The annual sojourn to the city of Indianapolis has begun for the league’s 32 franchises who will be joined by 325 prospective future employees. For the next six days we will bring you complete coverage of what’s going on in and around the combine.
UPDATE: A Colt requires surgery
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– Indianapolis Colts’ offensive lineman Jamie Richard was in the hospital recently requiring surgery. The procedure, performed in a New York City hospital, repaired a torn labrum.
– Kentucky running back Derrick Locke has been posting impressive 40-yard dash timings during recent training efforts. He has been clocked in the low 4.3-second range.
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– Building on a previous story DraftInsider originally wrote ten days ago, Nevada’s Virgil Green confirmed his recent sensational workout performances. Green stated he was officially timed with a 4.4.9 forty-yard dash as late as last week.
– Another sleeper tight end prospect with high physical upside is Portland State’s Julius Thomas. Thomas was a four-year standout for the Vikings basketball team. Before his career on the hard court came to a close, he approached the football team about potentially playing. He decided in 2007, he was eventually going to make the move despite having never played football in high school. As a 5’8′ prep freshman, Thomas suffered greatly from growing pains. It prevented him from ever participating on the gridiron, particularly when a promising basketball career blossomed. But he had no illusions of ever making it to NFL. When did he realize a professional career may be had in the NFL and now the NBA?
“I’m 6-5 and was playing power forward,” he grinned.
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– One player disappointed in his inability to participate is Villanova’s tackle, Ben Ijalana. Ijalana is still recovering from bi-lateral sports hernia surgery. He is still nearly two weeks away from his rehabilitation coming to a close, but the offensive lineman expects to work out prior draft actual. His objective while in Indianapolis is to prove his body is right for all NFL personnel.
– William Rackley is another small school prospect from Lehigh. Despite playing his career at a small school, at least one BCS team sniffed around his potential. Rackley was contacted by Georgia Tech during his recruitment, but the offensive linemen described the interaction as “nothing serious”.
– Miami offensive tackle Orlando Franklin recently required surgery on a MCL. The procedure took place six weeks ago. Despite the rehabilitation plan laid forth, Franklin has already been running and preparing for the Combine over the last two weeks.
– Slippery Rock center Brandon Fusco shall be sharing his pro-day with Lehigh’s William Rackley. The two share the same agent. While a date has yet to be set, Lehigh’s campus shall host the workout.
– Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo was an interesting interview as he discussed both his football and academic career. Castonzo is a dean’s list caliber student achieving a degree in biochemistry. Although, he states his first passion was football (“school came easy”); the tackle prospect is already making plans for his future. He wants to continue to pursue his education once he retires. Now, he stated he would rather worry and work on his kick step.
– Top rated offensive tackle prospect Gabe Carimi of Wisconsin vehemently stated, “I know I am the best tackle out there.” But who is the best that he faced? Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn was the former Badger’s quick rebuttal. Carimi claimed it was Clayborn first step which gave him some troubles due to how quick he burst off the snap.
– Have a couple of hundred million dollars lying around and want to buy an NFL franchise? Well the Jacksonville Jaguars may be available soon. For all the past speculation that the team will eventually move out of the northeast Florida city, comes word from a source close to the franchise that the team has been “stripped for sale.” They point to the fact that all the coaches are under one year contracts and many of the employer offered benefits Jacksonville gave to their employees were recently cut off.
– The morning started quickly in Indianapolis for the offensive linemen who were measured by scouts. Tyron Smith has looked impressive in the early going. Smith, who played at a weight near 290-pounds at USC tipped the scales at 307 pounds. More impressive was his arm length which reached 36 3/8-inches and hands, which were 11 inches.
– Despite the fact his arms measured 36 3/8 inches Smith expects to complete more than 30 reps on the bench and may get as high as 35. It will be a game time decision as to whether or not the junior tackle participates in the running workout on Saturday.