3:15 p.m. - The most complete tight end available in this year’s draft, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Pettigrew, fielded questions from the media this afternoon. He was surrounded by a large contingent of reporters and discussed the ability that separates him from the rest of the TE class – his blocking.
“I think I block well,” Pettigrew said. “I think my best game blocking was the Texas game this past season. It’s something that I bring to the table and I believe it sets me a part from everyone else. I just try to be a complete tight end.”
One aspect of Pettigrew’s game that’s been questioned is his ability to stretch the field. As a senior, he caught 42 passes for 472 yards, but didn’t have a touchdown. Pettigrew’s longest reception of the year was from 38 yards out and he recognizes that there’s a concern about his ability to stretch the field.
“I’m looking to run a 4.4 in the 40 [tomorrow],” he said, with a smile. “At least that’s what I’m hoping to run. I know my speed is being questioned, but I know I’m faster than people think.”
There are a few teams that could use an upgrade at tight end and one of them is the Atlanta Falcons. Pettigrew mentioned that he talked with Falcons TE coach Chris Scelfo last night and that it was a good conversation. The Falcons have the 24th pick in the first round and if Pettigrew is still available, he would be an attractive option that would accelerate Matt Ryan’s progression as an NFL quarterback.The Falcons and the rest of the NFL will be able to see Pettigrew up close tomorrow, as he will participate in a full workout.
2:32 p.m. – When Baylor OT Jason Smith stood at the podium this afternoon, he definitively stated, “I’m the best OT in the draft and I don’t think I have any flaws.”
Those are words that the Baylor standout will have to live up to this weekend, as he told the assembled that he would perform in all of the workouts tomorrow.
“I’m doing everything,” he said. I’m here to work.”
Smith, who started out at Baylor as a tight end, switched to tackle shortly after he scored the lone touchdown of his career. Of the four top tackles available in the draft, Smith is the most athletic of the group and has the potential to have an impact like Ryan Clady had with the Denver Broncos last season.
In saying that he’s the best tackle in the draft, it was interesting to learn that Smith didn’t speak with any of the teams selecting in the top-three (Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs) last night. But he did talk with the Seattle Seahawks, who hold the No. 4 selection.
2:01 p.m. - Missouri TE Chase Coffman, who's still recovering from a broken foot he suffered in the Alamo Bowl on the final offensive play of the game, said that he won't workout tomorrow. Coffman is one of the premier tight ends available in the April draft and said that he hopes to be ready by the March 19th Pro Day at Missouri.
12:10 p.m. – Alabama OT Andre Smith took the podium a little after Noon today and appeared in good spirit and addressed a multitude of questions, mostly about his conditioning.
“I’ve changed my eating habits this offseason and I’m trying to maintain my weight,” Smith said. “I feel comfortable at my playing weight of 330 pounds and that’s my target. The weight issue isn’t a problem for me; I’ll be fine.”
A potential top-ten pick, Smith has already met with a number of teams in Indianapolis, notably the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets. Interestingly, the teams that he mentioned hold selections outside of the top-ten.
Smith, who left Alabama after his junior season and was suspended for the Sugar Bowl after he had inappropriate dealings with an agent, said that he’s still undecided if he will workout this weekend. He said that he’s likely to make his decision by tomorrow after he weighs his options with his agent.
“I want to get my [workout] numbers down more,” he said, in regards to possibly missing tomorrow’s workout. “I’m not happy with my numbers at this point and I want them to be the best that they can be.”
If Smith decides to skip his workout tomorrow, his Pro Day is scheduled for March 11th.
11:45 a.m. - Ohio State OT Alex Boone was the first player to take the podium at the Scouting Combine this morning and he addressed the public intoxication incident that took place a couple of weeks ago.
“It was a mistake,” Boone said. “I’m currently seeing a counselor about my drinking. I’m trying to get it out of my life.”
Boone, who primarily played at left tackle during his career at Ohio State, said he feels more comfortable on the left side, but doesn’t mind playing on the right side. Prior to the incident, Boone was considered to be a third – fourth round pick and after meeting with 10 – 12 NFL teams - namely the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Browns - on Wednesday evening, Boone isn’t sure how the incident will affect his draft status.
“Some teams talked about it [in the interviews], and some didn’t,” he said. “All I can say that it was a mistake and it will never happen again.”
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