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2014 NFL Combine

  • buck
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Who was invited?

Long Snapper (1)

Kicker (3)

Fullbacks (3)

Punter (6)

Centers (12)

Inside Linebackers (13)

Offensive Guards (15)

Quarterbacks (19)

Tight Ends (22)

Offensive Tackles (23)

Safeties (23)

Outside Linebackers (23)

Defensive Tackles (26)

Defensive Ends (30)

Running back (33)

Cornerbacks (36):

Wide Receivers (48)

http://www.gbnreport.com/2013combinesroster.html
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What can the quarterbacks show me?

Though I generally do not put much stock in what quarterbacks do at the combine, I would like to see the top talents at the position throw. Why? Unlike, say, accuracy -- which one cannot get a true sense of at the combine, given the lack of practice quarterbacks have with their receivers -- arm strength, ball spin and quickness of release cannot be judged via game tape; these important traits must be evaluated live.

The top three quarterback prospects, Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, are all rated close together. I know that, at this point, Manziel is not expected to throw, but I hope that Bridgewater and Bortles do. The race to be the first overall pick is wide open, in my opinion (though the Houston Texans might have another take, and that, of course, is the only one that counts).

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000326180/article/jadeveon-clowney-sammy-watkins-sure-to-thrill-at-combine
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Drama goes beyond the workouts

There's three things I'm looking forward to, and none of them is a workout.

Wait, what?

That's right; workouts, schmurkouts. Here's what I want to know:
Is Johnny Manziel going to impress scouts and coaches with his football acumen and show he's maturing and wants to be a leader? Or will top teams walk away from Indianapolis talking up Blake Bortles instead?

Jadeveon Clowney, meanwhile, is going to post all sorts of crazy workout numbers. While everyone watching surely will be blown away by his physical abilities, Clowney still has some convincing to do on the topic of his desire to be a great NFL player. Is there a risk that Clowney will coast after making it to the league and getting paid? He could be the Shaquille O'Neal of the NFL -- but he could also be the next Aundray Bruce.

And how about Michael Sam? I know ahead of time the consensus is going to be that team representatives will come away raving about their conversations with the young man, but how many squads will move him up their draft boards for May?

If the NFL draft is the "getting hired" portion of employment for players, then the combine is the "job interview" part for these three -- and I can't wait to see how they do.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000326180/article/jadeveon-clowney-sammy-watkins-sure-to-thrill-at-combine
there's no thread that just speaks on overall draft talk, so i figured i'd just post in here considering it is pre-combine talk.

Mike Mayock just concluded a nearly 3 hour long conference call discussing this year' draft. here are some notes:

- really intrigued with the 3 top QB - Bridgewater, Manziel, Bortles
- Bridgewater is ready to start, Manziel is intriguing with lots of potential, Bortles may need to sit back a bit
- this is the deepest draft in years, especially at the receiver position
- Garappolo went from a 5th rd prospect to a 2nd-3rd
- Trent Murphy's stock is all over but could potentially be like Mike Vrabel
- Lamarcus Joyner is very talented, physical, explosive like Mathieu was last year. ranks as the 2nd best nickle corner while being a very good safety
- Calvin Pryor is a bigger Bob Sanders
- Carr is not a pro bowl QB
- Colt Lyerla has 1st rd talent but will drop real late due to off the field issues
- loves Jarvis Landry and compares him to Hines Ward
- Timmy Jernigan is an extremely special player and the Bears should jump on him
- Darqueze Dennard is a top-15 pick
- Mack is an explosive pass rusher with the speed of a safety
- Kony Ealy is more physical than Aldon Smith but not as athletic
- Michael Sam should be in the 3rd-5th rd range. only a situational pass rusher
- Jason Verrett is the best nickle corner in the draft, but will fall due to size
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from an interview with Jeff Foster has been the president of National Football Scouting since 2005, when he joined after working for teams throughout the NFL. As part of his role, he also serves as the president of a separate entity that manages the NFL Scouting Combine.

To the NFL clubs, the event always has been incredibly important. From priority standpoint, medical (exams) are No. 1. Interviews are No. 2. Then, depending on which team you ask, psychological testing and the on-field workouts are probably third and fourth -- a distant third or fourth probably in terms of value to evaluating players. ... The on-the-field stuff, which is the sexy component of the combine and what gets the interest for media and the broadcast, that's a very small part of the evaluation for the clubs. I would say 90 percent of the evaluation of a person as a football player is done before he arrives here. ...

Certainly there's some validation points in terms of performance on the field, but the teams are going to draft and pay these players to play football, so the best way to evaluate that skill is to watch them play football, not necessarily the drills we conduct here at the combine. They're important. They're just not as important as the other components.

http://www.nflevolution.com/article/jeff-foster-talks-about-challenges-of-hosting-nfl-scouting-combine?ref=0ap2000000326405
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Receivers

In the last five years, 15 wide receivers have run a sub-4.40 40-yard dash. Of those 15, Mike Wallace is the only player to produce a 1,000-yard season (2010 and 2011).

Wallace, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Johnny Knox are the only three players to have even reached 1,000 career receiving yards.

The receiver with the best 40-yard dash time, Marquise Goodwin (4.27 in 2013), had 17 receptions for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Bills last season.


http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap2000000326466/mindblowing-stats-for-the-2014-nfl-scouting-combine
Originally posted by buck:
Receivers

In the last five years, 15 wide receivers have run a sub-4.40 40-yard dash. Of those 15, Mike Wallace is the only player to produce a 1,000-yard season (2010 and 2011).

Wallace, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Johnny Knox are the only three players to have even reached 1,000 career receiving yards.

The receiver with the best 40-yard dash time, Marquise Goodwin (4.27 in 2013), had 17 receptions for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Bills last season.


http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap2000000326466/mindblowing-stats-for-the-2014-nfl-scouting-combine

Strange how they forgot Julio Jones, who ran a 4.39 in 2011 and gained nearly 1200 yards in his second season with ATL...and if you go back just a few more years you get Calvin Johnson (4.35) and Desean Jackson (4.35). I'd also add that I like the chances of guys like Tavon Austin (4.34), Kenny Stills (4.38) and Josh Boyce (4.38) eventually pushing past the 1000 yard mark someday.

Still, interesting factoid nonetheless.
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Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Originally posted by buck:
Receivers

In the last five years, 15 wide receivers have run a sub-4.40 40-yard dash. Of those 15, Mike Wallace is the only player to produce a 1,000-yard season (2010 and 2011).

Wallace, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Johnny Knox are the only three players to have even reached 1,000 career receiving yards.

The receiver with the best 40-yard dash time, Marquise Goodwin (4.27 in 2013), had 17 receptions for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Bills last season.


http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap2000000326466/mindblowing-stats-for-the-2014-nfl-scouting-combine

Strange how they forgot Julio Jones, who ran a 4.39 in 2011 and gained nearly 1200 yards in his second season with ATL...and if you go back just a few more years you get Calvin Johnson (4.35) and Desean Jackson (4.35). I'd also add that I like the chances of guys like Tavon Austin (4.34), Kenny Stills (4.38) and Josh Boyce (4.38) eventually pushing past the 1000 yard mark someday.

Still, interesting factoid nonetheless.

Hard not to get excited about speed---especially when there are very good players who are fast.

But, ask Al Davis's ghost about the merits of simple speed. Got to find the good players first.
Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Originally posted by buck:
Receivers

In the last five years, 15 wide receivers have run a sub-4.40 40-yard dash. Of those 15, Mike Wallace is the only player to produce a 1,000-yard season (2010 and 2011).

Wallace, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Johnny Knox are the only three players to have even reached 1,000 career receiving yards.

The receiver with the best 40-yard dash time, Marquise Goodwin (4.27 in 2013), had 17 receptions for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Bills last season.


http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap2000000326466/mindblowing-stats-for-the-2014-nfl-scouting-combine

Strange how they forgot Julio Jones, who ran a 4.39 in 2011 and gained nearly 1200 yards in his second season with ATL...and if you go back just a few more years you get Calvin Johnson (4.35) and Desean Jackson (4.35). I'd also add that I like the chances of guys like Tavon Austin (4.34), Kenny Stills (4.38) and Josh Boyce (4.38) eventually pushing past the 1000 yard mark someday.

Still, interesting factoid nonetheless.

Hard not to get excited about speed---especially when there are very good players who are fast.

But, ask Al Davis's ghost about the merits of simple speed. Got to find the good players first.

And that's definitely the key, finding fast players that are also good players. Take a guy like Robert Herron...if he ran a 4.50, I'd still take him in the 3rd-4th round because he's a really good WR, with excellent hands, short-area quickness and is a very polished route runner. He has all the traits of being a top slot WR at the very least.

Just so happens though that he's a sub 4.40 guy and can run by most CBs and safeties.
The smart GMs/scouts and coaches will not be showing their hand about who they love/like or don't like. They'll be trying to throw off 31 other teams with smokescreens.
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Small-school stars who could shine in Indianapolis

http://nfl.si.com/2014/02/19/nfl-combine-watch-small-schools-fcs-division-ii/
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Jim Harbaugh will be interviewed at the combine today--Thursday, 20th

12:15-12:30 p.m. - Jim Harbaugh, 49ers head coach

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2014/2/20/5428728/nfl-scouting-combine-thursday-schedule
Early OL measurables:

Greg Robinson- 6'5', 322, 35" arm length....Superb
Cyrus Kouandjio- 6'6 3/4", 322. Giant.
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Early OL measurables:

Greg Robinson- 6'5', 322, 35" arm length....Superb
Cyrus Kouandjio- 6'6 3/4", 322. Giant.

Greg Johnson, first OT taken in the draft over Jake matthews
Eric Ebron measured in at 6 foot 4 and 3/8ths of an inch and 250 pounds. Taller than I thought he would measure. Should have a huge combine.