LIVE Combine Blog: Thursday

LIVE Combine Blog: Thursday

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Activity from Indianapolis has wrapped up for Thursday. Join us Friday morning for another crazy day of activity from the NFL combines!

Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 04:44 PM ET

Curious Move in Tennessee

The Nashville City Paper reported earlier on Thursday that the Tennessee Titans were going to use a restricted free agent tender on TE Bo Scaife. The move is somewhat surprising since that means they would have to give him a 10 percent raise over last year's franchise salary of $4.462 million. Scaife will earn $4.9082 million for 2010 if tendered. The move is also curious because they have somewhat of a logjam at the position. Third-round picks Jared Cook ('09) and Craig Stevens ('08) were expected to become more of a factor in the Tennessee offense next season, so it seems hard to justify paying Scaife the high base salary.


Posted by: ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM 
at 02/25/2010 04:42 PM ET

McCoy Ready to Prove He's the Man

USC tight end Anthony McCoy told the media that he believes he is the most complete tight end in this draft class, but now he has to prove it while he's in Indianapolis. McCoy--who arrived as a freshman at USC with aspirations to be a wide receiver despite his 265-pound frame--made the adjustment to tight end with some help from his coaches and former Trojan tight end Fred Taylor. McCoy credits Taylor with helping him become a better athlete and a better route-runner. He has nine formal interviews tonight, but has already had informal chats with the Bengals, Seahawks, Browns, Chiefs, Falcons, Saints and Rams.

 


Posted by:  adam caplan, scout.com
at 02/25/2010 04:38 PM ET

Laury Free to Roam

Seahawks won't be tendering special team LB Lance Laury. He saw over 300 plays on special teams this season. He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on March 5. He will be able to sign with any team on that date.


Posted by:  adam caplan, scout.com
at 02/25/2010 04:36 PM ET

Bengals Tender Jeanty Low

Bengals SLB Rashad Jeanty will receive the low one-year restricted free agent tender of $1.176 million, a league source told Scout.com.

Should another team sign Jeanty to an offer sheet, the Bengals would have an opportunity to match it. If they declined, they would receive no compensation back in return since he was not drafted.


Posted by:  ED thompson, SCOUT.COm
at 02/25/2010 04:19 PM ET

From Tight End to Tech Tackle

Virginia Tech offensive tackle Ed Wang talked about making the transition from tight end to offensive tackle during his college career. "At first, it was a little rough, but once you get the plays down, it's pretty smooth. The footwork was there, so it was just [getting used to] playing against bigger guys. Wang believes he'd be most effective in a zone blocking scheme, noting that he pass protects very well and that he's a "decent run blocker".


Posted by:  AMBERly DRESSLER, AZ RED REPORT
at 02/25/2010 04:14 PM ET

Dickerson Hopes Speed Makes a Difference

Pittsburgh TE Dorin Dickerson feels the scouts are most concerned with his size, but feels his smaller frame gives him some extra speed. The Raiders, the Cowboys, the Chiefs, the 49ers, the Lions, the Bengals, the Ravens and the Cardinals are among the teams he's remembered interviewing with. His interactions with Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm is what stoodout most in his mind regarding the Cardinals interview. The two bonded over their fellow Pitt background. Grimm was relaxed, making jokes with Dickerson. The Cardinals have been seeking for an impact tight end for a while now, a Dickerson pick would help solidify the ever-growing Pittsburgh-West theme that the Cardinals have going on.


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 04:04 PM ET

Rutgers OT an Iron Man

Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis has never missed a game due to injury and is confident that he'll be an asset to the team that selects him this April. Davis said they'll be getting "a hard worker, somebody who loves to play the game and whose attitude on and off the field will be contagious to his teammates." He has seven interviews lined up for Thursday night but doesn't know which teams he'll be seeing. 


Posted by:  DOUG FARRAR, NORTHWESTFOOTBALL.NET  
at 02/25/2010 04:00 PM ET

Nothing Like a Good Shave

Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski had a disc in his lower back shaved, but he called it a "really easy process" and said, "I haven't felt this great in a while. It's amazing how good I feel." However, he won't be doing a full workout because he just started running again two or three weeks ago. Arizona's pro day is March 12, but he said will wait until the end of March to have his own workout, with March 26 as a potential target date.
 
Gronkowski's brother Chris, who is a year older, wasn't invited to the Combine but is hoping to catch on with a team as well. Rob said the two of them had some intense competitions growing up.


Posted by:  adam caplan, scout.com
at 02/25/2010 03:58 PM ET

Three Quarterbacks Have an Opening

Because of what's considered to be a weak draft class for quarterbacks, three signal callers have a chance to move up based on how they perform during Sunday's workout.

University of Cincinnati's Tony Pike, Fordham University's John Skelton, and University of Mississippi's Jevan Snead all have a chance to move up draft boards with a strong showing. All three possess some the strongest arms available for April's draft. Pike could solidify himself as a second-round pick if he throws well. Skelton, a small school quarterback who might have the strongest arm of any quarterback here this week, will get a chance to throw in front of several personnel evaluators that may not have seen him throw live previously. Snead might have the most to gain since his final year at Mississippi wasn't nearly as good as performance in 2008.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber, SCout.com
at 02/25/2010 03:52 PM ET

Bulaga Bounces Back

Two of the draft's top offensive tackles, Oklahoma State's Russell Okung and Bryan Bulaga, stood at podiums on opposite ends of the media room at the same time. I had to choose which one I would observe and I decided to go with Bulaga.

Bulaga measured in this morning at 6-foot-5, 314 pounds. It's widely known that he suffered from a thyroid condition this past season, which hampered his play. And today he addressed the condition and how long it took for him to get back to normal.

"I had what is called Thyroiditis; it's a viral infection that lands in the thyroid," Bulaga said. "It causes your heart to overproduce that hormone, which increases the loss of stamina, fatigue, increased heart rate, loss of weight; all the above."

"There was a three week period; it hit me hard during Iowa State week, which was the first week I sat out with it. The effects of it lingered on into the season, and I wasn't able to workout or do anything for those three weeks. It took me a little while to get back into full game shape and it wasn't until Michigan State week until I felt like I was back to my old self."

Bulaga looked healthy and was in good spirits talking with the media this afternoon, and  was confident in his response when asked where he thinks he stands among the top four tackles in this year's class.

"Personally, I think I'm the best tackle in the draft," he said. "Obviously, this is a very deep class; there's a lot of great players in it. Everybody is going to be jumping over each other, dropping underneath one another all the way up until draft day. It's going to be exciting to see (where I fall); this weekend is going to tell a lot. There's a lot of moving pieces to come in this entire thing."

Read Bryan Bulaga's Prospect Profile


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 03:48 PM ET

Okung Aims for the Mouth

Oklahoma State's Russell Okung was asked to sum up what kind of a player his future NFL employer was going to get following this year's NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5, 302-pound top-rated offensive tackle said that he's a player that is "going to try to hit you in the mouth more often than you hit me in the mouth." When asked what the biggest challenge will be for him personally while making the leap from the college to pro ranks, Okung didn't have any real concerns about learning the playbook or being able to make a smooth transition. "I'm going to work. I'm going to bring it," he said.


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
at 02/25/2010 03:43 PM ET

Adios Antonio

Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant's career in Tampa Bay is over according to his soon-to-be former head coach Raheem Morris.


Posted by:  JOHN CRIST, BEAR REPORT
at 02/25/2010 03:40 PM ET

Chicago-born Asamoah Talks up Odrick

Jon Asamoah of Illinois is a Windy City guy through and through, which is why he wasn't happy when Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald didn't recruit him coming out of Rich East High School in Park Forest, a suburb of Chicago. A pure guard at 6-4 and an even 300 pounds, Asamoah used the snub as motivation and made sure he played his best against Fitzgerald during his career downstate in Champaign. However, he didn't fare quite as well facing Penn State, as he didn't hesitate in naming Nittany Lions defensive tackle Jared Odrick the best player he has seen yet.


Posted by:  TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/25/2010 03:30 PM ET

Erik Cook Loves his Cell Phone

One of the more entertaining questions New Mexico offensive lineman Erik Cook came up against in team interviews: If his house was burning and he made it out safely with all the people and pets, what would you go back for? He told the Dolphins it would be his cell phone. "I'm still trying to figure out what would be a better answer," he said


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, Scout.com
at 02/25/2010 03:25 PM ET

Ratliff Classic Diamond in the Rough

Not only was Dallas Cowboys starting NT Jay Ratliff non-combine invitee in 2005, he didn't have one pre-draft workout or visit with any teams before the draft. In fact, had Ratliff may not have been drafted at all had Dallas not been scouting other players from Auburn University that year. They saw Ratliff on tape when they were scouting other players. Dallas rewarded Ratliff with new deal late during the 2007 season, but he's become such a dominant player since then, they may have to extend his contract again in the not too distant future. His current deal expires after the 2012 season.

For daily updates on the Dallas Cowboys, visit The Ranch Report!


Posted by: Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com  & Tim yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/25/2010 03:23 PM ET

Five Teams Talk to Hawkeye TE

Former Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki has talked with the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville JaguarsHouston Texans and St. Louis Rams since he's arrived at the combine, and he will perform all of the workouts.

Moeaki has had a broken hand, dislocated elbow, torn ligament (those three all on one play) and ankle and foot injuries, but he called them "just little dinky stuff," noting he didn't have any knee or shoulder injuries. He also said he didn't have any injuries in high school and checked out fine with his physicals in Indianapolis.

The Iowa tight end said he looks up to former Hawkeyes TE Dallas Clark. "I wish I could do half the things he does." Iowa's pro day is March 22.

For those keeping track at home, we now have two tight ends in Indy who have remarked that the Rams are looking for help at that position.


Posted by: DOUG FARRAR, NORTHWESTFOOTBALL.NET  
at 02/25/2010 03:16 PM ET

Gronkowski Still Rounding Into Shape

Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the entire 2009 season with a back injury, has said that while he's received a clean bill of health, he will only do the bench press at the Combine. Gronkowski, who is projected behind only Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham on many lists of draft-eligible tight ends, will perform all other drills at Arizona's Pro Day on March 12, and later at a private workout (TBD). Gronkowski's reason for skipping the drills here is that he just started running at full speed "two or three weeks ago" and wants more time to get into prime shape. Gronkowski could be a late first/early-second round pick if he has a stellar workout.


Posted by:  AdaM CAPLAN, SCout.com
at 02/25/2010 03:12 PM ET

Broncos Need to Replace Wiegmann

With the release of veteran C Casey Wiegmann, the Denver Broncos are set to transition to more of a power running game next season. Denver is expected to replace Wiegmann possibly with another veteran in free agency or with a player from this year's draft. A source said his replacement wouldn't come within their current 80-man roster. They are also expected to sign or draft bigger offensive linemen.


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