Tag:Baylor
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:34 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 2:36 pm
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Disappointing 40 times could hurt top receivers

Several of the more highly regarded wide receivers of the 2012 draft may see their stock slip after running signficantly slower than expected Sunday at the Scouting Combine. 

Baylor wideout Kendall Wright, who some regard as the draft's top talent at the position due to his ability to make the big play, clocked in at just 4.61 seconds, according to NFL.com. Wright had been projected to run in the 4.4s or better.

Wright was far from the only highly regarded receiver to produce a disappointing time in the 40-yard dash, however. LSU's Rueben Randle (4.55), Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu (4.67) and Arkansas' Joe Adams (4.55) also could force scouts to go back to the tape after running slower than anticipated.
   
These results come on the heels of a disappointing workout from NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated receiver, Oklahoma State junior Justin Blackmon. Blackmon elected not to run at the Combine citing a tight hamstring. He did perform in the positional drills, however, but appeared hesitant to run and cut with the aggression that characterized his spectacular career with the Cowboys.  

Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:43 am
 

RG3 unofficially clocked at 4.41, 4.38

For those arguing that Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III should leap Andrew Luck as the top quarterback -- and prospect -- of the 2012 draft, he helped the cause by demonstrating his unbelievable straight-line speed Sunday morning. 

Griffin was unofficially clocked at 4.41 seconds by The NFL Network on his first attempt and ran even faster the second time around, zipping down the line at 4.38 seconds, according to the league's stopwatch. 

The demonstration of spectacular speed was not a surprise considering Griffin's Olympic potential, but it nonetheless gives scouts an actual time to go with all of the Heisman winner's highlights. 

Griffin is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 prospect in the draft and is projected by Senior Analyst Rob Rang to be the subject of an aggressive trade-up by some QB-hungry team in his recent mock draft.           

Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Luck, Griffin won't throw at Combine

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
 

Robert Griffin III charms media at Combine

Perhaps more than any scout is willing to admit, NFL rankings can be swayed by personality -- especially at the quarterback position. 

Of course, accuracy, arm strength, mobility and every other physical trait is of primary importance when grading quarterbacks but teams are also looking for leadership and charisma from the position that typically serves as the "face of the franchise."

In a 15 minute interview session with the media at the Combine Friday, Robert Griffin III teased with precisely these traits. He was as personable, witty, and articulate in person as you may have ever seen him on television. 

Having covered the Scouting Combine for several years, I've watched personality help boost the stock of quarterbacks Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez, among others. Sanchez may have been the most charismatic... until Griffin. 

Griffin's comfort in the spotlight and magnetic personality likely made believers out of some of those in the room who may have doubted him. If as successful in team interviews as he was in front of the media, he'll may be able to do the same with them, as well.       

Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:04 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 10:27 am
 

Griffin, Wright stand tall at Combine weigh-in

Football is a game of inches. And not only on the field.

Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers weighed in at the NFL Combine and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III impressed at 6023 (6-2 3/8) and 223 pounds according to multiple sources.

Listed at 6-2, 220, as a junior at Baylor, reports circulated that the Heisman Trophy winner might be closer to 6-0 and 200-pounds. However, it was best case scenario for Griffin who debunked several rumors just by stepping on a scale and getting measured. Since he decided to forego his senior season in Waco, he has been the No. 2 quarterback in this draft class by NFLDraftScout.com behind only Stanford's Andrew Luck. Fellow draft analyst Rob Rang ranks Griffin as the No. 4 overall prospect on his Big Board.

With his official measureables in the books, all eyes will be on Griffin during workouts, especially for his 40-yard dash, if he decides to run on Sunday with his quarterback group. As a true freshman at Baylor in 2008, he was a Track & Field All-American after finishing third at NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles (49.55). Griffin also won the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the Big 12 track meet with the third-fastest time in school history (49.22).

Although Griffin isn't expected to throw for NFL teams in Indianapolis this week, Griffin has stated he's "excited to wow them in interviews." He will throw and work out at Baylor's Pro Day, which was recently moved up one day to March 21 to not conflict with Stanford's (and Andrew Luck's) Pro Day.

Baylor WR Kendall Wright, projected as a first-round pick and NFLDraftScout.com's third-ranked receiver, was 5102 (5-10 1/4), 188 pounds. There had been some doubt that Wright would measure taller than 5 feet 9. He's extremely explosive and his straight-line speed is expected to prove to be near the top of the wide receiver class.

-- Contributed by Dane Brugler, who can be followed on Twitter @dpbrugler
 

Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:25 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 12:26 pm
 

NFL: Once order set, Colts free to sign No. 1

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello informed the media today at the 2012 Scouting Combine that once the final order is determined for the first round, the Indianapolis Colts are free to sign whomever they intend to draft No. 1 overall. 

The Colts are widely expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, but owner Jim Irsay also specifically mentioned Baylor's Robert Griffin III as another player his franchise is considering with the first pick. Irsay has said that his team plans to select a quarterback with the first pick. Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco and I each project the Colts to ultimately choose Luck in our current mock drafts.

The Colts aren't necessarily expected to actually sign anyone at this early stage of the process but the ability to negotiate with players could make their decision at No. 1 that much easier. 

The vast majority of the draft order has already been determined, but four teams -- the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks -- won't know which pick they'll be using until coin-flips break ties. The winner of a coin flip tomorrow morning will determine whether it will be the Panthers or Dolphins selecting eighth. The loser will pick ninth. The Buffalo Bills own the 10th pick. The Chiefs and Seahawks' coin flip will determine which club gets the No. 11 and No. 12 overall picks. 

Regardless of which teams win the coin flip, the competing teams will alternate picks in Rounds 2-7.   
             

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

 
 
 
 
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