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Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:44 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Blackmon to 'do it all' at Combine; Fleener won't

NFL scouts will get the opportunity to see Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, who most rated as the elite wide receiver in the 2012 draft, participate fully in this week's Scouting Combine.

NFLDraftScout.com has learned that a high ankle sprain will keep another potential first round pass-catcher from doing the same, however. 

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that Blackmon plans to "do it all" in Indianapolis this week and even predicts that he'll be timed between 4.4 and 4.5 seconds when he runs the 40-yard dash. Despite Blackmon dominating the competition at the collegiate level, including winning back to back Biletnikof Awards as the nation's elite receiver, scouts have reservations about his straight-line speed. Blackmon, in fact, has been routinely estimated as a receiver with 4.55-4.60 speed by area scouts who have scouted him numerous times in person. A perceived lack of top-end speed is the one physical characteristic Blackmon would appear to be lacking when compared to receivers taken in the top six in recent years like A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson. Scouts also have some reservations about Blackmon's decision-making off the field, in large part due to an arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol in October, 2010. Blackmon was just 20 years old at the time.

While scouts will get some of their biggest questions answered about arguably the elite non-QB skill-position talent in the draft at the Combine, they'll have to wait until Stanford's March 22 Pro Day to see Coby Fleener, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior tight end, perform athletic drills. Considering that some guy named Luck is expected to throw that day as well as the presence of two first round caliber offensive linemen (OG David DeCastro, OT Jonathan Martin) also among those expected to be on hand for the workout, there should be plenty of decision-makers in Palo Alto for the workout.  

Ironically enough, Fleener suffered his ankle injury playing against Blackmon's Oklahoma State Cowboys January 3 in the Fiesta Bowl. The injury kept Fleener out of the Senior Bowl. According to a source close to the situation, Fleener has recovered suffiiciently from the injury but hasn't yet had an opportunity to prepare fully for the Combine-specific workouts. Though he won't be able to work out, Fleener will attend the Combine to participate in the medical testing and interview process.
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:49 pm
 

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

The NFL's ever-expanding marketing promotions have taken the next logical step and will be allowing 250 fans into the 2012 Scouting Combine. 
 
Fans interested in attending the quarterback and wide receiver position drills on Sunday, February 26 are asked to register at 1iota.com. Tickets are free but won't be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are encouraged to write a "short essay" on why they deserve to be among the lucky ones allowed into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to watch wide receivers run the 40-yard dash as well as quarterbacks and receivers performing their positional drills. Fans fortunate enough to be picked will also be given a raffle ticket, giving them a chance to win NFL Shop gift cards, a mini helmet signed by the Colts' Reggie Wayne and Joseph Addai and Under Armour swag bags. 

The Scouting Combine has historically been a secretive event in which only NFL personnel were allowed to attend. The media on hand to cover the event largely were contained in a few rooms to conduct scheduled interviews with players and league personnel. NFL Network cameras were allowed unprecedented access to the Combine several years ago, giving fans sitting at home better access to the proceedings than the media working just a room away. Beginning in 2007, a handful of media members were allowed to view the drills that the league is now opening up to fans. 

I have been fortunate enough to be among those allowed in for several of these workouts. I can tell you from experience that the inside of the stadium during these workouts is quite different from that of a game or even practice. While the players and a few coaches/scouts are down on the field, league personnel is generally scattered throughout the lower level seats and suites. The place is eerily quiet other than the occasional shouts of encouragement from players to each other. Media allowed into workouts were asked to be quiet when inside or be asked to leave. Cell phones and recording devices were banned from use. Fans will likely be asked to follow the same procedures.

The decision to open the Combine to fans is an interesting reversal. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello informed media at the Super Bowl that the NFL had no plans to allow fans into the Combine at that time.

For a list of all the prospects invited to this year's Combine, click here.
  

Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Panthers plan private visit with LSU DT Brockers

Typically NFL teams wait until after the Combine and Pro Day workouts to schedule private visits with potential draft picks.

The Carolina Panthers, however, have already invited LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers to visit their facility March 8, according to the redshirt sophomore's agent.

Albert Elias of Elias Sports Management announced the proposed meeting via his Twitter account.

Listed by LSU at 6-6, 306 pounds pounds, Brockers ranks among the elite talents in what has shaped up to be a strong defensive tackle class. Brockers is currently second among defensive tackles on NFLDraftScout.com's board (behind Penn State's Devon Still) and is our No. 13 overall rated prospect. He's among six defensive tackles NFLDraftScout.com currently projects as potential first round prospects -- the highest total from any position in the 2012 draft. I'm even higher on Brockers than my peers, ranking him 10th overall on my Big Board.

The Panthers finished 25th in the NFL last season by allowing an average of 130.8 rushing yards per game. Worse, they finished 30th in the league by allowing 18 touchdowns on the ground in 2011. Clearly, improving their run defense will be a priority for Carolina. Dane Brugler and I certainly think the fit in Carolina would be a good one. Each of us currently project the Panthers to select Brockers with their first round pick.   

Starting all 13 games in 2011, Brockers registered 54 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss. Though he only posted two sacks in 2011, some scouts believe LSU's speedy edge rushers simply got to the quarterback before Brockers could and that he'll ultimately prove an effective interior pass rusher in the NFL. Brockers also registered three passes broken up, an interception, a forced fumble and blocked a field goal attempt by Alabama in the BCS championship game.

Brockers only emerged as a full-time starter for the Tigers this past season but teams are enamored with his upside. He shows surprising flexibility for a man of his size, proving able to push interior linemen back with good power and pad level. Brockers, who signed with LSU as a very highly regarded defensive prospect, is a good athlete capable of chasing down ball-carriers. He is also blessed with long arms which help him break free from blocks quickly and present obstacles that quarterbacks and kickers have to avoid with the football. Scouts believe Brockers is just scratching the surface of his potential as he became increasingly effective as the season went on and was arguably the best player on the field in the national championship game.

Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Report: WR Owusu medically cleared by NFL doctor

According to at least one doctor within the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee, Stanford wide receiver Chris Owusu is "perfectly normal" and able to "play football now."

Prior to every NFL team's doctors checking out Owusu, the assertion that the former Cardinal receiver is fine has to be taken with a grain of salt. For one, Owusu has had three concussions over the past two seasons, the last of which of which ended his 2011 season on November 5. The concussion (suffered against Oregon State) kept Owusu out of several big games, including Stanford's January 2 Fiesta Bowl matchup against Oklahoma State.

Second, Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk.com cites communication with Owusu's agent (Steve Caric of Caric Sports Management) as the source of the story. What else might an agent say about his client other than that he is healthy and likely to boost his stock at the upcoming Combine?

I have also been in contact with Caric regarding Owusu's recovery from the concussions. Not surprisingly, Caric is confident that his client is going to turn heads in Indianapolis.

Via email, Caric explained that: "There is a lot of false information and perception out there on [Owusu's] health.  We have already begun correcting that, and it will be reinforced when every team examines him at the Combine and he proves to be 100% healthy up close."

Caric is right. Ultimately, each team's doctors are going to make their own interpretation of Owusu (and every other prospect) based on the medical testing done at the Combine.

Whether the Stanford product is healthy enough to warrant draft consideration remains to be seen. He's currently graded by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 48 receiver of the 2012 draft class, though no one doubts that based purely on talent he deserves to be ranked among the top 20 at the position.

Owusu was graded by some scouts as a middle round talent entering his senior campaign. This grade, however, was based largely on Owusu's upside as he's struggled to remain on the field throughout his career. Due to multiple injuries, he was never able to start a full season at Stanford, earning the starting nod in 9/13 games in 2009, 7/13 in 2010 and 7/13 again this past season. He left Stanford having caught 102 passes for 1,534 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The 6-0, 200 pound Owusu is a terrific athlete who should test well in Combine drills. Ultimately, it is the "other" drills that will be more important in determining his final draft stock, as this story serves as a reminder that for as much attention as the results in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and bench press will get, the medical testing is far and away the most important element of the Combine. 

The Combine will take place in Indianapolis February 22-28.  
Posted on: February 7, 2012 8:57 am
 

The official 2012 Scouting Combine List

A few weeks ago NFLDraftScout.com reported the initial list of players invited to the 2012 Scouting Combine, noting that the list would be updated soon with underclassmen and a few late senior additions. 

National Football Scouting, the organization that puts on the Scouting Combine for the NFL, released the expanded list Tuesday morning.

While most of the record 65 underclassmen granted special eligibility for the 2012 draft are included on the list, 10 are not. Though every year there are players drafted who were not among those invited to the Combine, generally talent evaluators wish to see the underclassmen up close due to the limited viewing they may have of the early entrants throughout the year. As such, the 10 underclassmen who didn't make the Combine cut are clearly being currently viewed as long shots to be drafted. The 10 underclassmen not listed include Wyoming running back Alvester Alexander, Texas running back Jamison Berryhill, Kansas State running back Bryce Brown, Minnesota tight end Tiree Eure, Syracuse wide receiver Dorian Graham, Boston College defensive end/outside linebacker Max Holloway, Miami wide receiver Aldarius Johnson, Tulsa wide receiver Damaris Johnson, Purdue guard Ken Plue, and Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter.    

Among the seniors granted a late invitiation to the event, which will run from February 22-28 in Indianapolis, are: Washington running back Chris Polk, Florida State offensive tackle Andrew Datko and Utah State running back Robert Turbin.    

Here is the official alphabetical list.

Jr Player Goes by School Camp # Pos
  ACHO, EMMANUEL   TEXAS LB01 OB
  ADAMS, ADAM JOE ARKANSAS WO01 WO
  ADAMS, MICHAEL MIKE OHIO ST OL01 OT
  ALECXIH, PETER CHAS PITTSBURGH DL01 DT
  ALEXANDER, FRANK   OKLAHOMA DL02 DE
  ALLEN, ANTONIO   SOUTH CAROLINA DB01 SS
* ALLEN, DWAYNE   CLEMSON TE01 TE
  ALLEN, JEFFERY JEFF ILLINOIS OL02 OT
  ANDERSON, JUSTIN   GEORGIA OL03 OT
  ANGER, BRYAN   CALIFORNIA PK01 PT
  ASPER, MARK   OREGON OL04 OG
* BAKER, EDWIN   MICHIGAN ST RB01 OH
  BAKER, RYAN   LOUISIANA ST LB02 OB
* BALL, MIKE   NEVADA RB02 OH
  BALLARD, VICK   MISSISSIPPI ST RB03 OH
  BARRON, MARK   ALABAMA DB02 SS
  BEACHUM, KELVIN   SMU OL05 OT
  BENFORD, TIMOTHY TIM TENNESSEE TECH WO02 WO
  BENJAMIN, TRAVIS   MIAMI-FL WO03 WO
  BENTLEY, DWIGHT   LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE DB03 DC
  BEQUETTE, GEORGE JAKE ARKANSAS DL03 DE
  BERGSTROM, TONY   UTAH OL06 OT
  BETHEL, JUSTIN   PRESBYTERIAN DB04 SS
* BLACKMON, JUSTIN   OKLAHOMA ST WO04 WO
  BLAKE, PHILIP   BAYLOR OL07 OC
  BLANTON, ROBERT R J NOTRE DAME DB05 DC
  BLATNICK, ANTON JAMIE OKLAHOMA ST DL04 DE
  BOLDEN, BRANDON   MISSISSIPPI RB04 OH
  BOLDEN, OMAR   ARIZONA ST DB06 DC
  BOYKIN, BRANDON   GEORGIA DB07 DC
  BOYKIN, JARRETT   VIRGINIA TECH WO05 WO
  BRADHAM, NIGEL   FLORIDA ST LB03 OB
  BRANCH, ORLANDUS ANDRE CLEMSON DL05 DE
  BRAZILL, LAVON   OHIO WO06 WO
  BREWSTER, MICHAEL   OHIO ST OL08 OC
* BROCKERS, MICHAEL   LOUISIANA ST DL06 DT
  BROOKS, ROND'TRIQUE RON LOUISIANA ST DB08 DC
  BROWN, CHARLES   NORTH CAROLINA DB09 DC
  BROWN, JAMES   TROY OL09 OT
  BROWN, ZACH   NORTH CAROLINA LB04 OB
  BROYLES, RYAN   OKLAHOMA WO07 WO
  BULLOCK, RANDOL RANDY TEXAS A&M PK02 PK
* BURFICT, VONTAZE   ARIZONA ST LB05 IB
  BURRIS, MILES   SAN DIEGO ST LB06 OB
  BUTLER, ANDREW DREW GEORGIA PK03 PT
  CARDER, RICKY TANK TEXAS CHRISTIAN LB07 IB
  CATTOUSE, SEAN   CALIFORNIA DB10 SS
  CHAPMAN, JOSHUA JOSH ALABAMA DL07 NT
* CHARLES, ORSON   GEORGIA TE02 TE
  CHILDS, GREGORY GREG ARKANSAS WO08 WO
* CLAIBORNE, MORRIS   LOUISIANA ST DB11 DC
  COALE, DANIEL DANNY VIRGINIA TECH WO09 WO
  COLE, AUDIE   NORTH CAROLINA ST LB08 IB
  COLEMAN, BRYON B J TENNESSEE-CHATT QB01 QB
  COMPTON, THOMAS TOM SOUTH DAKOTA OL10 OT
  COOPER, JOSH   OKLAHOMA ST WO10 WO
  COPLES, QUINTON   NORTH CAROLINA DL08 DE
  CORNICK, PAUL   NORTH DAKOTA ST OL11 OT
  CORP, AARON   RICHMOND QB02 QB
  COUSINS, KIRK   MICHIGAN ST QB03 QB
* COX, FLETCHER   MISSISSIPPI ST DL09 DT
  CRAWFORD, JACK   PENN ST DL10 DE
  CRAWFORD, TYRONE   BOISE ST DL11 DE
  CREER, LENNON   LOUISIANA TECH RB05 OH
  CRICK, JARED   NEBRASKA DL12 DT
  CRINER, JURON   ARIZONA WO11 WO
  CULLEN, JOHN   UTAH OL12 OT
  CUNNINGHAM, B J   MICHIGAN ST WO12 WO
  CURRY, VINCENT VINNY MARSHALL DL13 DE
  DANIELS, MICHAEL MIKE IOWA DL14 DT
  DATKO, ANDREW   FLORIDA ST OL13 OT
  DAVID, LAVONTE   NEBRASKA LB09 OB
  DAVIS, AUSTIN   SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI QB04 QB
  DAVIS, DEMARIO   ARKANSAS ST LB10 OB
* DECASTRO, DAVID   STANFORD OL14 OG
  DEMPS, JEFFERY JEFF FLORIDA RB06 OH
  DENNARD, ALFONZO   NEBRASKA DB12 DC
  DEVER, ANTHONY TAYLOR NOTRE DAME OL15 OT
  DIMKE, DEREK   ILLINOIS PK04 PK
  DUNSMORE, DRAKE   NORTHWESTERN TE03 TE
  EDWARDS, PATRICK PAT HOUSTON WO13 WO
  EGNEW, MICHAEL   MISSOURI TE04 TE
  ELLISON, RHETT   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RB07 FB
  EWING, BRADIE   WISCONSIN RB08 FB
  FANGUPO, HEBRON LONI BRIGHAM YOUNG DL15 DT
  FENELUS, ANTONIO   WISCONSIN DB13 DC
  FLEENER, JACOBY COBY STANFORD TE05 TE
  FLEMING, DARIUS   NOTRE DAME LB11 OB
  FLEMING, JAMELL   OKLAHOMA DB14 DC
  FLOYD, MICHAEL   NOTRE DAME WO14 WO
  FOLES, NICK   ARIZONA QB05 QB
* FORSTON, MARCUS   MIAMI-FL DL16 DT
  FRANCIS, JUSTIN   RUTGERS DL17 DE
  FREDERICK, TERRENCE   TEXAS A&M DB15 DC
  FULLER, JEFFREY JEFF TEXAS A&M WO15 WO
  GALIPPO, CHRIS   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LB12 IB
  GANAWAY, TERRANCE   BAYLOR RB09 OH
  GERHART, GARTH   ARIZONA ST OL16 OC
  GETTIS, ADAM   IOWA OL17 OG
* GILMORE, STEPHON   SOUTH CAROLINA DB16 DC
* GIVENS, CHRIS   WAKE FOREST WO16 WO
  GLENN, CORDY   GEORGIA OL18 OT
  GOODE, NAJEE   WEST VIRGINIA LB13 IB
  GRAHAM, TREVOR T J NORTH CAROLINA ST WO17 WO
  GRAY, CYRUS   TEXAS A&M RB10 OH
  GRAY, JONAS   NOTRE DAME RB11 OH
  GREEN, LADARIUS   LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE TE06 TE
  GREENE, A J   AUBURN OL19 OT
* GRIFFIN, ROBERT   BAYLOR QB06 QB
  GUY, WINSTON   KENTUCKY DB17 SS
  GUYTON, TREVOR   CALIFORNIA DL18 DE
  HAMILTON, DOMINIQUE DOM MISSOURI DL19 DT
* HAMPTON, JEWEL   SOUTHERN ILLINOIS RB12 OH
  HANKS, DARIUS   ALABAMA WO18 WO
  HANNA, JAMES   OKLAHOMA TE07 TE
  HARKEY, CORY   UCLA TE08 TE
  HARNISH, CHANDLER   NORTHERN ILLINOIS QB07 QB
* HARRIS, CLIFF   OREGON DB18 DC
  HARRIS, DAJOHN   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DL20 DT
  HARRIS, JACORY   MIAMI-FL QB08 QB
  HARRIS, JOSHUA JOSH AUBURN ST01 LS
  HARRIS, MIKE   FLORIDA ST DB19 DC
  HAYWARD, CASEY   VANDERBILT DB20 DC
  HEMINGWAY, KENNETH JUNIOR MICHIGAN WO19 WO
  HERRON, DANIEL DAN OHIO ST RB13 OH
  HICKS, AKIEM   REGINA DL21 DE
* HIGHTOWER, QUALIN DONT'A ALABAMA LB14 IB
* HILL, STEPHEN   GEORGIA TECH WO20 WO
* HILLMAN, RONNIE   SAN DIEGO ST RB14 OH
  HILTON, EUGENE T Y FLORIDA INT WO21 WO
  HOLMES, LAMAR   SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI OL20 OT
* HOSLEY, JAYRON   VIRGINIA TECH DB21 DC
  HOWARD, JERRY JAYE FLORIDA DL22 DT
  HOWELL, DELANO   STANFORD DB22 SS
  HUGHES, JOHN   CINCINNATI DL23 DT
  IGWENAGU, UCHECHUKWU EMIL MASSACHUSETTS-AMHERST TE09 HB
  IHENACHO, DUKE   SAN JOSE ST DB23 SS
  ILOKA, GEORGE   BOISE ST DB24 FS
  INGRAM, MELVIN   SOUTH CAROLINA DL24 DE
  IRVIN, BRUCE   WEST VIRGINIA DL25 DE
  JACKSON, ASA ACE CAL POLY ST DB25 DC
* JACKSON, JANZEN   MCNEESE ST DB26 FS
  JACKSON, JERRELL   MISSOURI WO22 WO
  JACKSON, MALIK   TENNESSEE DL26 DT
* JAMES, LAMICHAEL   OREGON RB15 OH
  JARRETT, JAMAAR   ARIZONA ST DL27 DE
  JEFFERSON, JORDAN   LOUISIANA ST QB09 QB
* JEFFERY, ALSHON   SOUTH CAROLINA WO23 WO
  JENKINS, ALFRED A J ILLINOIS WO24 WO
  JENKINS, JANORIS   NORTH ALABAMA DB27 DC
  JOHNSON, CAMERON CAM VIRGINIA DL28 DE
  JOHNSON, JAMES-MICHAEL   NEVADA LB15 IB
  JOHNSON, LEONARD   IOWA ST DB28 DC
  JOHNSON, RISHAW   CAL U-PENN OL21 OG
  JOHNSON, STEVEN   KANSAS LB16 IB
  JOHNSON, TRUMAINE   MONTANA DB29 DC
  JONES, BENJAMIN BEN GEORGIA OL22 OC
* JONES, CHANDLER   SYRACUSE DL29 DE
  JONES, DWIGHT   NORTH CAROLINA WO25 WO
  JONES, JEREMY J J WAYNE ST-MI DB30 DC
  JONES, MARCEL   NEBRASKA OL23 OT
  JONES, MARVIN MARV CALIFORNIA WO26 WO
  JUDIE, CORYELL   TEXAS A&M DB31 DC
  KADDU, JOSHUA JOSH OREGON LB17 OB
* KALIL, MATT   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OL24 OT
  KEARSE, JERMAINE   WASHINGTON WO27 WO
  KEENUM, CASEY CASE HOUSTON QB10 QB
  KELEMETE, SENIO   WASHINGTON OL25 OT
  KENDRICKS, MARVIN MYCHAL CALIFORNIA LB18 IB
* KIRKPATRICK, D'ANDRE DRE ALABAMA DB32 DC
* KONZ, PETER   WISCONSIN OL26 OC
* KUECHLY, LUKE   BOSTON COLLEGE LB19 IB
  KUHN, MARKUS   NORTH CAROLINA ST DL30 DT
  LEARY, RONALD   MEMPHIS OL27 OT
  LERIBEUS, JOSH   SMU OL28 OG
* LEWIS, RONNELL   OKLAHOMA DL31 DE
  LEWIS, TRAVIS   OKLAHOMA LB20 IB
  LINDLEY, RYAN   SAN DIEGO ST QB11 QB
  LINDSEY, BRANDON   PITTSBURGH DL32 DE
  LOISEAU, SHAWN   MERRIMACK LB21 IB
  LOONEY, JOSEPH JOE WAKE FOREST OL29 OG
* LUCK, ANDREW   STANFORD QB12 QB
  LYNN, ANTHONY D' ANTON PENN ST DB33 DC
* MANNING, TERRELL   NORTH CAROLINA ST LB22 OB
  MARSHALL, BRANDON   NEVADA LB23 OB
  MARTENS, KYLE   RICE PK05 PT
  MARTIN, DOUGLAS DOUG BOISE ST RB16 OH
* MARTIN, JONATHAN   STANFORD OL30 OT
  MARTIN, KESHAWN   MICHIGAN ST WO28 WO
  MARTIN, MARKELLE   OKLAHOMA ST DB34 FS
  MARTIN, MICHAEL MIKE MICHIGAN DL33 NT
  MASSAQUOI, JONATHAN   TROY DL34 DE
* MASSIE, BOBBY   MISSISSIPPI OL31 OT
  MATTHEWS, RISHARD   NEVADA WO29 WO
  MAZE, MARQUIS   ALABAMA WO30 WO
  MCCANTS, MATT   ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM OL32 OT
  MCCLAIN, ANTOINE   CLEMSON OL33 OG
  MCCLELLIN, SHEA   BOISE ST DL35 DE
  MCCRAY, KELCIE   ARKANSAS ST DB35 SS
  MCMILLIAN, JERRON   MAINE DB36 SS
  MCNUTT, MARVIN   IOWA WO31 WO
  MCSURDY, CALEB   MONTANA LB24 IB
  MEATOGA, VAUGHN   HAWAII DL36 DT
  MEGGETT, DAVIN   MARYLAND RB17 OH
  MENZIE, DE'QUAN   ALABAMA DB37 DC
* MERCILUS, WHITNEY   ILLINOIS DL37 DE
* MILLER, LAMAR   MIAMI-FL RB18 OH
  MILLER, RYAN   COLORADO OL34 OG
  MINNIFIELD, CHASE   VIRGINIA DB38 DC
  MITCHELL, CHARLES   MISSISSIPPI ST DB39 SS
  MOLK, DAVID   MICHIGAN OL35 OC
  MOORE, KASHIF   CONNECTICUT WO32 WO
  MOORE, KELLEN   BOISE ST QB13 QB
  MOORE, RENNIE   CLEMSON DL38 DT
  MORRIS, ALFRED   FLORIDA ATLANTIC RB19 OH
  MOSLEY, BRANDON   AUBURN OL36 OT
  MOYE, DEREK   PENN ST WO33 WO
  NIELSEN, TYLER   IOWA LB25 OB
  NIX, LUCAS LUKE PITTSBURGH OL37 OG
  NORMAN, JOSHUA JOSH COASTAL CAROLINA DB40 DC
  NORTMAN, BRADLEY BRAD WISCONSIN PK06 PT
  OGLESBY, JOSHUA JOSH WISCONSIN OL38 OT
  OSEMELE, KELECHI   IOWA ST OL39 OT
* OSWEILER, BROCK   ARIZONA ST QB14 QB
  OWUSU, CHRIS   STANFORD WO34 WO
* PAGE, ERIC   TOLEDO WO35 WO
* PAIGE-MOSS, DONTE   NORTH CAROLINA DL39 DE
  PAULSON, DAVID   OREGON TE10 TE
  PEAD, ISAIAH   CINCINNATI RB20 OH
  PELLERIN, MICAH   HAMPTON DB41 DC
* PERRY, NICK   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DL40 DE
  PETERSON, DEANGELO   LOUISIANA ST TE11 TE
* PIERCE, BERNARD   TEMPLE RB21 OH
  PLEASANT, EDWARD EDDIE OREGON DB42 SS
* POE, DONTARI   MEMPHIS DL41 DT
  POLK, CHRISTOPHER CHRIS WASHINGTON RB22 OH
  POOLE, TAUREN   TENNESSEE RB23 OH
  POSEY, DEVIER   OHIO ST WO36 WO
  POTTER, NATHANIEL NATE BOISE ST OL40 OT
  POWELL, CHAZ   PENN ST DB43 DC
  POWELL, SHAWN   FLORIDA ST PK07 PT
  POWELL, TYDREKE   NORTH CAROLINA DL42 DT
  PRATER, SHAUN   IOWA DB44 DC
  PRESLEY, DE'ANDRE   APPALACHIAN ST DB45 DC
  PROVO, NICOLAS NICK SYRACUSE TE12 TE
  QUARLES, CYHL   WAKE FOREST DB46 SS
  QUICK, BRIAN   APPALACHIAN ST WO37 WO
  RAINEY, CHRISTOPHER CHRIS FLORIDA RB24 OH
  RANDALL, KHEESTON   TEXAS DL43 NT
* RANDLE, RUEBEN   LOUISIANA ST WO38 WO
  REED, ANTWUAN   PITTSBURGH DB47 DC
* REIFF, RILEY   IOWA OL41 OT
  RELIFORD, XIANGDRE BEAU FLORIDA ST TE13 TE
  REYES, KENDALL   CONNECTICUT DL44 DT
  REYNOLDS, MATTHEW MATT BRIGHAM YOUNG OL42 OT
  RICHARDSON, SEANDRE SEAN VANDERBILT DB48 SS
* RICHARDSON, TRENT   ALABAMA RB25 OH
  ROBERTSON, TRAVIAN   SOUTH CAROLINA DL45 DT
* ROBINSON, JOSHUA JOSH CENTRAL FLORIDA DB49 DC
  ROBINSON, KEENAN   TEXAS LB26 OB
  ROBINSON, LA'DIVIOSIA GERELL ARIZONA ST WO39 WO
  ROBINSON, TRENTON TRENT MICHIGAN ST DB50 FS
  RODGERS, JAMES   OREGON ST WO40 WO
  RODRIGUEZ, EVAN   TEMPLE TE14 HB
  ROY, BRETT   NEVADA DL46 DT
  SANDERS, ZEBRIE   FLORIDA ST OL43 OT
* SANU, MOHAMED   RUTGERS WO41 WO
  SAULSBERRY, QUENTIN   MISSISSIPPI ST OL44 OG
  SCHWARTZ, MITCHELL   CALIFORNIA OL45 OT
* SCOTT, DARRELL   SOUTH FLORIDA RB26 OH
  SENSABAUGH, COTY   CLEMSON DB51 DC
  SHELBY, DERRICK   UTAH DL47 DE
  SILATOLU, AMINIASI AMINI MIDWESTERN ST OL46 OT
  SMITH, HARRISON   NOTRE DAME DB52 FS
  SMITH, JACQUIES   MISSOURI DL48 DE
  SOLOMON, SCOTT   RICE DL49 DE
  SPENCE, SEAN-RYAN SEAN MIAMI-FL LB27 OB
  STAHOVICH, BRIAN   SAN DIEGO ST PK08 PT
  STEED, RYAN   FURMAN DB53 DC
  STEPHENSON, DONALD   OKLAHOMA OL47 OT
  STILL, DEVON   PENN ST DL50 DT
* STREETER, TOMMY   MIAMI-FL WO42 WO
  STUPAR, STEPHEN NATHAN PENN ST LB28 OB
  SWEEZY, JUSTIN J R NORTH CAROLINA ST DL51 DT
  TA'AMU, ALAMEDA   WASHINGTON DL52 DT
  TANNEHILL, RYAN   TEXAS A&M QB15 QB
  TAYLOR, BRANDON   LOUISIANA ST DB54 SS
  TEGGART, DAVID DAVE CONNECTICUT PK09 PK
* THOMAS, DARRON   OREGON QB16 QB
* THOMAS, JOHNNY   OKLAHOMA ST DB55 FS
* THOMAS, PHILLIP   SYRACUSE DB56 FS
  THOMPSON, BRANDON   CLEMSON DL53 DT
  THOMPSON, CHRISTIAN   SOUTH CAROLINA ST DB57 FS
  TILLER, ANDREW   SYRACUSE OL48 OG
  TOON, NICHOLAS NICK WISCONSIN WO43 WO
  TREVATHAN, DANIEL DANNY KENTUCKY LB29 OB
  TROUTMAN, JOHNNIE   PENN ST OL49 OG
  TUPOU, CHRISTIAN   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DL54 NT
  TURBIN, ROBERT   UTAH ST RB27 OH
  TYLER, MARC   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RB28 OH
  TYSON, DEANGELO   GEORGIA DL55 DE
  UPSHAW, COURTNEY   ALABAMA LB30 OB
* VERNON, OLIVIER   MIAMI-FL DL56 DE
  WADE, TREVIN   ARIZONA DB58 DC
  WAGNER, BOBBY   UTAH ST LB31 IB
  WALDRON, DUSTIN   PORTLAND ST OL50 OT
  WALSH, BLAIR   GEORGIA PK10 PK
* WASHINGTON, BRANDON   MIAMI-FL OL51 OT
  WATKINS, ROKEVIOUS   SOUTH CAROLINA OL52 OT
  WEEDEN, BRANDON   OKLAHOMA ST QB17 QB
  WHITE, COREY   SAMFORD DB59 DC
  WHITE, JORDAN   WESTERN MICHIGAN WO44 WO
  WHITEHEAD, TAHIR   TEMPLE LB32 OB
  WHITTAKER, FOSWHITT FOZZY TEXAS RB29 OH
  WIGGS, CARSON   PURDUE PK11 PK
  WILBER, KYLE   WAKE FOREST LB33 OB
* WILSON, DAVID   VIRGINIA TECH RB30 OH
  WILSON, RUSSELL   WISCONSIN QB18 QB
  WINN, WILLIAM BILLY BOISE ST DL57 DT
  WITT, PATRICK   YALE QB19 QB
  WOLFE, DEREK   CINCINNATI DL58 DT
* WORTHY, JEREL   MICHIGAN ST DL59 DT
  WRIGHT, JARIUS   ARKANSAS WO45 WO
  WRIGHT, KENDALL   BAYLOR WO46 WO
  WYLIE, DEVON   FRESNO ST WO47 WO
  WYNN, DESMOND   RUTGERS OL53 OG
  ZEITLER, KEVIN   WISCONSIN OL54 OG
  ZUSEVICS, MARKUS   IOWA OL55 OT

Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:30 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 11:32 am
 

Washington RB Polk expects to run in the 4.4s

Alabama junior Trent Richardson is universally considered the top running back in the 2012 draft.

Ask five scouts which runner will follow him on draft day and you are liable to get five different answers. Some are enamored with the pure speed of Miami's Lamar Miller or Virginia Tech's David Wilson. Others like the all-around game of Boise State senior Doug Martin. With an MVP-performance in the Senior Bowl that showcased his potential as a returner, Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead is making a late run up the board. 

A so-so performance in Mobile has taken some of the luster off of Washington's Chris Polk, but if he runs as fast in workouts as he and those close to him expect him to, the former Husky will certainly be in the mix.

Preparing interviews for Lindy's NFL Draft Preview scheduled to hit newstands March 1, I asked Chris at the Senior Bowl what he expects to run in the all-important 40-yard dash.

He smiled and replied simply, "Faster than any of you all think."

Pressed to be more specific, Polk elaborated.

"From what everyone has been saying and I've been reading, I guess speed is one of the big questions everyone has about me. I'm not that worried about it, to be honest with you. I know how fast I am. I expect to run something in the 4.4s."

Though Polk ran for 4,049 yards for the Huskies over his career, finishing second behind only former first round pick Napoleon Kaufman (4,106) in school history. Though he's shown the ability to break free for several long scores over his career (four TDs of 50+ yards), his straight-line speed is considered one of the question marks on an otherwise sparkling résumé. 

Polk is currently preparing for the Combine at Athletes Performance Institute in Los Angeles. If his effort there result in a 40-yard dash time of 4.50 seconds or less, teams won't be able to ignore the fact that his game-tape, frankly, is more impressive than any of the other backs vying to follow Richardson.  

Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:43 am
 

NFL: No plans to sell fans tickets to Combine

With the NFL continually finding new ways to market itself and the insatiable appetite fans have for all things football it has been theorized by many that it is only a matter of time before the league begins selling tickets to the annual Scouting Combine. 

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello informed the media at the Super Bowl, however, that he knows of no plan to this citing crowd noise as a deterrent. 

Only recently has the NFL allowed anyone other than league personnel into the workouts. Media has generally been asked to remain in a different part of the building away from the workouts. With NFL Network cameras being allowed to record some of the action in recent years, a few select members of the media have been allowed to come in and watch the quarterbacks throw to wide receivers in recent years.

I have been fortunate enough to be among those allowed in for several of these workouts. I can tell you from experience that the inside of the stadium during these workouts is quite different from that of a game or even practice. While the players and a few coaches/scouts are down on the field, league personnel is generally scattered throughout the lower level seats and suites. The place is eerily quiet other than the occasional shouts of encouragement from players to each other. 
 
The 2012 Scouting Combine will be held in Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis during the final week of Feburary.  The initial list of players invited to attend the workout can be found here. National Football Scouting, the organization that puts on the Combine, has not yet released the final invitation list, which includes underclassmen and perhaps a few other seniors who piqued the interest of scouts during recent all-star games. 


 

Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:35 pm
 

Senior Bowl All-Practice Teams

The Senior Bowl is scheduled to begin at 4 pm eastern time and you can bet there will be plenty of NFL scouts who will be watching the game. 

Not nearly as many will be watching the game, itself, however, as took in the practices throughout the week. Quite frankly, the Senior Bowl is like any other all-star game in football or other sport, the players participating in it are largely decided based on popularity rather than talent. 

It remains to be seen which players will help their stock during the game, itself. 
 
Here are the players from the offensive units on the North and South squads making my All-Practice Team.

QB: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State -- Accurate, poised and athletic, Cousins could enjoy a late Andy Dalton-like rise up draft boards this spring.
RB: Doug Martin, Boise State -- Quick, powerful and performing well as a pass blocker and receiver, Martin's strong week places thrusts him into the conversation to be the No. 2 running back drafted behind Alabama's Trent Richardson.
FB: Brad Smelley, Alabama -- Is more of an H-back than a traditional human pile-driving lead blocker. Reliable hands. Consistent effort.
TE: Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette -- Athletic receiver hybrid that some teams will envision as a poor man's Jimmy Graham.
WR: Marvin Jones, California -- May have boosted his stock more than any other player this week. Good size, routes and caught everything.
WR: Joe Adams, Arkansas -- Narrowly beat out Arizona's Juron Criner but speed kills... and Adams certainly has speed.
OT: Mike Adams, Ohio State -- More inconsistent than I'd like but was able to handle some of the game's best due to his length, athleticism.
OG: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin -- Again, a bit inconsistent but mostly during one on one drills. During scrimmages, Zeitler played well.
OC: Ben Jones, Georgia -- Not flashy, but a tough matchup for the South's defensive tackles all week long.
OG: Tony Bergstrom, Utah -- Got beat early on but improved throughout the week. Solid performance from a player many were unfamiliar with.
OT: Mitchell Schwartz, California -- Like Bergstrom, struggled a bit early but improved throughout the week. Even saw some time inside at OC when injuries forced the North squad to shufle their linemen. Projects best as a RT.

And the defensive players

DE: Quinton Coples, North Carolina -- Unquestionably the most talented player in this game. Has been unblockable, at times.
DT: Mike Martin, Michigan -- Possesses great strength in the hole and a relentless that coaches will love.
DT: Kendall Reyes, Connecticut -- Possesses a better combination of athleticism and strength than some of the more hyped DTs in attendance.
DE: Courtney Upshaw, Alabama -- Solidified his ranking as my No. 1 rated senior prospect in the 2012 draft. Powerful, versatile, instinctive.
OLB: Shea McClellin, Boise State -- Saw a lot of time at weakside linebacker and really impressed... not just me, but scouts, Mike Singletary...
ILB: Audie Cole, NC State -- The biggest ILB here and moved as well as most of the smaller ones.
OLB: Lavonte David, Nebraska -- So fluid that some teams will look at him as a SS convert. Athletic, instinctive and a terrific open-field tackler.
CB: Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama -- Beaten on occasion, but his agility, speed make him the elite senior cornerback in the 2012 draft.
S: George Iloka, Boise State -- Big, athletic and instinctive. Made an impressive interception Tuesday...
S: Antonio Allen, South Carolina -- Demonstrated some fluidity as well as a willingness to make some big hits.
CB: Dwight Bentley, Louisiana Lafayette -- Few players helped themselves more than this late addition. Proved he belonged.          
           

 
 
 
 
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