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Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:59 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Tannehill out of boot, will re-schedule Pro Day

While Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins boosted their stock with strong efforts at the Senior Bowl, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill remains the most talented senior quarterback in the land and is likely to be the first one drafted.

Some believe Tannehill's obvious talent will be enough to land him in the first round, joining redshirt juniors Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as top 32 picks. Others, including myself, are having a harder time envisioning a quarterback who just 19 collegiate starts at the position as being a first round pick. While I don't include him in my mock draft, I do believe he's among the top 32 talents in this draft. 

Regardless of where he is ultimately drafted, Tannehill will have to first prove his health, as he underwent surgery recently to repair a broken foot suffered during passing drills at IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The injury kept him out of the Senior Bowl and while ESPN's Pat Yasinkas is reporting that Tannehill is now out of the protective boot he was in, Tannehill won't be ready to work out for scouts at the Combine or Texas A&M's scheduled Pro Day March 7.

Yasinkas reports that Tannehill is planning to have a Pro Day "in late March" and asked the Aggie quarterback about his recovery timetable.

“We’ll come back and push it pretty hard,’’ Tannehill said. “I’m thinking I should be getting close to 100 percent by right after the combine and we’ll really jump into the on-field stuff then to make up for the time I missed and get ready for pro day.’’ 


Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:12 am
Edited on: February 14, 2012 10:48 am
 

Report: Prior to Tebow, Broncos eyed RG3

Prior to the development of Tim Tebow as the most talked about quarterback in Denver since John Elway, the Broncos were looking at another versatile, Heisman-winning passer as a possible first round target for the 2012 draft -- Baylor's Robert Griffin III. 

Rated behind only Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Southern California offensive tackle Matt Kalil among the elite prospects in the 2012 draft by NFLDraftScout.com, Griffin is likely to earn a top-five selection come April. That would almost surely keep RG3 out of Denver's reach, as the Broncos would have to package several picks -- including their current first round selection (No. 25 overall) to move up to get him. 

Steve Wyche of NFL.com reported Tuesday, however, that the Broncos were closely scouting Griffin this season. 

"At a certain point this season,” Wyche said “with conversations I had there, they were really doing their due diligence on RG3 because of some of the things he can do to the offense.”

Blessed with extraordinary foot speed and touch on the deep ball, Griffin is a multidimensional threat who appears perfectly suited to taking the NFL by storm. He's also entering the league at precisely the right time. The immediate success by Cam Newton will be used by some as evidence that Griffin, too, can make a quick transition to the NFL. 

Considering his unique talents, the fact that the Broncos were closely scouting Griffin is no surprise. Frankly, it would be a surprise only if they didn't scout Griffin (and every other highly regarded prospect) closely. Teams don't just scout the players at perceived positions of need. Each team works hard to do their "due diligence" on every prospect who could potentially help their team. 

While the Broncos aren't likely to be among them, there are several teams looking for help at quarterback. As owners of the No. 1 overall pick, the Indianapolis Colts, of course, will have the first option of taking Griffin. Team owner Jim Irsay mentioned RG3 by name when predicting who his Colts might take with the first pick.  

“With [Robert] Griffin and [Andrew] Luck and the way it’s shaping up at the top of the draft, [it] could very likely go one and two like with Peyton and Ryan Leaf [1998]," Irsay said.   

Besides the Colts, the Cleveland Browns (No. 4, No. 22 overall), Washington Redskins (No. 6), Miami Dolphins (No. 8 or 9*) and Seattle Seahawks (No. 11 or 12*) are teams thought to be keenly interested in Griffin. *The Dolphins and Seahawks' final draft slot won't be determined until a coin=-flip held at the Combine will break their tie with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively). 

If Mike Holmgren and Co. want Griffin in Cleveland, they may be able to wait for him to land in their laps at No. 4, overall. Considering the extra first round pick they have due to Atlanta's trade up for Julio Jones last April, they also have the ammunition to move up, if needed. Miami, Washington and Seattle do not have an extra first round pick this year but with enough talent on their rosters to potentially emerge as serious playoff contenders with better play at quarterback, one (or more) of the clubs could be willing to pony up several picks in an effort to move up for Griffin.

All of which is music to the ears of the St. Louis Rams, owners of the No. 2 overall pick and their own young franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford. The Rams, my CBS colleague Clark Judge argues, should auction off the pick to the highest bidder.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 12:06 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2012 7:06 am
 

Pro Day Schedule / Results

Pro Day workouts are held on campus. While the interview and medical testing components of the Combine are left out at Pro Days, the same athletic drills (40-yard dash, bench press, 3-cone drill, etc.) take place. It is the best opportunity to for athletes not invited to the Combine to audition in front of high-ranking NFL decision-makers. 

The full chronological order of the remaining Pro Day workouts. Check back here for updated stories and news from the various Pro Days around the country.
  
March 1: Missouri (Egnew scores record broad jump)
March 2: Cincinnati (RB Pead, TE Robinson impress)
March 5: Georgia, Alabama-Birmingham, Hawaii, McNeese State
March 6: Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Auburn, California Lutheran, Clark, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Liberty, Rhode Island, Sacramento State, Tarleton State, UCLA, Valdosta State
March 7: Alabama (Richardson rehabbing knee), California-Davis, Colgate, Eastern Washington, Fordham, Fort Valley, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Northern Colorado, Southern California, Texas A&M (Tannehill working out March 29), UTEP, Wisconsin
March 8: Akron, Alabama State, Buffalo, Clemson, Colorado, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Alabama, Northwestern, Ohio, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Washington, West Texas, Western Kentucky, Wofford, Wyoming, Youngstown State
March 9: Florida International, Furman, Mississippi, Montana, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Presbyterian, Purdue, TCU, Troy, Washington State
March 12: Air Force, Arkansas-Monticello, Central Michigan, Central Washington, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Wayne State
March 13: Ball State, California (Pa.), Florida, Kansas State, Marshall, North Texas, Sacramento State, Slippery Rock, Toledo, Western Michigan
March 14: Bowling Green, California, Central Arkansas, Central Oklahoma, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Grambling, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Maryland, Michigan State, Mount Union, Oklahoma, Penn State, Portland State, Tennessee Tech
March 15: Delaware State, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, UNLV, Nicholls State, Oregon, Southern Illinois, Townson, Tusculum, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wayne State (Mich.), William & Mary
March 16: Arizona State, James Madison, Missouri State, Oregon State, Richmond, Temple, Tennessee, West Virginia
March 19: Appalachian State, Arizona, Florida Atlantic, Iowa, Montana State, Rice, Southern, Wake Forest
March 20: Brown, Idaho, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Monmouth, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, South Florida, Texas
March 21: Baylor, Boston College, Houston, Nevada, N.C. State, North Dakota State, Rutgers, San Diego State, San Jose State, Tulane, Western Kentucky
March 22: East Carolina, LSU, Maine, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Stanford, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Yale
March 23: Cornell, Jackson State, Missouri Western, N.C. Central, Southern Mississippi, Stonybrook, Vanderbilt
March 26: Indiana State
March 27: Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Merrimack College, Stephen F. Austin, Washburn
March 28: Central Florida, Connecticut, Newberry, Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Carolina State
March 29: Alabama, Brigham Young, Georgia Southern, Texas A&M (Tannehill throwing)
March 30: Arizona State (Osweiler throwing), Bethune-Cookman, Dartmouth, Utah State (LB Bobby Wagner missed Combine due to pneumonia)
April 3: Abilene Christian, Notre Dame
April 4: SMU
April 9: Georgia (Brandon Boykin

Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:34 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 9:48 pm
 

NFL source: Barron's surgery won't drop stock

Alabama safety Mark Barron will not be able to participate in the upcoming Scouting Combine after undergoing a double-hernia surgery, NFLDraftScout.com has confirmed. 

Barron is the only safety currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as a first round talent.
  
There had been speculation at the Senior Bowl that Barron had been unable to participate in the event due to a pre-existing medical condition. 

The rehabilitation for a hernia surgery typically runs two to four weeks but can extend up to eight weeks. The Combine is scheduled to begin in less than two weeks, covering February 22-28 in Indianapolis. 

Complicating matters is that Barron may not be sufficiently healed or in the shape he'll want to be when Alabama holds their Pro Day March 7.

A high-ranking team official thought to be considering using a high pick on a defensive back in the April draft didn't think the surgery would have any lasting impact on Barron's stock.

"No, I can't see it having any real impact on his stock," the source said on the condition of anonymity. "I mean, he's got to get it healthy but he's a damn good football player with lots of tape. No one is going to drop him if he isn't able to run in Indy [Combine] or at their Pro Day."

At 6-2, 218 pounds Barron has the size and athleticism scouts are looking for at the position. He earned First Team All-SEC honors after each of his three starting seasons with the Tide and was voted a consensus All-American as a senior. He leaves Alabama ranked eighth in school history with 12 interceptions and also has 235 tackles and 34 passes defensed to his credit. 

Barron is the second Alabama senior to miss the Combine due to an injury. Senior nose guard Josh Chapman will also not be able to work out after it was discovered that he played through a torn ACL this season.

The captain of an Alabama secondary that finished the year ranked first in pass defense (116.3 ypg) & pass efficiency defense (83.9), Barron is currently projected by both Dane Brugler and myself to be drafted in the first round. 
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Stanford, Baylor each schedule March 22 Pro Days

Unless Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III defy the trend of top-rated quarterbacks choosing not to throw at the Scouting Combine, talent evaluators are going to have a tough time seeing both throw prior to the 2012 draft.

That's because Stanford and Baylor have each scheduled their on-campus "Pro Day" workouts on March 22, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The conflicting schedule could force teams to split up their decision-makers to take in the workouts. This happened last year when the Carolina Panthers sent head coach Ron Rivera to watch Cam Newton's Pro Day workout at Auburn while general manager Marty Hurney reportedly attended Ryan Mallett's workout at Arkansas.

Another possibility, of course, is that Luck and/or Griffin could schedule their own individual workouts so that scouts could attend both.

If scouts are, indeed, forced to choose one or the other, the smart money is on Griffin generating more interest despite the fact that Luck is regarded as the top prospect in the draft. While both quarterbacks are viewed as exceptional talents worthy of top five consideration, Griffin has many more questions to answer prior to the draft than Luck.

Having established himself as the elite talent in the country two years running, Luck's game has already been dissected by most decision-makers. Griffin's ascension has been more sudden. Furthermore, scouts will want to see how Griffin drops back from center after having taken the majority of his snaps out of the shotgun while at Baylor.

While there remains some debate as to which direction the Indianapolis Colts may go with the No. 1 overall pick, they are thought to be leaning towards Luck. Should they take Griffin or any other player with the first pick, the line of suitors to trade up into the St. Louis Rams' No. 2 pick would be a long one. Should Griffin not be drafted No. 1, however, it remains to be seen if he generates the same trade interest or if he "falls" past No. 2 overall. Among the teams expected to be interested in adding Griffin would be the Cleveland Browns (owners of the No. 4 overall pick), the Washington Redskins (No. 6), Miami Dolphins (No. 9*), and Seattle Seahawks (No. 12*).  *Miami and Seattle's first round pick won't be decided until a coin-flip at the Combine. They may move up one spot each in the draft order after finishing tied with the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively.

As it stands now, I am projecting Griffin to slip to No. 4 overall, where the Browns could nab him. Dane Brugler has the Heisman winner landing with Cleveland, as well.

Scouts are quick to point out that Pro Day workouts in which quarterbacks are throwing "against air" rather than defenses do not ultimately play a significant role in determining his final grade. That hasn't stopped the "Pro Day season" from becoming a huge part of the pre-draft process. Teams dedicate plenty of money and time crossing the country to attend the workouts.

I, myself, have attended several Pro Day workouts of highly regarded quarterbacks, including last year's for Jake Locker, Sam Bradford's in 2010 and Mark Sanchez in 2009.

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
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* OSWEILER, BROCK   ARIZONA ST QB14 QB
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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.  

 
 
 
 
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