The annual NFL Scouting Combine has kicked off in Indianapolis, Indiana and Scout.com is in full force with our team of NFL Experts Tom Marino, Adam Caplan and Tony Pauline. A strong contingency of NFL publishers and a few of our college football experts Bob Lichtenfels, Miller Safrit and Scott Kennedy.
Today's session is more media driven. Several NFL coaches will be on hand to give interviews along with several of the players who have been invited to Combine.
Scout.com will provide coverage from Indianapolis all week and we will bring you the latest hot topics and breaking news as we hear it.
6:45 P.M. February 22nd: Breaking News from Scout.com!
Scout.com has learned USC WR Dwayne Jarrett tweaked his groin working out recently and is unlikely to run at the Combine. He's expected to run at his pro day on March 28.
And here's the rest of today's news from the media room, beginning with our first report this morning...
11:15 A.M.There have been 327 players invited to this years Combine.
We just learned through a press release that the Washington Redskins have cut NFL veteran safety Troy Vincent. Vincent played in eight games and started three for the Redskins in 2006.
New Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron and New Orleans Saints Sean Payton have all addressed the media.
Tomlin remained non-commital about what type of defense that he will employ in Pittsburgh. Tomlin has always been a 4-3 guy and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has been an innovator of the Zone Blitz out of the 3-4.
Tomlin also stated that the Steelers have a number of options available to improve their salary cap position.
According to Tomlin there have been no new developments in regard to the contract status of linebacker Joey Porter. Porter is owed a $1,000,000 roster bonus in March to go along with his $4,000,000 salary. Porter is entering the final year of his contract.
Off camera UCLA kicker Justin Medlock and Colorado kicker Mason Crosby addressed the media. We will have more in-depth information on Medlock and Crosby in our Combine Insider Live Feed that will be launched shortly.
11:45 A.M: Sean Payton broached several topics of discussion during his conference including several key injury updates.
Drew Brees is expected to need 6-8 weeks of recovery time from a dislocated left elbow. The injury did not cause the Saints to lose any of its momentum during the season, but put a damper on his vacation plans for the offseason.
Payton was not happy about a sprained ankle that star rookie Reggie Bush suffered during a celebrity basketball game. He is understanding to the fact that these guys are competitors he was just glad it didn't take place in August.
Payton talked about the surprising impact of Marques Colston. He stated that Colston did not really impress during minicamps. Mike Hass the former Oregon State star was the guy who stood out. Colston was drafted as more of a developmental prospect who broke out.
Payton said the Saints philosphy in the draft is to draft the players that fit, regardless of position. Last year, they weren't looking for a running back, but Bush was there and he was too good to pass up.
Payton was asked about players with character issues and how concerning that is to him. He said he's very concerned with character as an issue, but it varies by team and for him. it's about using it as part of a picture they're painting at the combine for each player.
12:08 P.M. We were just informed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland Browns will have a coin toss at 7:45 A.M. to decide the 3rd and 4th picks in the draft.
12:30 P.M. Notre Dame offensive lineman Ryan Harris has taken the podium. The charasmatic Harris is discussing his prior back injury and his love for politics.
12:45 P.M.Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn has arrived and its safe to say that Ginn has drawn the most attention from the media of any player here so far.
1:00 P.M.Akron quarterback Luke Getsey, Northern Illinois offensive lineman Doug Free and Texas offensive lineman Justin Blalock are now conducting interviews.
1:10 P.M.Auburn offensive lineman Ben Grubbs has arrived to the media center for his player interview. He talked about his versatility and playing different positions at Auburn. He said that his fastest 40 time was 5.0 Flat, and he hoped to break that while he was here. “I hope to get 4.99999 or whatever,” Grubbs said as he laughed with the crowd.
Ryan Kalil of USC entered the media room. He measured 6-2 and 7/8ths and 299 pounds.
OL Dan Santucci 6-3 ¾ 301 from Notre Dame came to the podium and talked about what a privilege it was to play at Notre Dame. He also talked about some disappointing points, but he knows things are getting better and better for the Irish. “I never had a chance to win a bowl game, and I never had a chance to beat USC. That was a disappointment, but I know that Notre Dame is headed in the right direction.”
Rick Smith, the GM of the Texans has come to the Podium.
2:21 Dan Santucci - Guard, Notre Dame - 6-3.75, 301 pounds...key quotes from his press conference.
On his switch from defensive line to offensive line:
"The coaches liked how I was playing and the hard work and they wanted to get me on the field, but we just had a lot of guys there. It was an opportunity for me to get on the field, so I just took it and went with it."
On playing for Charlie Weis and his coaching style
"For me especially, I like a coach who tells me straight-forward what you need to work on, what you're doing well, what you're doing bad. It's only the straight-shooter way to go."
On whether he plans to give a full workout at the Combine:
"Yes, definitely. I came here to work out and show what I can do. I'm fortunate that I'm healthy and I'm able to do everything, so I plan on definitely doing all the drills."
2:46 Highlights from Texas OL Justin Blalock's press conference:
Measured in at 6-3 1/4, 320. Will do a full workout.
More comfortable at tackle, but supposes he'd better get used to guard.
A lot of teams are interested, "and I hope it continues," but this Texas native hopes he is drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
The best pass-rusher he's gone up against is Lawrence Jackson of USC.
Highlights from USC C Ryan Kalil's press conference:
Measured in at 6-2, 299 pounds.
Teams have talked to him about playing guard, but understands "the more you can do" concept and that he'll play center in the League.
His father, Frank, was a center at Arkansas and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1982 and played in the USFL for two years, 1984 with Jim Kelly and the Houston Gamblers.
Ryan was a high school tackle, but said "SC needed a center, so I said, hey, pops, you've got to help me out on this one."
3:05 P.M.Just announced that Michael Allen a TE from Whitworth is the only D-III athlete participating in the combine.
4:12 P.M. The Oakland Raiders have released quarterback Aaron Brooks.
4:25 P.M. TE Rutgers Clark Harris -- 6-5 5/8, 261. --WIll do all drills here, except the 3-cone because of a foot injury he estimates to be "80 to 85 percent" healthy. --Outgoing person who enjoyed talking to reporters but doesn't want to know what round scouts expect him to be drafted.
--Considers himself a physical player who said one of his favorite aspects of football is going over the middle, taking a hit, and getting up.
--Came to prefer making a big block over catching a pass after his early-season crackback to spring Bryan Leonard knocked a defender's helmet off and shook the inner pads loose.
4:38 P.M. Joe Newton, TE, Oregon State Measured in at 6-foot-7 and 257 pounds. Says playing for former NFL coach Mike Riley will help him in the NFL. Put on 30 pounds as a freshman. Tore a tendon in his left foot on the first day of fall camp in what would have been his original senior season. Thinks run-blocking is an underrated part of his game. His strength is his ability to grab a ball in the air. Would like to run his 40-yard dash in the 4.6s.
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