, 36 reps / 2.Kendall Reyes, Conn, 36 reps / 5.Marcus Forston, Mia, 35 reps / 5.Nick Perry, USC, 35 reps / 5.Alameda Ta’amu, Was, 35 reps / 5.Brandon Thompson, Clem, 35 reps
    • LB – 1.Ronnell Lewis, Okla, 36 reps/ 2.Demario Davis, AKSt, 32 reps/ 3.Miles Burris, SDSt, 31 reps / 4.Ryan Baker, LSU, 30 reps / 5.Brandon Marshall, Nev, 28 reps
    • *Ronnell Lewis – New Combine Record – Bench Press
  • Weigh-In Results/Measurements – Cornerbacks, Safeties
    • Tallest: S George Iloka, BSSt, 6’4” / CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Ala, 6’2”
    • Shortest: S Trent Robinson, MCSt, 5’10” / CB Antonio Fenelus, Wisc, 5’8”
    • Heaviest: S George Iloka, BSSt, 225lbs / CB Robert Blanton, ND 208lbs
    • Lightest: S Janzen Jackson, McNSt, 188lb / CB Cliff Harris, Oreg, 175lbs
    • Longest Arms: S Mark Barron, Ala, 33 5/8” / CB Morris Claiborne, LSU, 33 ¼”
    • Shortest Arms: CB Charles Brown, UNC, 28 7/8”
  • Notable Players
    • Mark Barron, Ala, 6’1:, 213lbs, 33 5/8” long arms
    • Antonio Allen, Scar, 6’1”, 210lbs, 32 ½” long arms
    • Dwight Bentley, LALAF, 5’10”, 182lbs, 30 ¼” long arms
    • Brandon Boykin, Geo, 5’9”, 182lbs, 31 ½” long arm
    • Morris Claiborne, LSU, 5’11”, 188lbs, 33 ¼” long arms
    • Alfonzo Dennard, Neb, 5’10”, 204lbs, 30” long arms
    • Stephon Gilmore, Scar, 6’0”, 190lbs, 31” long arms
    • Jayron Hosley, Vtch, 5’10”, 178lbs, 30 7/8” long arms
    • George Iloka, BSSt, 6’4”, 225lbs, 34 ½” long arms
    • Janzen Jackson, McNSt, 5’11”, 188lbs, 31” long arms
    • Janoris Jenkins, NAla, 5’10”, 193lbs, 32” long arms
    • Trumaine Johnson, Mont, 6’2”, 204lbs, 33 ¼” long arms
    • Dre Kirkpatrick, Ala, 6’2”, 186lbs, 30 5/8” long arms
    • Markelle Martin, OKSt, 6’1”, 207lbs, 32” long arms
    • Chase Minnifield, Virg, 5’10”, 183lbs, 31 ½” long arms
    • Harrison Smith, ND, 6’2”, 213lbs, 32 5/8” long arms
  • Weigh-In Analysis
    • Top rated Cornerback Morris Claiborne measured in about where scouts expected at 5’11, 188lbs while showing off the longest arms among the corners at 33 ¼”, along with Trumaine Johson. Dre Kirkpatrick had impressive height at 6’2”, though he weighed just 186lbs and has relatively short arms at just 30 5/8”. Adding weight may not be a good thing either as he already has slight struggles with turning and running downfield after receivers. The much maligned Janoris Jenkins looked great for a smaller corner at 5’10”, 193lbs and was bigger and thicker than most expected. If he can satisfy off the field concerns in interviews with teams, he could be moving ahead of Kirkpatrick as the consensus No.2 Cornerback behind Claiborne. Stephon Gilmore also looked great with excellent size and with a good performance could find himself contending for a spot late in the first round. Day 2 possibilities Chase Minnifield and Jayron Hosley were smaller than expected and will need to fill out a bit to hang with the more physical NFL receivers. Cliff Harris was also very skinny at just 175lbs, but does have good height at 5’11”. He will need to add more weight to his frame. As for the Safety prospects, Boise’s George Iloka was the biggest man of the group at 6’4”, 225lbs with the longest arms of any defensive back with 34 ½”. He performed well at the Senior Bowl and is hoping to continue to see his stock rise with a good Combine. Top rated Safety Mark Barron measured in slightly smaller than his listed measurements, though is still a specimen at 6’1”, 210lbs and may have lost a little of his size as he just had double sports hernia surgery not too long ago. He won’t compete in drills at the Combine and may not be ready for Alabama’s pro day either. He should still be selected in the first round as he has excellent game tape.
  • Media mentions: North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins was the focus of the media session as he faced numerous questions about his many off the field concerns, specifically with marijuana that caused him to be kicked off the Florida Gators as well as other incidents with the law. Jenkins spoke very clearly and honestly about his past problems stating that he is done with marijuana and focused on being a good father and example to his four young children, three of which are boys, and on becoming the player he should be. Jenkins was a beast while at Florida, including shutting down the likes of A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Alshon Jeffrey in past years.


2012 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE NEWS & NOTES – DAY 4 RECAP

Written By: Mark Scott

The workouts at the NFL Combine are in full swing as the Offensive Linemen and Tight Ends took the field on Saturday, while the Quarterbacks, Running Backs and Wide Receivers were weighed in and participated in the bench press before they take to the field to compete in their set of drills and workouts. Meanwhile more media sessions were taking place off the field as the Defensive Linemen and Linebackers talked to the press.  Player Interviews with teams are also in full effect as the Combine progresses.

  • Workout Results – Tight End
    • 40 Yard Dash – 1.James Hanna, Okla, 4.49 / 2.Ladarius Green, LALAF, 4.53 / 3.Evan Rodriguez, Temp, 4.58 / 4.Michael Egnew, Mizz, 4.62 / 5.Drake Dunsmore, NWSt, 4.64
    • Vertical Jump – 1.Michael Egnew, Mizz, 36” / 1.James Hanna, Okla, 36” / 1.DeAngelo Peterson, LSU, 36” / 1.Evan Roriguez, Temp, 36” / 5.Drake Dunsmore, NWSt, 35.5”
    • Broad Jump – 1.Michael Egnew, Mizz, 10’11” / 2.Ladarius Green, LALAF, 10’4” / 3.James Hanna, Okla, 10’2” / 4.Emil Igwenagu, Mass, 10’1” / 4.DeAngelo Peterson, LSU, 10’1”
    • 3 Cone Drill – 1.Drake Dunsmore, NWSt, 6.73s / 2.James Hanna, Okla, 6.76s / 3.Evan Rodriguez, Temp, 6.94s / 4.Michael Egnew, Mizz, 7.03s / 5.Dwayne Allen, Clem, 7.12s
    • 20 Yard Shuttle – 1.Drake Dunsmore, NWSt, 4.03s / 2.James Hanna, Okla, 4.11s / 3.Evan Rodriguez, Temp, 4.28s / 4.Michael Egnew, Mizz, 4.32s / 5.Dwayne Allen, Clem, 4.37s
    • 60 Yard TD Shuttle – 1.James Hanna, Okla, 11.43s / 1.Evan Rodriguez, Temp, 11.43s / 3.Drake Dunsmore, NWSt, 11.47s / 4.Emil Igwenagu, Mass, 11.50s / 5.David Paulson, Oreg, 11.90s
    • Bench Press – 1.Orson Charles, Geo, 35 reps / 2.Dwayne Allen, Clem, 27 reps / 2.Coby Fleener, Stan, 27 reps / 4.James Hanna, Okla, 24 reps/ 5.Drake Dunsmore, NWSt, 21 reps / 5.Michael Egnew, Mizz, 21 reps / 5.David Paulson, Oreg, 21 reps
    • *Michael Egnew, New Record-Broad Jump, *Orson Charles, New Record-Bench Press
  • The unheralded was the story of the Tight End workouts as a number of mid to late round prospects made names for themselves during Saturday’s drills including Michael Egnew, James Hanna, Drake Dunsmore and Evan Rodriguez put on great performances and were among the tops in the majority of categories. Egnew struggled this season after a great Junior year and had seen his stock fall way down the boards, but he certainly made up for that as he looked great on the field in every drill including setting a new Combine record in the Broad Jump. Two of the top rated Tight Ends, Dwayne Allen and Orson Charles had decent Combines, but really didn’t stand out the ways scouts thought and while they still remain at the top of the Tight End list, they may now be out of first round consideration and looking at being selected well into the second round. The other top rated Tight End Coby Fleener only competed in the bench press finishing tied for second with Allen and behind the new Bench Press Combine Record holder Charles, while sitting out the rest of the drills due to ankle injury.
  • Workout Results – Offensive Linemen
    • 40 Yard Dash – 1.Donald Stephenson, Okla, 4.94 / 2.Matt Kalil, USC, 4.99 / 3.Adam Gettis, Iow, 5.00 / 4.Desmond Wynn, Rut, 5.05 / 5. Tom Compton, SDK, 5.11
    • Vertical Jump – 1.Donald Stephenson, Okla, 35.5” / 2.Desmond Wynn, Rut, 32.5” / 3.Adam Gettis, Iow, 31.5” / 3.Rishaw Johnson, Cal (PA), 31.5” / 3.Amini Silatolu, MWSt 31.5”
    • Broad Jump – 1.Donald Stephenson, Okla, 9’6” / 2. Adam Gettis, Iow, 9’4” / 3.Tom Compton, SDK, 9’0” / 3.Rishaw Johnson, Cal (PA), 9’0” / 5.Amini Silatolu, MWSt, 8’11”
    • 3 Cone Drill – 1.David DeCastro, Stan, 7.3s / 2.Matt Kalil, USC, 7.33s / 3.Brandon Mosely, Aub, 7.43s / 4.Taylor Dever, ND, 7.49s / 4.Nate Potter, BSSt, 7.49s
    • 20 Yard Shuttle – 1.Rishaw Johnson, Cal (PA), 4.53s / 2.Andrew Datko, FSU, 4.54s / 3.David DeCastro, Stan, 4.56s / 4.Senio Kelemete, Was, 4.58s / 5.John Cullen, Uta, 4.59s
    • Bench Press – 1.David Molk, Mich, 41 reps / 2.David DeCastro, Stan, 34 reps / 3.Justin Anderson, Geo, 32 reps / 3.Tony Bergstrom, Uta, 32 reps / 3.Ryan Miller, Col, 32 reps / 3.Kelechi Osemele, IWSt, 32 reps / 3. Kevin Zeitler, Wisc, 32 reps
  • Most of the top guys showed up in the OLine group as Matt Kalil, David DeCastro and Cordy Glenn were all extremely impressive. Kalil and DeCastro clearly looked like professionals out on the field and certainly ready to start from Day One for someone. Scouts were highly impressed by the level of athleticism displayed by Glenn for a man of his mammoth size. While some thought Riley Reiff, the consensus #2 OT, looked good, I personally thought he looked a bit sloppy for a guy as highly rated as he is. Mike Adams didn’t shine the way scouts were hoping for either and was a major disappoint on the bench press. A number of potential Day 3 draft picks showed well during drills in Donald Stephenson, Adam Gettis, Desmond Wynn and Rishaw Johnson. Other good performances put on included Kevin Zeitler, Jeff Allen, Philip Blake and Kelechi Osemele. Potential first-rounder Jonathon Martin didn’t participate in drills because of food poisoning and will have some making up to do at his pro day.
  • Bench Press – Skill Players
    • RB – 1.Doug Martin, BSSt, 28 reps / 1.Robert Turbin, UTSt, 28 reps / 3.Jewel Hampton, SILL, 26 reps / 4.Tauren Poole, Tenn, 24 reps / 5.Vick Ballard, MSST, 23 reps / 5.Davin Meggett, MYLD, 23 reps
    • WR – 1.Jerrell Jackson, Mizz, 22 reps / 1.Marvin Jones, Cal, 22 reps / 3.Ryan Broyles, Okla, 21 reps / 3.Junior Hemingway, Mich, 21 reps / 5.Rishard Matthews, Nev, 20 reps
    • QB – 1.Jordan Jefferson, LSU, 14 reps / 1.Darron Thomas, Oreg, 14 reps
  • Weigh-Ins/Measurements – Defensive Linemen/Linebacker
    • Tallest: Quinton Coples, UNC, 6’6”
    • Heaviest: Alameda Ta’amu, Was, 348lbs / Dontari Poe, Mem, 346lbs
    • Longest Arms: Chandler Jones, Syr, 35 ½” / Akiem Hicks, Reg (CAN), 35 1/8”
    • Notable Players
      • Michael Brockers, LSU, 6’5”, 322lbs, 35” long arms
      • Quinton Coples, UNC, 6’6”, 284lbs, 33 ¼” long arms
      • Fletcher Cox, MSST, 6’4”, 298lbs, 34 ½” long arms
      • Melvin Ingram, SCAR, 6’1”, 264lbs, 31 ½” long arms
      • Whitney Mercilus, Ill, 6’4”, 261lbs, 33 7/8” long arms
      • Nick Perry, USC, 6’3”, 271lbs, 33” long arms
      • Dontari Poe, Mem, 6’4”, 346lbs, 32” long arms
      • Devon Still, PSU, 6’5”, 303lbs, 33 ¼” long arms
      • Jerel Worthy, MCSt, 6’2”, 308lbs, 33” long arms
      • Zach Brown, UNC, 6’1”, 244lbs, 33 ¼” long arms
      • Vontaze Burfict, AZSt, 6’1”, 248lbs, 31 ¼” long arms
      • Dont’a Hightower, Ala, 6’2”, 265lbs, 32 5/8” long arms
      • Luke Kuechly, BC, 6’3”, 242lbs, 31” long arms
      • Courtney Upshaw, Ala, 6’2”, 272lbs, 32” long arms
  • Weigh-In Analysis
    • A number of players looked great at the weigh-ins like Quinton Coples, Jerel Worthy, Chandler Jones and Whitney Mercilus, but it was LSU sophomore Michael Brokers who really stole the show at 6’5”, 322lbs with 35” arms. Nick Perry, Frank Alexander, Shea McClennin and Jonathon Massaquoi added significant weight to their frames, while Dontari Poe, Devon Still, Melvin Ingram and Andre Branch weighed in lighter than expected, especially Branch who looked very small next to everyone else. Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower are massive linebackers, especially Hightower for an inside linebacker and he could be moved to the outside as a pass rusher. As expected Zach Brown looked great and had actually added 8 more pounds to his body since the Senior Bowl and could now draw interest from 3-4 defenses instead of teams that just run the 4-3 scheme. LaVonte David also helped his cause to remaining as a linebacker by adding more weight and getting bigger as some thought he would have to be moved to safety.
  • Media Mentions: Devon Still threw down the gauntlet to his other Defensive Tackles proclaiming that he is “hands down” the top DT in the draft. There was also a lot of talk about Peyton Manning, including Manning’s long time Center Jeff Saturday saying that the Colts QB would absolutely be back and be great in 2012.


2012 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE NEWS & NOTES – DAY 1-3 RECAP

Written By: Mark Scott

The NFL Scouting Combine is here with the first few days in the books. Media Sessions with NFL executives, Head Coaches and the Offensive prospects got under way, as did the weigh-ins and measurements, while the Tight Ends and Offensive Linemen also preformed on the Bench Press. The on the field drills get going this weekend and there are sure to be some surprises and disappointments. The defensive prospects are also set to handle the media and weigh-in this weekend before hitting the field on Monday and Tuesday.

  • The NFL Draft Order is finally official as two coin-flips at the Combine broke ties between teams in two different spots in the draft and determined picks #8/9 and #11/12. The Miami Dolphins won the coin-flip tie-break over the Carolina Panthers for the eight overall pick with Carolina falling into the ninth overall spot. The Kansas City Chiefs won their coin-flip tie-break with the Seattle Seahawks securing the eleventh overall selection while they will make their pick with the twelfth overall choice. On a side-note as a result of the NFL Draft Order being made official, the Indianapolis Colts can now sign the #1 overall pick, presumably Stanford’s Andrew Luck, if they so choose.
  • The two biggest stars at the Combine, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III both impressed during the media sessions with the various answers, including both saying they would be more than happy to backup and learn from Peyton Manning should they end up in Indy with the future Hall of Famer.
  • St.Louis, Minnesota and Cleveland let it be known that they are all interested in talking about possible trades for their draft spots among the top 5 picks. The Rams stated that they are sticking with Sam Bradford and have fielded multiple talks about trading out of the #2 spot, presumably to a team interested in Robert Griffin III. Minnesota said they are interested in moving down, more so if the Rams aren’t able to make a trade happen ahead of them. The Browns have been pretty open about their willingness to make a bold move and possibly give up both of their first-round picks this year to do it. They have also let it be known that they are interested in Griffin III.
  • Four of the top QB’s won’t throw at the Combine and will wait for their pro days in Andrew Luck, who will do some of the other drills, Robert Griffin III will only run, Ryan Tannehill is still recovering from injury and Brock Osweiler also won’t throw, but the reason is still unknown.
  • There are notable injuries coming into the Combine beginning with the threesome from Alabama, Trent Richardson made some of the biggest news coming in revealing that he had minor surgery on his knee and would not perform any drills at the combine, but impressed during the media session. Safety Mark Barron had double sports hernia surgery in the weeks leading up to the Combine and won’t be able to compete in any drills, while Nose Tackle Josh Chapman is still recovering from off-season knee surgery, but has said he will participate in the bench press drill. Utah State ILB Bobby Wagner, who was set to come to the Combine with a lot of momentum from the Senior Bowl week was hospitalized with pneumonia in the days leading up to the event and advised not to travel to Indy. Justin Blackmon was set to compete in all drills with eyes on him especially in the 40 yard dash, but told the media today that his hamstring was feeling a little tender and will wait for his pro day at Oklahoma State in a few weeks. Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill is still recovering from a broken foot and is hoping to be ready for his pro day in College Station, while Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles is also still recovering from his knee injury suffered during the regular season and is hoping to be ready for his pro day. A pair of Stanford prospects won’t participate in Combine drills and will wait for their pro day in TE Coby Fleener with an ankle injury and OT Jonathon Martin will sit out because of an illness. Iowa’s OT Markus Zusevics was injured on his sixth rep during the bench press drill, no word on what the injury was.
  • Weigh-In Notes
  • The tallest player was a three-way tie between Ohio State’s OT Mike Adams, Wisconsin’s OL Kevin Ogsleby and OL Ryan Miller of Colorado all measured in at 6’7 1/4”, while Georgia’s OG Cordy Glenn was the heaviest player weighing in at 345lbs, ahead of Oglesby and South Carolina’s Rokevious Watkins, both at 338lbs.Oglesby also measured in with the biggest hands at 11 ¼ inches. Iowa State OL Kelechi Osemele measured in with the longest arms at 35 7/8 inches, just slightly ahead of Glenn, who was measured at 35 ¾ inches long.
  • The Bench Press winner of the day was Michigan C David Molk who put up an impressive 41 reps leading a group of twelve Offensive Linemen that were able to put up 30 or more reps of 225lbs. A possible first-rounder, Ohio State’s OT Mike Adams was a big disappointment as he was only able to register 19 reps, just ahead of a couple late round linemen for the fewest reps at the position.
  • Among the Tight Ends, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Ladarius Green was the tallest at 6’6” and had the longest arms at 34 ½ inches, Green and Oregon’s David Paulson tied for biggest hands at 10 1/8 inches, UCLA’s Cory Harkey was the heaviest at 260lbs and Georgia’s Orson Charles easily won the Bench Press drill with 35 reps ahead of Clemson’s Dwayne Allen and Stanford’s Coby Fleener with 27 each. Those three also looked the most impressive at the weigh-ins, with Charles noticeably bigger and more muscular than he was during the season.
  • As expected Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler was the biggest Quarterback at 6’6 7/8” and 242lbs. Osweiler actually received a boost to his stock as he was shorter than the possible 6’8” that he was thought to be. Arizona’s Nick Foles had the biggest hands of the QB group at 10 5/8 inches. Luck, Griffin III, Foles, Weeden and Tannehill all passed the eye-ball test and looked great. Griffin III was probably the biggest news of the group as he came at 6’2 3/8” putting to rest all the concerns about his height as many though he would come in below the 6’2” mark. As expected Russell Wilson, Kellen Moore and Case Keenum werethe smallest QBs as Wilson measured in at 5’11 ½”, which was taller than he was at the Senior Bowl, Moore was able to just reach the 6’0” mark, but was just 197lbs, while Keenum was a paltry came in just under 6’1” and 208lbs. Tannehill and Yale’s Patrick Witt tied for the smallest hands at just 9 inches.
  • The Top 4 Running backs all looked good at the weigh-in as Trent Richardson, Lamar Miller, David Wilson and Doug Martin impressed, as well as Mississippi State’s Vick Ballard. USC’s Rhett Ellison was the tallest and heaviest in the group at 6’5”, 251 lbs, but is a full back. There was a three-way tie for the tallest running back as Bernard Pierce, Terrance Ganaway and Darell Scott all came in at 6’0”, while Ganaway was also the heaviest at 239lbs. Wiscnosin’s Bradie Ewing had the biggest hands of the whole group at 10 3/8 inches. The smallest backs were Florida’s Chris Rainey at 5’8”, 180lbs (but may better at WR), Oregon’s LaMichael James at 5’8”, 194lbs, and Texas’ Fozzy Whitaker at 5’9”, 193lbs. San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman was also smaller than expected a t 5’9”, 200lbs.
  • Miami’s  Tommy Streeter was the tallest WR at 6’5”, 219lbs, with Appalachian State’s Brian Quick at 6’4”, 220lbs. UNC’s Dwight Jones was the heaviest at6’3”, 230lbs, while Gerell Robinson was just behind him at 6’3”, 227lbs. The biggest hands goes to Arizona’s Juron Criner at 10 ½ inches.  Oregon State’s James Rodegers was the shortest receiver at 5’6 ¾”, while Houston’s Patrick Edwards was the lightest player at just 172lbs. Michigan State’s B.J. Cunningham measured in with the smallest hands at just 8 1/8 inches. The biggest surprise of the group was South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffrey whose stock was taking a hit because of reports his weight was all the way up around the 250lb. mark, weighed in at 216lbs and should see his stock start to move back up unless he really disappoints in the 40.
  • The Steelers have put a first-round tender on restricted free agent WR Mike Wallace, meaning if a team sends an offer sheet that they will have to relinquish a first-round pick to Pittsburgh should they not match the offer in the following seven days. What makes this interesting is Pittsburgh’s cap problems and the possibility they won’t have enough room to match a really big off from someone. Wallace could intrigue a team over the draft’s current crop of wide outs or to a team that misses out on the top two or three guys before they can select late in the first round. Some teams to watch could be the Steelers three AFC North rivals, Baltimore, Cleveland and Cincinnati, as well as the New England Patriots, among others.