INDIANAPOLIS-- Friday's mix of draft prospects is expected to primarily be running backs, quarterbacks and receivers with a few offensive lineman at the beginning of the day.
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5:45 p.m. That concludes today Live Blog from Indianapolis. Be sure to check in on Saturday as we'll be blogging live from the media room beginning at 10:00 a.m.
5:40 p.m. Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson measured in at 6'4 and 229 pounds. As a
result of pulling his hamstring a bit, he's not planning to run or throw in
Woodson acknowledged that the Senior Bowl hadn't gone as well as he had
hoped, but says that he's been told his mechanics are fine. He just needs to
continue working on his decision-making and doing a better job with his release.
5:15 p.m. Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith made it clear that he's excited to be in
Indianapolis to take another step towards fulfilling his dream. "All I've
ever wanted to do was be an NFL quarterback," he said.
The son of a football coach stated that he'll be participating in all drills
and workouts with the exception of the bench press.
Smith, whose measurements were 6012 and 208 pounds today, said the constant
skepticism from scouts about his height isn't really becoming irritating.
"I understand," he said. "I think I'd rather be where I'm at
than to be 6-5, 240 and have nothing wrong. It's fun going up against the odds.
I've always been an underdog, and I think this nation cheers for the underdog
sometimes. And I try to thrive in that role, whether it be at my high school, at
Tulsa, or now competing for a job in the NFL. I'm excited about having some
negative things said about me and having an opportunity to [disprove] him, as
opposed to being being perfect. And then you have to go out and be perfect, or
you got overhyped."
5:05 p.m. Louisville wide receiver Harry Douglas told the media that his fastest
40-yard dash to date was 4.32 seconds. He said that the 15-minute interviews
with NFL coaches and GMs have been interesting. "They know everything about
you," he said.
But Douglas has turned the tables a bit during the interviews since he's done
some homework on the teams, wanting to learn more about their approaches and
philosophies. He said that during one interview, he asked the wide receivers
coach what he sees when he picks out someone as a top receiver.
Douglas said that one of the things he's most proud of from his college
career is simply how hard he's worked to set himself up for the position he's in
4:49 p.m. -Florida wide receiver Andre Caldwell measured in at 6'0, 204 pounds and will be doing a full workout at the Combine. Caldwell said he's been getting
advice from former Gator Chad Jackson as he goes through the draft process.
4:30 p.m. - East Carolina RB Chris Johnson measured in at 5'11 and 197 pounds. He said
his goal was to raise his stock while in Indianapolis by showing his speed and
catching the ball. When asked to pick a player that he believes is most similar
to, Johnson picked the Eagles' Brian Westbrook. And his goal as a running back
is clear. "I want to be the main guy," he said.
3:45 p.m. - The other Arkansas running back here in Indianapolis, potential first round pick Felix Jones, said that he will run but will do everything else at his Pro Day.
3:12 p.m. - Arkansas RB Darren McFadden is currently holding his press conference and is saying that he won't be lifting at the Combine, but other than that, he will do a full workout.
3:00 p.m. - Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart weighed in at 5-foot-10, 235-pounds and appeared to be in great shape. He talked about his strong running style, receiving ability and potentially being used as a return man at the next level.
2:38 p.m. - A source close to University of Arkansas RB Darren McFadden told Scout.com's Adam Caplan that the former Razorback plans to participate in all workout drills in Indianapolis.
McFadden's decision came down to waiting for his pro day workout next month or working out in front of as many NFL personnel and scouts at the combine. So he chose to work out in front of as many people as he could which is clearly here.
1:59 p.m. - USC OT Sam Baker measured in at 6-foot-4, 307-pounds. He talked about the top defenders he faced in practice at USC and also answered questions about his father, Arena Football League commissioner David Baker. When asked if he could play in the Arena League, Baker responded, “I don’t think I could play in that league. It takes a special kind of player to play in the AFL.”
1:29 p.m. - After aggravating the same wrist injury he sustained in October at the Senior Bowl, Texas WR Limas Sweed stood at the podium this afternoon and said that his wrist is 100-percent. But his range of motion in the wrist is about 65-percent. Sweed said he will run at the Combine, but wouldn’t commit to participating in receiving drills.
Sweed measured in at just under 6-foot-4 and weighed 216 pounds.
1:18 p.m. - California WR Lavelle Hawkins talked about his terrific Senior Bowl
performance, saying, "A lot more people know who Lavelle Hawkins is
He's talked frequently to former California RB Marshawn Lynch, who told him
that the Bills' coach was talking about Hawkins following the Senior Bowl.
Hawkins liked the thought of being reunited with Lynch.
Hawkins is confident that he'll be successful at the next level. "I
pretty much can do it all," he said.
1:05 p.m.- Oklahoma WR Malcolm Kelly said that he measured in around 6'3 5/8 and 224
pounds. He's not going to run or lift as he said that a quad injury that he
originally thought was just a thigh bruise turned out to be a mild strain, so he
wasn't getting the proper treatment for the injury.
Kelly said that he knows that at the NFL level you have to rely more on
reaction and that the area he'll be striving to improve is getting in and out of
his breaks, because at the pro level he knows that will be more challenging.
He's talked to the Dolphins since arriving in Indianapolis.
12:35 p.m. - Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon said point blank that he thinks he
will get a shot with an NFL team as a return specialist before he does as a wide
receiver. Coming out of a Division III school, he said, "I'm blessed to be
here." He believes his versatility on special teams will be critical to
his chances of making a team.
12:16 p.m. - After a controversial week in Mobile where he weighed in at just 185 pounds, Hawaii QB Colt Brennan measured in at an impressive 6-foot-2, 207 pounds today in Indianapolis. He was on a strict weight-gain program and has been working hard taking snaps under center and his five and seven step drop back. Brennan was open and honest with the media regarding his past and stated, “I have nothing to hide.”
12:01 p.m. - California WR DeSean Jackson measured in at a disappointing 5-foot-9, 167 pounds; Jackson was listed at 6-foot, 170-pounds at Cal. Jackson said that he has been training in Florida with former NFL great Jerry Rice. Jackson will run and fully participate in all drills this weekend.
11:44 a.m. - Hawaii wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen said that one of his selling points to NFL teams is the fact that he's been playing since he was a freshman, so he has plenty of game experience.
When it comes to rating himself on a scale of 1 to 10 at reading defenses, he
said he thinks he's a 9 or a 10. He said at Hawaii, there could be five
different routes out of one play, so he had to be able to make the right
decisions based on what he saw from the defense.
11:28 a.m. -During Vikings head coach Brad Childress' press conference, he stated that
the team has given WR Troy Williamson permission to seek a trade.
11:01 a.m. - The first receiver to speak to the media this morning was LSU’s Early Doucet. Doucet is coming off of a hamstring injury that he suffered during practice at the Senior Bowl and said that he won’t workout this weekend. Doucet said that he’s currently 85-percent and will wait until LSU’s Pro-Day on March 26th to workout in front of scouts. He also mentioned that he hasn’t met with any teams in Indianapolis yet, but he has four interviews scheduled this evening and three tomorrow.
10:53 a.m. - Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco certainly wasn't lacking in confidence as he
met with the media this morning. When asked if he felt he had something to prove
because he didn't come out of a major college football program, Flacco replied,
"I don't think I have too much to prove if you watch the film." And in
regards to the fact that he didn't play for a major football program, he
shrugged the issue off saying, "I think if you can play, you can
Flacco also mentioned that he was proud of the fact that he only threw five
interceptions during his senior year.
10:44 a.m. - Packers GM Ted Thompson addressed the media this morning and discussed what the team may do in the first round of the draft. Thompson was asked about his thoughts on drafting a player for the future in the first round, rather than addressing an immediate need.
“Sure, you never turn down good football players,” he said. “I think [drafting a player for the future] it’s an investment in your team and for its success.”
The Packers looked towards the future in 2005 when they drafted QB Aaron Rodgers in the first round [25th overall]. But with the resurrection of Brett Favre this past season it may be a while until Rodgers becomes the eventual starter. Thompson said that he has talked with Favre regarding his playing future, but no decision has been made. He stated that Brett would do what’s best for him and for the team.
10:42 a.m. - Appalachian State WR/RS Dexter Jackson spoke with the media this morning and said that he met with twelve teams last night, most notably the Rams, Patriots and Raiders. Jackson is a tremendous weapon on special teams and highlighted that the emergence of a player like Devin Hester has really helped his status as a prospect.
“Having the ability to return the ball at the next level is critical,” Jackson said. “A guy like Devin Hester has really elevated the focus of teams looking for a guy who can play on offense, as well as multitask on special teams.”
Jackson stated that he expected to run between a 4.28 and a 4.32 in the 40 this weekend.
10:30 a.m. - A few offensive linemen who didn't make it in for interviews on Thursday were among the first visitors to the media room. One of them was William Robinson, offensive tackle out of San Diego State.
Robinson talked to a few teams already, including the Chargers and the Redskins, and was asked by one reporter how he would feel about staying in San Diego to continue his football career.
It's like my second home," Robinson said with a smile.
Among the skills and traits he believes will help him in this draft are his competitive, tenacious nature, the fact that he's a hard worker, and his hand/feet technique.
John Crist, Doug Farrar and Tim Yotter contributed to this report.