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2014 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE PRIMER

The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is here and it will be the biggest one ever with over 330+ prospects at the event to compete in front of all 32 NFL teams. All the biggest names will be in attendance, Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and Sammy Watkins will be in the house. The pressure will be on all of these prospects as the eyes of every coach, scout and front office guy in the NFL will be on them. A lot of money can be made or lost at the Combine as these prospects go head to head with one another.  As always there will be no shortage of storylines going on in Indy. Here are ten to watch.

1.  The Battle for the first overall pick

In most years there is usually a heavy favorite or two to be selected with the first overall pick, but the 2014 NFL Draft’s first selection owned by the Houston Texans is currently wide open as the NFL Scouting Combine is set to begin. Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney is the top prospect on almost every draft board and has been for the majority of the last two years and is considered by most to be an once in a decade type talent. Why isn’t he a clear favorite to go first overall then, well the Texans have a new head coach in place and a gaping hole at the quarterback position in a draft year that features a trio of signal-callers (Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel) ranked among the top 15 prospects with all three being predicted to come off the board within the first five picks in most experts’ mock drafts heading into the Combine. Those four aren’t the only prospects in the discussion as a pair of potential franchise left tackles Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews are ranked right behind Clowney and ahead of all three quarterbacks on a number of draft boards. Robinson has been the fastest rising prospect since declaring for the NFL Draft after dominating the SEC as just a redshirt sophomore and helping lead Auburn to a National Championship. He’s an athletic freak with a ridiculously high ceiling and is expected to light it up at the Combine. Matthews meanwhile could have been a high draft selection last year, but chose to return to school for another year and in turn sat at the top of draft boards along with Clowney all season long. He’s not the athlete that Robinson is, but he is much further along in his development and possesses elite technique in pass protection and run-blocking. The performances on the field and in the interview rooms at the Combine will go a long way in determining which one of these prospects or another yet to emerge will be selected with the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

2.  Who will be the first quarterback chosen?

While the battle to be the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is very intriguing, so is the one between the top three quarterback prospects (Bridgewater, Bortles and Manziel) to see which one will be the first to come off the board. They all rank among the top 15 prospects by most experts in one order or another with Bridgewater holding the slight edge over Bortles then Manziel in most cases. All three are also expected to be selected within the first ten picks, possibly even the top five with so many QB-needy teams drafting early and all are heavily in the discussion to be taken with the first overall pick. Bortles could gain an edge at the Combine over Bridgewater and Manziel as he is the only one of the three that is willing to step up and participate in the throwing drills, while the other two will wait until their pro days to throw in what will be scripted workouts.

3.  Tight Position Battles between Top Prospects

Every year there are close battles between prospects at every position to see which one will come off the board before all the others. This year is no different, except that a number of the battles will feature the very top prospects fighting it out to see which one will be the top player selected at his position. As mentioned above Bridgewater, Bortles and Manziel are neck to neck at the quarterback position, while Sammy Watkins holds an edge over Mike Evans and Marqise Lee at wide receiver and offensive tackles Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews are as closely ranked as any two prospects at the same position with Taylor Lewan and Cyrus Kouandjio lurking closely behind them. Eric Ebron has a lead over Jace Amaro at tight end while the running back and guard battles are wide open among the top five or six prospects at each position. On defense, Jadeveon Clowney is in his own world at defensive end, but so is C.J. Mosley at the inside linebacker position, perhaps even more so as the next ILB might not be selected until two round after him. There are however, three close head to head battles among prospects at outside linebacker, cornerback and safety to see who will be the first to be selected at his position. Outside linebackers Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack appear even heading into the Combine, while cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert are nearly as close. At safety, HaHa Clinton-Dix is currently holding an edge on the surging Calvin Pryor. Meanwhile, defensive tackle is arguably the most wide open of any position with every expert’s rankings appearing in a different order. Performances at the Combine could go a long way in determining who wins each of these position battles.

4.  What are the coaches saying?

Coaches always seem to be in a good mood at the Combine and because of it they seem to be more open to answering questions making the media session full of interesting tidbits about each team. The coaches often reveal what direction they may be looking with their first round draft pick, what prospects they’re interested in seeing, which free agents their team may want to resign or let test free agency and much more. The Combine is often times the most open and revealing that the coaches are all year.

5.  Meeting the Media

Prospects aren’t only put to the test by NFL teams on the field and in the interview room, but they all must go through the gauntlet that is the media session. Often times dealing with the media can be one of the toughest things an athlete has to deal with especially with the advances of social media. Most of these prospects have never had to really deal with the media before, let alone the hordes of journalists and reporters that will be drilling them with all kinds of questions from every direction at the Combine. These sessions with the media can often reveal a prospect’s real personality and character. Prospects that will have it tougher than others include Johnny Manziel, Michael Sam and Jadeveon Clowney.

6.  Who will impress at the Weigh-Ins?

Before any of the prospects put on a show on the field, they get weighed-in and measured for all to see. Each year whether it’s a mammoth 330lb. nose tackle or a 6’5”, 270lb. athletic freak, there are always a handful of prospects that stand out from the pack and blow coaches and scouts away just by the way they look. That’s not to say that the measurements aren’t that important because they are. The measurements of every prospect can’t be trusted until they get officially measured at the Combine. The majority of them actually tend to slightly shrink from what is listed on their school or team profiles. There are certain measurements that are more critical and important than others depending on the position. For Quarterbacks; height and hand size stand out, arm length for offensive tackles and cornerbacks, and height/weight for defensive ends and outside linebackers seem to be some of the more important measurements to be taken. The height and length of the cornerbacks appear to be what most scouts are intrigued with this year.

7.  Who will be the Workout Warriors?

Some of this year’s favorites to light it up at the Combine include highly ranked prospects like Clowney, Greg Robinson, Khalil Mack, Anthony Barr and Eric Ebron. Others to keep an eye on include Loucheiz Purifoy, Bradley Roby, Dee Ford and Seantreal Henderson. Outside of those names there is guaranteed to be someone nobody is talking about that puts on a show that gets everyone talking. As always it will be interesting to see which prospect’s performance sends him skyrocketing up draft boards.

8.  The 2014 Wide Receiver Class

This year’s crop of wide receivers is absolutely ridiculous in terms of the talent that is available. All season long analysts talked about how amazing the 2014 quarterback draft class was potentially going to be, but due to a few different circumstances it didn’t quite turn out like that or even come close while quietly the number of highly talented wide receivers entering the draft started to pile up. Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Marqise Lee headline this class as top 15 ranked prospects, but they could also be just three of a possible eight or nine that are selected in the first round. Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft had an astounding nine receivers coming off the board in round one. If these prospects can perform up to expectations at the Combine, this class has the makings of something potentially historic.

9.  Small School Flavour

Each year prospects from “small schools” with very little fan fare emerge at the Combine and move up draft boards when given the chance to put their skills and athletic abilities to the test right next to some of the more talked about and well-known players from the bigger programs. Of the 330+ prospects in Indy, 37 come from a non-FBS level program. The fast-rising Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) headlines the list of “small school” prospects to watch after lighting it up at both the East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl. Behind him are a trio of ultra-productive running backs in Dri Archer (Kent State), Terrance West (Towson) and former Georgia Bulldog Isaiah Crowell (Alabama State). Garoppolo isn’t the only quarterback to keep an eye on as Jeff Matthews (Cornell) and Dustin Vaughn (West Texas A&M) are intriguing prospects as well. Some others to watch out for include WR Jeff Janis (Saginaw Valley), OL Billy Turner (North Dakota State), OL Dakota Dozier (Furman) and LB Tyler Starr (South Dakota). The prospect I recommend most however is CB Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) as he will attract a number of teams due to his size and length. The rise of Richard Sherman and other big corners over the last year or two should draw some eyes Desir’s way as he stands a reported 6’1” with 33 inch long arms. He isn’t just another big corner either as he happens to possess some very good game tape.

10.  The Medicals

Perhaps more so than any drill or interview, a prospect’s medical report at the Combine can make or break his draft stock. Whether it is a prospect trying to show he is fully or nearly recovered from an injury suffered over the last year or an unreported injury or health issue is discovered. The medical testing is arguably the most rigorous and nerve-racking test that every prospect has to go through at this event. A bad result can send a prospect’s stock spiraling down draft boards. This year a few prospects to keep an eye on in regards to the medicals are DT Dominique Easley/Florida, NT Louis Nix III/Notre Dame, QB Zach Mettenberger/LSU, QB Aaron Murray/Georgia, CB Kyle Fuller/Virginia Tech, RB Dri Archer/Kent State and CB Antone Exum/Virginia Tech.

Written By: Mark Scott

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2013 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE STORYLINES/PLAYERS TO WATCH

Draft season continues on as the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine gets underway this week and brings together all of the top prospects for NFL front offices and scouts to see as 333 potential draft picks will report to Indianapolis. The prospects will be on display off the field at the weigh-ins, medical exams, press conferences and team interviews and on the field in a multitude of measurable and football drills. A great performance by one of the top prospects at this year’s Combine could determine who the top prospect is and who the first overall pick might be.

1.   Can a consensus #1 prospect emerge with a great performance at the Combine?

The 2013 Scouting Combine might just be the most competitive one yet as this year the event will get underway with no clear consensus #1 prospect rated among scouts, analysts and other draft experts. Right now any one of about four or five prospects among a group that consists of Luke Joeckel, Star Lotulelei, Bjoern Werner, Damontre Moore and Chance Warmack could be considered the top guy, but even they have their detractors. That’s why a fantastic performance at the Combine this year by any of these prospects or another could solidify them as the top dog. One of these prospects needs to do something to separate themselves from the group. If you don’t agree with that notion, just look at Central Michigan Left Tackle Eric Fisher who has skyrocketed up draft boards from a late first round pick into the top ten after a dominant performance at the Senior Bowl and one would have to think that he’s coming to Indianapolis with the mindset of outshining Joeckel at their position and putting himself into consideration for that top spot among 2013 prospects. Joeckel appears to be the favorite at the moment to be considered the top prospect and most likely first overall pick, but if he disappoints at the Combine there will be any number of guys ready to steal that spot from him. The Combine is as important as ever this year for these prospects.

2.   The Quarterback Competition Continues

Perhaps the most interesting storyline of the 2013 NFL Draft is the ongoing Quarterback competition between eight or nine prospects and who will emerge among them as the top signal-caller and a guy worthy of taking early in the draft. Six quarterbacks (Glennon, Jones, Wilson, Manuel, Nassib and Dysert) failed to do much to improve their draft stock at the Senior Bowl as the event was filled with highs and lows as all six had their good and bad moments. The Combine will bring three more quarterbacks back into the fold as seniors Geno Smith and Matt Barkley will attend the event after skipping the Senior Bowl along with underclassman Tyler Bray, who might just have the best pure arm of anyone this year. No real reason has been made for why Smith skipped the Senior Bowl and he will have some fence mending to do this week, while Barkley missed the event because he was still recovering from shoulder surgery and the same injury will apparently keep him from throwing and doing most of the drills at the Combine as well. This will be Bray’s first opportunity since the college football regular season ended to show off for scouts as Tennessee didn’t even make a bowl game this year. Despite struggling down the stretch and skipping out on the Senior Bowl festivities, Smith comes into the Combine still as the favorite among quarterbacks to be taken in the first round, although to who is still up in the air. The pressure will be on all of these quarterbacks to impress NFL front offices and scouts this week and a great performance could have a major impact on just where all of these guys will come off the board. It is that wide open between these quarterbacks. Dysert won’t compete in drills after tearing his hamstring last week.

3.   SEC Showcase

If you needed any more proof as to why the SEC dominates college football and wins the BCS National Championship every year, look no further than the 2013 NFL Draft and this week’s Scouting Combine. Of the 333 prospects invited to the event, 73 are from the SEC. LSU leads the way with 13 players at the event including a record 11 underclassmen, Georgia is next with 11 invitations, while Florida and Alabama have 10 each. South Carolina (7) and Texas A&M (6) will combine for 13 prospects at the Combine. Up to 20 SEC prospects could be selected in the first round including Luke Joeckel, who is currently one of the favorites to be taken with the first overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.

4.   The Medical Reports

Medical/Physical exams may be the most important aspect of the Combine for prospects where NFL team doctors will get their first chance to examine potential draft picks. A failed medical report or unreported injury could affect a prospect more than anything else that happens this week. There are quite a few notable prospects that will have all eyes on them as they pass through the exam starting with Matt Barkley, who was going to throw at the Combine, but now isn’t and was said to be almost fully healthy, but may be further off then has been reported. The condition of his throwing shoulder is probably the biggest storyline to watch in regards to the medical portion of the event. Marcus Lattimore’s entire draft stock may rest with what happens in his medical exam. After blowing out his knee for the second straight season, the running back with first round talent is facing a tough road back to being fully healthy and returning to the form that had him ranked as the top ball-carrier in the draft before the injury. Others to keep an eye on include Jarvis Jones, who will continue to downplay his spinal stenosis condition, Tank Carradine (ACL tear), Keenan Allen (PCL strain), Jesse Williams (knee), Barrett Jones (Lisfanc injury), Eddie Lacy (recent torn hamstring), Zac Dysert (recent hamstring tear), Denard Robinson (nagging elbow injury), Sean Renfree (torn pectoral muscle), Kiko Alonso (nagging wrist injury) and Dion Jordan (pending shoulder surgery).

5.   Manti Te’o faces the Media and Interview Room

If Manti Te’o wanted all the attention, he sure got it with this fake girlfriend hoax whether he was in on it or not and the toughest part as a result of it will take place this week when he will have to face the media firing squad and hoards of reporters at his news conference and even more so in private interviews with team front offices and coaching staffs. His stock has taken multiple hits with this hoax off the field and more importantly his dreadful performance on the field in the BCS National Championship against Alabama where he was completely dominated. He has a lot of making up to do this week both on and off the field if he wants to remain a first round possibility. Te’o’s not the only prospect in for a tough week of interviews and questions as Alec Ogletree and Tyrann Mathieu will also be under the microscope. Despite starting the season with a four-game suspension for a violation of team rules, Ogletree was still able to play his way into the top 20 prospects, but a DUI arrest just a few days ago have sent red flags soaring. Baltimore appears to be the biggest benefactor of Te’o’s and Ogletree’s issues as the chance of one of them falling to the Ravens is now a real possibility giving the Super Bowl Champions a shot at landing an instant replacement at middle linebacker for the retired Ray Lewis. Mathieu’s off the field problems over the last couple of years are well documented and the Combine will be his final chance to win a team over and have a chance of even being drafted.

6.   A lack of elite offensive weapons

It’s not the most glamorous year for top prospects as the 2013 class is dominated by the defensive and offensive lines. Just a handful of prospects at the offensive skill positions appear to have a chance to be selected in the first round this year. The quarterback class is quite underwhelming with just Geno Smith as a likely first round pick, while maybe two wide receivers like Corrdarrelle Patterson and Keenan Allen might crack the first 32 picks. Eddie Lacy appeared to be the only running back with a shot at being a first round pick, but a recent tear in his hamstring and not being able to compete at the Combine could prevent that. While there may be a lack of elite offensive playmakers in the draft this year, there is no shortage of prospects in rounds two through four that have the ability to make an impact on NFL offenses. In fact the mid-rounds are stocked full of guys with next-level talent as nine quarterbacks, 12 running backs and 15 or more wide receivers could come off the board in these rounds with a number these prospects still having the chance to crack the first round. The tight end position has a couple of nice prospects as well in Tyler Eifert, Zach Ertz and Jordan Reed who should all be off the board in the first two days of the draft. While there isn’t an Andrew Luck, Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson this year, there is still a ton of talent at the offensive skill positions.

7.   The New Test

A new aptitude test will be added to the Combine this year. It will focus on measuring a player’s learning styles, motivation, decision-making skills, core intellect and their ability to respond to pressure or unexpected stimuli. There is no score, but will instead give a comprehensive look at a player’s non-physical capabilities, aptitudes, strengths and weaknesses. The exam will be 60 minutes and take place in a classroom environment the same way as the Wonderlic test is. The test results will be shared with one or two team executives to protect confidentiality and every team will receive one page of “coaching points” on every player who takes the exam. These points will assist teams to closer evaluate prospects and determine whether they will be able to fit in with the current roster and coaching staff/style. This new test will not replace the Wonderlic, but will instead help to support its results.

8.   Fast Man/Strong Man

Every year scouts and fans wonder “who the fastest man” and “who the strongest man” are at the Combine. This year the fastest man competition appears to be wide open as Ace Sanders, Marquise Goodwin, Tavon Austin, Markus Wheaton and Steve Williams lead the candidates from the wide receiver class, while Onterio McCalebb, Kenjon Barner and Andre Ellington appear to be the best bets among running backs to run the fastest 40 time. Cornerback Nickell Robey and Athlete Denard Robinson could also run in the 4.3s. Goodwin was actually a member of the American Olympic Track Team at the London Games where he competed and finished tenth in the long jump event and was the champion in the same event at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials. Alabama’s Jesse Williams is the favorite to be this year’s strongest man and has the potential to break the bench press record. His weight room performances at Alabama are apparently legendary and he is said to have the ability to bench 600lbs. As for prospects who have the potential to star in drills across the board and be the event’s “Workout Warriors,” keep an eye on freaky athletes like Ezekiel Ansah, Barkevious Mingo, Margus Hunt, Dion Jordan, Cordarrelle Patterson and Zaviar Gooden, while Lane Johnson, Menelik Watson and John Jenkins are expected to stand out among the bigger athletes.

9.   Small School Prospects

Every year the Combine gives a chance to a handful of the best small school prospects to compete and test their skills against the nation’s top draft eligible prospects for all the NFL to see. Each year at least one or two prospects emerge as player worth taking somewhere in the first three rounds. This year the best candidates to shine include Missouri Southern DT Brandon Williams, Tennessee-Martin DT Montori Hughes, Arkansas Pine-Bluff OT Terron Armstead and Florida International S Jonathon Cyprien. The Golden Panthers safety has already made a splash this year after a terrific Senior Bowl week.

Written By: Mark Scott



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.