Full workouts begin today! The offensive linemen and tight ends will be running and working out. As always the media will be meeting with players, multiple coaches, and NFL personnel. Tony Pauline and Brent Sobleski are on site to feed live updates throughout the day. Check back often!
– Highly decorated quarterback, Colt McCoy revealed he will not throw here in Indianapolis. “It’s not that I can’t…”, the risk of re-injury is worrisome for the signal caller. McCoy also stated he has been throwing every day on a strict regiment.
– Texas teammate Sergio Kindle described the car incident earlier last year. “Coach Muschamp had a dinner at his house. I was texting and saw brake lights. I did not realize it was the flashers until I was up on it. I then swerved into the building.” Also grilled on his limited production this season, Kindle felt teams schemed better against him and it was not a direct result of fellow defensive end Brian Orakpo moving on to the pro’s. “Being double teamed opened up things for others along our defensive line.”
– Texas Christian’s Daryl Washington has already had quick meet and greets with Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Miami, and Tennessee. The athletic linebacker expressed the possibility of running in the low 4.4 range in his forty yard dash attempts. Most teams he has had those discussions with earlier believe he is predominantly a 43 weakside linebacker.
– The consensus top rated prospect in this year’s draft, Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska, mentioned he had a short dinner last night and a brunch today with the Detroit Lions who hold this year’s second selection. Surprisingly, Suh has yet to meet with the team holding the first overall selection, the St. Louis Rams.
– Tennessee’s Dan Williams gave a moment of his time and credited Tennessee’s former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin for part of his vast improvement this past year. “He helped me while watching and breaking down film”. Teams have been speaking with the stout interior blocker projecting him as both a pure nose tackle and potential three technique.
– Some ends are being projected to outside linebacker. In the case of North Carolina State’s Willie Young he will be participating in linebacker drills here in Indianapolis.
– Northwestern star Corey Wootton stated his previously injured knee is now 90% healthy. He will compete in all the drills, but he felt he lost some burst from his junior campaign. Doctors looked investigated said knee and proclaimed it “nice and tight”.
1A) Arrelious Benn, Illinois – 20 repetitions.
1B) Donald Jones, Youngstown St. – 20
3) Marcus Easley, Connecticut – 16
4) Four tied with 15 reps (Chris Bell, Eric Decker, Jacoby Ford, and David Gettis)
– Miami’s Jimmy Graham has continued to impress. The former basketball player was fluid and caught the ball extremely well. He also ran solid routes.
– Pitt’s Dorin Dickerson showed a lot of speed, quickness, and the ability to be a deep threat.
– Wisconsin’s Garrett Graham and BYU’s Dennis Pitta caught the ball particularly well.
– Coming off of injury, Jermaine Gresham was solid but not spectacular. He let some balls slip through his hands and lacks get up and go speed. As an aside, he is physically imposing and athletic looking.
Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma
– Medicals went well for the highly ranked prospect, “…no one found anything they didn’t expect to find.” The injury itself was a grade three separation of the AC joint. After re-injuring the shoulder doctors did recommend surgery to help his long term health of the appendage.
– Currently, Bradford is throwing every other day, while making over 100 passes each of those days. The throws do consist of a series of passes within the 20 to 40 yard range with some velocity.
– Teams have been testing the strength of the joint and his range of motion.
– Returning to school was a result of be considered “too small” physically, while Bradford felt he needed to mature. Yesterday, the quarterback tipped the scales 236 pounds.
– Oklahoma’s system has not been an issue with teams as the top signal caller looks to transition to the NFL. In fact, his first drops each day of practice were from under center. Bradford used his freshman year as an example where he was under center much more often in a traditional set.
– March 25th will be his personal pro day.
Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame
– Clausen played through his injury during the season, but when doctors took a look at his toe after the games ended; they found two sesamoid bones had seperated from the tendons and required surgery. Two pins were inserted into the foot at that time.
– The quarterback has already had discussions with the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills.
– Issues of leadership and maturity become the predominant line of questioning by the media. To which Clausen responded, “I believe I have grown tremendously while at Notre Dame.” He believed he has proven his leadership by playing through injuries, helping his team come back in games, while spending extra time with his teammates. For example, last summer Clausen invited his teammates to his family home in California. Also, he always rounded up his receivers spending extra time in the film room. “People question my leadership because they don’t know me as a person.”
– On his decision to choose Notre Dame over USC, “I felt it was best to replicate being a big time NFL rookie.”
– Clausen’s individual pro day is scheduled for April 9th.
Best times for the tight ends…
Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh – 4.50, 4.47
Jimmy Graham, Miami – 4.58, 4.55
Clay Harbor, Missouri St. – 4.56, 4.63
Dennis Pitta, BYU – 4.62, 4.68
Andrew Quarless, Penn St. – 4.59, 4.63
– In drills, Oklahoma tackle Trent williams continued his impressive day and looked very athletic. He moved extremely well and displayed terrific footwork in pass pro. TCU’s Marshall Newhouse and Oklahoma St.’s Russell Okung also performed well. Although, Okung suffered a leg injury and did not finish the workout.
– Expectations were high for Hillsdale Jared Veldheer, as reported just yesterday by TFU, and he certainly improved his stock looking very good.
– On the opposite side of the spectrum, Iowa’s Dace Richardson and Colorado St.’s Cole Pemberton really struggled throughout the entire day.
Check back later tonight for a complete recap!
Times from second group of offensive line…
Trent Williams, Oklahoma – 4.85, 4.81
Marshall Newhouse, TCU – 4.99, 4.94
Russell Okung, Oklahoma St. – 5.15, 5.09
Maurkice Pouncey, Florida – 5.12, 5.19
Roger Saffold, Indiana – 5.12, 5.22
Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale – 5.04, 5.00
Dexter McCluster, ATH Mississippi
– Measured in at 5-feet-8-inches tall and 172 pounds. It should be noted the weight is a 7 pound increase from the Senior Bowl.
– Obviously size could be a concern, yet the feedback McCluster has received is “….teams really don’t care, they say ‘You’re a football player’. I am set to prove there is something different about me.”
– Many teams have been “surprisingly” talking to him about being a running back at the next level. What they are looking for in his game is similar to what he did in college, “creating mismatches”.
– Special teams will be an area of strength in his game. The athlete prefers punt return over kick return because it requires more quickness. Also, McCluster talked about his willingness and love to play the gunner position, which he did as a sophomore.
– This season as a running back, McCluster began to really participate in the offense. Prior to this year when he was in the backfield, they knew it would be a run. He began to learn pass protections and blitz pickups in 2009.
– The New England Patriots spent plenty of time with this prospect at the Senior Bowl. They are looking at him as a wide receiver and “put him on the drawing board” during said time.
Keiland Williams, RB LSU
– Measured in at 5-feet-11-inches tall and weight 233 pounds.
– Will not work out here in Indianapolis due to a lingering injury.
Selvish Capers, OT West Virginia
– Measured in t 6-feet-4-inches tall and 308 pounds.
– Prior to his lackluster efforts at the Senior Bowl, Capers had never played left tackle in a game or practice.
– Positive returns are coming out of the workouts early for a few prospects. Mike Iupati, Bruce Campbell, and Bryan Bulaga were the top performers. All were very athletic and moved extremely well. Chris Degeare of Wake Forest and Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts were also solid.
– Anthony Davis of Rutgers looked terrible. The top rated prospect was sluggish and looked like he was struggling to move.
– Trindon Holliday broke the 4.3 barrier just minutes ago with a pair of 4.25 attempts.
As for the offensive linemen…
Bruce Campbell, Maryland – 4.75, 4.75
Ciron Black, LSU – 5.43, 5.41
Bryan Bulaga, Iowa – 5.25, 5.18
Selvish Capers, West Virginia – 5 .18, 5.13
Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts – 5.34, 5.25
Mike Iupati, Idaho – 5.31, 5.28
Anthony Davis, Rutgers – 5.40, 5.43
– The main theme of yesterday’s NFLPA meeting was unity. Almost 400 player reps were on hand for one of three meetings around the nation, the largest gathering of its kind in the nation. They were told of the importance to stand as one in the coming labor unrest with the league. Yet even with said call to arms; just twelve hours later a member of the NFLPA we spoke with stated, if there is a lockout during the 2011 season they fully expect the players and the NFLPA to cave into the owners demands as has happened in the past.
– While the players prepare to take the field for combine workouts, another topic of conversation is free agency, which is starting to heat up. We can relay two hot currently rumours swirling around Indianapolis. Brian Westbrook, recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, will be signed soon by the Minnesota Vikings. The other rumor is Aaron Kampmann will be signed by the New York Giants once free agency begins.
Max Hall, QB BYU
– Currently working out in Arizona with NFL quarterback Charlie Frye.
– Questioned immediately about his perceived lack of arm strength, Hall’s retort, “To be a great quarterback requires timing, decision making, and accuracy. You have to have it up here [pointing to his head].” Yet the BYU product did not completely dismiss the initial question, “I can make all the throws.”
– Continuing from the previous point, Hall stated his strengths are his intelligence and knowing the game really well.
Tim Hiller, QB Western Michigan
– Concerns have arisen in regards to Hiller penchant for taking a sack and his number of lost fumbles from a year ago. The signal caller did not sugarcoat the situation, “I got to get rid of the ball faster.” In a system which already relied on a quick underneath passing attack, this is a major flaw in his skill set.
Jarrett Brown, QB West Virginia
– Measured in at 6-feet-2.7-inches tall and 224 pounds with a 10 inch hand.
– Scouts have told Brown, “No one can out throw me in this country.”
– Some inquired bout the Mountaineers prevalent passing attack with Brown behind center as compared to Pat White’s historic career at West Virginia, “Pat White really set the table. He became a great passer as the season went along.”
– The quarterback will complete a full workout.