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Posted on: February 26, 2011 10:15 am
 

Confirmed -- Mallett to answer questions today

According to an NFL spokesperson, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett will take questions from the media at the Combine today. 

It might seem obvious that Mallett would be made available. Nearly every one of the 330 players invited to the Combine take questions from the media throughout the week and considering the Second Team All-SEC quarterback's production, talent and potential high draft ranking, he certainly is one of the more high-profile players in this year's draft class.

With a few flurries of character questions growing into a full-on blizzard of red flags, including allegations of drug use, there were some in the media room openly questioning whether the NFL might "protect" Mallett and not make him available to reporters.

As it stands, Mallett will get his opportunity to answer questions, perhaps shedding some light on the controversy that could push an obvious first round talent considerably further down the board.

Mallett, projected at one time as high as No. 8 in my first round projection to the Tennessee Titans is no longer in my first round.
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:30 am
 

Schedule for NFL personnel speaking at Combine

The Combine is, of course, about the prospects weighing in, taking medicals, doing interviews and working out.

For much of the media sitting inside the Lucas Oil Stadium, however, the Combine is more important in that many of the NFL's teams' head coaches and front office executives take questions.

For those of you interested, here is Thursday's schedule:

  • 10:00 Chan Gailey, head coach, Buffalo Bills
  • 10:15 Steve Spagnuolo, head coach, St. Louis Rams
  • 10:30 Ron Rivera, head coach, Carolina Panthers
  • 10:45 Jeff Ireland, general manager, Miami Dolphins
  • 11:00 John Fox, head coach, Denver Broncos
  • 11:15 Trent Baalke, general manager, San Francisco 49ers
  • 11:30 John Harbaugh, head coach, Baltimore Ravens
  • 11:45 Jim Schwartz, head coach, Detroit Lions
  • Noon Mark Dominik, general manager, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 12:15 Kevin Colbert, Personnel Chief, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 12:30 Rick Spielman, Vice President of Player Personnel, Minnesota Vikings
  • 12:45 Jim Harbaugh, head coach, San Francisco 49ers
  • 1:00 Hue Jackson, head coach, Oakland Raiders
  • 1:15 Mike Munchak, head coach, Tennessee Titans
  • 3:00 Howie Roseman, general manager, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 3:30 Rex Ryan, head coach, New York Jets
  • 3:45 Mike Tannebaum, general manager, New York Jets
  • 4:00 Jason Garrett, head coach, Dallas Cowboys
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:30 am
 

Schedule for NFL personnel speaking at Combine

The Combine is, of course, about the prospects weighing in, taking medicals, doing interviews and working out.

For much of the media sitting inside the Lucas Oil Stadium, however, the Combine is more important in that many of the NFL's teams' head coaches and front office executives take questions.

For those of you interested, here is Thursday's schedule:

  • 10:00 Chan Gailey, head coach, Buffalo Bills
  • 10:15 Steve Spagnuolo, head coach, St. Louis Rams
  • 10:30 Ron Rivera, head coach, Carolina Panthers
  • 10:45 Jeff Ireland, general manager, Miami Dolphins
  • 11:00 John Fox, head coach, Denver Broncos
  • 11:15 Trent Baalke, general manager, San Francisco 49ers
  • 11:30 John Harbaugh, head coach, Baltimore Ravens
  • 11:45 Jim Schwartz, head coach, Detroit Lions
  • Noon Mark Dominik, general manager, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 12:15 Kevin Colbert, Personnel Chief, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 12:30 Rick Spielman, Vice President of Player Personnel, Minnesota Vikings
  • 12:45 Jim Harbaugh, head coach, San Francisco 49ers
  • 1:00 Hue Jackson, head coach, Oakland Raiders
  • 1:15 Mike Munchak, head coach, Tennessee Titans
  • 3:00 Howie Roseman, general manager, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 3:30 Rex Ryan, head coach, New York Jets
  • 3:45 Mike Tannebaum, general manager, New York Jets
  • 4:00 Jason Garrett, head coach, Dallas Cowboys
Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:18 pm
 

Romeus out for season with torn ACL

In his first game back after undergoing surgery to repair a disk in his spinal column, Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus tore the ACL in his right knee.

His 2010 season is over. Due to the fact that he redshirted in 2006, his collegiate career may be over, as well.

A 6-5, 265 pound senior defensive end, entered the year among the highest touted defensive ends in the country. It isn't difficult to see why. Despite having only played one year of high school football, Romeus earned all-conference honors each of his three starting seasons with the Panthers, averaging 45 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks during that time. Romeus earned the 2009 Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year with 42 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception despite often being double-teamed.

Romeus was clearly not himself in Pittsburgh's season-opener against Utah and had surgery on his lower back a week later. He triumphantly returned to the field last week against Connecticut and suffered the injury while rushing the passer.

The full extent of his new injury was only released today.

Romeus is expected to consult with several other doctors to gain other opinions before making a decision as to when he'll undergo surgery to repair the torn ligament.

Romeus may elect to try and get a rare sixth year of eligibility and return to Pittsburgh next season. There is precedence for the NCAA granting a sixth season due to medical hardships.

He also may elect to simply enter the draft. In this case, Romeus' final stock won't be determined until NFL doctors get a chance to review his knee at the Combine and in the medical re-check that occurs in the final weeks prior to the draft.
Posted on: March 24, 2010 2:33 pm
 

Scout: LeFevour "solid, far from spectacular"

Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour was "solid, far from spectacular" during his throwing performance at Central Michigan today, according to one NFL scout.

The scout charactized LeFevour as showing good accuracy and reasonable zip on short and intermediate passes, but that his long passes needed work. LeFevour had to wind up a bit for the longer balls, and though the distance was good, his accuracy was not. Many of his deep passes forced receivers to alter their routes.

Like most workouts, LeFevour performance won't dramatically alter his stock with scouts. LeFevour is currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the sixth best quarterback available in the 2010 draft, receiving a 3rd round grade.

Wayne State running Joique Bell, however, may see his stock slip considerably with yet another slow time in the 40-yard dash. Bell, the Harlon Hill Trophy winner and a standout at the Senior Bowl, has been unable to get his time under 4.68 seconds in repeated attempts in the drill. He was again clocked at a slow time Wednesday, timing at 4.76 seconds according to the scout. 
Posted on: March 17, 2010 2:08 pm
 

As expected, reviews mixed after Tebow's workout

As I mentioned in an earlier post , Tim Tebow wasn't going to convert his doubters or scare off his supporters with how he threw today. Scouts trust their eyes on game film too much to change their opinion based on a workout -- especially one against no competition and in drizzly conditions.

According to those in attendance, Tebow's throwing motion was tighter. He held the ball higher while moving about in the "pocket" and had a higher release point, as well. Tebow has never thrown the prettiest ball. He is prone to wobbly passes, but his passes were tighter spirals today than they've often been in the past.

Tebow was accurate to all levels of the field. He was at his best throwing deep balls , a characteristic I noted during Tebow's best day of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Tebow was obviously focusing a great deal of attention on his delivery and didn't yet appear natural in his motion.

It will be interesting to see if Tebow reverts back to his prior elongated throwing motion when he has a pass rush chasing him.


Posted on: March 15, 2010 6:25 pm
 

The newest Canadian prospect to watch

With NFL scouts leaving no stones unturned in their search for talent, expect there to be some buzz developing soon around wide receiver Steven Turner.

Turner dominated last weekend's CFL Evaluation Camp (the Canadian Football League's version of the Combine), topping all receivers in every category tested. Like the Indianapolis Combine for which NFL prospects are tested, wide receivers are asked to do a variety of drills. Turner beat all other receivers tested in the 40-yard dash (4.31), 10-yard split (1.42), 20-yard split (2.44), vertical jump (43.5"), broad jump (10'4.5"), shuttle (4.03) and even the bench press (20).

The 4.31 showing in the 40-yard dash is the fastest ever recorded at the CFL Evaluation Camp.

Turners' numbers would have ranked at or near the top in every category of receivers tested this year in Indianapolis.

The 5-09, 185 receiver was rarely used at The Bishop's, catching only 11 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. He finished fourth on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He was also a dangerous punt returner, however, averaging 20.4 yards per return and scoring twice.

The NFL has started looking more often to their neighbors in the north for prospects. Last year the Chargers selected former Western Ontario defensive tackle Vaughn Martin in the fourth round. The Miami Dolphins signed outside linebacker Cameron Wake last year. The Seahawks recently signed another pass rusher from Canada, Rickey Foley.

Turner's eye-popping athleticism could result in a high selection in Canada's draft, which takes place in May.

It also could result in his being drafted into the NFL only a few weeks earlier.



Posted on: March 9, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Top prospects do little at OU Pro Day

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Oklahoma Pro Day -- enough that representatives from nearly every team showed up (including a handful of head coaches and front office executives. In fact, 31 of the NFL's 32 teams were present. Only the Raiders weren't represented.

As it turned out, however, most of them could have stayed home as the top prospects didn't do much of anything to alter their grades.

According to scouts I spoke to who attended the workout:

Quarterback Sam Bradford , as I reported yesterday, did not attend the Pro Day.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (6-4, 298) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (6-5, 259) were measured, but did not participate in any drills. Both measured in a few pounds different today than they had at the Combine (McCoy was 295, Gresham was 261, respectively). Offensive tackle Trent Williams also elected to stand on most of his Combine results, but did participate in the short shuttle (4.4) and 3-cone drill (7.4).

Gresham may have helped his cause with a "solid showing" in receiving and blocking drills.

Another potential first round pick -- cornerback Dominique Franks , a 5-11, 191 pound junior -- bettered his Combine time in the 40-yard from 4.52 seconds to times varying from 4.44-4.50, according to scouts in attendance.

The two players who may have helped themselves the most were players not invited to the Combine and thereby forced to take advantage of the high number of scouts attending.

Offensive guard Brian Simmons was not invited to the Combine, but perhaps should have been -- especially considering the relatively weak crop of talent at the position this year. Simmons measured in at 6-4 1/4, 315 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash between 5.19-5.26. He was timed at 4.75 in the short shuttle, 7.61 in the 3-cone and posted a 28" vertical jump and a 8-10" broad jump.

Nose guard DeMarcus Granger (6-1, 320) may have helped his cause by showing off his strength. He posted a Pro Day-high 32 reps of 225 pounds. 


 
 
 
 
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