NEWS AND INFORMATION ON THE NFL DRAFT
Tuesday, February 25th
(1:35 PM): Official results have been posted for the defensive backs and there were some good numbers recorded earlier today. At CB, for example, Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert made a statement with a fast 4.37 electronic 40 clocking. In fact, Gilbert, who also looked very good in the positional drills, likely may also have served notice that he is at least worthy of consideration of a top ten pick this coming May. Meanwhile, Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State ran well enough with a 4.51 clocking, but that likely will drop him into the middle part of the opening round. At the same time, a number of other corners ran very well such that it looked at times more like a track meet. Indeed, like Gilbert, TCU's Jason Verrett (4.38), Phil Gaines (4.38) of Rice, and Ohio State's Bradley Roby (4.39) each ran under the 4.40 mark, while Jaylen Watkins (4.41) of Florida, Brandon Dixon (4.41) of NW Missouri State and FSU's Terrance Brooks (4.42) ran just over 4.40. Of note, OSU's Roby and TCU's Verrett were among the only players at the combine this year to have 10-yard splits under 1.50 seconds. As well, in addition to Gilbert, Rice's Gaines looked very smooth in the positional drills, as did Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller who ran the 40 in 4.49.
However, it was kind of a feast or famine for this year's CB cla ss as most either ran under 4.5 or over 4.6. Indeed, among those to post disappointing 40 times among the corners - and anything over 4.55 has to be considered disappointing at the position - included the highly-rated Florida duo of Louchiez Purifiy and Marcus Roberson, both of whom werecredited with official 4.61 40 clockings, along with Pierre Desir (4.59) of Lindenwood, Stanley Jean-Baptiste (4.61) of Nebraska, Clemson junior Bashaud Breeland (4.62), Vanderbilt's Andre Hal (4.59), Oregon State junior Terrance Mitchell (4.63), Virginia Tech's Antoine Exum (4.59), and South Carolina junior Vic Hampton.
In contrast, to the CB class which most analysts rate as one of the deepest in this year's draft, not a whole was expected from the safeties this year. And neither of Alabama's Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix nor Calvin Pryor of Louisville, this year's top two prospects at the position by a wide margin, really lived up to expectations as both were only able to run 4.58 40s earlier today. Those are solid times for safeties, but they aren't the kind of stuff that's likely to move either guy up into this year's top 15 picks. Indeed, if anything, either or both could conceivably drop closer to the bottom of the opening round. However, while those two struggled a bit, a number of other safeties were able toserve notice that the position may not be quite as weak as has been projected. Washington's Deone Buchanon, for example, arguably this year's 3rd rated safety, ran under just under 4.49, while unheralded Brock Vereen of Minnesota was even quicker at 4.47. Meanwhile, Jon Dowling (4.52) of Western Kentucky and FSU tweener Lamarcus Joyner (4.55) also ran well and looked even better in the positional drills. And speaking of tweeners, Dontae Johnson (4.45) of NC State, Marqueston Huff (4.49) of Wyoming and Utah's Keith McGill (4.51), who played both corner and safety in college and may get their first looks in the pros on the outside, also ran very well.
On the other hand, safeties who had to be disappointed with their combines included USC SS Dion Bailey, who was only able to clock a 4.66 in the forty, while Kenny Ladler of Vanderbilt had a 4.70. At the same time, LSU's Craig Loston only had a 4.65 official 40, but had a pretty 10-yard split, although like the others, his 40-time is right on the edge for a safety to be taken with a premium pick..
(9:35 AM): Bit of a track meet going on among the DBs at the combine this morning. So far, CBs Phil Gaines of Rice (4.34), Vanderbilt's Andre Hal (4.40), Terrance Brooks (4.41) of FSU, NW Missouri State's Brandon Dixon, and Duke's Ross Cockrell (4.43) all had hand-timed 40s under 4.45, although remember those numbers will be 0.05-0.10 higher once the electronic times are factored in. Meanwhile, Washington FS Deone Buchanon (4.50) also had a pretty good first run. On the other hand, juniors Vic Hampton of South Carolina and Clemson's Bashaud Breeland, along with Bene Benikwere of San ose State had disappointing times as their hand-timed 40 times were only in the 4.6 range. Same for USC SS Dion Bailey who was only able to clock in the high 4.6 territory.
(9:20 AM): Hello top 10. Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert blitzed a 4.35 hand-timed 40 which could be enough to make him the top corner in this draft and could move him up into the top 10.
(9:15 AM): The defensive backs are underwayat the combine and already a couple of the big name DBs have run their first 40s. Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard, for example, putup a solid 4.42 hand-timed 40 which should put him under 4.5 once the official numbers are released. Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert will try and answer that in a couple of minutes. Meanwhile Alabama FS Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix had a good, though, not necessarily great time of 4.52. Over to you Calvin Pryor of Louisville who will run later today. For the record, Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller, a sleeper late first round prospect helped himslef with a 4.40-time.
Monday, February 24th
(3:30 PM): Full LB 40 results have been posted and to a large degree they are pretty clse to the unofficial hand-timed numbers. Khalil Mack, this year's top-rated LB who was looking to put up numbers that might elevate him to a top 5 pick, had to be a little disappointed with his electronic 40 time of 4.65. Not bad at all for a LB, but he was probably hoping for something in the 4.55-4.60 range. Other than that, Mack appears to have had a pretty good day with good splits, an athletic 40" vertical and a 10-8 broad jump.There was a somewhat similar story for UCLA's Anthony Barr whose official 40 time of 4.66 was good, though, not great as was his vertical of 34.5". Barr, though, did have a pretty good 10-yard split (1.56) on his second run. And it was more of the same for BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy who put up solid numbers (4.71/1.60) although again nothing special. At the same neither Alabama CJ Mosley of Alabama or Ohio State's Ryan Shazier, who likely complete this year's top 5 LB group, did not opt to run today. Shazier, though, did put on a pretty athletic show in some of the other tests where he had a 42" vertical and a 10-10 broad jump.
There were also some interesting numbers among the MLBs among the leaders were Lamin Barrow (4.64) of LSU and Avery Williamson (4.66) of Kentucky, both of whom clocked in the mid 4.6 range for the 40, while Cal's Khairi Fortt posted a 4.70 clocking, followed by Jordan Zumwalt (4.76) of UCLA, Max Bullough (4.78) of Michigan State and Wisconsin's Chris Borland (4.83). What makes those guy's numbers kind of interesting is that while there is some variation in their 40 times, they all clocked splits around 1.60 seconds. It will be also to interesting to see their respective times in the agility drills which should be posted a little later this afternoon.
The other group of LBs that the NFL were focused on were the tweener DE/OLBs. FSU's Ronald Powell, for example, posted a very good 4.65 40 clocking with almost even quicker splits of 1.56 seconds. Remember that Powell was considered to be a possible top 10 prospect, but has been battling to come back to full health from a torn ACL prior to the 2012 season. same story for USC's Deon Kennard, once a rising star at MLB who also battled injuries during his career, but who has been reinvented as a DE/OLB and ran a very good 4.60 40 with a 1.60 split earlier today. Meanwhile, Jordan Tripp of Montana posted an official 4.67 40 clocking, while Alabama's Adrian Hubbard wascredited with a 4.69 time and Prince Shembo of Notre Dame a 4.71. The one guy in that area who was not able to beat expectations was Stanford's Trent Murphy whose official 40 time was 4.86 seconds. Meanwhile, the fastest LBs today were a couple of somewhat unheralded OLBs in Kevin Pierre-Louis of Boston College and FSU's Telvin Smith who both ran just over 4.50 seconds with both also blitzing the first ten yards in 1.53 seconds. Neither of the latter two guys are all that big though with Smith more a safety sized backerat under 220 pounds.
(1:55 PM): Undersized FSU LB Telvin Smith put up similar numbers (4.48/1.53) to BC's Pierre-Lous. Interesting that BYU's Kyle Van Noy ran a 4.66 40 with a 1.63 split. Very nice run by 246-pound Kentucky MLB very Williamson whose hand-timed 40 time was under 4.60 with a sub-1.6 split. Note Ohio State's Ryan Shazier is another LB who chose to not run today.
(1:50 PM): Unfortunately, Alabama's CJ Mosely chose not to run. Other LBs of note of late, Stanford LB/DE Trent Murphy actually ran about as expected with an unofficial 4.75 40, which will probably translate to something in the low 4.8 range. Murphy's split at 1.66 was also so-so. Impressive run, though, by FSU OLB Ronald Pwell who ran a 4.53 with a 1.56 split; remember Powell was considered to be a possible top 10 prospect, but has been battling to come back to full health from a torn ACL prior to the 2012 season. And Boston College OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis put down the fastest time among the LBs to date with a 4.44 hand-timed clocking that included a 1.53 split.
(1:45 PM): Buffalo LB had a little disappointing overall 40 time at 4.66 but his split was very quick at 1.56. Interesting because he didn't appear to have a very good start; of note Mack already had put up a 40" vertical and 10-6 BJ
(1:40 PM): Interesting run by Wisconsin MLB Chris Borland who only timed 4.83 over the full 40, but actually registered the quickness 10-yard split to date for the LBs at 1.62. For the record, Michigan State MLB Max Bullough clocked a 4.78 for the 40, but was a tad slower than Borland over 10 yards at 1.68.
(1:35 PM): UCLA OLBAnthony Barr gets the LBs off and running with a 4.66 unofficial 40 time; not great for a pure LB; not as bad for a DE or edge rushing 3-4 OLB.
(1:20 PM): All the final results for the defensive linemen have been posted (above) with the numbers for the DTs. In fact, it was a very good day for most of the top DT prospects. Pitt's Aaron Donald, who ran an official 4.68 40 with a 1.60 split, may actually have been the most impressive DL out there today, Jadeveon Clowney notwithstanding. Meanwhile, Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman confirmed he's al least got top 15-20 physical skills after being crdited with a 5.02 40 and a 35.5" vertical, although his 10-yard splits at around 1.8 were a little disappointing. Other top performers among the DTs include Princeton's Caraun Reid whio ran a 4.91 40 with sub-1.7 splits; and FSU's Timmie Jernigan who ran a 5.06 40 with sub-1.75 splits and looked very fluid and explosive in the positional drills, while Delaware's Zach Kerr (5.08); South Carolina's Kelcy Quarles (5.03, but a somewhat slowish 1.8 splits); Southern Miss' Khyri Thornton (5.03 with a sub-1.7 split); and Utah's Tenny Palepoi (5.10 with good splits) also probably helped their grades. On the other hand it will be interesting to see what the NFL makes of the numbers of Nore Dame NT Louis Nix who only clocked a 5.42 40 with a 1.86 split; granted he does his best work in a phone booth, but it may have to be a very small phone booth. Meanwhile, the slide for Arizona State DT Will Sutton also likely will continue after he only clocked a 5.36 in the 40.
(1:05 PM): LBs are now warming up for their 40s; and while the backers have tended to be afterthoughts at the combine in the past, not so this year as pro teams are very eager to see top 10-15 prospects like Khalil Mack of Buffalo, UCLA's Anthony Barr and Alabama's CJ Mosley.
(1:00 PM): For some reason, the combine has been very slow to release all the final electronic numbers for the defensive linemen. They do appear to have released the the top 10 defensive line 40 times headed by South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney who was officially credited with a 4.53 40 to cap a very athletic performance. For the record, Clowney also had a sub-1.60 10-yard split, a 37.5" vertical and a 10-plus broad jump. Still doesn't measure heart, but those are clearly top 2-3 numbers. Good as Cowney was the most impressive performance by the DL today, though, may have been turned in by undersized Pitt DT Aaron Donald wo finished with a sub-4.7 (4.68) forty with a 10-yard split in the 1.6 range. In contrast, Missouri DEKony Ealy, arguably the #2 prospect at the position behind Clowney ran a slow 4.92 40, although his split times (1.66 and 1.72) weren't quite as bad. Meanwhile, other DE who showed some quicks were smll-school standouts Larry Webster of Bloomsburg and Howard Jones of Shepherd who were both credited with official 40 times of 4.58 and 4.60 respectively, while former Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat likely helped hmslef with a 4.63 clocking. Same for Chris Smith of Arkansas (4.71) and UNC's Kareem Martin (4.72) who both clocked in at just over 4.7 seconds in the 40, and Marcus Smith of Louisville (4.68) andVirginia Tech's James Gayle (4.68) who were just under 4.7, and all with good split times; in fact, Martin had one 10-yard split of 1.53. Of note, Louisville's Smith also looked very fluid when asked to do LB transition drills, as did unheralded Jon Newsome of Ball State, who had a 4.73 40, although his split times were slightly slower than some of the other tweener DEs.
(11:45 AM): Poor weekend continued for Arizona State DT Will Sutton as he ran the 40 in 5.37 seconds, although his split was slghtly better at 1.75. Those just aren't good times for asomewhat undersized guy who has to make a living based on his quickness. Will aso be interesting to see what NFL teams make of South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles' numbers as he ran a 5-flat hand-timed 40, but wasn't real quick with a 1.81 split.
(11:40 AM): Noteworthy runs by both of the tweener DEs named Smith in Indianapolis as Chris of Arkansas had a very quick 4.54 hand-timed forty run that likely will put him in the lo 4.6 range once the final numbers are released. He also had a quick split at 1.59.Meanwhile, Marcus of Louisville wasn't quite as fast over the full 40 at 4.63, but his split was better at 1.57.
(11:35 AM): For the record, Missouri DE/OLB Mike Sam ran a somewhat disappointing - for a tweener - 4.79 hand-timed forty with a so-so 1.72 split. A couple of DTs with decent numbers, though, were Caraun Reid of Princeton and Utah's Tenny Palepoi, both of whom had hand-timed 40s around 4.9 with splits in the 1.7-flat range.
(11:30 AM): Louis Nix' ran a sun dial type 40 with an unofficial hand time of 5.35, with a 1.85 split that's probably all NFL teams care about. How they care will be interesting to see as that 10-yard time wasn't all that quick; indeed, its the second slowest so far for the DL. Also and interesting split for unheralded DE Zach Moore of Concordia who had a ten-yard clocking of 1.56.
(11:25 AM): Decent run for UNC DE Kareem Martin with a 4.72 hand-timed 40 and a better 1.60 split.
(11:20 AM): Second group of DL including Notre Dame's Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt and Michael Sam warming up for their runs. Others to watch include UNC DE Kareem Martin and DT Kelcy Quarles, Clowney's teammate at USC2. Tennessee DT Dan McCullers will not run reportedly.
(10:25 AM): For the record, Clowney sat out a second straight on-field drill, but speculation is that he will get back in when they get to the vertical leap, 3-cone drill etc. Stay tuned!
(10:10 AM): Unofficially theNFL Network is reporting that Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford was shut down because of a back issue; Ford had a herniated disk in his back in 2011 and may have some residaul affect, although the player is indicating himself that he feels fine.
(9:35 AM): LSU junior DT continues to disappoint as he runs a slowish 5.25 40 with a 1.88 split. Same for Penn State DT DeQuan Jones who clocked a 5.28, but with a somewhat quicker 1.81 split.
(9:30 AM): FSU DT Timmie Jernigan only clocked a slowish 5.09 hand-timed 40 for a sub-300 pound DT, but his 1.72 split was quick for a guy that size and that's likely the number people are going to focus on. Meanwhile, nice run by TexasDEJackson Jeffcoat who clocked a 4.60 hand-timed 40 with a 1.60 split; Jackson is still a tad undersized at 6-3, 247 and has an injury history but that time may get him some second looks.
(9:25 AM): Decent run by big Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman who clocked an unofficial 4.97 40 with a 1.81 split time which likely translates to a 5.05 official time. Also a very good time earlier today by Cal DT Deandre Coleman who had a hand-timed 4.78 40 running at 314 pounds.
(9:22 AM): Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford will not run today after he was shut-down by the combine medical staff because of an injury issue. No word yet on what the problem is, but its disappointing for Ford had been hoping to establsh his cred as a late first rounder.
(9:20 AM): Disappointing time for Missouri DEKony Ealy as he runs an unofficial 4.84 for with a 1.72 split. Ealy has generally beeen considered the #2 4-3 DE behind Clowney and a good performance today could lift him into the top 15. Given that his final time is likely to be closer to 4.90 that likely isn't going to happen.
(9:15 AM): More wow stuff as Pitt DT Aaron Donald runs a very fast 4.65 40 with a 1.59 split running at 285 pounds.
(9:00 AM): Over to you Houston says Jadeveon Clowney who kept his promise as he runs a 4.47 hand-timed 40 with a very quick 1.56 10-yard split. That will probably translates to something like a 4.55 when the official numbers are posted later today, but that is #1 worthy type stuff.
Sunday, February 23rd
(5:30 PM): Final results for the RBs are in and the headliner turned out to be one of the smallest guys in Indianapolis as Kent State / Dri Archer ran a near-record 4.26 40 with a 1.46 split; Archer also had a 38" vertical and a 10"-plus BJ. Archer, though, still isn't considered to be a prime prospect for the upcoming draft, but could start to get some second looks as a guy teams would like to get 8-10 touches a game in a variety of roles. Meanwhile, unheralded Jerick McKinnon of Georgia Southern als o turned some heads with an athletic performance as the 209-pounder ran the 40 in 4.41 seconds with a 40.5" vertical, while Missouri's Henry Josey and LaDarius Perkins of Mississippi State both likely raised their grades with 40 times under 4.45 seconds.
At the same time, among the backs considered to be the top prospects for 2014, Auburn's Tre Mason and Lache Seatrunk of Baylor probably had the most impressive on-field workouts. Mason was credited with an official 40 time of 4.50 seconds that included avery quick split of 1.50, while he also had a 38.5" vertical and a 10-6 broad jump. Seastrunk may have been evn more athletic as he clocked 4.51 in the 40, while regsitering an explosive vertical of 41.5" and 11-2 BJ. Meanwhile, Bishop Sankey (4.49) of Washington and West Virginia's Charles Sims (4.48) also ran in the 4.50 range for the 40. On the other hand, both Carlos Hyde of Ohio State and LSU's Jeremy Hill were a little bit slower than they would have liked as they ran identical 4.66 40s; both are big, physical backs and those times may not hurt them all that much. That may not be the case though for Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey (4.70) and Kapri Bibbs (4.67) of Colorado State who aren't as big and likely needed to run significantly better than they did.
Meanwhile, second-tier backs who probably helped themslves this afternoon included Notre Dame's George Atkinson who ran a 4.48 40 and posted leaps of 38" in the vertical and 10" plus in the BJ; Stanford's Tyler Gaffney who ran better than expected with a 4.49 clocking; Terrance West of little Towson who ran a 4.54 40 at 225 pounds; and Isaiah Crowell of Alabama State, who only clocked an average 4.57 in the 40, but had a quick (1.55) split and had a 38" vertical. On the other hand, it wasn't a good day at all for any of Silas Redd of Southern California, David Fluellen of Toledo, Syracuse's Jerome Smith or Tim Flanders of Sam Houston State as they all were clocked in 4.70 seconds or more in the 40.
(3:20 PM): Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas had a fast 4.34 hand-timed 40, although he wasn't all that quick with a 10-ard split of only 1.59.
(3:15 PM): Pretty decent 40 runs by each of Lache Seastrunk of Baylor, Bishop Sankey of Washington and West Virginia's Charles Sims whose unofficial hand-timed clocking were in the high 4.4 range meaning their final electronic teams are likely to be in the 4.55 range. Seastrunk, in particular, though, was probably for hoping to be at least a tenth faster.
(3:10 PM): Speeds at the RB workout picking up a little as Auburn's Tre Mason posted a 4.44 hand-timed 40, while unheralded Jerick McKinnon of Georgia Southern blitzed a 4.38 with a very quick 1.46 10-yard split.
(3:05 PM): Little bit disappointing unofficial results for both Carlos Hyde of Ohio State and LSU's Jeremy Hil, both of whom were time in the low 4.6 range for the 40 meaning their official times could be closer to 4.7. On theother hand, Tyler Gaffney of Stanford, who wasn't thought to be that fast, ran a 4.46 40.
(2:45 PM): The RBs have started running their 40s and the early times have been a tad disappointing. Arizona's Ka'deem Carey, one of the top-rated backs this year. for example, only had a 4.65 unofficial hand-time 40 clocking of 4.65, while Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs posted a 4.60 time, but with a very slow 10-yard split of 1.69 seconds. On the other hand, Kent State scatback Dri Archer became the first player this year to break the 4.3 mark - at least unofficially - with a 4.29 clocking that included a 1.46 10-yard split.
(2:30 PM): Official 40 times for both the QBs and WRs have been posted (above). Among the QBs, 5 passers were officially clocked in under 4.70 seconds including Johnny Manziel who was credited with a 4.68 official time. In the end, the fastest QB was Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech, who is not only built like a TE but runs like a (fast) one with a 4.61 clocking. Other top QB 40 times included Miami's Stephen Morris (4.63), South Carolina's Connor Shaw (4.66) and Fresno State's Derek Carr (4.69). In contrast, most of the other top QBs who ran in Indianapolis were in the 4.9-5.0 range including UCF's Blake Bortles (4.93), Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo (4.93), A.J. McCarron of Alabama (4.94) and San Jose State's David Fales (4.99). None of those numbers are likely going to hurt the respective players, but they won't help either as none of those guys are likely going to be able make many plays with their legs at the next level. Meanwhile, its tough to get much of a sense about the arms of any of these guys at the combine where the QBs only throw a limited number of passes to receivers they don't really know, but McCarron did appear to be the most comfortable throwing the ball.
Among the receievers Clemson's Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M"s Mike Evans appeared to hold serve. Watkins wasn't quite able to blow up the combine with a record time, but did run a respectable 4.43 40 with a quick enough 1.53 10-yard split, although his 34" vertical was below average. Meanwhile, the 231-pound Evans ran a 4.53 40 with a 1.57 split and then looked smooth in the positional drills, while posting a pretty good vertical of 37". On the other hand, the jury may still be out on USC's Marqise Lee and Kelvin Banjamin of Florida State. Scouts were probably hoping that both would be faster than Lee's 4.52 and the 4.61 clocked by Benjamin, while Lee's split of 1.56 may have been especially disappointing for a sub-195 pound receiver, although both his vertical (38") and broad (10-7") leaps were very good. On the other hand, Benjamin's also only had a poor 32" vertical. Neither performance is likely to result in a lowered grade but it will be tough to move up. In fact, both Lee and Benjamin, arguably the 3rd and 4th ranked receivers in this year's draft class, could actually start to feel some pressure from Brandin Cooks of Oregon State and LSU's Odell Beckham who had outstanding days. Cooks blazed to a 4.33 40 clocking with a 1.50 split and continued to look explosive in the passing drills. For his part, Beckham clocked a 4.43 timing with a quick 1.50 split and a 38"vertical, while looking smooth in all the passing drills. Other top receivers who helped themselves were Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt whose 4.46 40 clocking was considerably faster than expected, while Watkins' Clemson teammate Martavis Bryant ran a 4.42 with a 1.53 split. Same story for Donte Moncrief of Ole Miss who was credited with a 4.40 40 running at 225 pounds, while he had explosive leaps in both the vertical (39.5") and BJ (11"). Colorado's Paul Richardson also had a special day as he also clocked 4.40 in the 40 while hitting 38" in the vertical. Meanwhile, unheralded John Brown of Pittsburg State (4.34/1.50) amd Saginaw State's Jeff Janis (4.42/1.47) also likely earned some extra looks from pro teams with athletic performances. On the other hand, receivers who disappointed today included Penn State's Allen Robinson who was only able to run a 4.60 4, while LSU's Jarvis Landry had a very slow 4.77 clocking although he tweaked a hammy in the process which may have affected his quickness. Josh Stewart of Oklahoma State also struggled to break the 4.7 mark (4.69), but had a reasonably quick 10-yard split of 1.53, while Vanderbilt's Chris Boyd was only able to clock a 4.73 40.
(12:45 PM): A somewhat better second 40 for USC WR Marqise Lee as he clocked a 4.44 time. Of concern, though, are Lee's 10-yard splits of 1.56 and 1.59, neither of which were very quick of explosive.
(12:30 PM): Decent time by Sammy Watkins of 4.34 on his first run which likely will translate tosomething around 4.4; not exactly, the kind of blowing up the combine type figure that Watkins was hoping for but likely good enough to keep him in the top 5 discussion. Of note, though, Watkins only had a 34" vertical leap which isn'tparticualrly good for a wideout. Meanwhile, an explosive start by Oklahoma smurf Jalen Saunders on the way to a 4.42 hand-timed clocking.
(12:25 PM): Great time for undersized Colorado WR Paul Richardson who had a hand-timed 4.35 in his first run. On the other hand, a disappointing time for Allen Robinson of Penn State who was unable to get under 4.60. Kevin Norwood also got under 4.4 with a 4.39 clocking, although his split was relatively slow.
(12:20 PM): Good times of 4.40 posted by both Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt and Ole Miss' Donte Moncrief. That is great news especially for Mathews who was an otstandin possession reveiver for the Commodores but had questionable foot speed. (12:15 PM): For the record, USC WR Marqise Lee clocked a somewhat disappointing hand-timed 4.50 40 in his first 40, while LSU's Jarvis Landry ran a very disappointing 4.65 time which could translate to over 4.7 once the final numbers are posted.
(12:10 PM): Lot of NFL people rechecking their stp watches after 217-pound Saginaw State WR Jeff Janis blitzed a hand-timed 4.30 40. Goodness!
(11:30 AM): Lot of speed and good hands as the 1st group of WRs go through their postional drills, but the two guys who may have done the most for their grades are LSU's Odell Beckham and Brandin Cooks of Oregon State. Beckhm is just plain smooth while Cooks is just plain fast and explosive.
(10:45 AM): Nebraska's Quincy Enunwa likely done for the day as he tweaked a hammy on his second run after posting an impressive 4.40 in his first run.
(10:30 AM): Even better run by LSU's Odell Beckham in his second try as he clocked a hand-timed 4.31. Kelvin Benjamin also loweredhis second time to 4.35, while Mike Evans clocked a 4.47. One other notable time wasturned in by Clemson's Martavis Bryant as he ran a couple of 4.35s. Again, we'll wait until the official electronic numbers are announced and that won't be until the second group of receivers have run their 40s. Receivers also broken down for their 10-yard splits which give an indication of their burst and as a general rule the big guys like Benjamin, Evans and Coleman have been up to a tenth slower than the saller guys over the first ten yards with Benjamin clocking only a 1.62 split over the first 10 yards.
(10:15 AM): Texas A&M's Mike Evans ran a hand-timed 4.50 which is fine for a 6-5, 231-pound receiver, but wasn't quite what he had been predicting. Meanhwhile, more fast times by the WRs as Oregon State's Brandin Cooks flashed a hand-timed 4.30 in the 40, while 6-6 Brandon Coleman of Rutgers ran a solid 4.50.
(10:00 AM): WRs running now with some of the best at the position running right away. Remember the preliminary numbers are hand-timed and will be higher once the electronic figures are factored in. Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin only clocked a 4.59 which translate into something over 4.65. At 240 pounds, NFL teams weren't expecting Benjamin to break the 4.5 mark, but that could be a little slow to get him into the top half of the opening round. Meanwhile, LSU's Odell Beckham ran a quick 4.40, while underrated Davante Adams of Fresno State probably was hoping for a little better than a hand-timed 4.50. We'll wait on the final elecronic numbers, though, before making a judgement there.
(9:40 AM): Better second run by A&M's Johnny Mnaziel who had a hand-timed 4.56 in his second run after posting a solid 4.63 in his first try. Fresno State's Derek Carr also ran under 4.70, while Alabama's A.J. McCarron only ran in the mid 4.9 range.
Saturday, February 22nd
(10:00 PM): The offensive linemen and TEs are heading home after an impressive week in Indianapolis where most of the top-rated OL don’t appear to have done much to hurt their grades. Indeed, Auburn sophomore OT Greg Robinson may have put himself in the discussion to be the top player picked this coming May with an athletic performance in Saturday’s on-field testing. Meanwhile, Michigan OT Taylor Lewan may have locked up a spot in the top 10 with a strong outing of his own, while Texas A&M‘s Jake Matthews was just plain solid. Other offensive linemen who likely helped themselves with strong combines include UCLA OG Xavier Su‘a-Filo, Clemson G/T Brandon Thomas, G/T Joel Bitonio of Nevada, Ohio State G/T Jack Mewhart, LSU OG Trai Turner and North Dakota State G/T Billy Turner. On the other hand, offensive linemen who left some questions on the table include highly-rated Stanford G/T David Yankey, who barely cracked the 5.50 mark in the 40 with a slow 10-yard split, while posting only 22 reps in the bench press. Same for Mississippi State Gabe Jackson who no one expected to run real fast, but was even slower than expected. Arguably the biggest enigma among the offensive linemen, though, was Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio, a potential mid-to-late first round prospect who looked like he was running in cement all day.
There will also be some interesting questions for pro scouts after the TE workout as neither Eric Ebron of UNC or Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro, arguably the top prospects at the position this year, ran quite as well as expected, although Ebron’s official time of 4.60 is still pretty good. However, Ebron tweaked a muscle in the sprints and spent the test of the on-field workout phase of the combine on the sidelines with an ice pack on his leg. Meanwhile, Amaro looked like he couldn’t catch a cold on this day as he really fought the ball in positional drills. In fact, the TEs were probably something of a disappointment this week with A.C. Leonard of Tennessee State, the former star Florida recruit, perhaps the one exception after he ran a 4.50 40 on Saturday.
There were some impressive specimens at the weigh-in of defensive linemen on Saturday starting with South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney who measured in at a tad over 6-5, 266 pounds, with 34.5 inch arms, an 83-inch wingspan and 10” hands. Meanwhile, Notre Dame tweener Stephon Tuitt tipped the scales at 6-5, 304 with almost 35” reach and 10” hands. Same story for North Carolina DE Kareem Martin, who measured in at 6-6, 272 with a 35-10 double in reach and hand size, while Missouri DE Kony Ealy registered in at 6-4, 273 with 34“ arms. At DT Minnesota’s Ra’shede Hageman looked the part at 6-6, 310 with 34” arms and 10” hands, while Tennessee’s Daniel McCullers literally blocked out the sun when he tipped the scales at 6-7, 352 with 36.5” arms and 11” mitts.
Also some solid numbers from the true tweener contingent. Auburn DE Dee Ford, for example, measured in at 6-2, 252 with 33” arms and 10” hands. Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence, who tipped the scales at 6-3, 251, had even bigger hands at almost 11” at the end of 34” arms. At the same time, Missouri’s Michael Sam measured in at 6-2, 261 with 34” arms and 10” hands. Sam also handled himself exceptionally well during when meeting the press. Lastly, underrated Marcus Smith of Louisville measured in at 6-3, 251 with a 34” reach and 10” hands.
On the other hand, NFL teams were probably disappointed in several numbers from the DL weigh-in. Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat, for example, measured in at a smallish 6-3, 247, although he does have 34” arms. Same story, sort of, for South Florida DE Aaron Lynch who is a rangy 6-5 with 34” arms and 10” hands, but weighed in at just under 250 pounds. Meanwhile, Arkansas DE Chris Smith is only 6-1, although he also has 34” arms. And while Arizona State DT Will Sutton did measure in at at least 6-0, although barely, the fact he also has just 31” arms could cost his grade.
There isn’t quite as much to report from the weigh-in for the LBs where Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack measured in at a full-sized 6-3, 251. On the other hand, Alabama’s C.J. Mosley may be a little smaller than pro scouts expected after he tipped the scales at 6-2, 234, although the former Tide star registered 11” hands. Meanwhile, UCLA OLB Anthony Barr, the third of this year’s top-rated backers looked more like a DE at 6-5, 255. In fact, Barr was one of several OLBs who looked more like ends at Saturday’s weigh-in including Alabama’s Adrian Hubbard (6-6, 257), and Stanford’s Trent Murphy (6-5, 250). Murphy also has 34” arms and may have the biggest hands in Indianapolis at over 11”. A couple of other notes, Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier, who reportedly played at around 225 pounds for the Buckeyes, but weighed-in at 237 at the combine. It will be interesting to see whether that affects his quickness and agility in the physical tests on Monday. On the other, NFL teams were probably disappointed that aggressive Arizona State edge rusher Carl Bradford was only 6-1 with arms barely over 30” as the thinking around the league is that those pass rushers need a longer reach to get and maintain leverage.
Its usually difficult to know what sense to make of bench press numbers by the RBs and WRs and this year probably isn’t much of an exception, although NFL teams probably would have liked to see a few more reps from Mike Evans (12) and Kelvin Benjamin (13), neither of whom posted the kind of reps that one might have expected from such big guys. Same story for the LSU duo of Jarvis Landry, who like Evans had 12 reps, and Odell Beckham who got to 7. In fact, there were a half a dozen WRs who weren’t able to get into double digits in the BP including Wisconsin’s Jared Abredaris who managed only 4 reps. None of those numbers, though, are likely to cause more than a ripple to the respective player’s grade. Meanwhile, the top lifter among the WRs was Indiana’s Cody Latimer who had 23 reps, while Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews posted 21. And for the record, Sammy Watkins, this year’s top-ranked WR had a respectable 16 reps.
Meanwhile, unheralded Jerick McKinnon of unheralded Georgia Southern led the RBs with 32 reps, while Washington’s Bishop Sankey, one of this year’s top backs had 26. Again, interesting, but not likely to change much on anybody’s draft board. At the same time, among the other notable backs, Kapri Bibbs of Colorado State had 24 reps, while LSU’s Jeremy Hill had 20, Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona and Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde had 19 each, Charles Sims of West Virginia had17 and Baylor‘s Lache Seastrunk 15. Needless to say the real test for all these guys comes tomorrow when they will hit the field for their physical testing, including the 40, and positional drills.
(2:50 PM): Official electronic 40-times have been posted for the Tight ends. In the end, Eric Ebron's electronic time was only 4.60, while Colt Lyerla was at 4.61, Jace Amaro at 4.74 and Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz at 4.76. In fact, the fastest TE was A.C. Leonard of Tennessee State who blitzed a 4.50. And Leonard is not just some small-school wonder as he was originally recruited at Florida, but transferred after one of those proverbial off-field ssues. Again as noted Notre Dame's Troy Niklas (groin) and Austin Seferein-Jenkins (foot) did not run because of an injury issue.
(2:20 PM): Everybody wanted to see UNC TE Eric Ebron catch the ball in positional drills, but after posting a couple of 4.50 40s Ebron is sitting on the sidelines with an ice pack on a leg after he apparently tweaked a hammy or some such in his second sprint. Texas Tech Jace Amaro is really struggling catching the ball in the passing drills which is odd for a guy who caught over 100 passes this past season. At the same time, Notre Dame's Troy Niklas sat out the 40 because of a tweaked groin but is participating in the positional drills.
(1:55 PM): Official electronic 40-times have been posted for the offensive linemen and the results are pretty much in line with the hand-timed data. Again, the top-rated guys stood out as Taylor Lewan wascredited with an official 4.87 40-time, while Grg Robinson clocked a 4.92 and Jake Matthews a solid 5.07. Other notable final times included a 5.04 for OG Xavier Su'a-Fila, 5.09 for Clemson G/T Brandon Thomas, 5.14 for Miami OT Seantrel Henderson and a 5.16 for Billy Turner. Meanwhile, Matt Patchan and Joel Bitonio also got under 5.00 with 4.97 clockings. At the same time, the numbers for G/T David Yankey (5.48), OG Gabe Jackson (5.51) and potential first-round OT Cyrus Kouandjio (5.59) were very disappointing given their football pedigree.
(1:30 PM): Problems, problems, problems for pro scouts as former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla ran under a sub-4.5 (4.47) hand-timed 40 toput himself into the dscussion but there's all that off-field baggage.
(1:20 PM): UNC TE Eric Ebron didn't quite break the bank but still ran very well with a hand-timed 4.50 40.
(1:13 PM): Little bit disappointing 4 time for Texas Tech's Jace Amaro as he clocked a 4.66 hand-timed 40 which probably translates to over 4.7 whereas he was probably hoping to run under 4.6.
(12:20: PM): Over to you! Hard to believe but top OT prospects Taylor Lewan, Greg Robinson and Jake Matthew actually improved on their athletic first-round 40 times in the second round. Lewan lowered his split to 1.64 9from 1.70), while Robinson got down to 4.84 for the 40 with a 1.68 split and Matthews lowered his unofficial 40 time from 5.00 to 4.91. Overall, just an incredible athletic performance by this year's OL prospects.
(12:05 PM): Auburn's Greg Robinson continues to wow at the combine as he ran an unofficial hand-timed 40 at 4.88 with a super quick 1.69 split at 332 pounds. Nice run too by UCLA OG Xavier Su'a-Filo who clocked a 4.90 unofficial 40, although his split of 1.75 was closer to average for the position. Slow start to Tennessee OT Tiny Richardson, whose hand-timed 40 times in the 5.20 range were okay, but his split of 1.81 was slow. Couple of other disappointing times turned in by Stanford G/T David Yankey who barely cracked the 5.50 mark. Meanwhile, a couple of sleeper type marks by Boston College OT Matt Patchan who ran a 4.84 40 with a blazing split under 1.60, while LSU junior OG Trai Turner also clocked a 4.84 with a 1.72 split.
(11:45 AM): Nice athletic run by A&M's Jake Matthews whose numbers (5.00; 1.70 split) mirrored those of Lewan.
(11:30 AM): Real nice 40 time by Michigan OT Taylor Lewan who ran an unofficial hand-timed 40 under 4.90 (4.88) with a very quick 1.70 10-yard split.
(11:00 AM): Terrible time to lose power, but we seem to be back on and scrambling to catch up; arguably the biggest news from the first group of ffensive linemen was the dreadful run of Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio who clocked a sundial type time of 5.56 for the 40; Kouandjio's 10-yard split was better at 1.79, but he looked like he was running in cementover the final 20 yards. On the other hand a remarkably good performanance by enigmatic Miami OT Seantrel Henderson who had a hand-timed 40 time just over 5-flat with a 10-yard split of 1.71, the second fastest of the day so far for the OL..
(9:15 AM): Offensive linemen have started their 40 runs. And they got off to a good start with Nevada's Joel Bitonio running a solid 5-flat hand-timed 40 with a quick 1.68 10-yard split. Missouri's Justin Britt also posteda nice time of 5.10, while UNC C Russ Bodine posted a 5.13 to follow up last night's impressive 42 reps in the BP. A note of caution here: these are unofficial hands times which tend to be anywhere from 0.05 to 0.10 slower than the the players final electronic time. Still, those early times for Bitonio, Bodine and Britt are still very good. Nice job by the NFL Network too to include the 10-yard split times which many NFL teams put more stock in from the offensive linemen.
Friday, February 21st
The over-under on whether Texas A&M Johnny Manziel would measure in at at least 6-feet was probably over, but in the end the 2012 Heisman Trophy didn't quite measure up as he reportedly measured in at 5-11 and 3/4 at today's weigh-in for the skill postion players. However, Manziel did weigh-in at a reasonably solid - for him - 207 pounds, while his hand size, at almost 10-inches was the biggest of the top three QB prospects in this year's draft. In fact, the biggest news from this year's QB measurables session may have been that Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater measured in at pretty close to his program size. There had been concerns among scouts that Bridgewater might actually be close to around 6-1 and around 200 pounds, but he measured in today at over 6-2 and 214 pounds. The latter is still not huge for a pocket passer, especially one like Bridgewater who has been known to take a lot of hits in the pocket, but it likely keeps Bridgewater solidly in the discussion for a top 5-10 selection, although his hand size at just a tad over 9 inches is somewhat small for an NFL passer as teams like their QBs to have the big mitts to better hold the ball in inclement weather. However, Bridgewater wasn't the only QB in this year's draft to have smallish hands as Georgia's Aaron Murray, Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, North Carolina's Bryn Renner, Dustin Vaughn of West Texas A&M, and athletic Northern Illinois dual-threat Jordan Lynch all measured in with hand sizes around 9". In fact, it was probably kind of disappointing day for UGA's Murray, who won't be able to workout this weekend because of a late-season torn ACL, only measured in at barely 6-0 and 207 pounds. No such size issues, though, for Central Florida's Blake Bortles, the third member of the 'big 3' QBs who measured in at a prototype 6-5, 232. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas measured in at 6-6, 248 with 34-inch arms and massive 11" mitts, looked like he got lost on the way to the TE weigh-in. Of course, there has been speculation that Thomas, who can throw the ball through a wall, but too often can't hit the wall, could actually ultimately end up as a TE at the next level.
Speaking of getting lost on the way to the TE weigh-in, WRs Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State and Texas A&M's Mike Evans both looked liked more like TEs when they measured in with the wideouts. Both measured in at 6-5, with Benjamin weighing in at 240 pounds with 35" arms and 10-plus inch hands, and Evans at 231 with 35-plus inch arms. Of course, the real test for both Evans and Benjamin comes on Sunday when they'll have to run like WRs rather than TEs in order to solidify spots in the top-half of the opening round. At the same time, it will be interesting to see what NFL teams make of the numbers of Marqise Lee of Southern California, who appeared to be gaining ground on Evans to be the #2 ranked receiver after Clemson's WR Sammy Watkins. And the only thing holding back Lee was some concern about a perceived lack of bulk. In the end, Lee measured in at 5-11.5 and 192 (with average 32" arms), which does not look like its going to be a deal breaker, but still likely is not enough to fully alleviate some of the concerns about his size. And speaking of Watkins, he was a tad shorter than most teams expected at 6-0.5 and had only average 32 inch arms, but was thick enough at 211. Of course, Watkins hopes to get pro personnel people thinking positive thoughts ifhe can run in the 4.35 range or under on Sunday.
One of the storylines of the 2014 draft should be the depth at WR and certainly teams looking for a big wideout to add to their receiver corps could be in luck as there clearly is some size to this group including Allen Robinson of Penn State (6-2, 220), Fresno State's Davante Adams (6-1, 212), Donte Moncrief (6-2, 221) of Ole Miss, Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews (6-3, 6-3, 212) and Chris Boyd (6-4, 206), Clemson's Martavis Bryant (6-6-4, 211), Cody Latimer of Indiana (6-2, 215), Cody Hoffman of BYU (6-4, 223) and Quincy Enunwa of Nebraska (6-2, 225). A couple of other good-sized sleeper WRs to watch include Marcus Lucas of Missouri (6-4, 218 and 34" arms) and Michigan State's Bennie Fowler (6-1, 217). Obviously, all the receivers in Indianapolis aren't space eaters, but for the most part there were no real shocks or surprises among the smaller wideouts like Colorado's Paul Richardson (6-0, 175).
There was something of a similar story among the RBs where things appeared to go pretty much by the numbers. The one exception may have been Baylor's Lache Seastrunk, who was projectedto weigh smething in the 210-215 area, but ony tipped the scales at just a pound over 200. Meanwhile, among the other top-rated backs for the upcoming draft Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs measured in at 5-9, 212, but with relatively small hands, while the figures were 5-9, 207 for Arizona's Ka'Deem Edwards, 6-1, 233 for Jeremy Hill of LSU, 6-0, 230 for Ohio State's Carlos Hyde, 5-8, 207 for Tre Mason of Auburn, and 5-9, 209 for Washington's Bishop Sankey. For the record, Mason came in with realtively small hands, while Sankey's mitts were relatively large. West Virginia's Charles Sims (6-0 214) also has relatively smallish hands.
Offensive line bench press: Perhaps the story of the bench press for the offensive linemen was the relatively poor numbers posted by several top prospects. Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews, who is considered to be a top 5-10 candidate for this year's draft, for example, managed only 24 reps pressing 225 pounds, while Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio was stuck at 21 reps, although the fact that the former Tide star has 36" arms puts him at something of a disadvantage in the exercise. Same story for Stanford G/T David Yankey who only posted 22 reps, while the numbers were also disappointing for both of the two top-rated Cs in Arkansas' Travis Swanson (20) or USC's Marcus Martin (23). Others with poor bench press numbers included Nevada G/T Joel Bitonio, Oklahoma C Gabe Ikard, and C/G James Stone and OT Ja'waun James of Tennessee, all of whom managed only 22 reps.
While A&M's Matthews only managed 24 reps in the bench press, Auburn's Greg Robinson, whom the former is battling for the #1 rating among OTs, posted a solid 32 reps. At the same time, Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Zack Martin of Notre Dame registered registered 29 reps each, while Tennessee OT Antonio Richardson was among the leaders at the position with 36 reps. The overall leader in the BP among the offensive linemen was North Carolina C/G Russ Bodine who posted 42 reps. Meanwhile, Cs Tyler Larsen of Utah State and Ohio State's Corey Linsley tied the Vols' Richardson for second with 36 along with unheralded Bloomsburg G/T Matt Feiler, while G/T Brandon Thomas of Clemson had 32.
Thursday, February 20th
The real work at the scouting combine in Indianapolis got underway early Thursday with the weigh-in and measurement of the offensive linemen and TEs. Among the offensive linemen no player likely helped themselves as much in the weigh-in as Alabama junior OT Cyrus Kouandjio who measured in at an impressive 6-7, 322 with a 35.5-inch reach and 10-plus inch hands. Whether that stops the bleeding for Kouandjio, who according to reports has slipped from a potential top 10 prospect to the latter part of the opening round on boards around the league, is still to be determined, but at least he looked the part at today’s weigh-in session. Same story for Auburn redshirt sophomore OT Greg Robinson who may have solidified a top 5 pick when he measured in at a robust 6-5, 332 with 35-inch arms and 10-inch hands. On the other hand, pro teams may have been a little disappointed that Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews, who is battling Robinson for the top grade at the position, only weighed in at 308 pounds, while his arms were under 34 inches. Same story for Michigan OT Taylor Lewan who measured in at a rangy 6-7, 309, but whose reach was also under 34 inches. On the other hand, no one was too surprised that Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin’s arms were under 33 inches; indeed he may get some consolation that he is almost exactly the same dimensions (6-4, 308) and Giants‘ OT Justin Pugh, who was arguably the best rookie tackle in the league last fall despite the fact his reach is barely over 32 inches.
Other offensive linemen who passed the proverbial eyeball test at Thursday weigh-in session included OTs Moses Morgan of Virginia (6-6, 314; 35.5” reach), Tennessee’s Ja’Waun James (#6-6, 311; 35” reach) and Tiny Richardson (#6-6, 336; 35” reach), G/Ts Cyril Richardson of Baylor (6-5, 330; 34.5“ reach) and Stanford’s David Yankey (6-6, 315; 34” reach); OGs Brandon Thomas of Clemson (6-3, 317; 34.75” reach) and Miami’s Brandon Linder (6-6, 311; 34.5” reach); and Southern California junior C Marcus Martin (6-3, 320; 34” reach). In fact, long with the Tide’s Kouandjio, former Pac-12 stars Yankey and Martin may have done the most for the draft grade at the combine workout. Yankey, in particular, looks like he has the size to kick out to OT at the next level, which could move him into the opening round, while Martin has really nice reach for a center and could ultimately be the first C off the board this coming May, although Arkansas’ Travis Swanson (6-5, 312; 33’ reach) also looked pretty good. Miami OT Seantrel Henderson (6-7, 331; 34.6” reach) also looked the part, although looking the part has never been the problem for the enigmatic former Hurricanes’ star. Meanwhile, Kansas State OT Luke Lucas almost broke the tape when the 6-8, 316 power forward look-alike had his arms measured at almost 37 inches, while Nebraska OG Spencer Long had the biggest hands at almost 11 inches.
On the other hand, offensive linemen who may have disappointed at the OL weigh-in included North Carolina OT James Hurst, who only weighed 296 pounds, while Alabama OG Anthony Steen’s arms measured in a just over 30 inches which is short for even a gator.
There just weren’t that many real surprises when the TEs had their weigh-in and measurement session. In fact, maybe the only newsworthy item was that North Carolina’s Eric Ebron weighed in at an even 250 pounds. There had been some reports that Ebron, who played at close to 245 at UNC, had bulked up to closer to 265 pounds in order to impress as a blocker, although there weren’t many scouts around who thought that was a very good idea for a guy with the physical skills to blow up the combine. Among other notables at the position, Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro looked the partat 6-5, 265 with a 34-inch reach, although at just 9-inches, his hands were somewhat small for a receiver. In fact, the other top TE prospects including Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas (6-6, 270; 34”+ reach), Washington’s Austin Seferin-Jenkins (6-5, 262; almost 34” reach) generally all looked the part. One other TE who turned some heads at Thursday weigh-in was Marcel Jensen of Fresno State who already was something of a riser at the position, but certainly did not hurt himself when he checked in at 6-6 and almost 260 pounds and a reach just under 35 inches.
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