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Posted Feb 26, 2010


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Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/26/2010 05:44 PM ET

Media Room Gets Quiet

Things are wrapping up in the Lucas Oil Media Room now, but that doesn't mean that Scout.com is done for the night. Keep an eye on our combine story tracker and NFL sites as we continue to document this busy 2010 combine. Lots more great stuff on the way!


Posted by:  ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 05:44 PM ET

Tulane WR Hopes to Keep Momentum Going

Coming off an impressive Senior Bowl performance, Tulane's' Jeremy Williams measured in at the Combine at 6-foot tall and 206 pounds.
 
The versatile receiver said that he has been running the 40 in the 4.4s and hopes to be in the low 4.4s when he runs in Indianapolis.


Posted by:  adam caplan.scout.com
at 02/26/2010 05:44 PM ET

One More for Wiegmann

Despite rumors to the contrary, veteran C Casey Wiegmann, who was released earlier this week by the Denver Broncos, still wants to play at least one more season.


Posted by:  ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 05:35 PM ET

Lauvao Likes Lighting 'Em Up

Shawn Lauvao told Scout.com that he hoisted 33 reps during his bench press, but felt that he could have done better.
 
His favorite part of playing football? "Just hitting people, lighting them up," he said with a smile.
 
The Arizona State offensive tackle has had formal interviews with the Bears and the Jaguars so far, with more scheduled tonight.


Posted by: ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 05:29 PM ET

Wolfe on the Rise?

UNLV wide receiver Ryan Wolfe could be a sleeper who will be on the rise in the coming weeks.
 
After catching a Mountain West Conference all-time record 283 passes, he injured his foot during practice before the final week of his college career. Surgery was required to repair the damage, and Wolfe has been on the mend since. But on Monday, he was cleared to run with no restrictions. Then NFL doctors took a look at him in Indianapolis, and according to Wolfe, agreed that his foot had healed.
 
Since Wolfe graduated early, he'll be focusing solely on his training up through draft day. He plans to train with former Titans WR Drew Bennett the weekend following the end of the Combine.
 
The Raiders, Falcons, Browns, Cardinals and Vikings wide receiver coaches talked with him last night, and his formal interviews begin this evening.


Posted by:  adam caplan, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 05:24 PM ET

Morey Talks Concussions with NFLPA

NFL WR Sean Morey (Arizona Cardinals) spoke at Friday's NFLPA agents meeting for over an hour about the concussion issue. Morey is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 5.

Posted by:  JOHN CRIST, BEAR REPORT
at 02/26/2010 05:16 PM ET

Jackson Unearths Return Yards...

Virginia's Rashawn Jackson admits that fullback is dying a slow death in the NFL, going so far as to call it "the dinosaur position," but he has spent plenty of time for the Cavaliers as a lead blocker and not just a ball carrier. Also a fan of playing on special teams, Jackson talked about "hidden yardage" that can be gained and lost on punts and punt returns. Contrary to what has been speculated, Jackson is just fine with NFL fans not wearing coats and ties to the games, like the fraternity kids in Charlottesville do.

Posted by:  ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 05:00 PM ET

Dickson a Self-Proclaimed "Beast"

Oregon tight end Ed Dickson is proud of his ability to tack on more yards after snagging a pass from his quarterback.
 
"I'm a beast after the catch," he said with a smile during his visit to the media room. The personable tight end also believes that his ability to block receivers in open space and his passion for special teams will catch the attention of NFL teams, especially after his well-rounded performance during Senior Bowl week.
 
Dickson had formal interviews last night with the Cleveland Browns and the Carolina Panthers--with more on his schedule tonight.

Where does Dickson fall on Scout's TE Rankings?


Posted by:  chris steuber, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 04:57 PM ET

Hernandez Saving Himself for Pro Day

Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez will not workout at the Scouting Combine this weekend; he's waiting to perform at his Pro Day on March 17th. Measuring in at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, Hernandez said the reason for him not working out in Indianapolis is because he tweaked his back a couple of weeks ago and he wants to make sure he's 100-percent for his workout.

Hernandez has many interviews scheduled for this evening, but met with the Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Rams last night. Hernandez is receiving first round consideration


Posted by:  JOHN CRIST, BEAR REPORT
at 02/26/2010 04:51 PM ET

Carroll's Exit Didn't Spur McKnight

Running back Joe McKnight says Pete Carroll's decision to leave Southern California for the Seahawks had no effect on his decision to enter the NFL Draft following his junior season. Plagued by injuries as a Trojan after being such a highly-touted prospect out of Louisiana, McKnight hopes his professional career goes a little better than his college career. Giving himself a "C" grade for his time at USC, he doesn't mind sharing carries at the next level because he has always shared carries -- even in high school.

 SCPlaybook.com is Scout.com's home for Trojan news!


Posted by: ed thompson, scout.com 
at 02/26/2010 04:39 PM ET

Eye-Opening Capers

West Virginia offensive tackle Selvish Capers measured in at 308 pounds and 6-foot-4 and 5/8 inches. He said that he's looking forward to opening some eyes with his high motor and his work ethic.
 
Capers said that working through a coaching change at West Virginia has benefited him because he learned different techniques from two position coaches. And since the NFL covets pass protectors for their franchise quarterbacks, the portion of his career that he spent in a spread offense will serve him well. 


Posted by:  TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/26/2010 04:37 PM ET

Skelton: Good Connections, Worrisome Footwork

QB John Skelton said Fordham was the only school that offered him a scholarship and he had only minimal interest from Division I schools, making the NFL Scouting Combine a huge opportunity to show himself in front of scouts that may not have received a lot of film on him. Although he believes he has good size, arm strength and agility, he thinks his footwork is the biggest concern for teams.
 
Skelton has an uncle, Javier Loya, that is a minority owner with the Houston Texans and a brother, Stephen, that is tight end at Fordham.


Posted by: chris steuber, scout.com 
at 02/26/2010 04:33 PM ET

Pouncey Brothers Split Up

When you watch the Florida Gators, it's hard to miss No. 55 and 56 on the offensive line. But off the field, it's hard to tell them a part. Maurkice and Michael Pouncey are identical twins and two highly touted prospects. Maurkice decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2010 draft, while Michael decided to stay in school. Things will be a little different for the inseparable brothers in 2010.

"It's going to be different, but we're grown men now," Maurkice Pouncey said. "He was someone that I could always talk too and he support me in any situation."

If Michael decided to enter this year's draft, he would have likely been a second - third round draft pick. But Maurkice advised Michael to stay in school and be his successor.

"I just told him that I thought it was best for him to go back [to Florida] and take over at center," Maurkice said. "We sat down and he told me the same thing, that he thought it was best for him to go back."

Maurkice measured in this morning at 6-foot-4, 304 pounds, and there's plenty of buzz about him being drafted in the first round. When asked if he had spoken with two teams - the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings - that are rumored to be interested in his services, Maurkice said, "Not yet."

For more on the Gators, check out FightinGators.com...


Posted by:  Ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 04:23 PM ET

LeFevour To Do Stationary Throws

Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour raised some eyebrows this week when word spread that he had joined the ranks of the quarterbacks who aren't going to throw while at the Combine. But he clarified that decision while at the podium in the media room today.
 
The 6-foot-3, 229-pound passer, who worked out of the spread offense in college, said that he will throw during drills that involve stationary targets, but will wait until his Pro Day to throw to receivers. He stated that he wants to work with receivers that he's been in rhythm with, but it's not due to being afraid of anything. He was quick to point out that he was the first quarterback to commit to playing in the Senior Bowl as proof that he's not afraid to compete.


Posted by: John Crist, Bear Report  
at 02/26/2010 04:13 PM ET

Tebow Claims "Subtle" Changes to Motion

The NFL media relations team finally let their collective hair down a little bit Friday afternoon: "Some guy named Tebow at Podium C."

While so many of the prospects at the Scouting Combine are uncomfortable in this setting, fidgeting and mumbling and looking like they'd rather be anwhere else in the world, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow addresses the media like a politician running for office -- think Bill Clinton, only a virgin. Before the first question is fired, one member of the press has the gall to ask for a quick autograph, the ultimate taboo in this line of work. He should have had his credential yanked right then and there, although perhaps it would have been worth it if a few Tebow-driven strokes of his Paper Mate are proven to fight off H1N1.

The former Heisman Trophy winner is going to do all of the drills in Indianapolis except throw, choosing to do that at his Pro Day in Gainesville on Mar. 17. He was adamant that he's only going to alter his windup, not necessarily his release point or follow-through, so the changes he's working on to get rid of the football quicker are subtle.

And now, I will end this blog entry the same way Tebow ends all his press conferences: "God bless."


Posted by:  TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE  
at 02/26/2010 04:06 PM ET

Blount Blunt About Mistake

Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount said the postgame punch to a Boise State player that left him suspended for most of the rest of the season was addressed with NFL personnel at the Senior Bowl and isn’t much of a topic with them at the NFL Scouting Combine.
 
“I know the guy I punched didn’t deserve to be punched,” he said, calling it shameful and an embarrassment to the Oregon program.
 
While he said that incident hurt his draft stock because of the missed time, he also believes he is the top running back in the draft this year.
 
“I wear defenses out,” he said. “I get the tough yardage.”


Posted by:  ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 04:03 PM ET

Canfield Tries to Stay Sharp

Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield said that staying focused and centered while the NFL puts draft prospects through the Combine process is critically important. After getting roughly four hours of sleep last night, he's maintaining a hectic pace that includes formal interviews this evening, so he wants to be sharp.
 
As far as his physical skills go, Canfield said he evidently inherited some critics regarding his arm strength after the Senior Bowl, but he's never considered that to be an issue. That said, he's planning to make sure he shows off that strength to the NFL's 32 teams while he's in Indianapolis to put any false speculation to rest. 


Posted by: chris steuber, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 04:00 PM ET

Mathews Hopes Blocking Makes Difference

Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews met with the media this afternoon and mentioned that he believes his blocking ability makes him standout among the other top running backs in the draft.

Mathews measured in at 5-foot-11, 218 pounds and has drawn interest from a few teams so far, and even disclosed that he had a good meeting with the Houston Texans last night.


Posted by: adam caplan, scout.com 
at 02/26/2010 03:58 PM ET

Browns Have Big Decisions to Make

As Scout.com has noted for several weeks, the Cleveland Browns had some decisions to make on several veteran player contracts.

As first reported, QB Derek Anderson's $2 million roster bonus is due on March 19. And veteran DLs Corey Williams ($1.7 million) and Shaun Rogers ($1 million) also have roster bonuses due relatively soon.


Posted by:  John Crist, Bear Report
at 02/26/2010 03:52 PM ET

Haitian Ducasse Still Learning U.S. Football

Right out of a movie script, Massachusetts offensive tackle Vladimir Ducasse was just walking down the hall one day in high school, and since he was about 6-4 and 275 pounds at the time, some of his fellow students suggested he try out for the football team. A native of Port au Prince, Haiti, who came to the United States at 14 years old, Ducasse is one of the more interesting prospects available in this year's draft because of the catastrophic earthquake that occured there last month -- for the most part, his family is fine. Now 6-4.5 and 326 pounds, the Divison-II All-American admits he's still learning the technique of the game but understands all the rules just fine.


Posted by: TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE  
at 02/26/2010 03:51 PM ET

Tebow's Mighty Reach

The power of Tim Tebow: When Packers coach Mike McCarthy was answering a question about Tim Tebow, an NFL staffer came over the loudspeaker to announce that “some guy named Tebow” would be speaking at a different podium. No first name, no position or school affiliation was needed. The NFL already knows his drawing power.


Posted by:  Fred greetham, orange and brown report
at 02/26/2010 03:45 PM ET

Bryant Rues "Bad Advice"

Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant has been designated by some as a selection who could go as high as the Cleveland Browns seventh pick. Bryant was suspended by the NCAA for lying to investigators regarding a relationship he had with former NFL player Deion Sanders. Bryant visited Sanders at his home but said he was given bad advice in talking with investigators. He was suspended Oct. 7 for the rest of the season by the NCAA. He is a junior and would not be eligible until Sept. 2010. He has chosen to not work out at the NFL Combine because he doesn’t feel he’s prepared. Bryant said he compares himself to WR Larry Fitzgerald because “I attack the football when it’s in the air.” 


Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/26/2010 03:44 PM ET

McCarthy Tries to Fix Pack Issues

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he has been reviewing cut-up film of the offense and special teams. On offense they need to improve their sack rate. On special teams, the Packers led the league in penalties and he said 42 percent of those special teams penalties were committed by first-year guys, creating more emphasis for getting them up to speed quicker.
 
Defensively, McCarthy felt they were exposed more by veteran quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Kurt Warner when they spread out the defense.

For more on the Packers, check out Packer Report!


Posted by:  ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 03:39 PM ET

Two Injured Wideouts

Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander and Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas both entered the media room on crutches and sat down at the same table.
 
Alexander went through the paces with the NFL medical doctors today and said that he's been getting good feedback from his surgeon on the stability of his knee. He met with lots of position coaches last night and said he really enjoyed his interaction with the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver coach.
 
Thomas had surgery on his foot and had a single screw inserted to help speed up the healing. He gets his cast off next Thursday and will switch to a walking boot at that point. Just a week prior to his training accident that caused the injury, Thomas ran a 4.38-second 40-time. The injury initially took a toll on him emotionally. "It hurt my heart," he said.
 
But both Thomas and Alexander appeared to be upbeat and optimistic throughout their interviews.

Thomas originally told Ed Thompson about his injury in this exclusive pre-combine interview...


Posted by:  Fred greetham, orange and brown report
at 02/26/2010 03:38 PM ET

LeFevour Talks to Browns

QB prospect Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan said he met with the Browns. The 6-3, 238-pound quarterback has been rumored to be hot on the Bills’ radar… Another QB prospect, Tony Pike from Cincinnati was disappointed that his weight was just 212 at the combine. The 6-6 quarterback came in at 223 pounds at the combine…


Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/26/2010 03:09 PM ET

Knee Kept LaFell from Mobile

LSU wide receiver Brandon LaFell measured in this morning at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds. LaFell, who was invited to the Senior Bowl, but decided to decline his invitation at the 11th hour, explained to the media what went into his decision.

"I sprained my MCL during the Arkansas game last year and I was planning on playing in the Senior Bowl, but I re-injured my knee," LaFell said. "So, I decided it was best for me to skip it."

LaFell has generated a lot of interest thus far in Indianapolis and has already met with the St. Louis Rams. He plans on meeting with many more teams this weekend, including the Baltimore Ravens tomorrow, who he was specifically asked about.


Posted by: DOUg farrar, northwestfootball.net 
at 02/26/2010 02:54 PM ET

Edwards Spells Opportunity: "W-I-L-D-C-A-T"

This is a great time for Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards to come into the NFL. With the increased use of the Wildcat, the Pistol formation, and various read-option packages all over the NFL, Edwards will find teams interested in his speed and escapability. At 5-10 and 187 pounds, the two-time Payton Award Winner doesn’t really look like a quarterback, but he will do his best to impress at that position, taking part in all the Combine QB drills while waiting to run his 40 because of a hamstring strain he suffered last week.

Whether he succeeds or not behind center, look for Edwards to get a very good look as a converted receiver/returner, as Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs and New England’s Julian Edelman have.

Posted by: john crist, bear report 
at 02/26/2010 04:08 PM ET

Bryant Calls Sanders "Mentor"

One of the more intriguing prospects avaliable for the draft, Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant played three games his junior season before being deemed ineligible by the NCAA for an "improper" relationship with Deion Sanders. When asked about his current relationship with the former All-Pro, Bryant says Sanders is still his "mentor" and helped him through all the tough times this past year -- the two always talked much more about life than football, however. Bryant admitted it was tough to sit and watch his fellow Cowboys from the comfort of his couch on Saturdays, plus working out on his own proved to be difficult.


Posted by:  aaron wilson, ravens insider
at 02/26/2010 02:33 PM ET

Lewis Disappointed in Rookie LB

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis expressed disappointment in troubled linebacker Rey Maualuga in the wake of the standout defender pleading guilty recently to driving under the influence.

Maualuga is scheduled to check into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for at least a 30-day period.

“It’s obviously a disappointment in what occurred," Lewis said today at the NFL scouting combine. "I think Rey has taken some dramatic steps to fix and deal with this kind of behavior. He knows the situation he’s put himself in his career, our football team, the organization, the city and it’s unfortunate to try to be doing the right thing but do very poorly what he did and not to make very good decisions at all.”


Posted by:  DOUg farrar, northwestfootball.net
at 02/26/2010 02:33 PM ET

LeFevour, Pike Differ on Approach

Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour and Cincinnati signal-caller Tony Pike have very different attitudes when it comes to throwing at the Combine. While LeFevour says that he doesn’t want to throw to receivers he doesn’t have a rhythm with, Pike feels that it’s something he must do. The three attributes Pike said that he wanted to show – footwork, delivery, and how the ball comes out of his hands – mirror what many talent evaluators will tell you they’re looking for at the Combine. They know that the QBs are throwing to guys they’ve never worked with before and take that into account. By waiting until his Pro Day and not yet showing a consistent NFL arm, LeFevour may come to regret his decision, while Pike’s willingness to go under the microscope may raise his standing if he does reasonably well.


Posted by:  adam caplan, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 02:30 PM ET

Taylor Headed Elsewhere

Various league sources believe Minnesota Vikings RB Chester Taylor will ultimately be signing with another team shortly after free agency starts.

Why?

Sources said at least 10 teams will be looking for a veteran back to handle 8-10 carries or touches/game. And don't count out a few teams looking for a starter for the short-term to show interest in the veteran back.


Posted by:  ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 02:28 PM ET

QB Clark's Hamstring Prevents Running

Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark said that he will be doing a full workout in Indianapolis except for the running drills. He strained his hamstring while training a little over a week ago. The 6-foot-2, 238-pound passer has been training in Orlando, fine-tuning his fundamentals--including his footwork. He believes that he's a smart quarterback who never forces the issue when passing, understands how to exploit a defense and has the confidence to play at the next level.


Posted by: Ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 02:27 PM ET

Bell Gunning to Ring Up Sub-4.5

Norfolk State wide receiver Chris Bell says he'll be happy with any 40 time below 4.5 seconds. He believes that his height, physical ability off the line and down the field, his ability to get up for the ball and his durability are his strongest traits as a receiver.


Posted by:  john Crist, Bear Report
at 02/26/2010 02:25 PM ET

Cooper Believes He's Ready

Florida coach Urban Meyer features somewhat of an unconventional offense, but receiver Riley Cooper says the Gators run the entire route tree and he won't be asked to do anything he hasn't done before during workouts. Cooper ran his share of option routes and had to adjust patterns on the fly based on the coverage he was facing, which he believes prepared him well for the next level. While he will never be a return man because he's a mid-4.5 runner, he was on the kickoff team for two years in college and practically patted himself on the back at the podium for his ability as a gunner: "I'm pretty good."


Posted by:  ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 01:49 PM ET

Sanders Sets up Interviews

SMU wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has already had a formal interview with the Rams, and he has the Chiefs, Panthers and Patriots lined up already. Sanders hopes to match a career-best 40-time that he posted about a week ago while training for the Combine--4.36 seconds. He believes that his play-making ability after the catch is going to be one of the keys to his overall positioning in this year's draft class.

Wide Receiver Class Rankings...


Posted by: chris steuber, scout.com 
at 02/26/2010 01:46 PM ET

Decker Won't Run, But...

Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker, who missed the last five games of the 2009 season, including the Insight Bowl due to injury, said that he won't participate in any running drills, but will perform the 225-pound bench press at the Combine, as he continues to recover from surgery on his left foot.

Although Decker won't participate in drills, he's still receiving interest from NFL teams. Decker stated that he's met with a number of teams already, but specifically named the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks.


Posted by: adam caplan, scout.com 
at 02/26/2010 01:34 PM ET

Watch for Bannan in Free Agency

Baltimore Ravens veteran DT Justin Bannan could be one of the top sleepers of free agency from the defensive side of the ball, league sources said.

While he turns 31 in April, Bannan has stayed relatively healthy over his eight-year career. Personnel evaluators said Bannan's ability to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme could yield him more interest than expected once free agency begins on March 5.


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, Jagnation.com
at 02/26/2010 01:31 PM ET

Casserly Talks Tackles

Charlie Casserly is sharing some great info.  According to teams, Gerald McCoy is actually ahead of Kong Suh.  Casserly also said that it pays to take the left tackles early in the draft, and Anthony Davis as Russell Okung are the two best.  Bulaga is the most technically correct (lowest ceiling) and Trent Williams is mostly viewed as a right tackle.  


Posted by: Adam caplan, scout.com 
at 02/26/2010 01:28 PM ET

Eagles Talking to Free Agent FB

Talks are ongoing for a new contract for Philadelphia Eagles FB Leonard Weaver, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

Weaver, because he only has five seasons of service, will become a restricted free agent if no new CBA is reached by March 5.


Posted by:  TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/26/2010 01:23 PM ET

Childress Talks Peterson, Harvin, Favre...

Vikings coach Brad Childress said despite Adrian Peterson’s issues with fumbling he didn’t want to the drastically change Peterson’s style, although he said he would talk with Giants coach Tom Coughlin about how New York cured Tiki Barber’s fumbling issues.

On the subject of last year's top draft pick, Childress said he was surprised by Percy Harvin’s toughness. He also admitted that he saw Harvin had migraine headaches on last year’s scouting report but didn’t anticipate the number of times they became an issue in 2009.

Rounding back to the inevitable QB discussion, Childress said he talked to Brett Favre on Monday and Tuesday, but he doesn’t have a feel one way or another for whether Favre will return to the Vikings in 2010. “I think he’s got other things on his mind,” Childress said.
 
Childress also said there is no timeline on Favre to make a decision and pointed to him joining the Vikings on Aug. 18 last year and still performing at a high level. “I’m not going to put him in a box,” he said.
 
Childress also said he believes his other players understand the unique nature of the situation and are OK with waiting on Favre.

For more on the Vikings, Vikings Update is a must-see...
 


Posted by:  chris steuber, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 01:20 PM ET

Tate Lauds Clausen's Leadership

A lot has been made about Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen's leadership qualities and off the field attitude and when Clausen's go-to-guy, wide receiver Golden Tate, stepped to the podium this afternoon, I specifically asked him about the signal caller's ability to lead a team.

"I think he was a great leader," Tate said. "He was very consistent. Every day he showed up to work whether he was sick or hurt, you got the same Jimmy. He did a great job of keeping the team together. I'm very pleased about what he did for the program. Obviously, we wanted to win more games, but you can't blame that all on the quarterback. I feel like I should have made more plays to put us in a better situation. Overall, he did a great job."

As far as Clausen's demeanor in the huddle...

"You knew he was there," Tate said. "He's a leader. When he entered the huddle, we listened. He made great speeches to help us out and he would motivate us. I think he was great."

Tate considers Clausen a close friend and he said, "I'm lucky to have been able to play with him."


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 01:16 PM ET

Casserly Skeptical About Tebow Change

Former NFL GM Charley Casserly, when asked about throwing mechanics in regard to David Carr and Tim Tebow, said you can tweak a quarterback's release, but you can't radically change it. He used San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers as an example of successfully tweaking a quarterback's release, without radically changing it.


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, Jagnation.com
at 02/26/2010 01:15 PM ET

LT in TX?

The Houston Texans are "entertaining" the idea of signing free agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson according to GM Rick Smith.  


Posted by:  john Crist, Bear Report
at 02/26/2010 01:10 PM ET

Ford A Hidden Return Gem?

Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford may be one of the more gifted return men in this year's draft, although NFL teams won't have much tape on him in that capacity. His teammate with the Tigers, C.J. Spiller, might have returned kickoffs and punts better than anyone in recent memory, which is one of the reasons the dynamic running back is expected to be a first-round pick. But while Ford promises to blow away teams at the Scouting Combine with his time in the 40-yard dash, he refused to set a specific goal for himself -- well, at least he didn't share any specific goal with reporters.

For more on the Clemson Tigers, check out CuTigers.com!


Posted by:  Fred greetham, orange and brown report
at 02/26/2010 01:08 PM ET

Coughlin Looks Forward

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he didn't want to look back on last season. The Giants finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs. The Giants fired defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan and replaced him with Perry Fewell.

"We expect us to return to being te defensive team we've always been," he said. "We needed to make changes and we did."

Sheridan joined the staff with the Dolphins.


Posted by: ed thompson, scout.com 
at 02/26/2010 01:06 PM ET

Tate Has Long Interview List

Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate just wrapped up a lengthy and crowded press conference, and provided his entire formal visits schedule.
 
Last night he met with the Rams. Tonight he will be meeting with the Steelers, Patriots, 49ers, Dolphins, Cowboys, Packers and the Buccaneers.
 
Saturday night he's scheduled to meet with the Colts, Jets, Raiders, Lions, Panthers, Chiefs, Bengals and Ravens.
 


Posted by: Fred greetham, orange and brown report  
at 02/26/2010 12:59 PM ET

Jets Pleased with Sanchez Deal

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said he is very happy with the way the draft trade with the Browns worked out to draft QB Mark Sanchez.

"We were very impressed with Mark's intangibles and within reason, would go get him," Tannenbaum said.

The Browns traded down with the Jets to allow New York to select Sanchez with the fifth overall pick. The Browns received DB Abe Elam, DL Kenyon Coleman, QB Brett Ratliff and the Jet's selection in the first-round, which they traded down two more times and selected C Alex Mack. They also picked up extra picks.

The Browns and Jets also hooked up on the mid-season trade of WR Braylon Edwards in return for LB Jason Trusnik, WR Chansi Stuckey and a third-round draft choice. With Mike Holmgren replacing Eric Mangini as the top decision maker, Tannenbaum was asked if that would affect trades between the two teams.

"I've talked to coach Holmgren and other people in the league about trades," he said. "We'll look at any trade to help us, not just with Cleveland." 


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, Jagnation.com
at 02/26/2010 12:53 PM ET

Texans Resigned to Free Agent Losses

Texans general manager Rick Smith didn't want to get in to what-ifs concerning the team making playoffs last season if
they had a healthy Owen Daniels.  He explained that the Texans would not be in the sweepstakes for free agency
cornerback Dunta Robinson, and they aren't sure what to do with free agent wide receiver Kevin Walter. 

"You can't keep everyone," Smith said when talking about free agency.  "Sometimes we have to make some tough
decisions."

For more on the Texans, visit BattleRedNation.com!


Posted by:  Fred greetham, orange and brown report
at 02/26/2010 12:49 PM ET

Jets to Tender Edwards, Praise New Jersey

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said he will offer a tender to restricted free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards.Tannenbaum said Edwards' presence really helped the Jets' running game. Tannenbaum said this is a big off-season for Edwards to develop consistency with quarterback Mark Sanchez. He said he thinks Edwards can improve upon his dropped passes in the off-season.

Tannenbaum was asked why he thought Edwards would be inclined to be in the off-season program with the Jets after not always being in the Browns' off-season progam. Tannenbaum said the Jets training facility in Floram Park (New Jersey) would be more enticing to Edwards.

"Have you been to Floram Park? I've been to Berea."


Posted by:  chris steuber, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 12:46 PM ET

Benn Hopes Blocking Makes a Difference

Illinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn is one of the premier big, physical receivers available in this year's draft, and when asked today about his ability to dominate smaller defenders, Benn was confident in his ability.

"I like to think that I have the advantage, because I use my body a lot," Benn said. "The things that I do allow's me to have success against smaller guys."

Benn measured in this morning at 6-foot-1, 219 pounds. He has a strong frame and does everything well. However, he understands that there is a lot of talent at the Scouting Combine, but knows that he brings an aspect to the field that not everyone in Indianapolis possesses.

"All of the receivers are great here," he said. "I know that I can do some things and I know they can do some things that I can't do. But, I take a lot of pride in blocking. I think my ability as a blocker will standout."

But, when asked about his ability to separate and his burst off the line, Benn had this to say about what he hopes to run in the 40 on Sunday.

"If I hit it [my time in the 40], I'll come across as being fast."

And the time he expects to hit...

"If I hit it, I'll be fine."

Nothing is exact during the draft process, but in Benn's case, it will become clearer on Sunday. Benn has meetings scheduled for this evening, but only knew one of the teams that he would be meeting with, the Baltimore Ravens.


Posted by:  ED thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 12:18 PM ET

K-State WR Banking on Specials

Kansas State wide receiver Brandon Banks told the media that his ability in the special teams arena is a big part of his game as he strives to gain the attention of NFL teams. Banks will be striving to run a 4.23-second 40-time in an attempt to beat all-time record-holder Chris Johnson. He said that the fastest he's ever run previously is a 4.24.


Posted by:  ED thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 12:10 PM ET

UConn WR Eases Into the Spotlight

University of Connecticut wide receiver Marcus Easley said that the departure of star running back Donald Brown, who was drafted by the Colts last April, and the arrival of a new offensive coordinator allowed the Huskies to move to a more balanced offense--and that gave him the opportunity to grab more of the spotlight in 2009. The 6'2, 210-pound receiver said that he believes his speed combined with his size will be an advantage for him. He's striving for a 4.3-second 40-time this week.

Where does Easley rate among draft-eligible WRs? Click here!


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, Jagnation.com
at 02/26/2010 11:59 AM ET

Smith Wouldn't Mind a Peppers Exit

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith spoke candidly about Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers and said
that it would be a great thing if Peppers left the NFC South.  Smith said that Peppers would be a player of interest for
his team and cited that they had issues putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks a season ago.


Posted by:  Fred greetham, orange and brown report
at 02/26/2010 11:50 AM ET

Ryan To Be Ready

Falcons coach Mike Smith expects QB Matt Ryan to be ready to begin the Falcons off-season program on March 22.  Ryan had a 'significant' toe injury, but Smith said he has recovered.

"We don't anticipate any set backs," Smith said.

Ryan played in 14 games and threw 22 touchdowns with 14 interceptions and a 80.9 QB rating in his second season.


Posted by:  Fred greetham, orange and brown report
at 02/26/2010 11:41 AM ET

Pack Plan on Keeping Collins

Packers GM Ted Thompson said the Packers were negotiating to retain S Nick Collins. The fifth-year player from Bethune-Cookman is a restricted free agent, but the Packers are working to sign him.

For more on the Packers, check out Packer Report!


Posted by:  chris steuber, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 11:41 AM ET

Just Getting Started!

It's another slow morning here in the media room at the NFL Scouting Combine. Not one player has been available yet for interviews, but there have been several GMs and coaches available at the podium thus far. I expect a fast break afternoon full of activity and craziness.


Posted by:  Fred greetham, orange and brown report
at 02/26/2010 11:32 AM ET

Drafting DBs Pays Off for Bengals

The Bengals have one of the best young duo of cornerbacks in the NFL in Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall.

"Our two young guys (at cornerback) are doing a great job," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said."That has helped our safeties and the whole defense."

Joseph was the Bengals' first-round pick in 2006 and Hall in 2007. Each player had six interceptions last season. 

For more Bengals coverage, check out Bengals Insider!


Posted by:   john Crist, Bear Report
at 02/26/2010 11:29 AM ET

Dvoracek Divorced from Bears

If any of the other 31 teams out there want to roll the dice with an oft-injured nose tackle, Bears coach Lovie Smith told local reporters in the hallway after his time at the podium that Dusty Dvoracek is not a part of Chicago's future. A third-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma, Dvoracek has played in only 13 of 64 possible games because of various injuries, having finished all four of his professional seasons in IR. The 6-3, 303-pounder is not without talent, especially as a run defender, but he also has off-the-field issues following an arrest for public intoxication, assault and battery and interference with official process Jan. 17 back in Norman.


Posted by:  Fred greetham, orange and brown report  & Charlie Bernstein, Jagnation.com
at 02/26/2010 11:17 AM ET

Shanahan Talks QBs

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't say if he is will go after a quarterback in the draft with the fourth pick. Shanahan said although he has some preconceived notions, he's still evaluating current Redskins quarterbacks Jason Campbell, Todd Collins and Colt Brennan. "It's an ongoing process," he said.

Shanahan is known for developing quarterbacks and it is generally felt that either Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen will be available when the Redskins draft in the first round.

Shanahan states that there will be an open quarterback competition and Jason Campbell will be around to compete.  He also claimed to have watched a lot of college and pro football last season and he was forecasting whether certain skill position players would fit in with whatever team he ended up with. 

Finally, Shanahan was flattered with the Buffalo job offer, calling it a great organization.  The reason he didn't end up there is that his family wasn't on board.

"I would be the only one going," joked Shanahan.  I'm not sure coach Shanahan will be awarded any keys to the city of Buffalo, but perhaps he can borrow T.O.'s?


Posted by:  amberly dressler, Az red report
at 02/26/2010 11:11 AM ET

Newhouse Tours the NFL

TCU OL Marshall Newhouse, the cousin of the Cowboys' Robert Newhouse, spoke with quite a few teams on Wednesday night. The Cowboys, the Texans, the Chiefs, the 49ers and quite a few others. Newhouse two-stepped around the question of which position on the offensive line he feels more comfortable at. He believes he can play all five positions at the next level but started at tackle for three years. Newhouse attributed teams asking him to draw up plays as the most outside the box team request. He said the sessions got pretty intense, the most intense was with the 49ers.


Posted by:  chris steuber, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 11:10 AM ET

Clausen Measures Up

In a surprising turn of events, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen exceeded expectations when he measured in at 6025 and 222 pounds. I predicted that Clausen would measure in at a less than spectacular height (6005), but he actually lived up to his listed measurables. 


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, Jagnation.com
at 02/26/2010 11:10 AM ET

Pondering Coughlin's Arrival

Upon my arrival, I check the big board to see which coaches and front office members are going to be available and at
what times.  I notice that Tom Coughlin is scheduled for 12:15.  Does that mean he is going to show up at 12:05?  If
he doesn’t, will he fine himself?


Posted by:  john Crist, Bear Report
at 02/26/2010 10:56 AM ET

Adams Tragedy Impacting Bears

Bears coach Lovie Smith admitted to some degree that the premature passing of defensive end Gaines Adams during the offseason will have an effect on his team in terms of free agency and the draft. Chicago puts a premium on defensive linemen and pass rushers in particular, and even though Adams didn't make much of an impact after being acquired from Tampa Bay at the trading deadline, the former first-round draft pick was going to have a bigger role in 2010. That deal -- and death -- will hurt even more on draft weekend, as it cost the Bears this year's second rounder.


Posted by: fred greetham, orange and brown report  
at 02/26/2010 10:46 AM ET

More from DeVaney on the First Pick

Rams GM Billy Devaney said he has not made any decisions on what they Rams will do with the first pick in the draft. It is widely known that the Rams need a quarterback and would love to trade down. He said they will look very hard at the doctor's reports on QB Sam Bradford and might not only see him throw when he's scheduled on March 25 at his Pro Day, but might have him thrown just prior to the draft. Devaney said that the intangibles to him are the most important at quarterback, including leadership abilities. Devaney admitted that the Rams have defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy nearly even in their rankings right now.

In other Rams news, Devaney said that the Rams have no intentions on trading Steven Jackson. "We need more players like Steven Jackson," he said.


Posted by:  DOUG FARRAR, NORTHWESTFOOTBALL.NET
at 02/26/2010 10:42 AM ET

Rams Tracking Bradford Closely

St. Louis Rams GM Billy DeVaney said that he’s been aware of Sam Bradford’s workout progress through his rehab, and cognizant of the efforts to build more muscle. DeVaney told me that he’s been in contact with Tom Condon, Bradford’s agent, and that Bradford is throwing “50 balls per day.” DeVaney said that he doesn’t know what kinds of throws those are, but that all signs are encouraging. The Rams will obviously interview Bradford here at the Combine and will watch his workout on March 25 with great interest.


Posted by:  TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/26/2010 10:30 AM ET

Rams Play Coy on DTs

St. Louis Rams general manager Billy DeVaney on DTs Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy, who are typically considered the top two talents in this draft class: “I hope there is something that creates separation, but right now in our eyes there isn’t.”


Posted by:  CHris steuber, SCOUt.COM
at 02/26/2010 10:22 AM ET

Walton Gets Lots of Interest

I've learned that Baylor center J.D. Walton, who's also receiving interest from teams as a guard, met with the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints last night. He also has two meetings scheduled for this evening with the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans



Posted by:  TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/26/2010 10:21 AM ET

Smith Anticipates Tice

We have our first NFL coach/GM of the day at the podium. Bears head coach Lovie Smith is currently addressing the media. In his early comments, Smith said that adding Mike Tice as an offensive line coach will bring “toughness” and “expertise”  to the unit.


Posted by:  TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/26/2010 09:59 AM ET

The Flips of the Coin

The NFL held their coin flips today at the Westin Hotel to finalize the first-round draft order. The 10th pick was between Jacksonville and Chicago with Jacksonville winning that toss (Denver actually has Chicago’s first-round pick, so the Broncos will draft 11th).
 
The 16th pick was between Tennessee and Carolina, and Tennessee won that toss. San Francisco holds Carolina’s first-round pick, so the 49ers will pick 17th.
 
The 19th pick was between Atlanta and  Houston, and Atlanta won that toss.

Click here for an updated draft order!


Posted by:  CHRIS STEUBER, SCOUT.COM
at 02/26/2010 09:53 AM ET

Intrigue Out of Appalachia

There are many great athletes and hybrids in this year's draft on offense and defense, but Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards is intriguing because there are teams that are interested in him as a quarterback and a wide receiver. A source told me this morning that most team's want to see the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Edwards throw this weekend, but there are two teams that want to see him workout at wide receiver. Those two teams are the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens


Posted by:  chris Steuber, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 09:44 AM ET

Hodge Hopes to Vault up Draft Boards

After a productive senior campaign and a stellar showing at the Senior Bowl, the wide receiver from Ole Miss not named Dexter McCluster, Shay Hodge, has a chance to distinguish himself as a legitimate third round prospect this weekend. Hodge measured in at 6-foot-1, 208 pounds in Mobile, and should come into today's media dealings with a similar build. Hodge is expected to participate in all of the drills at the Combine and if he's able to run in the 4.47 - 4.52 range, his 70 receptions for 1,135 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2009 season become even more attractive to teams. Hodge is currently my 10th rated wide receiver and could break into my top 8 with a standout workout. 


Posted by:  fred greetham, orange and brown report
at 02/26/2010 09:36 AM ET

Return of the Big Show

Browns President Mike Holmgren is slated to appear at the podium in the NFL Combine's media room at 3:30 p.m. This will will Holmgren's first formal press conference before the national media since he took a one-year sabbatical from the Seattle Seahawks as their head coach. Holmgren is not expected to make any major announcements, but he was seen on Thursday outside the press area and many media members converged on him


Posted by:  john Crist, Bear Report
at 02/26/2010 09:34 AM ET

Lovie Under the Heat Lamps

Bears coach Lovie Smith will be the first to address the media at the podium Friday. Among the topics he may discuss is the reported hiring of ex-Seahawks president Tim Ruskell as director of player personnel, something the team is yet to confirm. Ruskell and Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo have a long relationship from their time together with the Buccaneers. Smith also needs to cover the hiring of Mike Tice as offensive line coach and the promotion of Rod Marinelli from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator, both of which have happened since he last spoke publicly to the press. Along with new offensive coordinator Mike Martz, Smith now has three former NFL head coaches on his staff.


Posted by: CHRis Steuber, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 09:05 AM ET

The Clausen Watch

It's going to be interesting to see what Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen measures in at. The eccentric signal caller has been listed in the area of 6-foot-2, 223 pounds during his three-year career, but many in the scouting circles doubt that Clausen even comes close to that measurement. Clausen will talk to the media today and an early estimate of what he will measure in at is 6005 and 218 pounds.


Posted by:  DOUG FARRAR, NORTHWESTFOOTBALL.NET
at 02/26/2010 09:04 AM ET

Busy Day at the Podium

10:00 – Lovie Smith, CHI
10:15 – Billy DeVaney, STL
10:30 --Ted Thompson, GB
10:45 -- Mike Shanahan, WAS
11:00 -- Marvin Lewis, CIN
11:15 – Brad Childress, MIN
11:30 – Mike Smith, ATL
12:00 – Mike Tannenbaum, NYJ
12:15 – Tom Coughlin, NYG
12:45 – Rick Smith, HOU
1:00 – Charley Casserly, NFL NET
3:00 -- Mike McCarthy, GB
3:30 – Mike Holmgren, CLE
4:00 – Jeff Fisher, TEN


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 02/26/2010 09:01 AM ET

Not Over for Saints and RB Bell

While the New Orleans Saints didn't make a qualifying offer to restricted free agent RB Mike Bell, that doesn't necessarily mean they won't by the March 4 deadline.

Word from Indianapolis is that the team will likely tender him at the lowest level of $1.176 million. By doing so, that would give them the ability to match any offer sheet that Bell receives. If they chose not to match it, they would not receive any compensation back since Bell was not drafted back in 2006.


Posted by:  TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/26/2010 09:00 AM ET

Busy Day for QBs

The media room at the NFL Scouting Combine should be buzzing Friday. Not only is there a deep lineup of coaches and general managers speaking (that list is coming), today is the day for quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs. Of course, when it comes to quarterbacks in the draft, Tim Tebow gets much of the media coverage and he will certainly be asked about his decision to not throw at the Combine while he works on changing his mechanics.


Posted by:  Adam caplan, SCOUt.com
at 02/26/2010 08:55 AM ET

Falcons Win Coin Flip

The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons had a coin flip on Friday morning to determine picks 19 and 20 in the first round. The Falcons will pick 19th and the Texans will pick 20th.

The Texans, Falcons, and Pittsburgh Steelers, who all finished with 9-7 records in 2009, will alternate the 18th, 19th and 20th selection throughout the rest of the draft. 


Posted by: DOUG FARRAR, NORTHWESTFOOTBALL.NET 
at 02/26/2010 08:44 AM ET

Bradford Bulks Up

According to Daniel Jeremiah of www.movethesticks.com, Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford weighed in at 236 pounds this morning. This could be the answer that pro personnel people are looking for with Bradford. Most recently measured at 6-4 and 223, Bradford has raised the concern of many in the NFL regarding his size and ability to take repeated hits in the pocket. If his increased size doesn’t affect his throwing motion or mobility, this could rocket Bradford to the top of the NFL draft. As much as defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy are considered the best players in this year’s draft, the St. Louis Rams have a much greater need at quarterback with the first overall pick. 


Posted by:  CHRIS STEUBER, SCOUT.COM
at 02/26/2010 08:43 AM ET

McCluster Talks to the Panthers

Ole Miss wide receiver Dexter McCluster met with the Carolina Panthers last night and said that he has "many" meetings scheduled for this evening. Players are not being told what teams they're meeting with prior to their interviews; they receive an itinerary with a room number and time.


Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/26/2010 07:58 AM ET

Friday from Indianapolis

We've got a full day of activity scheduled today, so refresh this page frequently to get the latest. Starting at 10AM, we'll hear from Bears coach Lovie Smith, who will be followed by Rams GM Billy Devaney, Packers GM Ted Thompson, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, coaches Marvin Lewis, Brad Childress and Mike Smith of the Bengals, Vikings, and Falcons respectively. That just takes us up to Noon EST.


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