Rays of Light: NFL Combine Review

Former Michigan standout and Big Ten Network analyst Marcus Ray breaks down the performances turned in by Devin Funchess, Jake Ryan, and Frank Clark at the NFL Combine.

Frank Clark's statement to the media at the NFL combine about his alleged domsetic violence incident: "I don't want to get into too much detail. The detail I did get into I did with NFL teams. When we were in the room, the person involved let something get out of hand and took something further than what it was planned. You look at a phone and nowadays these phones get a lot of people in trouble. I'm not saying I'm a womanizer or anything of that nature. I'm just saying it was a confrontation between me and one of my friends and the woman involved took it to another level that it shouldn't have been taken to. That's fine. I'm not throwing her under the bus. I'm not saying she did anything wrong. I'm just saying that a lot of things that happened in that room that night could have been avoided."


Sam Webb:  Marcus it should noted that before and after that comment, it was sandwiched between him saying, hey I take responsibility it’s my fault, but in that segment he kind of said, she took it to another level, which might be true, but I don’t think you can say that.  I don’t think you can say that if you’re him, tell me if I’m wrong or not.

Marcus Ray:  “Actually I agree with you and really the way the interviews are set up at the combine, a lot of people don’t know, they test you.  They actually pick a fight with you, they actually pick a mental fight to see how you’re going to handle it, what you’re going to say and he kind of fell for it.  Really the whole thing is, say less.  You’re better off not saying anything versus saying something that could make it worse because they want to test you, they want to know, can this happen again, do you feel remorse, who’s fault was it, are you being defensive, are you a guy that is going to stand up and be accountable for what you did.  The league is not going to tolerate guys like you.  I wouldn’t be surprised if one of those coaches said, this league is not going to tolerate guys like you, because that’s how they speak to you behind closed doors, not because it is a personal attack, but they are trying to figure out, are you the right fit.  Anything in court, in meetings, say less.  That’s a Ray of Light for everybody and even myself, I’ve had to learn that.  Some of that stuff that you get involved with, it doesn’t help you any to try and explain your side or make yourself look better.  It happened, I moved on and I’m sorry for all parties involved.  I own my mistakes and things are getting better.  That’s how Frank should have been coached up, but because his future is on the line, he is behind closed doors in an interrogation room, I can see a little bit of cracking going on.  Where it is like, man it wasn’t like that dog, what are you saying? You all don’t know the truth and none of us know.  They don’t really care to know, they want to know how you’re going to handle it, what is your response going to be like.  Is there any potential for this type of stuff to go on again, is this a pattern.  Who are you?  That’s how they probably did Frank, that’s how they did me at the combine when I got suspended for going to a concert.  Charlie Weis pretty much told me that I was the worse human being on the planet.  What I said to Charlie, you don’t know me.  You can’t say that.  He said, I know people that know you.  I like Michigan guys, but I don’t like you and I want you out of here.  That was my interview with the Patriots.  He told me how great Bledsoe was.  I can relate to what having adversity and then Frank Clark walking in there and they just start going at you.  The same thing with Devin Funchess.  Hey why were your numbers down this year.  What do you say about everybody thinking you don’t have any heart and now you’ve got to defend yourself and hey I didn’t really have no quarterback.  I got moved around a little bit.  My production’s down because… They’re looking and testing you for immaturity, mental toughness and are you a grown man.  Are you able to take the question and answer it in a way that’s truthful, but you don’t say too much and you don’t make yourself look worse.  As far as Frank’s concern, he tested out the gym, that got a lot of people’s attention.  They’re going to downplay it like it doesn’t because they don’t want everybody to know who’s interested in who.  Frank Clark is probably going to get drafted.  It still may be late, but I was thinking he was a late round pick anyways just because of his height and not knowing where you can put him.  He can also play that outside backer position where you stand up and rush. The fact that he tested well helped him on the field, but the interview process probably got some people looking at him like…but they also know that’s still going on and it is recent and fresh.  That NFL game, they test you Sam.  They test you mentally, especially when you get in those interviews one-on-one and it is all about how you handle it.  Now Tony Dungy was different.  He sat down and said, son listen, I know you’re a good kid.  If you’re on the board later on in the draft we’re going to take you depending on what we do.  Basically, he told me that he was kind of on my side.  You’re a great player, you’ve had some hard times, we’ve drafted other players like this before, I wish you well, but then those other teams that will just throw you under the bus, test you mentally and step on your throat, so that’s probably what Frank probably experienced at the combine.  I think he’ll end up getting another shot at the next level for sure with those numbers.”

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