ColtPower Combine Updates: Saturday

Saturday, the focus shifts to the field, as the offensive linemen, kickers and punters and tight ends are put through their paces in the workouts. Defensive linemen and linebackers are in the house as well for interviews. Refresh all day for the latest from Lucas Oil Stadium! Latest update: 4:20 p.m.

McGrath could be a steal:
Saturday, 4:20 p.m.
Gerald McGrath of Southern Mississippi doesn't have the name recognition of some of the draft's other linebackers, but he's the best junior linebacker in the country and says he can play any linebacker position.

And despite being a junior on the field, he's mature beyond his 22 years. He got his college degree in sports administration in 2007 and is currently working on his Master's in sports management.

"I want to coach someday, and stay involved in the game for as long as possible," he said. "I love the game ... it's the best game ever made."

His passion is obvious. And while his size — 6-feet-1, 231 pounds — may be a drawback for most, he would be about the right size for the Colts' linebacking corps.

The team is pretty loaded at the position, but if Tyjuan Hagler and Freddie Keiaho were to depart in free agency, McGrath could be a less expensive replacement. He's currently ranked as the third-best middle linebacker in the draft and the 65th-best player overall. Chris Steuber sees him as a fourth-round pick.

Things are slowing again after a late-afternoon flurry, so this may be the last update for the day. Thanks for following along, and check back tomorrow for more!


Interviews picking up:
Saturday, 3:10 p.m.

After a slow day, interviews are picking up in the final couple of hours. Currently, USC linebacker Ray Maualuga, Brian Cushing and Boston College's B.J. Raji, all projected first-round defenders, are speaking at separate podiums. This has left much of the press corps running around the room in a frenzy.

Other players to appear in the last hour include Ohio State's James Laurinaitis, Cal's Zack Follett and Florida's Percy Harvin. Harvin, who Chris Steuber projects as a mid-to-late first round pick, could be a playmaker the Colts are interested in. Harvin confirmed that he spoke to the Colts and Titans, along with a handful of other teams, Friday night.


Get more information on who the Colts are talking to in our Insider's Forum!


Gilbert making leap to NFL:
Saturday, 3 p.m.

San Jose State DE Jarron Gilbert got a lot of questions about his sensational YouTube video, where he jumped out of a pool, during his time at the podium.

You can see the video, which has over 400,000 views, here.

Gilbert says the video was filmed on the first take at a teammate's house, but he's more interested in about his on the field accomplishments.

"Jumping out of the pool is cool and everything but being a good player is a little more important than that."

Gilbert's had good training — his father, Daren, played in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints.

And like many of the prospects in this year's draft, he's come a long way from his high school days.

He played offensive tackle in high school at 230 pounds and San Jose State was the only school to give him a scholarship offer.

Now, he stands 6-feet-5, 288 pounds, adding weight each year.

"I'm a worker," he says. "It's all I know."


Iowa's Mitch King
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

King won't let size hold him back:
Saturday, 1:10 p.m.

At 280 pounds, Iowa's Mitch King is a bit undersized as a defensive tackle for the NFL. But he's actually bigger than the Colts' two starters at DT last season, Keyunta Dawson and Eric Foster.

"I think I'm strong enough and good enough to play nose, but right now, teams are going to look at me as a 3-technique penetrator right now and I'm willing to work at that so I'm excited."

King is friendly and easy to crack a smile, but has an intensity about him as well.

"I have good hands, good hand placement, violent hands and the ability to get off blocks. I think I'm versatile in my moves and have a lot in my reportiore."

King says he's a team guy.

"You hear a lot about all the distractions on and off the field in the NFL," he said. "It's going to be tough for me to really understand the business aspect and see why people are more into themselves than the team. That's hard for me because I've been a very big team guy all my life."

Learn more about King here.


Barwin can do it all:
Saturday, 12:10 p.m.

Cincinnati's Connor Barwin is one of the more versatile players in this year's draft. He was a standout tight end for the Bearcats before the team decided to turn him into a defensive end last spring.

"I was excited about having a big senior year playing tight end, but I bought in pretty quickly. I never thought 'this is gonna get me to the Combine' ... and it's seemed to work out."

Is he a better defensive end or tight end?

"I don't know yet," he said with a smile. "I wonder what I would have done if I had played full-time and started the whole year at tight end.

Barwin is also a special-teams ace and blocked three kicks last season, in addition to his 10 sacks and seven quarterback hurries. He also played two years on the Bearcats' basketball team.

"I think I'm one of the best athletes in this draft," he said. "No matter what situation I'm in I'm going to contribute on special teams right away. A lot of the guys here have never played special teams and I've played there my whole career."

To learn more about Barwin, click here and here.


Keep up-to-date with all of Scout.com's NFL Combine coverage here!


Saturday: Stay or Go?
Saturday, 11:25 a.m.

Check out Brad Keller's free agency story on Jeff Saturday here. It would be nice if the Colts were able to get a deal done for him. Jamey Richard and Steve Justice were thrown into the fire last year, and it would good for the Colts if they could bring them along a little slower as they prepare for another Super Bowl run.

General manager Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals were just on the coaches' podium.

Graves on the status of former Colts star, Edgerrin James, who may be on his way out of Arizona: "We'll weigh any decision with respect to him and any other player as it affects our roster and the strength of our roster. Until then, no decision has been made."



Peria Jerry, Ole Miss
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An eye on the D-Line:
Saturday, 10:10 a.m.

Today, we'll have plenty of players to catch up with as defensive lineman and linebackers take to the podiums for interviews. Inside the stadium, the offensive linemen, punters, kickers and tight ends will work out. I was mistaken earlier in stating that the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs would work out — they will go through physical testing today and get on the field tomorrow.

Fans in our forums have been buzzing about the potential of the defensive tackles in the draft; in particular, Peria Jerry of Ole Miss seems to be the object of desire, and Scout.com NFL Expert Chris Steuber has him going to the Colts in his latest Mock Draft.


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Combine coordination:
Saturday, 9:50 a.m.

For those of you familiar with Lucas Oil Stadium and curious about the logistics of the Combine, it's set up in the "Baker & Daniels Club" on the East Side of the Stadium.

Out in the concourse, the NFL Network has a small table set up to do interviews. Inside the B&D Club, there are three stages, set up in a 'T' with a podium at each corner of the 'T'. It's definitely geared for TV and the NFL Network cameras are set up in the middle of the 'T' in order to shoot at all three stages.

There are also tables set off to the side of each stage for players to conduct extra interviews, and the media tables are set up along the sides of the main area.


And we're back!
Saturday, 9:25 a.m.

Thanks for joining ColtPower for another day at the NFL Combine. If you missed yesterday's updates, you can find them here.

Also be sure to check out Scout.com NFL Draft Expert Chris Steuber's Q&A with Cal Poly WR Ramses Barden, who was mentioned in yesterday's update. The big wide receiver could really turn some heads with a good workout today. Click here to read Steuber's Q&A with Barden.

Be sure to check back all day with the latest news from Lucas Oil Stadium!


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