Linebacker 40 Times:
Abdul Hodge/Iowa: 4.80 || 4.76
Terna Nande/Miami (Oh): 4.53 || 4.55
Kai Parham/UVA: 5.03 || 5.11
DeMeco Ryans/Alabama: 4.62 || 4.65
Ernie Sims/Florida State: 4.53 || 4.51
Leon Williams/Miami (Fl): 4.62 || 4.65
Scouts were impressed with Ernie Simms of Florida State and think he elevated his draft stock.
We reported from the Senior Bowl that team's were concerned about the surly nature of Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler. Now comes word his interviews here have been mediocre at best. The problem is Cutler has come across as very vague when asked direct questions.
A former quarterback turned head coach in the NFL said any team who draft's Cutler better be prepared for their franchise quarterback to throw 30-picks a year.
Hofstra receiver Marques Colston ran well during his forty but turned scouts off even before he took the field at the RCA Dome. During interviews the 6'4" Colston gave coaches the impression he wanted nothing to do with a move to the h-back or tight end position.
Scouts were surprised Joshua Tinch was not given an invite to the combine, especially after his terrific senior campaign. Tinch is another big-bodied receiver teams are projecting to h-back.
Chicago Bears general manager quickly popped his head into the RCA Dome Sunday morning to watch the running back time in the forty then quickly left...or we should say one running back as the object of his desire was Mississippi State's Jerious Norwood, who is projected to receiver by many squads.
The St. Louis Rams are incredibly impressed with the tight end crop in this years draft. They will definitely select one in April. They would love to add Vernon Davis to their roster but that is unlikely. Expect them to take a long look at Joe Klopfenstein in round two.
Scouts feel that Tennessee defensive back Jason Allen is flying under the radar screen. Had an injury not ended his season in October scouts felt Allen was playing good enough to be a top 20-selection.
The feeling in Indianapolis is Devin Hester 's ultimate pro-position will be wide receiver.