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Notable Combine Snubs
The NFL Scouting Combine commences tomorrow (well, it’s now technically today) in Indianapolis. Over 300 hundred draft-eligible prospects will be put through a gauntlet of rigorous physical and psychological tests as teams attempt to evaluate their worthiness as future pros. Draft stocks will rise and fall, “workout warriors” will be anointed, and everyone involved will be thoroughly exhausted once all is said and done. I had a friend ask today if not getting an invite to the Combine is akin to being told you’re not good enough to be drafted. It sure would seem like that’s the case, right? Well, rest assured, the committee responsible for doling out these invitations is comprised of humans — NFL player personnel people, to be exact — who are far from infallible. In the scheme of things, being at the Combine represents a mark of recognition and validation, but it’s not some kind of golden ticket. A few examples of current players who weren’t invited to the Combine but have experienced success at the NFL level include Wes Welker, Osi Umeniyora, and Jay Ratliff (and you can be sure there are a number of historical examples, too, including John Randle and Rod Smith). There are plenty more who tore up the Combine but went on to stink up the pros. Here’s an article dealing with the topic at hand.
For a refresher on the players I suggested keeping an eye on at the Combine, refer to this link; also, don’t forget about the prospects from the Senior Bowl. In related news, Muhammad Wilkerson is drawing a lot of praise from draft analysts and seems to be one of the “fast risers” right now.* If you watched him play at all this season, the recent adulation of his skill set shouldn’t come as a surprise, nor should the rapidly populating bandwagon. He’s going to be a good player at the pro level and, in my opinion, has definite Pro Bowl potential.
* When you hear about a player who is “rising” on teams’ draft boards, all that really means is the media are finding out more about him for the first time. Player personnel executives have been aware of said player and his talents for quite a while by this point, and his spot on each team’s draft board is already pretty much solidified.
That said, here’s my list of this year’s notable Combine snubs, headlined by:
Mario Harvey - ILB - Marshall - 5-11 / 250
This is a guy I mentioned as a potential draft pick in my “How to Fix the Washington Redskins” article. I can’t understand why Mario Harvey wasn’t extended an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine — it just doesn’t make sense to me. How is he not one of the most deserving 330 players in the nation? Furthermore, not even the draft “experts” in the media are mentioning his name as part of the noteworthy snubs. Maybe I’m missing something? Anyway, look at his obscene stats from this season and over the course of his career:
144 tackles (but only 66 solo — would prefer that figure to be higher), 9 sacks (!), 1 forced fumble. He also registered a ridiculous 17.5 tackles for loss. Now, statistics for college football players on defense don’t seem to be all that precise, in terms of what can be found on the internet (I’ve seen another site that lists Harvey as having three forced fumbles this season and broken up seven passes). This production was no fluke either. Harvey has been putting up these kinds of numbers his entire collegiate career — you’ve just never heard of him because he plays for Marshall, which has fallen off the face of the earth as a football program since the end of the Randy Moss/Chad Pennington/Byron Leftwich days. Fortunately, I was able to catch Marshall’s first two games of the season (@ Ohio State, vs. West Virginia). I knew about Mario Harvey only because I have the hopelessly nerdy (see: pathetic) habit of perusing NFL draft sites and looking over the rosters of the teams participating in any game I watch. Suffice to say I had no problem recognizing Harvey and his considerable impact on the field in both games. He struck me as being an intimidating player who was also highly instinctual, which is always an enticing combination; coach him up a bit and I bet he can get even better. Harvey at least deserves a serious look at the next level. I have to believe he can make a roster and then proceed to work his way into the regular defense.
Mario Harvey is a compact athlete — that 5-11, 250 pound body packs a punch — and it’s not uncommon for him to deliver devastating hits (nickname: “Thumper”). He’s strong at the point of attack and exhibits an unmistakable feel for the game, both of which help make up for some athletic limitations. Given his pass rushing skills, he’s also a player who can perhaps be utilized at times as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. Again, versatility is definitely one of the most attractive qualities about a prospect when teams are evaluating them. Harvey’s speed is merely average, maybe even a little below if you believe certain draft sites (but he looked fast enough on tape, so we’ll see whenever he has his pro day or whatever, as he could always end up running a good time), and I don’t know if he’ll be able to consistently beat offensive tackles around the edge. However, if used correctly and in the right spots, I believe Mario Harvey can be the fearsome, effective pass rusher he so often was in college. Mostly, though, he should be cast as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 base defense where he can just get after the ball.
Accolades: One of 15 Butkus Award semi-finalists in 2010 (and the only player from a non-automatic qualifier team), two-time All-Conference USA First Team selection
Health Concerns: No serious injuries to report
Alex Wujciak - ILB - Maryland - 6-2.5 / 250
I got to watch Alex Wujciak play at Maryland for three years. A little stiff athletically, he’s still an imposing physical specimen who always seems to find a way to make plays. He was a leader — both emotionally and statistically — on the Terps’ defense and set the tone with his unmatched intensity. Wujciak is one of those players who doesn’t really jump out at you upon first glance, but when you watch him in action, it’s like he’s involved on almost every snap (a look at his stats echoes that notion). He tracks the ball well and is a sound, sure tackler. While Wujciak will probably have trouble matching up in coverage with athletic tight ends or backs in the flat, he can penetrate and blow up plays before they have a chance to fully develop. Playing as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 is likely the best position for Wujciak in the pros. He deserves a look in some team’s training camp, where he’ll quickly ingratiate himself with the coaching staff due to his diligence, devotion, and hard-nosed style. If nothing else, I think Wujciak can be a special teams ace at the next level.
Accolades: Consistently one of the nation’s top tacklers, and a two-time All-ACC First Team selection (also made the All-ACC Second Team as a sophomore)
Health Concerns: Missed 2007 with an ACL tear and underwent another knee surgery after the 2008 season
Antoine Carter - DE/OLB - Auburn - 6-3 / 256
The following writeup is excerpted from my article entitled “College Football Season is Over. Finally.”:
The lesser known name on Auburn’s defensive line, Antoine Carter made arguably the biggest play of the Tigers’ season against Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl. Don’t remember it? With Alabama leading 21-0 early in the second quarter, Mark Ingram caught the ball around his own 40, broke a tackle, and started sprinting downfield with almost no defenders between him and the endzone. Carter chased him for literally 40 yards before lunging for the tackle from behind and brilliantly punching the ball out of Ingram’s grasp. The ball shot out with rocket propulsion force (pictured below) and flew nearly 20 yards in the air before landing in the Tigers’ endzone… and then rolled another ten yards out the back. Had Ingram scored to make it 28-0, the game would have been over, torpedoing Auburn’s national title hopes in the process. Instead, the turnover shifted the momentum in Auburn’s favor ever so slightly that the guys on the sidelines started to think they still had a chance. If you ask me, Antoine Carter made the play that propelled his team to victory. He was no less noticeable in the national championship game, as he made numerous impressive plays — a number of which came without the assistance of the unblockable Nick Fairley.
When you look at Carter’s numbers on the season, nothing really jumps off the page. Yeah, he recorded six sacks, but three of those came in the first game of the season against Arkansas State. Nevertheless, there just seems to be something about him that gives me a good feeling regarding his pro potential. Plays like the one he made against Alabama tell you a lot about a prospect. On most draft websites, Carter isn’t even projected to be picked at all. Some astute team is going to be rewarded for taking a chance on him later in the draft or as an undrafted free agent.
Tommie Campbell - FS - California (PA) - 6-2 / 204
I mentioned Campbell in my “Players to Watch at the Combine” article as a non-invitee whose name you should remember. Here’s the writeup:
Transferred from Pitt (due to a suspension for conduct off the field), so you know he has D-IA talent. Campbell stands at 6-2, 204 pounds, and had scouts drooling when he ran in the 4.3 range at the Valero Cactus Bowl in Texas in early January. If you’re a safety with that kind of size and speed, it’s enough to warrant mention; there’s no question a number of teams are going to be interested in acquiring his services. Campbell also happens to be from Aliquippa (PA), which is never a bad thing if you’re trying to make it in the NFL (natives of the Quip: Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Sean Gilbert, Ty Law, Darrelle Revis).
Here’s a worthwhile read that sheds light on Campbell’s character and details his tumultuous journey as a football player: http://www.timesonline.com/sports/college/football/tommie-campbell-s-road-to-redemption/article_c7d82f52-38be-11e0-85fc-00127992bc8b.html
The only photo I could find was one from his Pitt days…
Ryan Jones - CB - Northwestern Missouri State - 5-11 / 197
An intriguing late-round sleeper prospect, Ryan Jones first started to make waves at the East-West Shrine Game at the end of January. I only know what I read, but Jones certainly fits the bill when it comes to the ideal height/weight/speed (4.4 range) ratio for the position.
Justin Wilson - CB - Southern Mississippi - 5- 10 / 193
Solid all-around player with good ball skills who isn’t afraid to get physical in coverage and support against the run. Also played safety in college.
Andrew Preston - SS - San Diego State - 6-1 / 215
Really liked what I saw out of him the two times I got to watch San Diego State play this season (@ TCU, vs. Navy in Poinsettia Bowl). Didn’t know much about Preston going into that TCU game, but he made sure I knew his name by the end. Good size, toughness, leadership qualities, smarts, and underrated ball skills.
Jordan White - WR - Western Michigan - 6-0 / 212
Had a breakout senior season, in which he set the team record for receiving yards (with 1,358) and earned All-MAC First Team honors. Tough, dependable receiver who isn’t afraid to go across the middle and take a hit to make the play. He’s not a burner but might be able to find a niche as an underneath guy. Health concerns are legitimate, as he’s battled injuries his whole collegiate career.
Edit: There’s a more basic reason White wasn’t invited to the Combine, and it’s because he just completed his junior season (not senior season, as I mistakenly wrote) and will be back with the Broncos in 2011.
Taylor Potts – QB – Texas Tech – 6-4 / 220
Like so many other Texas Tech quarterbacks before him, Taylor Potts excelled in the Red Raiders’ pass-happy offense and put up some impressive numbers in both his junior and senior seasons. However, there is reason to believe he can shed the “system player” label that has dogged his predecessors and the physical shortcomings that ultimately doomed them in the pros. Potts certainly looks the part of an NFL quarterback in terms of body type and has the necessary arm strength to make the jump to the next level. He exhibits pinpoint accuracy, intelligence, and makes a concentrated effort to get everyone involved on offense. Potts is probably a late round pick, at best, but he’s an intriguing prospect with the physical tools to at least make a roster and then go from there. Extra points for the epically awesome beard.
Rob McGill - OT - Louisiana Tech - 6-5.5 / 310
Looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Louisiana Tech alumnus and NFL Hall of Fame offensive tackle Willie Roaf, Rob McGill possesses an ideal frame and intriguing length for the position. The only time I saw Louisiana Tech play this season was when it got smoked by Boise State in early November, but I was sure to focus on the senior offensive tackle, whose name I had seen pop up on different draft sites. McGill is definitely raw (got beat a few times because he got himself out of position), but the athleticism, quickness, and agility are unmistakable. He looks like a player some team will take a flyer on later in the draft or in free agency and then turn over to the offensive line coach for development.
Players to Watch at the Combine
Alright, so the NFL Scouting Combine is a few weeks away, and assuming there isn’t a boycott, the invitees will show up. Here are a few perhaps relatively unknown players to remember (including ones I’ve mentioned in previous articles, such as Jeff Maehl, Derrick Locke, Brooks Reed, Curtis Marsh, etc):
Muhammad Wilkerson - DT/DE - Temple - 6-5 / 305
One of my favorite defensive prospects in the entire draft (first mentioned in the “How to Fix the Washington Redskins” article from a few months ago). Wilkerson emerged onto the college football scene as a sophomore and only continued to improve as a junior in 2010. He’ll be a fit at either defensive tackle in a 4-3 or end in a 3-4, as his versatility allows him to play anywhere along the line. I was able to watch two of his games this season (@ Penn State, @ Miami-OH) and came away highly impressed each time. Wilkerson displays keen awareness, a great burst off the line, and fluid athleticism for a guy his size (was a standout basketball star in high school), which, especially when coupled with his brute strength, makes him a terror for opposing offensive linemen to block. He uses his hands (well, at least tries to — he’s still pretty raw when it comes to technique) and is a heady player with a nose for finding the football. I also noticed his ability to get leverage and shed blockers and am interested to see what length his arms are once all the measurements are done at the Combine (that’s when we’ll find out his official height and weight, too).
This past season Wilkerson put up pretty gaudy statistics for a defensive tackle, notching 70 tackles (13.5 for loss) and 9.5 sacks (according to Temple’s official athletics site; the ESPN.com player page for him says 68 tackles and 10 sacks). As you can tell from his sack totals, he’s quite the disruptive presence when teams decide to pass and consistently gets penetration into the backfield. Also keep in mind all that production came while Wilkerson was being double-teamed because he was the one player along the Temple defensive line that offenses KNEW they had to stop him in order to have success. Detractors can say he played in the MAC and therefore won’t be as effective against NFL competition, but I’m not buying that argument because I think his natural ability will more than make up for the significantly increased talent level he’ll face in the pros. Plus, Wilkerson totally dominated that lower level of competition, which is what you look for when evaluating a player from a less noted school. I actually think the challenge of going up against NFL-caliber players everyday will only make him better.
Right now Wilkerson looks to be a second round pick with first round talent. If he has a big Combine, don’t be surprised to see him sneak into the first.
Rob Housler - TE - Florida Atlantic - 6-5 / 228
This is going to be an interesting weigh-in at the Combine. I’ve seen a whole range of listed weights for Housler: ESPN.com lists it at 215, NFLdraftscout.com at 249, and CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang (founder of NFLDraftscout.com) at 228. I’ll go with the latter number, but we won’t know for sure until two weeks from now. As for Housler’s skill set, he makes for a very intriguing prospect because of his size and ability to get down the seam. He supposedly has 4.5-range speed (again, something that will be settled at the Combine), which would make for a tremendously dangerous 6-5 receiving target in the middle of the field. Not too many linebackers can match up on a 6-5 tight end with that kind of speed, so there are obvious matchup problems a guy like Housler can pose when he gets on the field. Is he a good blocker? No, but if a team drafts him with the intention of asking him to block a lot, it’s wasting what could otherwise be a valuable asset. Watch the YouTube link below and tell me Rob Housler looks like a traditional tight end.
All that considered, I don’t think Housler will transition into being a tight end at the next level. Whatever team drafts him will probably figure out some sort of wide receiver/flex tight end/H-back hybrid position for him to play… and it could definitely work. I feel Housler’s the kind of player whose game, more so than that of any other prospect, would tremendously profit from getting elite quarterback play. Trust me, if an NFL offensive coordinator can figure out a way to get a 6-5 receiver matched up on a smaller cornerback when the opposition’s nickel or dime package defense is on the field, it’s going to happen. Is he going to be an 80-catch or 1000-yard receiver? Highly unlikely, but it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that he’d put up comparable stats to what he did in college. If I’m running a team’s draft, I’d probably put a fourth round grade on him. I think Rob Housler’s going to be a pretty useful player in the pros.
Cortez Allen - DB - The Citadel - 6-1 / 194
Cotez Allen is an intriguing combination of size and speed who could probably play either cornerback or safety at the next level, so check off versatility as an attractive characteristic. He’s a long athlete with good ball skills and isn’t afraid to get up on receivers and jam them at the line of scrimmage. That physicality also serves him well as a tackler. After a breakout 2009 season (57 tackles, 3 passes broken up, 3 interceptions), teams decided it would be an exercise in futility to frequently test Allen and hardly bothered to throw to his side of the field in 2010 (22 tackles, 5 passes broken up, 2 interceptions). Naturally, the main knock on Allen is going to be his low level of competition, but one thing you can’t teach is size and speed. We’re not talking about a first round pick — he’s going to go later in the draft (if he’s selected at all), at a point where it’s appropriate to take a risk on a player based solely on measurables and raw ability. We’ll see what Allen runs at the combine (4.4 range is the guess), where his performance will go a long way in determining if he hears his name called on draft day. Cornerbacks close to 6-2 and 200 pounds with speed in the 4.4 or 4.5 range are normally intriguing enough as physical specimens, at the very least, to get drafted.
During the East-West Shrine game a few weeks ago, Allen showcased his athleticism and physical play against opposing receivers and impressed NFL scouts enough to warrant an invite to the Combine. He’ll look to join the Cardinals’ Andre Roberts, a third round pick in 2010, in the NFL, where they would be the first pair of players drafted from The Citadel in successive years since 1959 and 1960.
Torrey Smith - WR - Maryland - 6-0 / 205
Sure, I have an obligation to mention a Terp as part of this list, but Torrey Smith happens to be a very dangerous player, both as a wide receiver and kick returner. He looks like a borderline first round pick right now, and he’s going to run in the 4.3 range. Once Smith gets in the open field, it’s game over because no one is catching him. Also, have no fear, he’s a much better player than Darius Heyward-Bey… as in he is actually going to know how to play the wide receiver position as a rookie. It’s remarkable how much better Smith got over the course of his three-year college career, and I think that kind of improvement can continue in the pros. If nothing else, he will give you a number of exciting kickoff returns and a few touchdowns that way. Dude’s fast. Real fast.
Ryan Williams (RB, Virginia Tech, 5-9 / 205) — He was one of the nation’s best running backs in 2009 as a freshman but suffered through a lackluster, injury-plagued 2010. A redshirt sophomore, he’s now three years removed from graduating high school and exercised his draft eligibility. Would it have been a good idea to stay in school for another year? Perhaps, but his draft stock is pretty high as it is (first/second round). Williams is a player with the size/speed/strength combo that teams desire in a starting running back, and he looked like a sure-fire NFL player during his freshman year. If he runs well and impresses at the Combine, there will be an even greater demand for his services.
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB, Oregon State, 5-6 / 192) — There’s some personal bias here because I find it so cool and fun to watch Rodgers play. I’ve been told by a former NFL player personnel executive that he won’t hack it at the next level because he’s not built like a fire hydrant in the lower half of his body (he has no “base”). That’s fine, I’m confident Quizz will use his skill set to carve out a niche for himself as a useful weapon in some team’s offense. Besides, how do you not root for this guy?
Dontay Moch (DE/OLB, Nevada, 6-1 / 230) — He’s going to run in the 4.4 range, and perhaps even a little under that, so you can bet there’s going to be a lot of talk about him. That said, Moch lacks a natural position in the NFL. He isn’t big enough to play defensive end like he did in college, and, really, he’s a little on the small side for a linebacker. Has a defensive end ever been transitioned to safety? Because if there’s ever a candidate, it’s Dontay Moch. If he’s enough of an athlete to run a 4.4, then you should really see if he can play in space. Imagine a rover type of safety, like LaRon Landry. In all likelihood, Moch will just put on 20 more pounds and some 3-4 team will make him an edge rushing linebacker.
Kenrick Ellis (DT, Hampton, 6-5 / 336) — This dude was born to play nose tackle in a 3-4. He sports a figure that blocks out the sun and throws opposing blockers around like rag dolls. After a dominant week of practice down in San Antonio during the NFLPA Bowl festivities, Ellis is generating a lot of buzz in draft circles. Character and effort are the two main red flags (transferred from South Carolina after being suspended multiple times for off-the-field incidents) that could hurt his draft stock, but his talent level will never be in question.
Markus White (DE, Florida State, 6-4 / 262) — I think I’ve mentioned him before. If not, I should have. Looks to be a pass-rush specialist type of player at the next level and boasts an intriguing height/weight/speed combo.
Owen Marecic (FB, Stanford, 6-0 / 246) — Easily the coolest player in the draft. Do yourself a favor and read this article about him:
DeAndre Brown (WR, Southern Mississippi, 6-5 / 239) — Came in as perhaps the most highly touted recruit in Southern Miss history. Brown had an outstanding first two collegiate seasons but was severely hampered by a leg injury in 2010. Still, when a 6-5, nearly 240 pound wide receiver shows up at the Combine, everyone is going to take notice, especially if he puts up a good time in the 40-yard dash (sure, the 40 is overrated, but let’s not pretend people don’t pay attention to it more than anything else).
Lester Jean (WR, Florida Atlantic, 6-3 / 211) — Rob Housler’s teammate, and another intriguing player from the football powerhouse that is Florida Atlantic. You only need to see him play once to know he has the raw skills to be an NFL receiver.
Jah Reid (OT, Central Florida, 6-7 / 325) — If there’s ever a guy who’s 6-7, 325 pounds and has any semblance of athleticism, you have to try him out at left tackle. If his arms measure long enough, Reid will likely garner a lot of interest.
Andre Holmes (WR, Hillsdale, 6-5 / 209) — After watching Jared Veldheer establish himself as a starting offensive lineman for the Raiders during his rookie season in 2010, Hillsdale, a tiny college in rural Michigan with only 1,400 undergrads, has a chance to see another one of its players drafted into the NFL. At this point Holmes warrants no more than a late-round grade, at best. I’m sure his 40-time at the Combine will determine where he lands. Still, taking a chance on a 6-5 receiver late in the draft is never a bad idea.
Doug Hogue (OLB, Syracuse, 6-2 / 235) — Saw a few of Syracuse’s games in what was a season of rejuvenation for that football program, and Hogue never failed to stand out. If he runs in the 4.5 range, I guarantee you’ll start hearing his name. While Hogue’s a little undersized for an NFL linebacker, you can tell he’s a good, instinctive player, and I think he’ll prove he belongs at the next level.
Nick Bellore (ILB, Central Michigan, 6-1 / 250) — He’s going to make some team that runs a 3-4 defense very happy.
Zane Taylor (C, Utah, 6-2 / 313) — He’s been the anchor of a very good offensive line at Utah over the past few seasons, during which the team was a fixture in the Top 25 rankings. Taylor possesses ideal size for the position, and what he lacks in natural athleticism, he makes up for by displaying the nastiness you love to see from a lineman.
David Arkin (OG, Missouri State, 6-5 / 302) — I only know what I’ve read about him, and it’s enough to pique my interest. Call it a hunch, I guess. We’ll see if Arkin makes any waves at the Combine.
Julius Thomas (TE, Portland State, 6-4 / 250) — One of those token college basketball players who always draw interest during the draft process. Thomas only played one year of football for Portland State, but he showed enough to make NFL scouts consider him an intriguing prospect.
Ricardo Lockette (WR, Fort Valley State, 6-2 / 207) — Speaking of token Combine invites, Lockette represents the athlete that attempts to parlay his talents as a track star into a potential NFL career. When you’re 6-2, 207 pounds and run in the 4.3 range, some team’s going to give you a look. After all, everyone’s always looking for the next Bob Hayes. Lockette’s story is actually an interesting one and worth reading about (scroll down to the first paragraph of the “Draft Scout Ricardo Lockette News” section in the link provided below).
Non-invitee name to remember as the draft process continues:
Tommie Campbell (FS, California-PA, 6-2 / 204) — Transferred from Pitt (due to a suspension for conduct off the field), so you know he has D-IA talent. Campbell stands at 6-2, 204 pounds, and had scouts drooling when he ran in the 4.3 range at the Valero Cactus Bowl in Texas in early January. If you’re a safety with that kind of size and speed, it’s enough to warrant mention; there’s no question a number of teams are going to be interested in acquiring his services. Campbell also happens to be from Aliquippa (PA), which is never a bad thing if you’re trying to make it in the NFL (natives of the Quip: Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Sean Gilbert, Ty Law, Darrelle Revis).
Player questioned about sexuality at Scouting Combine
University of Colorado senior Nick Kasa said he was asked about his sexual orientation by teams at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“[Teams] ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Are you married?’ Do you like girls?’” Kasa told CJ and Kreckman of ESPN Radio Denver on Tuesday. “Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”
Obviously, this is the latest public relations drama for the NFL that touches on sexuality. I am interested to see if there will be a high degree of faux outrage directed at teams as there was towards the 49ers during Super Bowl week. As you might recall, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver made some homophobic remarks, and the next day, everyone hated the entire 49er organization! It was beyond silly.
Without question, asking about someone’s sexuality is foolish, but it is striking that Kasa would reveal the nature of his combine interview in this way. Surely it will make any team think twice about drafting someone who is already talking out of school.
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Time Group Drill
9:00am 1 - OL,PK,ST 40-Yard Dash
10:00am 1 - OL,PK,ST Positional Skill Drills
11:00am 1 - OL,PK,ST Vertical Leap & Broad Jump
12:00pm 1 - OL,PK,ST Three-Cone & Shuttle Drills
1:00pm 3 - TE 40-Yard Dash
2:00pm 3 - TE Positional Skill Drills
3:00pm 3 - TE Vertical Leap & Broad Jump
4:00pm 3 - TE Three-Cone & Shuttle Drills
Time Group Drill
11:00am 2 - OL 40-Yard Dash
12:00pm 2 - OL Positional Skill Drills
1:00pm 2 - OL Vertical Leap & Broad Jump
2:00pm 2 - OL Three-Cone Drill
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At The NFL Combine
I woke up at 5:30 am and needed to be Downtown at 6:30 for admission. Once I got there, I was able to park on the premises, I’ve been to a Colts/Jets game in the past and parked blocks away from Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts fans that I have spoken to say that that’s normal so this was a treat! Once getting there, we were put on a line just to get everyone inside. Upon getting there, we were told that we needed to be very quiet while viewing the athletes as “this day means millions and millions of dollars” to these young men. We were told that no cameras, or cell phones were allowed inside and if we had any, we were told to take them back to our cars. What a bummer!
We were given breakfast. Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Bagels, Danish, Fresh Fruit, and Coffee. Huge turn out by the way, a TON of Colts fans but also many Bears, Bengals, Packers and Steelers fans. Obviously, many people in the midwest came to this event. I was the only Jets fan in attendance, I felt a sense of pride still! We were brought into the stadium and told that we were only the 2nd group in history to be brought into the Scouting Combine and that it was vital that we behaved ourselves because this is still in “experimentation mode”.
We were also informed that Fred Taylor, Jevon Kearse, Antoine Bethea and Reggie Wayne were in attendance and would be meeting with fans. As a Jets fan, I was uninterested, but it was still close to see them in person and have a word with these NFL Legends.
I saw some impressive stuff, obviously. The Offensive Linemen were big, strong, and some were very fast. Fast would be another way to describe the day itself. Once the Linemen finished their drills and the 40 yard dash, we were given Lunch and then asked to leave. I was home by noon.
I really hope that they improve on this experience for fans, as there is still so much that they can do to make this a far more wonderful experience for the NFL Combine followers.
NFL Prospect: Scouts Are Asking Us About Our Sexual Orientation
“[Teams] ask you, like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Are you married?’ Do you like girls?’ Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”
—NFL prospect Nick Kasa explaining how team scouts have been probing him and others about their sexual orientation at the NFL Scouting Combine, an annual showcase for potential recruits, on ESPN Radio Denver