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Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/27/2010 05:48 PM ET

Media Room Quiets Down

Things have wrapped up in the Media Room at Lucas Oil Field, and our Combine Blog is shutting down for the day. But keep an eye on your favorite Scout sites as we have all sorts of features planned for release this evening.

Posted by: ed thompson,
at 02/27/2010 05:47 PM ET

Odrick to Miss Paterno, Welcome NFL

When Penn State's Jared Odrick was measured at the Combine, he was a bit surprised by the result. He said that while his weight was 304--just three pounds heavier than he was at the Senior Bowl--he had somehow shrunk an inch since then with a 6-foot-five reading.

The high-motor defensive tackle said that his goals for the Combine are to perform to the best of his ability, not get uptight during any stage of the process and stay with the technique that he's been learning while training.

Odrick said that he's going to miss his interaction with Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno, cracking jokes about him, getting his chops busted by him, and Paterno's passion for the game.

Posted by:  John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 05:45 PM ET

Spiller Brings Weapons

Even though he's the premier running back available in the draft, Clemson's C.J. Spiller still has plenty of questions to answer before April gets here.

Naturally, since he's only 5-11 and 195 pounds, most teams will wonder if he can take the pounding that goes along with being a featured ball carrier in the NFL. Since he shared the Tigers backfield with Browns tailback James Davis for three seasons, Spiller is used to sharing the load and also an incredible return man on special teams. Somehow, he was not a Heisman Trophy finalist after this kind of senior year: 1,212 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground, 503 yards receiving and four touchdowns through the air and five more TDs on returns -- he even threw a 17-yard scoring pass.

This sports writer, however, put Spiller atop his Heisman ballot.

Posted by: ed thompson,
at 02/27/2010 05:37 PM ET

Owens Aims for 40

Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens told the media that he wants to show off his speed and strength during the Combine. While he shared his goal of 40 reps for the bench press, he simply stated that he hopes to surprise people with the 40-time that he posts.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update
at 02/27/2010 05:35 PM ET

Gerhart Still With Something to Prove

Stanford RB Toby Gerhart is trying to prove that he's faster than people think. He wouldn't say what he wants to run in the 40-yard dash, but he's hoping it's fast enough to convince scouts that he can play running back, not fullback, at the NFL level. He also answered a question about being stereotyped as a white running back. He said people usually compare him to John Riggins and Mike Alstott, but he believes he's most similar to Corey Dillon and Eddie George.
"My M.O. in college is contact," he said.
He said he needs to improve his pass protection because he tends to lead with his head instead of striking with his hands.
Gerhart said his baseball days are behind him, but it did teach him to deal better with failure and put a bad play behind him.

Posted by:  ed thompson,
at 02/27/2010 05:34 PM ET

NCSU DE Gets Interest

North Carolina State defensive end Willie Young has already had formal interviews with the Jaguars, Bengals, Cardinals, Jets and Steelers--with more scheduled for this evening. 

Posted by:  ed thompson,
at 02/27/2010 05:24 PM ET

BC Grad Promotes Specials Skills

Boston College's Mike McLaughlin told the media that even though he's wearing a linebacker shirt at the Combine, he considers himself a special teams player first and a linebacker second. But don't be fooled by that statement. After coming back from an Achilles injury, the defensive captain finished second on the team in tackles from his middle linebacker position last year. McLaughlin, who adds great value to his NFL resume with his long-snapping ability, plans to do some long-snapping during Monday's drills. He got very positive feedback from NFL scouts following the East-West Shrine Game for his ability to long-snap during punts and then getting down the field to make plays.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update
at 02/27/2010 05:20 PM ET

McCoy Compares Himself to Bradford, Claussen

Is Colt McCoy a football head? When he stepped up to the podium and saw all the audio recorders sitting there, he said it was a mess and started to arrange them into a 3-4 defense.
McCoy declared his shoulder "great" and said it was actually nerve damage to his deltoid, nothing that was structurally wrong with it, and that Dr. James Andrews and McCoy's representatives decided he shouldn't throw at the Combine in order to avoid a setback. He'll do that at his March 31 pro day.
McCoy said he'd put himself up with QBs Jimmy Claussen and Sam Bradford and referenced his winning ways at Texas, where he played 53 straight games before getting hurt. He had a meeting scheduled with St. Louis, which holds the No. 1 overall pick, tonight.

Posted by:  adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 05:04 PM ET

More Decisions Coming for Raiders

The Oakland Raiders made one decision this week when they placed their exclusive franchise tag on DE Richard Seymour. They have three more big ones coming up next month.

A league source said the Raiders have option bonuses coming up next month for G Robert Gallery, DT Gerard Warren, and RB Justin Fargas.

Posted by: Tim yotter, Viking Update
at 02/27/2010 04:57 PM ET

Talkative LB Gets to Talk Some More

Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon measured in at 6-1 ¼ and weighed 239 pounds. He said he gained about 12 pounds from his junior to senior year "eating cheeseburgers in the dining hall" and made a point to take that weight off after his senior year because he wasn't looking as fluid on tape as he was as a junior, when he said he had a more productive season.
He said teams are looking at him as a middle or weakside linebacker in a 4-3 system and Mike or Mo linebacker in a 3-4 defensive system.
Weatherspoon impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl and said they have asked him if his talkative personality at the Senior Bowl was a front. No, he's talkative all the time and he'll put that into practice tonight in interviews from 7:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. He has already had formal interviews with Denver, Jacksonville, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

Posted by: adam caplan, 
at 02/27/2010 04:57 PM ET

Graham Keeps Climing

After having an outstanding set of practice performances during Senior Bowl week back in January, University of Miami TE Jimmy Graham followed that up with a great NFL combine workout today.

Graham, according to two NFL personnel sources, probably moved up to being a third or fourth-round pick based on his upside after the Senior Bowl. Now, after such a great athletic worth, he may moved up even higher on draft boards.

While he's still viewed as a raw athlete, who only played college football for one season, the natural fluidity of movement he has is rare.

Posted by:  adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 04:43 PM ET

Owens a Pleasant Surprise in ATL

When the Atlanta Falcons selected CB Chris Owens in the third round of last year's draft, they did so believing he would eventually challenge for a role in their nickel defense. The former San Jose St. University defensive back wound up not only winning the nickel role as the season progressed, but he wound up starting six games.

General manager Tom Dimitroff was effusive in his praise of Owens and said he really surpassed expectations last season.

Posted by:  ed thompson,
at 02/27/2010 04:41 PM ET

Lewis: A LB Who Can "Cover Like a Safety"?

Ole Miss safety Kendrick Lewis was classified as a linebacker for the Combine, a position he hasn't played since high school, but he believes that if an NFL team wants him to make that switch, they'll get a linebacker who can cover like a safety. Lewis said he has the footwork, change of direction skills and can flex his hips to be successful. He measured in at 6-foot-1, 239 pounds and had a formal interview with the Carolina Panthers last night.

Posted by:  John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 04:39 PM ET

What Can Suh Do For You? Kick?

Proclaimed by experts and non-experts alike as the best defensive line prospect in a generation, maybe ever, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh played a lot of soccer growing up in Portland and even kicked extra points at Grant High School.

But the 6-4, 300-pounder isn't in Indianapolis this week because of his ability to kick the ball. He's here because of his ability to destroy the ball carrier. The Lions, who have the No. 2-overall selection, have taken notice. He's already gone to dinner with Detroit officials and "met everybody" in the organization worth meeting. As for the Rams and Buccaneers, owners of the No. 1 and No. 3 pick, respectively, Suh has only met with their respective medical staffs.

Not even Suh himself figured he'd be getting Heisman Trophy consideration in 2009: "Not really. It wasn't a focus of mine. I really didn't think of it much. But when it came along, [I] embraced it and really just took joy to it. But it wasn't my main focus. My focus at Nebraska this past season was to help my team win. I think I helped them a fair amount, but not enough. We weren't 14-0."

Posted by:  doug farrar,
at 02/27/2010 04:36 PM ET

McCoy Happy to be Compared to Brees

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who said jokingly that he's "pretty sick" of the rehab process for his injured shoulder, also discussed comparisons between him and Saints quarterback Drew Brees. "I'm proud of those comparisons," he said. "He's one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. I think people compare us because we're not the typical 6-foot-4 quarterbacks. But I have a lot of intangibles, I'm very determined, and I'm excited about this process."

at 02/27/2010 04:35 PM ET

Kindle Ready to One-Up Orakpo

Texas DE/OLB Sergio Kindle appears to be more of an outside linebacker as he weighed in at just 250 lbs.  Kindle
believes he's a better linebacker than his former college teammate and Washington Redskins star, Brian Orakpo.  Kindle
has had one team meeting, with the Cleveland Browns, and has 20 more this evening.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update
at 02/27/2010 04:24 PM ET

Wootton Slowly Returning

Northwestern DE Corey Wootton said he still isn't completely back from his knee injury. He played the season at about 70 percent, he said, and believes he is now closer to 90 percent. The knee checked out "good and tight" in his medical test at the NFL Scouting Combine, he said.
He was "pretty close" to coming out his junior year and had a low first-round or early second-round grade returned from the advisory committee. That's about where he is expected to go this year.

Posted by:  adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 04:15 PM ET

Redskins Replacing Rabach?

With Washington Redskins starting C Casey Rabach slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 5, the team may begin starting looking for his potential replacements.

A possible replacement for Rabach or an addition for depth purposes could be Casey Wiegmann, who was released by the Denver Broncos earlier this week. Wiegmann played for new Redkins head coach Mike Shanahan in Denver two years ago.

Posted by: Tim yotter, Viking Update 
at 02/27/2010 04:11 PM ET

A Tackle Named Suh

Big Suh is up. Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh, a potential first overall draft pick, is at the podium speaking now. We'll have nuggets from that interview soon.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update
at 02/27/2010 04:09 PM ET

Outside, Inside... He's Ready to Roll

Iowa LB A.J. Edds said teams are looking at him as an OLB in a 4-3 defensive scheme and ILB in a 3-4 defensive scheme. The difference is that he would be playing more "in the box" as a middle linebacker.
He compared himself to former Hawkeyes and current Vikings LB  Chad Greenway, but he said Greenway is more athletic while Edds is a little bigger. Even so, Edds described himself as "pretty versatile." That applies to more than just linebacker, as he plans to long snap when he works out on Monday. He did that in practice at Iowa but never in a game.
He has had formal interviews with Jacksonville, Atlanta and Philadelphia so far at the Combine, but he's also talked with about 15 to 20 more teams informally.

Posted by:  adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 04:05 PM ET

Eagles to Look to Free Agency for RB?

The feeling in league circles is that the Philadelphia Eagles will choose to look to the free agent market to back up new starting RB LeSean McCoy rather than drafting his potential backup for this season. It doesn't necessarily mean Philadelphia won't draft a back, however. 

Posted by: John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 04:02 PM ET

Another Ex-Tex RB DL...

What is it about the the University of Texas turning running backs into defensive linemen?

Last year it was Henry Melton, who scored 10 touchdowns as a freshman for the Longhorns, being selected in the fourth round by the Bears as a defensive end. This year it's Lamarr Houston, who was once a 275-pound tailback -- not fullback, tailback -- at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs (CO), proving to be one of the better defensive tackle prospects in the draft. According to Houston, the Vikings have talked to him about playing nose tackle in their version of the 4-3.

However, the 305-pounder has a long way to go before he's as big as Pro Bowler Pat Williams, who is listed at 317 -- maybe if he had one of his legs amputated -- but closer to 370.

Posted by: adam caplan, 
at 02/27/2010 03:58 PM ET

Schobel Ready for 3-4

Despite rumors to the contrary, Buffalo Bills DE Aaron Schobel has no problem with the team switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme for next season, a league source told In fact, the source said Schobel, if he decides to continue his career, feels he's a fit for that scheme because of his ability to get off the edge. As noted earlier this week, Schobel has a $2 million roster bonus due on March 9.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update  
at 02/27/2010 03:55 PM ET

More on Mangini...

Browns coach Eric Mangini was asked several questions about the transition to having Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert as new decision-makers in the process. "I think it's changed quite a bit and quite a bit for the better," Mangini said.
Asked about his previous approach of "my way or the highway," he clarified that catchphrase by saying "it's the best way and the right way," not "my way or the highway."
Regarding the QB situation, he said the team is open to anything.
He said having players address the team at the end of practices helped contribute to the four-game winning streak to end the season and he felt like the San Diego game was a turning point.
It would be hard for a running back to endure the amount of carries that Jerome Harrison had in the last four games over an entire season, Mangini said.
Asked about finding a position for Josh Cribbs, Mangini said, "Do you want to pigeonhole him in one spot?"

Posted by:  adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 03:48 PM ET

Snead Interviews with Three

University of Mississippi QB Jevan Snead has begun meeting with teams. The strong-armed passer has met with the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tennessee Titans so far.

Posted by: John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 03:44 PM ET

Carrington Ready to Travel

Considering the fact that he has been given a third-round grade by NFL Draft analyst Chris Steuber, it's fair to wonder how defensive end Alex Carrington ended up at a smaller school like Arkansas State. But Carrington actually turned down a few Division-I offers in order stay close to his young son back home in Tupelo, Miss., though times have changed and the 6-5, 282-pounder now feels comfortable being drafted by any team from coast to coast. He says he can bulk up to play three-technique tackle in a 4-3 or slim down to play outside linebacker in a 3-4, but his strength and explosion -- his words, not mine -- make him a good fit at end in a 4-3.

Posted by: Tim yotter, Viking Update  
at 02/27/2010 03:40 PM ET

More from Browns' Heckert

Browns GM Tom Heckert addressed numerous personnel issues in Indianapolis.

  • The team will wait until Wednesday or Thursday to make their moves with restricted free-agent tenders, but they haven't even discussed long-term contracts with those free agents.
  • They haven't made their decisions on their unrestricted free agents.
  • Heckert has met multiple times with the agent for Josh Cribbs
  • The decision on Derek Anderson's bonus money will come down to the wire and the team hasn't made any final decisions on their QB situation.
  • He declined to discuss any potential interest in Brian Westbrook or LaDainian Tomlinson.
  • NT Shaun Rogers should be ready to go by minicamp.
  • The Browns are open to moving up or down in the draft and had have discussions with teams on both options.
  • Heckert described Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford as a big kid with an accurate arm.

Posted by:  chris steuber,
at 02/27/2010 03:35 PM ET

Griffen Hopes to Be OLB Guy

USC DE Everson Griffen stepped to the podium this afternoon and talked a lot about becoming a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. Griffen primarily played DE at USC and at 6-foot-3, 273 pounds, he has the size to play DE in a 4-3 scheme. He predicted that he would run a 4.5 in the 40 this weekend.

Griffen said that he met with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns last night; two teams that run a 3-4 (the Bills are converting from a 4-3 to a 3-4 this year).

Posted by:  doug farrar,
at 02/27/2010 03:22 PM ET

Mangini Plays It Cool

Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini said that he doesn't feel any specific pressure to perform, despite the fact that team president Mike Holmgren has brought on some of his own assistant coaches and has quite the coaching reputation himself. "I've been with quite a few guys who cast big shadows," Mangini said of his experiences with Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. "And I don't see it as a negative."

Posted by:  doug farrar,
at 02/27/2010 03:06 PM ET

Heckert Stays Mum on Free Agents

While Cleveland Browns GM Tom Heckert wouldn't specifically mention any possible free agents (Hmmm … must be something about that pesky league year), he talked a lot about the relationship between himself, Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini. It's generally a democratic process, with everything being discussed and then implemented between the three men. Heckert and Holmgren, whose player evaluation histories are with 4-3 defenses, don't necessarily hold more to Mangini's opinions on 3-4 players, despite Mangini's experience with that scheme. Heckert agreed with a comparison of Dexter McCluster to DeSean Jackson, mentioned that as a Hillsdale college graduate, he had a special place in his heart for lineman Jared Veldheer, and said that he wanted one more shot at the Super Bowl before leaving Philly. Anyone looking for insight into Cleveland's free agent plans is barking up the wrong tree at the Combine – until March 5 when the league year turns over, teams can't talk about players under contract.

For the internet's best Cleveland Browns news coverage, check out the Orange and Brown Report...

Posted by:  ed thompson,
at 02/27/2010 02:50 PM ET

Dwyer: Interviews Key

Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer will be doing a full workout in Indianapolis, but believes that the interview process is going to be a key in helping to sort out the selection order of this year's top rushers. He wants teams to realize that he's a complete back who can pass block, run inside, run outside, make big plays and returns kicks. And while talking with the media, he had a message for any teams that don't draft him. "I'm going to be a handful every time I play them," he said with a smile. 

Posted by:  ed thompson,
at 02/27/2010 02:45 PM ET

Gilyard Continues to Impress

Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard measured in at 6-foot-tall and 187 pounds, eight pounds heavier than he was at the Senior Bowl, but that was his plan. While there was some buzz about whether his 179-pound frame would hold up well in the NFL, he created even more buzz with his performance, winning the Under Armour Offensive Player of the game with his 179 all-purpose yards and a score. The game's speedy wide receiver was asked how fast he thought he'd run the 40 tomorrow and he simply replied, "it'll be good" with a wide grin. Gilyard plans to do a full workout, except for the bench press. He mentioned that one of the teams that he's had some informal meetings with is the New England Patriots, talking with both their wide receivers and special teams coaches.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update
at 02/27/2010 02:38 PM ET

Ravens Interested in T.O.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh addressed a number of personnel issues in his Combine interview:

  • Most prevalent, he addressed rumors that the Ravens might be interested in Terrell Owens. "We're interested in T.O. We're interested in anybody that can help our football team," he said, admitting that he has watched film of Owens recently.
  • He said center Matt Birk fit into the offense right away and became a leader in quick order.
  • The Ravens were interested in Donte' Stallworth after he impressed in a workout. "He put together a great workout. We put him through a grueling workout."
  • WR Derrick Mason and the Ravens are both interested in working out a deal. The Ravens are interested in a multi-year deal, Harbaugh said.
  • He still sees QB Troy Smith as a starter in the league, but he obviously won't be starting for the Ravens. However, they plan on retaining Smith.

Posted by:  John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 02:17 PM ET

Vets An Answer at Safety?

The draft is loaded with top-quality safety prospects this year, but considering how well Brian Dawkins and Darren Sharper played this year in Denver and New Orleans, respectively, perhaps signing an aging veteran in free agency is the way to go instead. According to Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, Dawkins "infects" the ballclub with energy and professionalism, going so far as to take some extra reps on the scout team in practice, when all the younger guys just want to hit the showers and go home for the day. The safety position in particular seems to lend itself well to aging gracefully, mostly because in-game savvy can be substitued for any loss in athleticism.

Posted by:  doug farrar,
at 02/27/2010 02:09 PM ET

Ready-Made for the 3-4

As one of the very few dedicated 3-4 ends in the NCAA, Cal's Tyson Alualu has a great advantage when it comes to the next level. More and more NFL teams are moving to the 3-4 defense, and it's always an adjustment to project how they'll do in those schemes. At 6-2 and 295 pounds, he's got the run-stopping ability on the edge and can play 3-tech in a 4-3 as well. He's an underrated name in the Pac-10, but scouts and personnel executives won't be sleeping on his potentia

Posted by: ed thompson, 
at 02/27/2010 02:05 PM ET

Atkins Praises Pounceys

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins said that the toughest blockers he's ever faced are Florida's Pouncey brothers, Maurkice and Michael. He measured in at 6-foot-1, 293 pounds and believes that his leverage, quickness and strength are among his best attributes as he heads into the NFL. Atkins has been watching film of Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and really likes how he uses his hands and his quickness out of his stance.

Posted by:  chris steuber,
at 02/27/2010 01:48 PM ET

Bradford "Ahead of Schedule"

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford looked strong, but came across guarded as he answered questions from the media on Saturday afternoon. He revealed that Dr. James Andrews told him that he's ahead of schedule, as he continues to strengthen his surgically repaired shoulder, and that his shoulder is at around 85-percent right now.
On Friday, Bradford measured in at 6042 and 236 pounds, which is roughly 12 pounds heavier than his normal playing weight. After his surgery and during his rehab, Bradford knew that he had to get stronger to withstand the physical punishment he would receive in the NFL.
Bradford declined to mention the teams that he's met with so far at the Combine, although it's almost certain that he will meet with almost every team in need of a quarterback: St. Louis, Washington, Buffalo, Jacksonville, etc. Bradford is widely considered to be the No. 1 quarterback in the 2010 NFL Draft, but it's his health that could ultimately push him back in the first round. However, if he's able to show scouts that he's healthy, and displays the same accuracy that he displayed at Oklahoma during his March 25th Pro Day, he will be a top 3 selection in April.

Posted by:  John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 01:36 PM ET

Florida End Pines for the Outside

Although he's listed as a four-star defensive end by and given a third-round grade by NFL Draft analyst Chris Steuber, it sounds like Florida's Jermaine Cunningham would prefer to line up at outside linebacker in a 3-4. Following a 22-game winning streak and a national championship along the way, Cunningham had forgot what it felt like to lose and was in a state of shock after the defeat to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game this season. Short and quick with all his answers, he even joked he needs to work on his public speaking before the draft.

Posted by: Tim yotter, Viking Update  
at 02/27/2010 01:20 PM ET

And Now... Heeeeeere's Sam!

The announcement of QB Sam Bradford conducting his interview sent a scramble throughout the media room. He is conducting it now, and we'll be back with the highlights shortly.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update
at 02/27/2010 01:18 PM ET

Graham Weighs In

Michigan DE Brandon Graham measured in at 6-foot-1, 268 pounds and says he gets a lot of questions about his size. He admires the work of NFL players like Elvis Dumervil and LaMarr Woodley.
Graham impressed at the Senior Bowl, but said he hasn't had a chance to meet with any teams at the Combine yet. "I was just letting them know that I give 100 percent on every play," he said about his Senior Bowl week.
He said he needs to work on opening his hips better.

Graham sits at the very top of our Outside Linebacker rankings!

Posted by:  chris steuber,
at 02/27/2010 01:06 PM ET

Clausen Speaks!

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen finally spoke with the media this afternoon and addressed many topics during a 12-minute press conference. The one constant that kept coming up with Clausen was his leadership ability and questions about his character.
"I've grown tremendously since I came to Notre Dame," Clausen said. "I went to Notre Dame early as a senior [in high school]; I arrived there in January [of 2007] to get a head start in my college career. There were some ups-and-downs and a lot of lessons that I've learned there. I've overcome a lot of adversity at Notre Dame, but it was the greatest time of my life. I had some of the greatest experiences there, and just being away from my family in California has definitely changed me as a person."
On Friday, Clausen measured in at the Combine at a surprising 6025 and 222 pounds and while he won't workout at the Combine, he did announce on Saturday that he plans to do a full workout at his Pro Day on April 9th. Clausen also announced that has met with just two teams thus far, the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills. The Redskins (No. 4 overall) and Bills (No. 9 overall) are currently in the market for a quarterback.

Posted by:  ed thompson,
at 02/27/2010 01:02 PM ET

Dexter Davis Getting Attention at OLB

Defensive end Dexter Davis told the media that NFL teams are also talking to him about playing outside linebacker. As a result, he knows that showing good ability to open his hips, drop into pass coverage and his 40 time are going to be even more important during his workouts at the Combine. The two defensive ends he strives to emulate are the Ravens' Terrell Suggs and the Colts' Dwight Freeney. 

Posted by:  amberly dressler, az red report
at 02/27/2010 12:51 PM ET

Anquan Boldin, Round II

The Arizona Cardinals plan to take the same approach with Anquan Boldin as they did last offseason, according to GM Rod Graves.
"We want to take the approach of looking at all of our options and exploring, and ultimately determining what's best for the team," Graves said. "From that perspective, nothing's changed. We still recognize Anquan as a valuable member of our football team. Again, we'll weigh what the options are the through the offseason and make the decision that's best for our team."
Despite a deep receiving corp, Graves said he'd be remiss to say that Boldin is easily replaceable.
"I think having Anquan in the mix, certainly enhances our abilities as a football team. Again, we'll see where things take us through the offseason and make the decisions that ultimately that's in the best interest of our team."
Graves also took the team-first approach with the decision to tag linebacker Karlos Dansby for the third-straight season. Graves said a lot goes into the decision in whether or not the use the tag but, "it has to be a situation that makes sense for us."

For the latest on the Cards, dial up!

Posted by: John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 12:38 PM ET

S Rolling Into Free Agency?

Based on the comments made by Cardinals vice president of football operations Rod Graves, safety Antrel Rolle is probably going to hit free agency at some point. Rolle is due a $2.8 million roster bonus, and with so much money already being committed to fellow safety Adrian Wilson, Arizona would need to restructure Rolle's contract somehow in order to keep him. But even if Rolle does get a chance to swim in free-agent waters, Graves promised he would still be in the mix to bring him back to the desert because he has made the transition from corner so well.

Posted by:  chris steuber,
at 02/27/2010 12:14 PM ET

It's Quiet... Too Quiet...

Still no sign of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford or Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. It continues to be a relatively quiet day on Day Three of the Combine. The coaches and GMs are coming in as scheduled, but there have only been a handful of players that talked with the media so far.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update  
at 02/27/2010 12:13 PM ET

Ryan Cracks 'Em Up

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan had the media in stitches during his press conference. Here are just a couple of his quips:
Asked about the drills he likes to watch at the Combine, he said he enjoys watching offensive linemen. "You watch an offensive lineman run a 40 and you say, ‘Whew, he made it.'"
Asked about Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha saying he wanted to play for the Jets, he thought about the rules restricting him from talking about a player under contract with another team, gave a wide smile and said, "There we go. You're trying to get me in trouble. I get myself in enough trouble."
But the highlight was when he was asked about his notoriety and a shot showing a his belly on TV. "I'm watching ESPN and I'm like, ‘Wow, that's not a real good shot. … Don't get me wrong. I get hit on by women all the time."

Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/27/2010 12:10 PM ET

Hodge Leaping up Draft Boards?

Wide receiver Shay Hodge had a formal interview with the Baltimore Ravens Friday night that was attended by both general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh. The Ole Miss pass-catcher believes he'll run his 40 around the 4.4-second range and thinks it's the most important event for him at the Combine. A sharp route-runner who catches the ball well, Hodge said he's one of the best receivers in this year's draft class at competing for the ball in a jump-ball situation.

Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/27/2010 12:06 PM ET

Penguin Shuffling to Buffalo?

Youngstown State's Donald Jones said that he's had both a formal interview with the Buffalo Bills and a separate meeting with their wide receivers coach.

Jones measured in at 6-foot tall, 214 pounds and believes he'll be a slot receiver at the next level. Jones said that he prides himself in being a physical receiver who catches well and plays hard all the time. He is striving for a 40-time in the low 4.5s.

Posted by:  adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 11:56 AM ET

Ronnie Brown Becomes Available

The Palm Beach Post reports Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown will become a restricted free agent on Friday should a new CBA not be reached. Brown would become an unrestricted free agent on March 5 should a new CBA surprisingly get completed by then.

A source told that the final season of his six-year deal voided after the team paid him a $12.243 million option bonus back in 2006.

Brown was selected second overall in the 2005 draft.

Posted by:  John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 11:45 AM ET

Haley Praises RB Charles

The Chiefs had one of the worst running games in the league last season when Pro Bowler Larry Johnson was getting the majority of the carries, but after he was shipped out of Kansas City, youngster Jamaal Charles took over and exploded down the stretch. While coach Todd Haley didn't say anything negative about Johnson at the podium, he went out of his way to praise Charles for his preparation and taking advantage of the opportunity once it was finally presented to him. Haley is looking for more of the same down the road: "Everybody's excited about the future with Jamaal running the football."

Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/27/2010 11:34 AM ET

Three Teams Circle McCluster

Ole Miss multi-threat Dexter McCluster took the podium and revealed that the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, and St. Louis Rams are just a few of the many teams that have conducted formal with him so far. He mentioned that the Rams and Browns both spoke to him about the running back position. Also highly accomplished as a wide receiver and return specialist, McCluster measured in at 5-foot-8 and 172 pounds and stated that he's expecting to run a 40-time in the 4.3s. He plans to workout on Sunday at both wide receiver and running back. 

Posted by: adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 11:25 AM ET

Wilkinson to the Middle?

New York Giants LB Gerris Wilkinson may be moved to MLB next season, a source said. Wilkinson, a restricted free agent, will receive a third-round tender from the team. Wilkinson, who has been a backup at WLB since he was drafted in 2006, played MLB in college at Georgia Tech.

at 02/27/2010 11:15 AM ET

McCluster Getting Interest

Ole Miss RB/WR Dexter McCluster is hearing from teams that they don't believe his size is much of a concern and
he's a play-maker.  McCluster believes he can make a similar immediate impact to a team as Reggie Bush and Percy

at 02/27/2010 11:06 AM ET

Reese: Gap? What Gap?

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese disputes that the Dallas Cowboys have opened up a gap in the NFC East.
He also claims that William Beatty has the skill set to be a left tackle and they would consider moving David Diehl inside.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update
at 02/27/2010 11:05 AM ET

Spaguoulo: Jackson Just Needs "Rest"

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said he has talked to RB Steven Jackson and his back is "doing fine." Spagnuolo said he wouldn't even put Jackson in the rehab category, indicating he just needed rest.
As for the draft, Spagnuolo said the Rams aren't opposed to moving down "if it's the right thing to do."

Posted by:  John crist, bear report  
at 02/27/2010 11:01 AM ET

Big Names at the Podium Today

Friday was supposed to be the day all the quarterbacks at the combine spoke in the media room, but Florida's Tim Tebow was the only big-name prospect that took to the podium. That means Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame and Colt McCoy of Texas are expected to finally make an appearance Saturday, along with the defensive linemen and linebackers. Running backs C.J. Spiller of Clemson and Jonathan Dwyer of Georgia Tech are also yet to speak, as well as wide receivers Mardy Gilyard of Cincinnati and Dexter McCluser of Ole Miss.

Posted by:  chris steuber,
at 02/27/2010 10:55 AM ET

Meier an Intriguing Prospect

Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier is an intriguing prospect for NFL teams, and could be a steal in this year's draft. The former Jayhawks quarterback made the transition from QB to WR during his sophomore campaign, and has emerged as a reliable pass catcher during his three-year stint at the position. Meier understands that there are questions about his potential in the NFL, mainly because of his speed, but he's ready to prove the critics wrong and show them he's ready for the next level.
"The critics say that I can't run, but I feel like I'm going to come out this weekend and have a good time [in the 40]," Meier said. "I've improved my quickness, flexibility and overall speed this offseason, and I'm looking forward to just cutting loose and see how fast I can run."
Meier measured in yesterday at a solid 6-foot-2, 224 pounds and the production that he's accumulated over the last two seasons is eye opening. In 2008, Meier caught 97 passes for 1,045 yards and eight touchdowns, and this past season, he displayed his consistent nature by hauling in 102 passes for 985 yards and eight touchdowns. But as much success as Meier has achieved at the receiver position, he still remembers the moment when former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino removed him as the team's signal caller.
"The worst part about the move [from quarterback to wide receiver] was hearing it from Coach Mangino's mouth, and the realization that I wasn't going to be the quarterback at Kansas any more," Meier said. "I definitely didn't see it coming, but I accepted it. It was an adjustment, but I've enjoyed the move, learning a new position and just helping my team out. The move has also placed me here and has given me an opportunity to pursue a career at the next level."
The opportunity is off to a good start, as Meier has already met with the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers since he arrived.

Where does Meier rank on Chris Steuber's Big Board? Check our WR Rankings to find out!

Posted by:  doug farrar,
at 02/27/2010 10:52 AM ET

Comback Story Gaines Traction

I spoke with trainer Travelle Gaines of Performance Gaines in L.A. this morning about several subjects, and one very interesting thing he brought up was his training of USC running back Stafon Johnson, who suffered a near-fatal throat injury in a bench-pressing accident on September 28. When Johnson came to work with Gaines, he weighed 189 pounds and had a long way to go, but as Gaines told me, he didn't shy away from any aspect of the work -- even when he had to go back on the bench to lift 225 again. Gaines said that he was so nervous for Johnson, he was spotting almost the entire weight the first time. Now, Johnson is coming off a Senior Bowl performance, and weighed in at 214 in Indy. No matter where Johnson goes in the draft, it's remarkable that he's here at all.

Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/27/2010 10:50 AM ET

Rams Talk Top Pick, Again

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has seen the tapes on both Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy and sees different players but said they can both rush the passer and stop the run. "Two great football players that are going to be great in this league." Spagnuolo said, adding that the team wouldn't have a problem with taking a defensive tackle with the first overall pick.
He said QB Sam Bradford's shoulder is the main issue with his draft status. Spagnuolo said he's looking for leadership and a pressure player when it comes to quarterbacks.

Posted by:  amberly dressler, az red report
at 02/27/2010 10:45 AM ET

Spartan Praise for Welker

WR Kevin Jurovich out of San Jose State stands at 5'11" (3/8) and weighs in at 188. He's appreciative of Wes Welker for paving the way for small receivers like him. Growing up in the Bay Area, Jurovich is very familiar with the 49ers organization. His dad is a fan. Jurovich had too many short interviews to remember, but he said the Cowboys sticks out as a session that was the most intense. He hasn't had any of his formal interviews yet. Weird note, he's in a small percentage of 23-year-olds without a Facebook page.

Posted by:  adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 10:44 AM ET

QBs Below the Radar

NFL Draft analyst Russ Lande ( told that two of his sleeper quarterbacks are Troy St.'s Levi Brown and University of Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton.

Lande said he gave Brown a grade for the first half of the draft. Lande calls Crompton his top sleeper signal caller of the 2010 draft class.

Posted by: John crist, bear report  
at 02/27/2010 10:42 AM ET

Cosell: Future HOF LT Should Hang It Up

There is no question that Orlando Pace is one of the best left tackles in the history of the NFL and going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he decides to retire, but according to Greg Cosell of NFL Films, that retirement should be right away. Watching the coach's tape every week with Monday Night Football's Ron Jaworski, they have a saying in their line of work: "The eye in the sky doesn't lie." Cosell said it was hard to watch Pace struggle so badly for the Bears in 2009 -- he simply can't bend his knees anymore -- and the seven-time Pro Bowler simply doesn't have anything left in the tank.

Posted by:  adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 10:35 AM ET

Roster Bonus Looms for Waters

Kansas City Chiefs starting G Brian Waters, who turned 33 earlier this month, has two years left on his contract. However, a source said that he has a roster bonus of $2 million due on March 14. Waters carries a base salary of $2.9 million for 2010. The team already released veteran G Mike Goff earlier this week. Other league sources said Kansas City was expected to address the offensive line position heavily in April's draft.

For more Chiefs coverage, check out Warpaint Illustrated...

Posted by:  ED thompson,
at 02/27/2010 10:24 AM ET

Dwyer Completes Three Team Interviews

Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer should be the first or second running back off the board this April, and late Friday night he told that he had just completed his first three formal team interviews.

Click here for the details from's Ed Thompson. And then check back on Sunday for the first installment of Jonathan Dwyer's Combine Diary--a exclusive--where he takes you behind the scenes of the Combine and shares his daily experience in Indianapolis.

Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/27/2010 10:24 AM ET

Reese Mum on MLB Injury

Giants general manager Jerry Reese wouldn't discuss how much MLB Antonio Pierce's neck injury had to do with his release, but Reese said the team has some guys on the roster that could replace Pierce. He said the uncapped year won't discourage the Giants in free agency. "We'll spend what we have to spend," Reese said.

Posted by:  adam caplan,
at 02/27/2010 10:13 AM ET

Little Longer for DE

Word from Indianapolis is that St. Louis Rams veteran DE Leonard Little, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 5, is leaning toward playing at least one more season.

Posted by:  Tim yotter, Viking Update
at 02/27/2010 10:09 AM ET

Reese Not Upset at Osi

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he wasn't upset that Osi Umenyiora went public with his dissatisfaction over losing his starting job, saying players have those sort of comments all the time in the offseason. He wouldn't share details of his conversation with Umenyiora, but said "it was a good conversation." Reese expects Umenyiora to be back in a good frame of mind for training camp.

Posted by:  John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 10:04 AM ET

Cosell High on Packers TE Finley

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Friday at the podium that his team needs to get much better play at both safety positions, which is something Greg Cosell of NFL Films agrees with 100 percent. Not only has Chicago thrown a lot of safeties at the wall after the demise of Mike Brown, with very little success, but the NFC North is loaded with versatile tight ends that force enemy defenses to stay in their base personnel. Cosell was especially high on Green Bay's Jermichael Finley, calling him "the most gifted, athletic tight end in the NFL."

For more from Cosell, check out Bear Report's audio feature with the NFL Films guru...

Posted by: chris steuber, 
at 02/27/2010 09:57 AM ET

Cody Weighs In...

Alabama DT Terrence Cody measured in this morning at 6-foot-4, 354 pounds, which is 16 pounds less than what he weighed in at the Senior Bowl. Cody is a very talented player and can impact a game in the trenches, but the biggest question is his conditioning. The fact that he was able to shed 16 pounds in four weeks is very impressive.

Posted by:  John crist, bear report
at 02/27/2010 09:02 AM ET

Today's Podium Schedule

10:00    Jerry Reese    NYG    GM
10:15    Steve Spagnuolo    STL    HC
11:30    Todd Haley    KC    HC
11:45    Rex Ryan    NYJ    HC
Noon    Red Graves    ARI    GM
Noon    Ken Whisenhunt    ARI    HC
1:30    Josh McDaniels    DEN    HC
3:30    Thomas Dimitroff    ATL    GM
3:45    Tom Heckert    CLE    GM
4:30    Eric Mangini    CLE    HC

Posted by:  chris steuber,
at 02/27/2010 08:43 AM ET

Keep an Eye on Utah WR

Utah wide receiver David Reed is an intriguing mid-to-late round prospect, who's coming off of an outstanding senior campaign where he hauled in 81 catches for 1,188 yards and five touchdowns. For his efforts, Reed has received plenty of interest since he arrived in Indianapolis, and has already met with the Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.

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