Tag:NFL draft
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:09 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 6:11 pm
 

WR Blackmon won't run 40 at Combine

INDIANAPOLIS - Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon won't run the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine after injuring his hamstring last week. He might participate in some short routes during receiver drills, but won't do anything this week that requires "opening up" and threaten his ability to perform at the Cowboys' March 7 Pro Day.
  
Blackmon, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated wide receiver and No. 5 prospect overall, also measured in a hair under 6-1, shorter than his previously listed size.
  
"I know you get shorter every year," he quipped.
  
It also makes previous comparisons to Detroit's Calvin Johnson difficult.
  
"He's a big, physical guy and that's how I like to play," Blackmon said when asked about similarities between the two.
  
In addition to his smaller than advertised size, Blackmon still has to answer questions about his straight-line speed. He said with a laugh that he'd "like to run a 4.2" in the 40-yard dash, but said he expects to run in the 4.4 or 4.5 range.
  
"I tell (people) to look at the tape, I've never been caught from behind," Blackmon said.
  
Blackmon also admitted he has some work to do on his route-running.
  
"I know I have a lot to work on with route running," said Blackmon. "I am working on it continually. I know I have work to do and I'm willing to do it."
  
As confident as he plays on the field, Blackmon described himself as quietly confident off it.
  
Asked to explain, he dead-panned: "I don't speak much."

Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:10 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 10:34 am
 

Dolphins, Chiefs win coin flips; first round set

The first round order of the 2012 NFL Draft was solidified with a pair of coin flips Friday morning. The Miami Dolphins will select eighth overall and the Carolina Panthers ninth, while the Kansas City Chiefs will have the 11th overall pick and the Seattle Seahawks will be 12th.
  
The coin flips at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis broke ties between teams that finished the 2011 regular season with identical records and strength of schedules.
  
The coins were specially minted with the logo of the respective teams on either side. 

With the first round draft order finalized, the Colts are now officially on the clock.  
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Combine experimenting with 40-yard dash timing

INDIANAPOLIS -- As about 327 former college football stars participate in the National Football League's job fair known as the Scouting Combine, they will be part of a grand experiment in the most popular and most publicized event -- the 40-yard run.
  
In a first, the Combine will use Fully Automated Timing, meaning electronic devices will be used for both the start and the finish of each 40-yard run. However, these FAT 40-yard times will not be revealed to players or NFL teams, The Sports Xchange has learned.
  
Most player workouts will be between Saturday and Monday, with some special teams players only working out on Friday.
  
NFL teams were briefed on the new timing method Wednesday. Because NFL teams keep 40 times to a hundredth of a second, there has long been a push to further legitimize those times by using the same methods as track and field and the Olympics.
  
However, according to coaches and scouts who discussed this with The Sports Xchange, the FAT times are expected to be .20 to .24 seconds slower than the relative times recorded using methods the Combine has gone with since 1990, and before.
  
"We were told it is just an experiment and we won't be told the results," said one team official. "People are worried about the reaction players may have if the 40 times change that much."
  
Combine, team and league officials are concerned that an abrupt change to recognizing the more accurate FAT times would create a culture shock of sorts for players. These players have long been told that, for skilled positions such as wide receiver, cornerback and running back, a 4.30 clocking is elite, a 4.40 is extremely good, a 4.50 is good and 4.70 and above may be cause for concern at those positions for an NFL prospect.
  
As an example, the great Jerry Rice had a rather pedestrian 40 time in the mid-4.6 range. If that time were converted to equate to FAT timing, Rice, rated by many as the best wide receiver -- and the best player -- in NFL history, would be credited with only a mid-4.8 time in the 40.
  
So suddenly adding .21-to-.24 seconds on the Combine times for prospects could result in some sort of psychological shock. As it is, some of the top rated athletes do not run at the Combine. If FAT 40-yard times became official, it is feared that even more players would refused to run at the Combine.
  
For the past 22 years, Combine 40 times included two manual timings and one that was determined by a manual start and an electronic beam at the finish. In those cases, all starts were determined by the player's first motion. Before 1990, all times were entirely manual.
  
The fastest verifiable time in Combine history was a 4.12 by Bo Jackson in 1986 on manual stopwatches in the Superdome.
  
There are numerous stories that Deion Sanders ran a faster than 4.2 seconds at another Superdome Combine. However, research indicates that he was timed in 4.28 seconds at best on one of the so-called "official" stopwatches.
  
Even before the inclusion of the secret FAT timings this year, there was confusion by the media and fans over the so-called "official" 40 times. And the reason is simple -- there really is no single, "official" 40 time.
  
Here is what happens to get the 40 times at the Combine that are revealed:
   --Those who participate in the 40 actually run twice, and on each run they are timed by two hand-held stopwatches and one electronic timer (that is actually initiated by hand on the player's first movement).
   --Combine data put together for NFL teams by National Scouting includes all six of those times for each player, but no single official time.
  
Team scouts and coaches have various approaches for reaching agreement on a 40 time they use from those six timings. Some use averages. Some throw out slowest and fastest and then average the rest. Some ignore the whole thing and use a time taken by their own scout.
  
However, the rapid ascent of the Combine as a media event has created a lot of misconceptions, especially with the addition of live coverage by NFL Network on television and NFL.com online. In recent years, in an attempt to expedite reporting of data, both NFL Network and NFL.com have published 40 times and have not cited the source of those times, except to say they are unofficial.
   
And this year there will be more of the same, as stated in this week's press release from NFL.com and NFL Network, which says: "For the first time ever, NFL.com provides unofficial 40-yard dash times for each participant in real time with the Combine Tracker, allowing fans to obtain results and data faster than ever before. Additionally, the new Combine Tracker lists how each athlete performed in all of the drills, providing a central location to receive statistics as they happen."
  
All this is great for fans viewing online or on television, as long as they understand, as the press release states, that the times are "unofficial." Most media will go with those same times until more specific data becomes available.
  
In deference to the players, NFLDraftScout.com uses the best verifiable -- or listed -- time from the Combine unless it is conspicuously skewed from the other times. However, the times are usually well grouped.
  
Following are the best 40 times and other data documented by NFLDraftScout.com in all Combines since 2000, a Combine All-Century list:

*Top scores from 2000-2011 Combines
(unofficial bests also listed if verified)

Fastest 40 times, 2000-2011 Combines
(Unofficial combine record is 4.12, Bo Jackson (RB), Auburn, 1986
4.21 - Trindon Holliday, (WR), LSU - 2010
4.22 - Jacoby Ford, (WR), Clemson - 2010
4.24 - Chris Johnson, (RB), East Carolina - 2008
4.25 - *Darrius Heyward-Bey, (WR), Maryland - 2009
4.25 - DeMarcus Van Dyke, (CB), Miami - 2011
4.26 - Jerome Mathis, (WR), Hampton - 2005
4.27 - C.J. Spiller, (RB), Clemson - 2010
4.27 - Stanford Routt, (CB), Houston - 2005
4.28 - Mike Wallace, (WR), Mississippi - 2009
4.29 - *Fabian Washington, (CB), Nebraska - 2005
4.29 - Johnny Knox, (WR), Abilene Christian - 2009
4.29 - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, (CB), Tennessee State - 2008
4.30 - Mike Thomas, (WR), Arizona - 2009
4.30 - Darrent Williams, (CB), Oklahoma State - 2005
4.30 - Yamon Figurs, (WR), Kansas State - 2007
4.31 - Tyvon Branch, (CB), Connecticut - 2008
4.31 - Edmond Gates, (WR), Abilene Christian - 2011
4.31 - Michael Waddell, (CB), North Carolina - 2004
4.31 - Santana Moss, (WR), Miami - 2001
4.31 - Deon Butler, (WR), Penn State - 2009
4.31 - *Justin King, (CB), Penn State - 2008
4.31 - *Johnathan Joseph, (CB), South Carolina - 2006
4.31 - *Patrick Peterson, (CB), LSU - 2011
4.31 - Taylor Mays, (FS), Southern Cal - 2010
4.31 - Tiquan Underwood, (WR), Rutgers - 2009
 
Highest Vertical Jump, 2000-2011 Combines
46 - Gerald Sensabaugh, (FS), North Carolina - 2005
45 1/2 - Derek "Cameron" Wake, (OLB), Penn State - 2005
45 - *Donald Washington, (CB), Ohio State - 2009
45 - Chris McKenzie, (CB), Arizona State - 2005
45 - Chris Chambers, (WR), Wisconsin - 2001
44 - A.J. Jefferson, (CB), Fresno State - 2010
43 1/2 - Dustin Fox, (FS), Ohio State - 2005
43 1/2 - Kevin Kasper, (WR), Iowa - 2001
43 1/2 - Dorin Dickerson, (TE), Pittsburgh - 2010
43 - Cedric James, (WR), TCU - 2001
43 - Darius Butler, (CB), Connecticut - 2009
43 - Scott Starks, (CB), Wisconsin - 2005
43 - *Eric Berry, (FS), Tennessee - 2010
42 1/2 - Nate Burleson, (WR), Nevada - 2003
42 1/2 - Jonathan Carter, (WR), Troy - 2001
42 1/2 - Brock Williams, (CB), Notre Dame - 2001
42 1/2 - Jarett Dillard, (WR), Rice - 2009
42 1/2 - Virgil Green, (TE), Nevada - 2011
42 - Boss Bailey, (OLB), Georgia - 2003
42 - *Jon Baldwin, (WR), Pittsburgh - 2011
42 - Trindon Holliday, (WR), LSU - 2010
42 - Santana Moss, (WR), Miami - 2001
42 - Rashad Holman, (CB), Louisville - 2001
42 - Kerry Rhodes, (FS), Louisville - 2005
42 - *Vernon Davis, (TE), Maryland - 2006
 
Longest Broad Jump, 2000-2011 Combines
11'05" - Justin Fargas, (RB), Southern Cal - 2003
11'05" - Scott Starks, (CB), Wisconsin - 2005
11'04" - Chris McKenzie, (CB), Arizona State - 2005
11'04" - Terence Newman, (CB), Kansas State - 2003
11'04" - Jerome Simpson, (WR), Coastal Carolina - 2008
11'03" - *Donald Washington, (CB), Ohio State - 2009
11'03" - Boss Bailey, (OLB), Georgia - 2003
11'03" - *Julio Jones, (WR), Alabama - 2011
11'03" - Hilton Alexander, (WR), Morris Brown - 2001
11'02" - Jonathan Carter, (WR), Troy - 2001
11'02" - Chris Chambers, (WR), Wisconsin - 2001
11'02" - Cedric James, (WR), TCU - 2001
11'02" - Darius Butler, (CB), Connecticut - 2009
11'02" - Anthony Alridge, (RB), Houston - 2008
11'02" - Carl Stewart, (FB), Auburn - 2008
11'02" - Dekoda Watson, (OLB), Florida State - 2010
11'01" - Pat Watkins, (FS), Florida State - 2006
11'01" - Gerald Sensabaugh, (FS), North Carolina - 2005
11'01" - Will Blackmon, (CB), Boston College - 2006
11'00" - *Donte Whitner, (SS), Ohio State - 2006
11'00" - *Andre Johnson, (WR), Miami - 2003
11'00" - Chris Cook, (CB), Virginia - 2010
11'00" - Andre Carter, (DE), California - 2001
11'00" - David Bruton, (FS), Notre Dame - 2009
11'00" - Jon Alston, (OLB), Stanford - 2006
 
Fastest 20-yd Shuttle, 2000-2011 Combines
3.73 - Kevin Kasper, (WR), Iowa - 2001
3.75 - Dunta Robinson, (CB), South Carolina - 2004
3.76 - Deion Branch, (WR), Louisville - 2002
3.82 - Carlos Rogers, (CB), Auburn - 2005
3.82 - Dante' Hall, (RB), Texas A&M - 2000
3.83 - Kevin Bentley, (OLB), Northwestern - 2002
3.83 - Jason Allen, (FS), Tennessee - 2006
3.83 - Terence Newman, (CB), Kansas State - 2003
3.84 - Justin Beriault, (FS), Ball State - 2005
3.84 - Troy Walters, (WR), Stanford - 2000
3.85 - Rashad Holman, (CB), Louisville - 2001
3.86 - Jason Hebert, (FS), Rice - 2002
3.87 - Coy Wire, (SS), Stanford - 2002
3.87 - Randy Fasani, (QB), Stanford - 2002
3.88 - Ryan Tolhurst, (WR), Richmond - 2002
3.88 - Kevin Curtis, (FS), Texas Tech - 2002
3.88 - Austin Pettis, (WR), Boise State - 2011
3.88 - Kendrick Starling, (WR), San Jose State - 2004
3.88 - Jeff Shoate, (CB), San Diego State - 2004
3.88 - Joey Thomas, (CB), Montana State - 2004
3.89 - Charles Tillman, (CB), Louisiana-Lafayette - 2003
3.89 - Niko Koutouvides, (ILB), Purdue - 2004
3.89 - Domonique Foxworth, (CB), Maryland - 2005
3.89 - Markus Curry, (CB), Michigan - 2005
3.90 - Kelvin Hayden, (CB), Illinois - 2005
 
Fastest Three-Cone drill, 2000-2011 Combines
6.34 - Sedrick Curry, (CB), Texas A&M - 2000
6.42 - Jeff Maehl, (WR), Oregon - 2011
6.44 - Buster Skrine, (CB), Tennessee-Chattanooga - 2011
6.45 - Scott Long, (WR), Louisville - 2010
6.46 - Dane Sanzenbacher, (WR), Ohio State - 2011
6.48 - Carlos Rogers, (CB), Auburn - 2005
6.48 - Terrance Toliver, (WR), LSU - 2011
6.48 - Rogers Beckett, (FS), Marshall - 2000
6.50 - Leon Hall, (CB), Michigan - 2007
6.50 - Cecil Shorts III, (WR), Mount Union - 2011
6.50 - Chykie Brown, (CB), Texas - 2011
6.51 - Jon McGraw, (SS), Kansas State - 2002
6.54 - Trindon Holliday, (WR), LSU - 2010
6.54 - *Anthony Gonzalez, (WR), Ohio State - 2007
6.55 - Shiloh Keo, (SS), Idaho - 2011
6.56 - Ben Taylor, (ILB), Virginia Tech - 2002
6.56 - Kevin Kasper, (WR), Iowa - 2001
6.57 - Harry Douglas, (WR), Louisville - 2008
6.58 - Cody Grimm, (SS), Virginia Tech - 2010
6.58 - *Patrick Peterson, (CB), LSU - 2011
6.59 - Curtis Brown, (CB), Texas - 2011
6.59 - Malcolm Jenkins, (CB), Ohio State - 2009
6.60 - Sherrod Martin, (CB), Troy - 2009
6.60 - David Bruton, (FS), Notre Dame - 2009
6.60 - Trent Gamble, (FS), Wyoming - 2000
 
Most 225 Bench Reps, 2000-2011 Combines
(Unofficial record Justin Earnest (51), Eastern Kentucky, 1999)
49 - Stephen Paea, (DT), Oregon State - 2011
45 - Leif Larsen, (DT), Texas-El Paso - 2000
45 - Mike Kudla, (DE), Ohio State - 2006
45 - Mitch Petrus, (OG), Arkansas - 2010
44 - Jeff Owens, (DT), Georgia - 2010
44 - Brodrick Bunkley, (DT), Florida State - 2006
43 - Scott Young, (OG), BYU - 2005
42 - Isaac Sopoaga, (DT), Hawaii - 2004
42 - Tank Tyler, (DT), North Carolina State - 2007
41 - Terna Nande, (OLB), Miami (OHIO) - 2006
41 - *Igor Olshansky, (DT), Oregon - 2004
40 - Manuel Ramirez, (OG), Texas Tech - 2007
40 - Justin Blalock, (OG), Texas - 2007
39 - Louis Vasquez, (OG), Texas Tech - 2009
39 - *Linval Joseph, (DT), East Carolina - 2010
38 - Marvin Austin, (DT), North Carolina - 2011
38 - Russell Okung, (OT), Oklahoma State - 2010
38 - Tony Pashos, (OT), Illinois - 2003
37 - Terrance Taylor, (DT), Michigan - 2009
37 - *Vernon Gholston, (DE), Ohio State - 2008
37 - Jake Long, (OT), Michigan - 2008
37 - Victor Leyva, (OG), Arizona State - 2001
37 - Moran Norris, (FB), Kansas - 2001
37 - Roberto Garza, (C), Texas AM-Kingsville - 2001
37 - *Haloti Ngata, (DT), Oregon - 2006

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Stephen Garcia fighting odds to reach NFL dream

Former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia wasn't among the 300-plus prospects invited to this week's Scouting Combine, but he is still working hard to convince scouts to give him a shot at the NFL.

Garcia participated in the Battle of Florida all-star game and took part in one of the regional scouting combines that were set up this year. He's waiting to hear if he'll be selected for a "super regional combine" scheduled for March 30 at Ford Field in Detroit.

It has been a long road for Garcia, a one-time prized recruit who was kicked off the South Carolina team last year for drinking alcohol when he was given a no tolerance policy from coach Steve Spurrier following five previous suspensions.

However, Spurrier is allowing Garcia to participate in South Carolina's March 28 pro day, and the quarterback said he's committed to proving to NFL teams that he does not have a problem with alcohol.

"I want to meet with the NFL and prove that I'm not an alcoholic," Garcia told Scout.com's Aaron Wilson. "I've learned from my mistakes."

"I've learned how immature I really was. I just didn't know exactly how important everything was until after I made all of those mistakes. I was trying to be like every other college kid, but you can't do that as a starting quarterback

Garcia is the 26th-rated quarterback available in April's draft by NFLDraftScout.com, and is currently viewed as unlikely to be drafted. However, he could sign as a priority free agent and get that opportunity to prove himself in an NFL camp.

Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:03 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 9:14 pm
 

RG3 pushes pro day in front of Luck's

Robert Griffin III has moved his pro day up to March 21, one day before Andrew Luck's pro day, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move avoids a conflict for NFL scouts, who can now take in both workouts.

The change might benefit teammates more than Luck and Griffin III, who are the top two rated players by NFLDraftScout.com. With Stanford and Baylor both boasting several draftable players, scouts won't have to choose which workout to attend.

Luck and Griffin will both be in Indianapolis this week for the Scouting Combine. While they will interview with teams and take part in measurements and the media sessions, both may choose to skip the throwing sessions. Many top quarterback prospects choose to wait until their personal pro days, when they can work out on their home turf and with their own receivers.

UPDATE: Griffin said he is looking forward to talking to executives, will run the 40-yard dash and take part in drills at the Combine, but will not take part in throwing drills.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:46 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Tide's Richardson, Kirkpatrick, Hightower to NFL

All-Americans running back Trent Richardson and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick announced they will be forgoing their final year of eligibility at Alabama and entering the 2012 NFL Draft. Both were part of a pair of national championship teams in three years in Tuscaloosa.
  
Tidesports.com reported that linebacker junior Dont'a Hightower will also leave the Crimson Tide.
  
The 5-foot-11, 224-pound Richardson was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back in 2011 after setting a single-season school record with 1,679 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. He broke the record set by 2010 first-round pick Mark Ingram, and is the top-rated running back prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and the No. 7 overall prospect.
  
Richardson is a powerful inside runner who presses the line of scrimmage and has surprising speed for his relatively short, thick frame. A tough runner who will initiate contact, Richardson is widely expected to be the first running back selected in April. NFLDraftScout.com analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both currently have Richardson going fifth overall to Tampa Bay.
  
"I am going to leave here and try to represent Alabama in a Class A way," Richardson said.
  
Kirkpatrick is the No. 2-rated cornerback by NFLDraftScout.com, behind only LSU's Morris Claiborne, who also announced Thursday that he's leaving after his junior season. Kirkpatrick is the No. 10 overall prospect, with Rang having him going seventh to Jacksonville and Brugler predicting him to go No. 6 overall to Washington.
  
"It was a blessing to have an opportunity for (Alabama) to open their doors the way they did to me and my family," Kirkpatrick said. "This is a family decision, and I am going to be leaving, going to the NFL, to try to better myself and better my talent."
  
Kirkpatrick had 30 tackles and nine pass breakups in 2011 possesses. He has excellent height and athleticism at 6-2, 192 to be a potential shutdown corner in the NFL. He has the long arms to be effective as a press corner and good recovery speed. He's not as experienced in zone coverage, but has shown the instincts to read the quarterback and break on the ball. Kirkpatrick is also noted for his physicality and willingness as a blocker in the ground game.
  
"We are 100 percent supportive of both of these young men in terms of what their choice is and what they choose to do," coach Nick Saban said of Richardson and Kirkpatrick. "They've been great ambassadors, great representatives for the University of Alabama as people, students and football players."
  
Hightower, who was not at the press conference, is also a potential first-round pick. He is the No. 2 inside linebacker according to NFLDraftScout.com, behind only Boston College's Luke Kuechly. A redshirt junior, he spent four years at Alabama and is the No. 26 rated prospect overall. He had 85 tackles, including 11 for loss, four sacks and an interception this season.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:56 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Record-setting Toledo WR Page turning pro

Toledo wide receiver Eric Page is forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the 2012 NFL Draft.
  
Page has 306 career receptions, tied with former Western Michigan wide receiver Jordan White (2007-11) for the most in Mid-American Conference history, but his early jump to the NFL comes as a bit of a surprise. Undersized at 5-feet-10, 192 pounds, he was rated as the No. 6 wide receiver prospect for the 2013 draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
  
Page said he is projected to go between the third and fifth rounds in April.
  
"It's always been my dream to play in the NFL and I think right now is a great opportunity for me," Page said, according to the Toledo Free Press. "This would have never been able to happen without my teammates, coaches and my family."
  
Toledo has a new head coach in Matt Campbell after Tim Beckman was hired by Illinois to replace Ron Zook.
  
Page leaves Toledo as the school's all-time leading in receptions (306) and receiving yards (3,446). Former Rockets wide receiver Stephen Williams, now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, was one of the people Page sought advice from in making his decision to turn pro.
  
"I have been keeping in contact with Eric and I talked to him a bit earlier today," Williams told the Free Press. "I told him if he thinks he's ready and if he can live with it being either the best decision or worst decision he's made then go for it."
  
Juniors and redshirt sophomores have until Jan. 15 to declare for this year's draft, and until the 18th to withdraw their names as long as they haven't signed with an agent.

 

Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:28 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 11:58 am
 

QB Tannehill (foot) to miss Sr. Bowl; Combine?

Texas A&M senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a broken foot and won't participate in the Senior Bowl later this month, according to agent Pat Dye.

Tannehill, NFLDraftScout.com's third-ranked quarterback, was injured in a drill. If he has surgery on his broken fifth metatarsal, he'll also be unavailable for passing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Tannehill's raw skills make him a high-risk prospect but his natural ability, arm strength and mobility make the converted wide receiver a potentially high-reward pick, too.

At 6-feet-4, 222 pounds, he has prototypical size and played in a West Coast-based offensive system under former coach Mike Sherman with the Aggies. There is no concern about his ability to assimilate an NFL playbook.

Tannehill can show too much confidence in his own ability and will force the ball into closing passing windows, which led to 15 interceptions in 2011. 

 
 
 
 
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