Friday's Combine News - Player Updates

News, notes and quotes from some of the biggest names at the NFL Combines in Indianapolis. Featuring news on quarterbacks Michael Robinson (Penn State), D.J. Shockley (Georgia) and Vince Young (Texas).

More updated bench press results..

Offensive Tackles

Isaac Sowells/Indiana:  20

Charles Spencer/Pittsburgh: 30

Zach Strief/Northwestern: 19

Tony Tella/Miami-Fl: 24

Jeremy Trueblood/Boston College: 20

Running Backs

Brian Calhoun/Wisconsin: 18

Maurice Drew/UCLA: 18

Andre Hall/South Florida: 18

Quinton Gather/Utah: 29

Gilbert Harris/Arizona: 20

Jerome Harrison/Washington State: 19

Cedric Humes/Virginia Tech: 18

Wali Lundy/Virginia: 18

Lawrence Vickers/Colorado: 21

Dontrell Moore/New Mexico: 18

Jeremy Bloom/WR/Colorado

- Measured in at 5-9/173 pounds.

- He will run here primarily because he wants to get an idea of where he is since he hasn't been doing football training due to the Olympics.

- He said about 200 doctors yanked on every joint and muscle, but while some athletes complain about the Combine process, he's enjoying every moment of it because it's a dream come true for him.

- He's only been back in the country for three days, so his body clock is still adjusting.

- At 173 pounds, he knows he's a bit light but that was for skiing, and he wants to get back to 185.

- Hasn't talked to any teams yet.

Miles Austin/WR/Monmouth-NJ

- He measured in at 6-2 /215 pounds

- He said he has talked to the Rams and the Giants. Appears that he will also be talking to the Patriots, Panthers, and Cowboys.

- He thinks the fact that he showed that he got better every year will show teams that his best years are still ahead of him. He feels he has good athleticism at his position.

Michael Robinson/QB/Penn State

- Weighed in at 6-1/226 pounds.

- Will not work out here, preferring the familiar confines of Penn State.

- Says he could be used as a fullback.

- Tried to tweak his release at Senior Bowl based on input from former NFL QB Steve DeBerg, which he said was a mistake. His agent and DeBerg later told him to revert to his old style.

- Called head coach Joe Paterno the single biggest influence in his life after his mother.

- He said he wanted to prove himself as a quarterback at the Combine.

- Teams have inquired about using him as a safety, a running back, wide receiver, and kick returner.

- Said his game reps are the thing holding him back as a quarterback.

Laurence Maroney/RB/Minnesota

- Measured at 5-11, 217 pounds.

- Due to a strained hamstring while working out at Athlete's Performance, he won't work out until his Pro Day on March 23.

- He has spoken with the Rams and Vikings.

- Said his hamstring is at 75 percent.

- A sprained Achilles caused him to miss the Michigan State game.

- Said splitting time with other running backs, including Dallas RB Marion Barber III, was fun.

- Has increased his weight to 217 after playing at 210-212 to discourage concerns about his durability.

- Had 15 sacks as a senior defensive end in high school while rushing 30 times.

- Hopes to go in the first round but doesn't worry about projections.

- Says his patience and vision are his strengths.

- Nicknamed Kool-Aid as a kid, but can't drink any now because of his strict diet.

Marques Haynes/WR/Virginia

- He measured in at 5-9 and 202 pounds.

- He feels his work ethic, returns ability and the kind of person he is off the field will help him here at the Combine.

- Says he is still learning the WR position after playing QB. The route running is the biggest challenge for him.

- Will do an entire workout.

Bruce Eugene/QB/Grambling St.

- He will go through the full workout and joked that he would do it again on Monday if it will help his stock with NFL teams.

- He dropped weight to improve his agility and said that he is getting lots of compliments from NFL team personnel about it.

- He thinks the fact that they use the pro system at his school will help him be more attractive to teams.

Laurence Maroney of Minnesota measured in at 5-11/217 pounds.  He strained a hamstring in January and is only about 75%.  As a result he will not be working out here in Indianapolis.

Ryan Plackemeier of Wake Forest and Joel Steely from Louisiana-Monroe were the top punters in this afternoon's session.  Each regularly hit their punts further then 50-yards.

Colorado's John Torp and Illinois punter Steve Weatherford were major dissapointments.

Bench press result from some of the offensive lineman.

Davin Joseph/Oklahoma: 24

Chris Kuper/North Dakota: 24

Jahri Evans/ Bloomsburg St: 20

More bench press results from the offensive linemen:

Nick Mangold/Ohio State: 24

EJ Whitley/Texas Tech: 15

Duece Lutui/USC: 28

Ryan O'Callahan/Cal: 21

Gavin Tarquinio (TE-LS)/Georgia Tech: 18

Quinn Ojinaka/Syracuse: 21

Delanie Walker/WR/Central Missouri State

- Measured in at 6-1/208 pounds.
- Will do a full workout
- Has been working on his 40 time
- Played basketball, football and track in high school
- Was a Cowboys fan growing up and like Michael Irvin's physical style
- Said his playing style "can be a little dirty."
- Believes he can spread the field with a good arm span.

D.J. Shockley/QB/Georgia

- Measured in at 6-1/214 pounds
- Will do a full workout
- Is meeting with Kansas City tonight and has met with about half of the teams, including the Vikings.
- Said most coaches and scouts want to know about his ability to audible.
- Joked that he feels more injured now than when he arrived after all the tests he's been through.
- Expects to be drafted in the second or third round, which is fine considering nobody projected him as a solid draft pick before the season began.
- Runs about a 4.6 40-yard dash.
- Says his injury history shouldn't be a concern.
- Played for his father in high school.

Brad Smith/QB/Missouri

- Will do a full workout.
- Also being looked at as a wide receiver, but doesn't see himself fitting in there.
- Did some receiver reps at the Senior Bowl.

Charlie Whitehurst/QB/Clemson

- Measured in at 6-4 6/8, 223 pounds.
- His dad finished his career in 1984 and he was born in 1982, so game tape is the only thing he has on his father.
- Expects to go between the second and fourth rounds.
- Will not throw in Indy, saving it for his March 9 Pro Day.
- Has met with Kansas City, Dallas, and San Diego so far.

Vince Young/QB/Texas

- Measured in at 6-5/229 pounds
- Is not working out here, saving it for his March 22 Pro Day.
- Said coaches and scouts are not concerned with his throwing motion and they shouldn't be as long as he continues to win.
- Believes he needs to get better with the mental part of his game.
- Said Texas' offense was close to a pro style, despite being in shotgun.
- Talks to Titans QB Steve McNair often and said it would be special to play under him.
- Feels the Rose Bowl performance gave him the respect of coaches.
- Calls Matt Leinart a cool guy and has "goofed around" with him a lot.
- Is working with former Vikings and Titans assistant Jerry Rhome, doing drills and watching film.
- Teams are asking him to break down protection schemes.
- Has talked with St. Louis and Oakland.
- Rams coach Scott Linehan called him "a phenom."

Kellen Clemens/QB/Oregon

- Checked in at 6-1 5/8, 225 pounds.
- Said he's about 75 to 80 percent back from his ankle injury.
- Still has atrophy in his calf.
- Is training in Eugene and now in Orange County.
- Will throw on Sunday, but can't do any running or jumping drills yet.
- Relaxes by going back to the farm.
- Height and speed are the concerns of coaches.
- Said he runs about a 40 in the high 4.7s or low 4.8s.
- Meeting with the Ravens and Dolphins.

Mike Hass/WR/Oregon State

- Measured in at 6-0 _/208 pounds

- Described himself as a good route runner and a reliable target.

- When asked what pro receiver he would remind people of when they saw him play, Hass picked veteran NFL WR Ricky Proehl, saying he has admired the length of his career and how he plays.

- He said he is comfortable both in the slot and as a wideout.

- He has talked to a lot of teams, but isn't sensing that one is more interested than another.

Jay Cutler/QB/Vanderbilt

- Measured in a 6-3 and 226 pounds.

- He's a bit disappointed that the other top quarterbacks aren't working out. When asked if he was concerned that he could hurt his stock by performing here, he said no, and added with a smile, "It's just throwing."

- Thinks based on what he's hearing, the NFL is looking for more pocket passers than mobile quarterbacks.

- Will be in New York on Draft Day if invited.

- Said he's been working on his footwork. Also said he doesn't really like the "gunslinger" label because he thinks the chances he does take aren't reckless.

Matt Leinart/QB/USC

- Doing medicals and interviews only here. No workouts at all. Feels he has showcased his talent over the past three years and doesn't think Sunday would show what he can do like his Pro Day will with his own receivers.

- Said he has fielded some questions about being born cross-eyed, and the surgery to correct it as a child.

- Said he's been a winner his whole career, referred to himself as a "Tom Brady type" of quarterback.

- Says Carson Palmer has been tremendous offering him advice about this whole process and chatted with both Peyton and Eli Manning at the Senior Bowl.

DeAngelo Williams/RB/Memphis

- Measured in at 5'9/214. What's interesting is he measured a half inch taller since the Senior Bowl.

- He said one of his favorite players growing up was Ricky Williams.

- He said hte hardest thing at the combine so far is that he had to get up at 5:30 am this morning to get his medical tests done. During the medical evaluation, Williams said he was asked about an old high school injury (stress fracture-foot). Tests taken here were negative.

- He said he won't run here but will at his pro day. He will lift here.

Leon Washington/RB/Florida State

- Measured in at 5-7 7/8 and 201 pounds.

- He said his goal was to reach 5-8.

- Hopes guys like Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders help alleviate teams' fears about short running backs.

- He's training in New Jersey

- Went to former NFL S LeRoy Butler's camp when Washington was growing up.

- He has scored five different ways in college, starting with a fumble recovery in the end zone his freshman year.

- He said teams are talking to him about being a kick returner and third-down back, although he'd like to be a full-time back.

- Has talked with New England, Green Bay, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Denver, among others. - He said will do a full workout.

Jerious Norwood/RB/Mississippi State

- He measured in at 5-11, 210 pounds.

- He hunts and fishes, with turkey hunting being his favorite.

- He learned about the quicker pace of coaching and practices at the Senior Bowl.

- Scouts told him he improved his draft stock at the Senior Bowl.

- He said his pass protection needs work.

- He has talked with many teams, including the Vikings and Patriots.

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