Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:39 pm
The league's plans to make some of the Combine events a pseudo-competition between players, first reported by The New York Times, has drawn early mixed reviews from team personnel officials.
Always interested in making a buck, and in using fan interest as its flimsy rationale, the NFL this year allowed 250 fans to sit in at Lucas Oil Stadium for some events. Admission was free, but the move is seen by some personnel people as a precursor to selling tickets.
The league is fueled, of course, by the passion of the fans it charged to view Media Day at the Super Bowl earlier this month, and by the ardent interest in the draft. The league has laid out the potential for making some events, like the bench press and the 40-yard sprint, competitions between the players.
In addition to generating some revenues and creating even more interest in the draft, the process would arguably make for more compelling viewing on The NFL Network.
But as one AFC general manager told The Sports Xchange on Thursday night: "They're going to bleed the golden goose for everything it's worth. You'd think $10 billion (in revenues) would be plenty, but enough is never enough for some of these guys."
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:08 pm
The speculation is over, the top two rated quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL draft won't be throwing passes at the Combine.
Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin each made their announcements during today's media session at the Combine. Luck will do every other athletic drill at the Combine other than throw. Griffin will run. Each is saving their throwing session until they can work with their own receivers during their Pro Days. Stanford's Pro Day is March 22. Baylor's was scheduled for the same day until it was changed so that scouts could see both Luck and Griffin throw.
While scouts would certainly love to see Luck and Griffin choose to throw this week, their decisions to push back their throwing sessions won't impact their draft stock. Highly regarded quarterbacks often choose to wait until their Pro Day workouts. Cam Newton, last year, was a notable exception.
Luck and Griffin III are NFLDraftScout.com's top two rated prospects for the 2012 draft and are projected as the first two picks in my current mock draft.
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:36 pm
Perhaps more than any scout is willing to admit, NFL rankings can be swayed by personality -- especially at the quarterback position.
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:09 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 6:11 pm
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.
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:55 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 12:58 pm
Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles characterized his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL and and slight meniscus tear as "going well" and said that he hopes to have a Pro Day in early April to prove as much to NFL teams. His Sooner teammates may be available to work out as his Pro Day as well, though the school already has one Pro Day scheduled for March 14.
Broyles injured his left knee playing against Texas A&M November 5. He was operated on by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida and has already been running.
The 5-10, 188 pound Broyles left Oklahoma the NCAA's career leading receiver with 347 grabs for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. A Biletnikof finalist last season, he turned down a chance to be a potentially high pick in last April's draft to help Oklahoma win a BCS Championship. He entered the year considered a possible top 50 selection by NFLDraftScout.com but due to concerns about his health is currently viewed as a 5th round prospect and the No. 23 rated receiver in the 2012 draft.
When healthy, Broyles has shown very good quickness out of his breaks and a keen understanding of where holes are in the defense. Considering his toughness and soft hands, he's viewed as one of this year's better slot receiver prospects.
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:18 am
Friday has been a good day for NFL teams in search of a quarterback in the 2012 draft.
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:04 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 10:27 am
Football is a game of inches. And not only on the field.
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:27 pm
New Indianapolis Colts' general manager Ryan Grigson flatly denied a report that his team had advised likely No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck not to throw passes at the Scouting Combine this week.
Grigson, speaking to the media at the Combine Thursday, was twice asked about a tweet from Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star that claimed Luck was willing to throw Sunday but was talked out of it by the Colts.
"I never said anything," Grigson said. "Players are allowed to make their own decisions what they're going to do at the Combine. I've had no bearing on that, believe me."
At least one member of the media may not have believed Grigson. Seconds after answering the first question about whether he'd individually asked Luck not to throw, a follow-up question came asking if any member of the Colts had pushed the Stanford passer's decision.
"No. Absolutely not," Grigson replied.
The reality is, Luck's decision to throw or not throw at the Combine this week is unlikely to have any bearing whatsoever on his draft status. The redshirt junior has three years worth of tape proving his talents. He's been the top-rated prospect in the country by NFLDraftScout.com for nearly two years. My CBS colleague Mike Freeman noted that scouts were absolutely "kissy, kissy" about Luck. Frankly, if the Colts stun the world by taking anyone other than Luck with the first pick of the draft, the list of suitors calling the St. Louis Rams to move up to No. 2 overall would likely be a long one.
Any perceived slight or miscommunication between the Colts and Luck could be significant, however, especially considering the precarious situation Indianapolis already has with their current quarterback, Peyton Manning. Speaking of Manning, Grigson offered little news on the star's progress and asked the media to understand that he and the Colts have little choice but to wait for Manning to improve medically.
"...Peyton has to be healthy," Grigson explained. "It has to be something that’s spoken on and investigated and talked about. Right now, it’s a process. We’re waiting for things to happen. Right now, we’re doing the things we have control of. Things we don’t have control of, we just have no choice but to be patient. We ask all of you to be the same."
Regardless of the Colts' decision with Manning, expect the team to be well represented at Luck's Pro Day March 22.