Bernstein Blog - Trip to the Combine (Thurs)

Charlie Bernstein will take you through his experiences as we take a lighter look at the ultra-serious world of the NFL Scouting Combine.

7:11 a.m.- I wake up feeling somewhat refreshed. After a shower and a five-hour energy shot I'm ready to roll down to breakfast.

7:55 a.m.- Downstairs at breakfast I run into Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson. Ed is dressed in his long overcoat and looks a little like a vampire. The free breakfast removes part of the sting of paying $11.95 per day for internet. Ed avoids biting me and instead shows me the way to Lucas Oil Stadium.

9:00 a.m.- We arrive at "the Luke," which is truly a beautiful place. About half of the hundreds of media members looking busy and the other half are clearly hung-over. We're just waiting for the action to begin.

10:00 a.m.- 49ers GM Scot McCloughan talks about limiting Frank Gore's workload this season and the emergence of Vernon Davis was due to his maturity in the offseason.

10:30 a.m.- Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks about last year's draft. his team had a great draft last season and hopes to build on it this year. "Last year we got the best quarterback in the draft, the best tight end and the best safety... "

11:30 a.m.- Talked to Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland who won't say for sure the team would've been better off with Chad Pennington at quarterback in 2009. He claims that Henne is his guy. Ireland also talked about Joey Porter and the unlikelihood of him being back with the Fish.

Noon- I see some people with sandwiches so I'm going to grab some lunch. Unfortunately for me, the sandwich the league is providing is ham and cheese. I'm going to grab one and then try to trade it for inside information. Sort of like cigarettes in prison.

1:15 p.m.- I run into a good Jaguars source that tells me that Torry Holt is likely done in the NFL and Jack Del Rio really wasn't interested in the USC job.

1:25 p.m.- A high ranking NFLPA official sites that the association is in a "no-win situation" regarding blood testing and "we will always be chasing science."

1:55 p.m.- Offensive linemen, kickers and punters are generally not great interviews.

2:10 p.m.- I'm having trouble uploading my audio. Making for a tough day.

2:45 p.m.- Figured out the audio, day is getting better. I just ate a horrible looking cheese steak. I'm certain I will regret that decision. 3:05 p.m.- Spoke with Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki and found out he's spoken to the Jaguars, Texans, Vikings, Rams and Ravens. Moeaki has elite talent at the tight end position if he can stay healthy.

3:35 p.m.- Doug Farrar ( is seated next to me and his phone rang with a Who (the band) ring-tone. They sound much better on Farrar's phone than they did during the Super Bowl halftime show.

4:08 p.m.- Things are really quieting down here at the combine. I'm going to have to brave the freezing temperatures soon and walk back to the hotel to get ready for my show.

4:13 p.m.- I'm calling it quits from "the Luke." Time to start talking.

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